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Holiday Open House 
Holiday Ball
Our annual Holiday Open House is THIS WEEK! Thursday, December 1, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., join us to celebrate the season and the year.  

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the Chamber office, located at 162 W Lincolnway, complete with music, refreshments, and delicious hors d'ouevres provided by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa and an open beer and wine bar provided by the Porter County Expo Center.
Decked out for the holiday season, our second floor conference rooms will prove to be a fantastic setting to connect with friends and associates and to exchange holiday tidings! This is a free event for all our members, no RSVP required.

Speed Networking

Speed Networking is returning on Tuesday, December 6, from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  

This popular event, which is set up like speed dating, can generate more leads for you in an hour and a half than some get in a month.
Pazdur Named CFO
Christine Pazdur, a seven year employee, has been elevated to the position of Chief Financial Officer for the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.  Rex Richards, President of the Chamber, states that "Christine plays a vital and significant role in the Chamber's strong financial condition with her expertise in accounting, budgeting, and cash flow management."  The president further states that, "Christine is a highly knowledgeable accounting professional who has brought value to chamber operations because of her insight on financial matters."

Christine joined the chamber in the fall of 2009 as Director of Accounting.  Prior to her employment with the Valpo Chamber, she was Director of Accounting for Focus Management, a hotel and hospitality firm and, prior to that, Director of Accounting for the Michigan City Yacht Club.  

Christine is a graduate of Loyola University with a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting.   
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The holiday season is upon us and the Valpo Chamber Gift Certificates are flying out the door.
Sue, our Resource Director, is ready to take orders for you to surprise your family, friends, teachers, coaches, bosses, or employees with a gift that makes everyone smile.
Valpo Chamber Gift Certificates can be purchased in any denomination and can be used at over 140 Valpo Chamber member businesses.
If you have a large order, we ask that you call ahead. For more information, or to place an order, please email Sue Stymiest, Resource Director.
Please remember the Valpo Chamber will be closed December 24 through December 27, so please make your Christmas gift certificate purchases by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 23!

Advertise With Us!

Deadline for the Winter 2017 Magazine is December 2nd!

2017 Partnerships

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The Valpo Chamber Partners (VCP) program provides members with options for streamlining their Chamber sponsorship opportunities, while enhancing their visibility and promotional opportunities.
This annual marketing investment prominently promotes member businesses on signage, inside Chamber publications, on the website, on the mobile app, and at events throughout the year. The VCP is a terrific way to gain extensive exposure and valuable name and logo recognition.
The VCP offers four partner packages - Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze - at four price points. Each package includes incentives, complimentary tickets to events, special recognition and promotion, and sponsorship of high-profile networking and educational events.
To inquire about the available packages and their specific benefits, contact Danielle Oeding, at (219) 462-1105, [email protected].
Ribbon Cuttings

Modern Woodmen of America
1531 S Calumet Rd, Chesterton

Listing Leaders
408 Lincolnway

Fidelity National Title Insurance
53 Michigan Ave, Ste 101

Dreamaker Mattress Company
902 Calumet Ave, #4
November Wrap Up
We had several great events this past month. Thank you for making them all a huge success.

Valpo Chamber Leadership Academy Concludes

On Thursday, November 17, the Valpo Chamber Leadership Academy graduated its 11th class.  Since August, this group of 14 individuals has met once every two weeks to learn valuable leadership skills and how to be more engaged in the community.

Graduates were: Kris BalogBoys & Girls Clubs of Porter CountyTracy BergstromTeachers Credit UnionAnna CorkillLake City BankBrady Eagle Indiana Farm Bureau InsuranceNick GerhardtAbsolutely DryAdam KoniecznyThe Times Media CompanyTricia PerezBlue Chip Casino, Hotel & SpaMike RamianValparaiso University Graduate SchoolBarb Regnitz,  Raymond James & AssociatesJordan StanfillHousing OpportunitiesMike VollbrechtShive-Hattery, Inc.Karin WoodsideSt. Mary Medical CenterMatt WorkmanMeridian Title Corp.Ryan WrightZao Island.

Contact Kurt Gillins if you, or someone in your business is interested in participating in the 2017 Leadership Academy.

AM Valpo
Thanks to South Bend Chocolate Cafe for providing us a space for the 69 attendees on November 2.  Also, thank you to our hosts, Analisa Warring with REGIONAL federal credit union and Rich Schmidt with Living Hope Community Church.  This month's event was sponsored by NITCO. AM Valpo is held on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:00 a.m. This event is free to attend.


Business After Hours

Thank you to  Engstrom Jewelers for hosting the November Business After Hours event. Business After Hours typically happen on the third Thursday of the month at various Valpo Chamber businesses. Spaces are still available for 2017. Contact Danielle today! 
Building the Chamber's Network
Thank you to the following businesses for sending membership leads our way this past month:

Janet & Greg McNair - Bond LLC
Steve Hedges - Rusthead Design
Mike Moreth - Simko Signs
Diane Jornter - Valpo Neighbors, LLC
Mark Your Calendars

Thursday, December 1
Holiday Open House
Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6
Speed Networking
Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Register Here

Wednesday, December 7
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Wednesday, December 7
Ribbon Cutting
200 Billings St, Unit A
4:30 p.m.


Saturday, January 14, 2017
Salute to Leadership
Sand Creek Country Club
Register Here

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Annual Meeting/State of the City Address

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions on how to better utilize your membership, please call us at 219-462-1105 or email [email protected].

Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
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