Indiana Secretary of State in Lawrenceburg September 20th

Connie Lawson will address Dearborn County citizens at free event

Lawrenceburg September 6, 2016:

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is coming to Lawrenceburg!

Lawson will be at the Lawrenceburg Ivy Tech Riverfront Campus on Tuesday, September 20th from 11:30am – 1pm to discuss how her office is helping make Indiana a great state to do business.

The event is free and questions and concerns from the public are welcome. We do ask that you register in advance at

Dearborn County High School Students Invited To Compete In Maverick Challenge

Dearborn County Students Can Earn Business Experience, Prize Money In Maverick Challenge

Registration for the high school business planning competition is open until September 18

Photo caption: 2016 AIM YP Maverick Challenge Champion Sydney Schaefer (center) was awarded $2,000 for her business plan, Cupcakes for Kids.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County is again inviting local high school students to turn their business idea into a business plan and win money in the process.

Past participants in the Maverick Challenge have won anywhere from $2,000 up to $4,000. The champions have used their winnings to help pay for college or invest toward making their business plan a reality.

All a student needs to have a shot at becoming the next Maverick champion is a good idea and the desire to see their business plan completed. That’s what helped make South Dearborn High School freshman Sidney Schaefer the 2015-2016 county champion.

“I believe that it is a great learning experience. I learned so much from this and I believe anybody can do it, so they should go for it,” Schaefer said.

Past AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County Maverick Challenge champions:

2016 -Sydney Schaefer, freshman, South Dearborn High School

2015 – Dalton Ranshaw, senior, South Dearborn High School

2014 – Crystal Nichols, senior, South Dearborn High School

2013 – A.J. Waltz, senior, East Central High School

Founded in 2008 by the Columbus, Indiana Area Chamber of Commerce, the competition gives high school students in twelve southeast Indiana counties (Bartholomew, Brown, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, and Switzerland) the opportunity to learn what it takes to get a small business up and running.

Online registrations to compete in the AIM YP sponsored local Maverick Challenge are being accepted now through Sunday, September 18 at There is no cost to register. Students can compete individually or in teams of up to three.

After entering, students will meet with Maverick Challenge administrators for guidance, make pitches, meet deadlines for creating and refining a written business plan, and deliver presentations. Competitors will be given access to online tools and receive plenty of expert assistance along the way. AIM YP has assembled a panel of local business owners, managers, and service providers to give the students valuable advice.

“AIM Young Professionals is in its fifth consecutive year administering the Maverick Challenge in Dearborn County. Past participants have learned a tremendous amount about what it takes to start and run a business, giving them an advantage over their peers,” says AIM YP president Mike Perleberg.

Next spring, one competitor or team will be named the 2017 champion of the Maverick Challenge sponsored by AIM YP and earn a prize of up to $2,000. They will advance to compete at the regional Maverick Challenge competition in Columbus, Indiana for even more recognition and prize money.

“We want to continue to show that Dearborn County has some of the most promising entrepreneurs in the state,” Perleberg says.

You can lern more about the Maverick Challenge, register to compete, and find official rules and guidelines at Questions may also be directed to AIM YP Maverick Challenge director Hollie Stoops at

AIM Young Professionals is thankful for the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce’s generous support of the Maverick Challenge.


About AIM YP
AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County is an organization committed to the development of a highly diverse and enthusiastic network of strong social, professional, and charitable relationships for the purpose of creating awareness of the infinite opportunities in Greater Dearborn County. We are dedicated to assisting the youth of today so they may realize their true potential and assist in their quest to identify their individual path for success.

AIM (Achieve, Inspire, Mentor) is a sub-organization of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce. The group was co-founded in 2009 by Amanda Ewbank and Andrea Ewan.

The organization is led by an advisory board of nine members. They are President Mike Perleberg, Vice President Alan Miller, Secretary Stephanie Baer, Treasurer Tom Palmer, Andrea Ewan, Rachel Reynolds, Mooch Hamilton, Amy Powell and Doug Rieman.

AIM’s official website is Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, @aim_yp.

Minutes HR Roundtable

Minutes for Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce

Human Resources Roundtable July 28, 2016 11:30am-1:00pm
Eric Kranz, Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce
Alisha Siebert, Work One
Julie Murphy, Ivy Tech
Dana Murphy, Ivy Tech
Steve Arnold, Kelsey Chevrolet
Frances Zwick, Buffalo Wings & Rings
Claudia Richardt, Dearborn County Hospital
Andi Richter, Dearborn County Hospital
Daphne Spears, Pri-Pak
Diane Tidwell, Pri-Pak
Laura Edwards, Pri-Pak
Michelle Buntee, Dearborn County Clearinghouse
Stephanie Nutley, Perfect North Slopes
Brian Thomas, Graydon Head & Ritchey

Catered lunch at Buffalo Wings & Rings-thank you Frances Zwick for your hospitality!

Guest Speaker:
Brian Thomas (Graydon Head & Ritchey attorney) shared an excellent overview of the new FLSA Overtime rules, which included “old rule vs. new rule” comparisons and an excellent paper slide show. Brian shared examples of scenarios, and recommended that companies begin implementation sooner than December 1, so that necessary adjustments can be made before the deadline. There is an enormous cost factor to be considered when making changes to company policies in order to comply. Some attendees expressed how they are planning/preparing for the law change.

o SHRM resources were provided, along with GCHRA agenda for August 2016
o Job Posting/Wages information provided
o Onet Labor Market site, another suggested resource:
o 6th District Job Fair at Ivy Tech, Lawrenceburg on Thursday, August 4 from 1pm-4pm

Next Meeting:
Thursday, September 29, suggested meeting time to be moved to 7:30 or 8:00a.m.
Seeking a host for next meeting
Seeking topics of interest and/or guest speaker suggestion

Register for AIM/Young Professional Goofy Golf This Friday!

Fore! AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County’s sixth annual Goofy Golf Outing features a few twists that you won’t find at most other charitable golf events.

Golf outings are usually dominated by the players who take their game seriously. At the AIM YP Goofy Golf Outing, the playing field will be leveled for those who just like to have fun. While some holes at this quick nine-hole scramble will be played the traditional way, others will require teams to tee off with a tennis racket, putt with a foam ball, use a baseball bat, or use a kids-sized golf club to hit a long drive.

This event will take place Friday, August 5 at Dearborn Country Club, 170 Country Club Lane, in Aurora. Check in begins at the clubhouse at 5:30 p.m. and tee time is 6:00 p.m.

Following the fun on the picturesque course, players will gather in the clubhouse for food, drinks, and networking. AIM YP will also hand out door prizes and trophies to the first- and last-place teams.

This AIM YP event is open to everyone. Cost is $35 per AIM Young Professionals member or $40 for non-members. Your registration includes two drink tickets and the food after golf. Teams of up to four people may also register.

There are two ways to sign up. You can register and pay online at and clicking on the PayPal link at the top of the Home page.

Registrations and payment can also be submitted by mail using the form downloaded HERE.

Funds raised in the AIM YP Goofy Golf Outing will benefit the Maverick Challenge business planning competition in Dearborn County as well as the AIM YP Scholarship Fund awarding students at Dearborn County’s three high schools: East Central, Lawrenceburg, and South Dearborn.

Contact AIM YP at with questions.

Advertisng Crisis Intervention Team

For immediate release July21, 2016


Kathy Barnum

CIT Coordinator


Advocates and Law Enforcement Team Up To End Criminalization of Mental Illness

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – Crisis Intervention Team of Dearborn and Ohio Counties will present its first Crisis Intervention Team training program next January and February, 2017. Crisis Intervention Team training strives to prepare first responders on how to better handle a mental health crisis. CIT builds strong partnerships between first responders, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness. CIT has been shown to keep first responders and those living with mental illness safer while saving money. CIT programs typically provide 40 hours of free training for first responders. Equally important, CIT programs provide a forum for partner organizations to coordinate diversion from jails to mental health services.

CIT of Dearborn and Ohio Counties has been meeting monthly for 2 years. The committee has made strides in improving the response to those experiencing a mental health crisis. Community Mental Health Center and Dearborn County Hospital have listened to the concerns of those living with mental illness and law enforcement and found ways to improve the response time in the ER. In addition, procedures in the jail have been clarified to assure each inmate on medication will be reviewed by the jail doctor on a case-by-case basis for medication orders. The committee continues to look for more solutions to appropriately meet the needs of those living with mental illness.

The historical perspective helps explain this growing problem. The number of people living with mental illness living in jails and prisons has sharply risen since state mental health hospitals began closing in 1965. In their place, Community Mental Health Centers were funded to give people living with mental illnesses opportunities to live in supported communities. However, funding for these organizations has been inadequate and has decreased over time. As the diagram shows, those living with mental illnesses are now increasingly housed in prisons. Approximately 20% of state prisoners and 21% of local jail prisoners have a recent history of a mental health condition. Approximately 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20% live with a serious mental illness. CIT strives to find better solutions for the treatment of those livng with mental illness in jails and prisons.

NAMI SE IN initiated CIT of Dearborn and Ohio Counties. As background, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness through programs in education, support, and advocacy. NAMI partners with CIT in its mission. NAMI represents the voice of those living with mental illness on the CIT committee. To learn more about CIT, go to CIT International at, or you can go to: click on “Law Enforcement” under “Get Involved” on the site map at the bottom.

The CIT committee is very pleased to bring the benefits of CIT to our community. The hope is to be able to expand this educational program to nearby communities in the future. There is no formal funding for this effort. It is free to first responders; although law enforcement must arrange time off for officers to attend. We invite private and corporate donations for this important program to be addressed to: NAMI SE IN. Put a comment “CIT” on your check. (NAMI SE IN is a 501C3 organization. Donations are tax deductible).

Mail checks to:   Donna Griffin, Treasurer

121 Oakmont Ct., Unit B

Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Kathy Barnum, CIT Coordinator


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