Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New blog begins Wednesday!

The Chamber will stop updating this blog, The Daily Dose, on Wednesday, July 6. Instead, come to our new blog that's now a part of our regular web site:


If you already follow The Daily Dose via email subscription, you should still receive emails from the new blog instead.

Go to the new blog now!

Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast Welcomes Second Installment of Disney Institute to Fort Wayne

Disney Institute is bringing its renowned Disney’s Approach to People Management program to the Holiday Inn Fort Wayne on September 21, 2011. Hosted by Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast, the full-day event will teach area professionals how to train, develop and retain skilled employees who understand and convey the values of their business to achieve positive economic results.

The Disney Institute learning experience is unique in the world of training. More than business theory, the program highlights proven Disney business practices that are easily adaptable to organizations in any industry. Engaging content is presented in an entertaining fashion, providing participants with tools that can literally transform their organizations.

Ivy Tech–Northeast is also partnering with Indiana’s NewsCenter, The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce and Gordon Food Service to provide this professional development opportunity to the northeast Indiana community.

Program registration is $359 if registered by August 19 (early bird registration) or $399 after August 19. This price includes all course materials, a continental breakfast and lunch. Employers sending five or more participants receive $20 off each registration. Ivy Tech alumni, students and employees will receive a $20 discount, as well.

For more information or to register, go to www.ivytech.edu/management or call Ivy Tech–Northeast’s Workforce and Economic Development office at 260-480-4118 .

Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast
3800 N. Anthony Blvd. · Fort Wayne, IN 46805 · 260-482-9171 · www.ivytech.edu

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Live, Learn & Intern: River City Complex

Don't miss the next Live, Learn & Intern event: sand volleyball tournament with music, food, games and cash bar! Interns can meet at the River City Complex (1450 Griffin St.) from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, July 1.

What is Live, Learn & Intern?
A free summer event series for college and graduate interns in Northeast Indiana.

Where do the events take place?
All over the community! We’ll visit Indiana tech for bowling, Parkview Field for a TinCaps game, play sand volleyball at the River City Complex, and goof off at Sweetwater Sound (to name a few). And, there is always more food than you can eat!

What’s the point?
To allow interns to connect with one another in a laid back and fun atmosphere, and to highlight the great places and activities that Northeast Indiana has going for it. We want students to see that this community is a great place to live and work!

For more information contact Tiffany Aikin at taikin@fwchamber.org or call (260) 424-1435. Register by visiting the Chamber website.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ivy Tech bids farwell to French students

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast will host a farewell completion ceremony for the 15 visiting French students from the University of Lille’s SKEMA Business School (Lille, France). The students participated in a cultural immersion partnership which was funded by the French Government and administered through Ivy Tech.

Students will receive certificates and a farewell reception in honor of their accomplishment June 29, 2011, 4:30-5:30 p.m. The farewell completion ceremony will be in Ivy Tech-Northeast’s Hospitality Room located on the Coliseum Campus (3800 N. Anthony Blvd).

Local companies who participated included 80/20, Asher Agency, Bad Dad Custom Motorcycle Finishes, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, Holiday Inn, Indiana Benefits Recovery, Lincoln Financial Group, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Parkview Health, Quadrant, and Sweetwater Sound. Justine Michiels interned with the membership department of the Chamber and assisted with day to day tasks and activities. Congratulations on all you've accomplished Justine!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Congratulations to our connectors!

Congratulations to The Chamber's Vice President of Member Relations and Communications Michelle Merritt for being one of the area's 101 Connectors, named by The Journal Gazette and Leadership Fort Wayne.

Many others with close ties to The Chamber, such as Mac Parker of The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and Matt Bell of the Regional Chamber, were named to the list.

Chamber board members who are on the Connectors list include:

  • Michael Barranda
  • Joel Sauer
  • Don Schenkel

See the complete list here. Read the methodology for the selection process here.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Free cloud computing webinar slated

On June 29, The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and CloudSMART will be presenting a free webinar on "Cloud Computing and Your Business." Find out why "Cloud Computing" is a big deal for small businesses, how it can help cut technology costs and how it can help your business become more productive.

We will offer two 1-hour sessions. The first one will be at 10 a.m. and the second at 2 p.m.

For more registration information, click here.

Attendees automatically eligible to win free copy of Microsoft Office 2010 valued at $279.99.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Brain Balance Achievement Center Coming to Fort Wayne

The newest Brain Balance Achievement Center will open later this year in Fort Wayne, offering assistance to families throughout Northeast Indiana, Northwest Ohio, and beyond. The Brain Balance Program® is a proprietary, non-medical program that has been successful in helping hundreds of children reach their physical, social/behavioral, and academic potential. Brain Balance Achievement Centers work with children who suffer with ADD/ADHD, autism, Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome, PDD-NOS, and learning disorders such as dyslexia.

The new Brain Balance Achievement Center of Fort Wayne will become the forty-eighth center in the nation. It will be located at 7517 West Jefferson Boulevard, in the Engle Pointe complex near the intersection of I-69 and US-24. Professional design-builder and general contractor CME Corporation has been selected to construct the local center, which encompasses approximately 2,500 square feet of space. Construction should be completed by September 1. James Lohman and Fletcher Moppert of the Shepherd Group are handling the real estate transaction for Engle Pointe.

For more information about Brain Balance Achievement Centers, visit www.brainbalancecenters.com

For more information about CME Corporation, visit www.cmebuilditright.com

Social Media: Protecting Your Brand, Managing Risk

Using social media to connect with your audience provides tremendous opportunities — and comes with significant challenges. In this Chamber Academy session scheduled for July 6, you'll hear two valuable perspectives:

  • Kevin Erb and Anthony Juliano of Asher Agency will discuss how to protect your brand while connecting with your customers.
  • Adam Bartrom and Jason Clagg of Barnes & Thornburg will provide insight on managing risk. You'll learn how to avoid pitfalls and what the law says about social media.

It's a two-hour investment that will pay dividends long into the future.

Cost of this Chamber Academy is $19 for Chamber members and $39 for nonmembers. Chamber Academy will begin promptly at 8 a.m.

Register on our web site by clicking here.

For more information, contact Liz Struckholz at (260) 424-1435, ext 259, or lstruckholz@fwchamber.org.

Presented by Salin Bank

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Reminder: Chamber Classic July 28!

This year’s Chamber Classic will return to the Brookwood Golf Club, 10304 Bluffton Road, on Thursday, July 28, and will hearken to the great outings of The Chamber’s past.

The Chamber has returned to one flight, improved overall quality, reduced interruptions on the course, and made fees more affordable at just $100 per member and $125 per nonmember for the day.

The fee for the July 28 event includes lunch on the course, beverages, and the award reception to follow. With one very full flight starting at 10 a.m., participants are assured the opportunity to meet and mingle with all of the golfers in the outing.

Register your team today at www.fwchamber.org.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Chamber Member Brooks Construction to Unveil Industry-First HyRAP® 100% Recycled Asphalt Pavement

Who: Brooks Construction Company, Inc.

What: Grand Opening of the newest Brooks Construction facility and introduction of HyRAP and the important role this environmentally friendly material has in future development of our region and across the nation. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facility, watch a live paving demonstration utilizing HyRAP and learn how the new product, developed by Brooks Construction in conjunction with Crowley Chemical Company, is manufactured. State and local officials will be present.

Where: Brooks Construction Company Plant 2
2711 Banks Avenue, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

When: Wednesday, June 22
10-11 a. m.

For more information about Brooks Construction Company, visit www.brooks1st.com