2018 was an exciting year for the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce. As a large membership organization representing businesses from all industries, it can sometimes be a challenge to truly focus on what is important to everyone. Additionally, as our mission is to develop and grow the business community here in Dearborn County, we have a pretty wide mandate. To help us stay focused and maintain momentum each year we try to pick a word or theme and really build all of our efforts around that. In 2018 our theme was education.
We spent much of 2018 focused on providing knowledge to our members in a more consistent and systematic manner. Thanks to the support of Dearborn Savings Bank we launched the monthly lunch and learn series where we brought in speakers on everything from HR issues like hiring/firing, health insurance and workplace wellness to concrete concerns like business taxes. This year we are continuing that series and you can find the calendar and topic list on our website (dearborncountychamber.org). We also worked with the United Way to expand Leadership Dearborn into a more focused and professional leadership training program that graduated 15 emerging leaders. The 2018 class was an enthusiastic group of all females who did a lot of great work promoting Big Brothers Big Sisters. I can’t wait to see how the 2019 class shapes up! Give us a call at 812-537-0814 if you would like to register!
In 2019, while we will continue to build on all of the work we did in 2018, our focus will be on outreach. While the chamber has a great staff, tremendous volunteers and a dedicated board, there are always going to be companies and leaders and communities that we want to focus more of our time and energy on. This year we are committed to spending more time on a broader outreach to involve those who have been somewhat less involved over the past couple years. If your community has a project, your business wants to know which chamber benefits it should be taking more advantage of or you as an individual want to get more involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to me and we will do everything we can to make it happen. For us 2019 is a year of outreach and inclusion but we need your help to make it successful. I am excited to hear from you!
Dearborn County has continued to see significant growth over the past year and will continue to do so moving forward. Like many rural communities our largest current bottleneck is an employee shortage which stems from a lack of new housing developments that meet current demands. Many communities are stepping up in an effort to address these concerns and we are excited to see real progress in 2019.
The coming year will be an exciting one for Dearborn County and your Chamber of Commerce. We hope to see you at one of our many monthly events or just stop down at the office when you have a few minutes. If you aren’t sure what the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce can do for you the best way to find out is to ask! Here’s to a productive and prosperous 2019.
Register now for the third year of the leadership development program from the Dearborn County Chamber and United Way
We are excited to announce that enrollment in the third Leadership Dearborn class is now open! Over the last two years nearly 30 emerging leaders here in Dearborn County have found value and opportunity in the program. Throughout the year in monthly meetings participants attended professional development seminars, met a number of local leaders, participated in non-profits and worked on a project to improve the community. This year we are continuing to grow Leadership Dearborn into our largest class yet!
The structure of the program will be an 11 month workshop which meets from March to January to focus on different aspects of leadership. The future leaders will take part in 60-90 minute seminars focused on various pertinent topics ( ex. How to Manage/Coach, Delegation, Project Management, Performance Reviews, Communication Skills, etc.) Another focus will be non-profit participation; exploring what various organizations do, how to get nominated to and participate in a Board of Directors, meeting with local governments to find out about projects and participation in steering committees. Time will be spent with local business leaders in order to learn the economic drivers of Dearborn County. Additionally throughout the course the class will be working together on a project of their choosing to solve a problem they identify that will help Dearborn County. We will recognize them and their progress at the Chamber Annual Dinner in November.
The cost of the course will be $450 for those who register early. This includes eleven months of leadership training and a Myers-Briggs personality type indicator for the participant as well as recognition of your organization for sponsoring that individual. Participants also receive complimentary access to various Chamber events such as Get Energized, Women of Distinction and the Annual Dinner.
Registration will close on February 28. We will be announcing the participants at the annual Get Energized luncheon and the first class will take place later in March. Classes will generally occur the second Tuesday of every month from 11:30 – 1.
To enroll call the Chamber at 812-537-0814 or the United Way at 812-537-2009 or email Eric Kranz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frederick MD-based Digital Agency completes third acquisition
Frederick, MD Jan. 4th, 2019 – Wellspring Search, LLC acquires Lawrenceburg web design agency, Absolute Web Designs.
Wellspring Search, LLC recently moved into the Frederick Innovative Technology Center (FITCI) in the I-270 Technology Corridor and has completed 3 recent acquisitions with the purchase of Phoenix AZ-based Local Lead Link, LLC in July, and a design portal in March.
Absolute Web Design serves clients in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia and includes several local and state government bodies, Chambers of Commerce, and numerous business clients within its portfolio.
“I was very attracted to Wellspring Search’s principles of integrity, transparency, and delivery of results,” says Bebe Kinnett, founder and CEO of Absolute Web Design, “while their client-first approach and capabilities convinced me they were are the best choice for our customers.”
“We are very happy to have completed the Absolute Web Design deal before the New Year,” says Karl Hindle, Managing Partner of Wellspring Search, LLC, “and this transaction provides us with several opportunities to improve customer value, which we are underlining by committing to zero price increases in 2019 while improving service delivery.”
Kinnett, a Board member of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce and the Bright Area Business Association, joins Wellspring Search as Vice President of Special Projects and has also acquired the first operating license from Wellspring Search, DBA Absolute Web Marketing. The newly formed Absolute Web Marketing will be offering services from Wellspring’s 3 divisions, Absolute Web Designs, Local Lead Link and Wellspring ‘s full digital marketing.
About Wellspring Search
Wellspring Search, LLC was founded in December 2017, is debt-free and profitable, based in Frederick MD and is a world-class provider of SEO and digital marketing services, and is actively seeking new acquisition opportunities in the digital marketing space.
For the 13th year in a row, the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will be honoring four individuals for their fantastic contributions to the community. These women were chosen based on the positive impact they have had on Dearborn County and their ability to inspire others to work toward bettering the region.
The 2018 recipients of the Women of Distinction Award recipients are Joyce Baer. Mary Helen Crook, Karen Snyder and Nancy Fahey Turner.
The Women of Distinction awards luncheon will take place at the Lawrenceburg Event Center on Thursday, October 4th at 11:30am. If you would like to come and show your support for these wonderful women you can find more information at http://tinyurl.com/dccWoD18 or call 812-537-0814.
Highpoint Health will once again be hosting a women’s health expo in conjunction with the Women of Distinction Luncheon. The expo will start at 9am and run to 2pm at the Lawrenceburg Event Center. Make sure to stop by and check it out! They will also be having a special $29 vascular screening at the expo! You can learn more at myhph.org/EXPO.
The Chamber would like to give a special thanks to UCB and Register Publications for making the event possible.
Dearborn County Young Professionals’ eighth annual Goofy Golf Outing features a few fun challenges that you won’t find at other charitable golf events.
Golf outings are usually dominated by the players who take their game seriously, but this one levels the playing field for those who just like to have fun. While some holes at this quick nine-hole, four-person team scramble will be played the traditional way, others will require teams to play with a tennis ball or putt with a plastic flamingo.
Goofy Golf will take place Friday, August 10 at Hidden Valley Golf Club, 19775 Alpine Drive, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Check-in/registration 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 dinner, drinks, and networking. DCYP will also hand out trophies and prizes to the first-place team, The last-place team will receive the coveted Goofy Golf Horse’s Behind trophies. There will also be some on-course competitions for which prizes will be given.
This DCYP event is open to everyone. Cost is $30 per person for DCYP members and employees or owners of Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce member businesses. Registration includes your cart fee, round of golf and all all-you-can-eat buffet after golf. Teams of up to four people can register to play together.
There are two ways to sign up. You can register and pay online here:
Registrations may also be submitted by mailing or dropping off a check made payable to “Dearborn County Young Professionals” to Andrea Ewan, 210 West High Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025. Please include the names of your team members in a note with the check.
Funds raised in the DCYP Goofy Golf Outing will go towards DCYP’s high school business planning competition and the DCYP Scholarship Fund benefiting students at Dearborn County’s three high schools: East Central, Lawrenceburg, and South Dearborn.
Contact DCYP at email@example.com with questions.
Dearborn County is once again the place to be to promote your business on the course this summer! There are a number of great golf outing coming up supporting local businesses and charities. Call the provided number to get yourself or your team registered!
Swinging Summer Scramble
featuring music by Amy Sailor & Carey Hunley
Monday, July 16th 11am start
Hidden Valley Golf Club
SPCA Dog Leg Classic
Monday, July 23rd 11:30 start
Hidden Valley Golf Club
2018 East Central Football Boosters Golf Outing
Saturday, July 28 8:00am start
Grand Oaks Golf Club
“Come Out Swinging” United Way Golf Tournament
Monday, July 30th 12:30 start
Hidden Valley Golf Club
17th Annual Dearborn Community Foundation Golf Scramble
Monday, August 13th 10:30 start
Hidden Valley Golf Club
Thank you to Jared Moore from Sandler Training Cincinnati for presenting to a full house of Chamber members on tips and tricks for hiring the right people the first time. Special thank you to PCRD and Aurora for hosting us in their conference room!
The next lunch and learn will be the last week of July, stay tuned for more details!
Huge thank you to Dearborn Savings Bank for sponsoring this series and ensuring it remains free for all Chamber members!