2021 Women of Distinction Honorees Announced

Presented by Civista Bank, the awards luncheon will be held on February 24th

For the 15th year in a row, Civista Bank and the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce honored local individuals for their fantastic contributions to the community. After considered deliberation from the nomination committee we are excited to announce this year’s honorees! You can find acceptance videos at the Chamber website and at our Facebook page.

  • Angie Walters
    • Angie was nominated by Joey Lynch for her impressive work in Greendale and throughout Dearborn County. Angie has been the chief deputy clerk treasurer of Greendale for 22 years and is active in the Indiana League of Municipal Clerk Treasurers, Indiana State Board of Accounts, Tax Commissioners and State Auditors. Shei s also a community development block grant administrator, and former President of the Redevelopment Association of Indiana (as well as a 16 year member). She was integral in getting the City of Greendale listed in the National Registry of Historic Places and works very closely with Indiana Landmarks. In 2017, OKI received an award for her contribution to public service from the OKI Regional Council of Governments. In addition to helping grow Greendale, Angie is very active in her church (St. Mary’s in Aurora). Starting in 2022 Angie will take over as the Redevelopment Executive Director in Greendale.
  • Nancy Tibbets
    • Nancy was nominated by Phee Ellinghausen for her boundless energy and enthusiasm in supporting organizations throughout Dearborn County. Prior to her retirement, Nancy worked with students in the South Dearborn School Corporation libraries. Since retirement in 2000 she has volunteered with many organizations including the Aurora First Baptist Church, Tri Kappa, Shriners Hospital, PAWS and Hillforest, where she serves on the board of directors. Nancy also goes out of her way to help people outside of organized activities and is known to help with toy drives and makes goodie boxes for the residents of Ridgewood Health Campus. Nancy has been an inspiration to women throughout the community with her tireless efforts.
  • Tisha Linzy
    • Tisha was nominated by Judge Sally McLaughlin for her work with children in the community. Tisha started her career as a jail officer and moved on to juvenile probation officer where she developed an intensive program for juveniles and families with special needs. After receiving a Maser of Science Degree Tisha began working within the Lawrenceburg School system as a social worker instituting many innovative programs. Ms. Linzy is currently the clinical director for the Jail Chemical Addiction Program with the Dearborn County Superior Court. In addition, Tisha is a member of the Lawrenceburg Tri Kappa and volunteers at various other organizations and for many initiatives. Ms. Linzy has made a positive impact on the families and children in our community and continues to do so on a daily basis.

We are also excited to announce that we will be honoring these women, along with our 2020 awardees (Lee Fox, Fayla Nanz and Luree Ketchum) at an early Women of Distinction Luncheon presented by Civista Bank on February 24th at the Lawrenceburg Event Center. The lunch will begin at 11:30 and you can register at https://tinyurl.com/WoDCatchup or by calling the Chamber at 812-537-0814. In addition to this special event, we will be holding another luncheon to honor Women of Distinction in 2022 at the traditional time, in the Fall of this year. We look forward to seeing everyone at both events.

The Chamber would like to give a special thanks to Civista for making this event possible. Their contributions to not only the Chamber and business community but to all of Southeast Indiana during the past year has been a driving force in ensuring the county thrives through difficult times. We sincerely appreciate their continued support.

24 Dearborn County Businesses Receive COVID Relief Grants

Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation & Dearborn County Distribute $275,000 in OCRA Funded Grants to Support Local Businesses Hit By Pandemic

Lawrenceburg September 21, 2021:  

All funds in a $275,000 Grant Fund to support Dearborn businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed to 24 local businesses by the Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation (SICF).

The fund, which was applied for by the SICF on behalf of Dearborn County was established using a grant from Indiana’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).  Any Dearborn County business impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic was eligible to apply.

The $250,000 grant from OCRA was supplemented by matching funds from Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, One Dearborn, the Civista Charitable Foundation and the Southeast Indiana Port Authority which pushed the total fund to $275,000.

“This program was the result of hard work from the Dearborn County commissioners, multiple local non-profit and government organizations and a dedicated grant committee” said Eric Kranz, executive director of the SICF. “We received requests for $800,000 and the committee focused on need and overall impact when making tough decisions on fund allocations. 100% of the $275,000 was distributed to deserving businesses here in Dearborn County.”

The Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit charitable sister organization of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce. The SICF, along with community partners, will continue to seek opportunities to help local businesses recover from the effects of the pandemic.

 The 24 companies that received a grant, in no particular order:

Flex Audiology, Little Red Academy, Savor the Flavor, Hidden Valley Golf Club, Plug’s Sweet Tooth, Physique Boutique, MNP Grocery, Greendale Cinema, C&L Enterprises, Walker Trucking, Genesis Transportation, Gold Shield Worldwide, Roy Rents, Simply Lashes, Karen Shields – State Farm, Route 262 Country Store, Lawrence Motorsports, History In Your Backyard, Parlour on the Avenue, Top Quality Building Products, BrainBKT Graphics, Willies Sports Café, Beacon News, Trinity Dry Cleaners.

Survey measuring occupational health needs of Dearborn County employers

Important occupational health services can be made easy for new and existing employers of all sizes in Dearborn County.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare is conducting an occupational health survey for local businesses in Dearborn County. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is interested in learning about the occupational medicine needs in Dearborn County and wants businesses’ feedback. Find and complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KH8X3M8.

On Thursday, April 29 from 11:30am-1:00pm, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, One Dearborn and the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce will be offering a free, virtual lunch and learn session that will provide in depth information on the services provided by St. Elizabeth Business Health. To RSVP for the April 29 free lunch and learn session, please contact Nick Maglic at nick.maglic@stelizabeth.com.

In the meantime, for your occupational medical needs please contact St. Elizabeth Business Health Mineola Pike location at (859) 301-2999.

Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation Receives $250,000 Grant

Grant will support Dearborn County businesses impacted by COVID-19 pandemic.

Lawrenceburg August 27, 2020:  The Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation, a 501c3 sister organization of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of Dearborn County, has been awarded a $250,000 grant to establish a revolving loan fund designed to support small to medium sized businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant is part of a $10.09-million federal aid package awarded by Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to 42 rural Hoosier communities through the COVID-19 Response Program.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our Hoosier economy and they have made considerable sacrifices during the COVID-19 crisis.” said Lt. Gov. Crouch “This funding will help Hoosier small businesses continue to recover and will help make investments necessary to create safer spaces for their customers and staff.”

Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Eric Kranz, added: “Our local communities have done a tremendous job coming together to mitigate the negative consequences of the pandemic. There has been so much collaboration and outreach over the last six months and it has been truly inspiring. At the Chamber, we’re excited to be able to contribute to these efforts through this grant which will make a profound difference to many of our local businesses.”

The $250,000 grant will also be supplemented with additional funds from the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, One Dearborn, the Civista Charitable Foundation and the Southeast Indiana Port Authority. With their help the fund will launch with a total loanable amount of $275,000.

The Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation will be administering the revolving loan fund on behalf of Dearborn County and will release more details on eligibility, application process and terms and conditions of the loan in the coming weeks.

For further information, please contact:

Eric Kranz

T: 812-537-0814

E: ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org.

CARES Act Infographic

Today, and every day, we thank you for your membership. We love seeing you at ribbon cuttings and big events, and right now while those activities can’t happen, please have confidence that our team is here for you in all seasons of business. We know this pandemic has impacted you in major ways and we are here to help.

Below is an infographic explaining, in simple terms and format, the two available loan options available through the CARES Act. Breaking down an 800+ page document, our goal is provide you with key information that enables you to understand the possibilities, make decisions, and most importantly, get back to your business!
Please share this information (either in print or digitally) with a fellow business owner in your circle. The impact of this bill is so broad that it almost surely will have some impact on every business and we want to make sure the info get to everyone.

As you will surely have more questions we welcome your emails at ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org but another great resource is Ginnie Faller with the ISBDC. You can reach her at gfaller@isbdc.org.

You can find the full US Treasury breakdown of the bill for borrowers here: https://home.treasury.gov/…/PPP%20Borrower%20Information%20…


Earlier today President Trump signed the CARES Act into law. The goal of the legislation is to provide sweeping economic assistance throughout all sectors of the economy as the country battles the fallout from COVID-19. Below are a number of FAQ’s send out by Senator Young’s office that help outline many of the key provisions.

Dearborn County Young Professionals Announce 2020 Scholarship

Part of Dearborn County Young Professionals’ mission is to support the next generation of outstanding individuals and entrepreneurs in our community.

(Dearborn County, Ind.) – Part of Dearborn County Young Professionals’ mission is to support the next generation of outstanding individuals and entrepreneurs in our community. One of the ways the organization does that is by offering our DCYP Future Leaders of Dearborn County Scholarships.

The organization is awarding scholarships. Eligible individuals include Dearborn County residents who are a senior in high school or home school set to graduate in spring 2020.

Applicants are required to show their work experience, school activities, and community volunteer efforts. They must also complete an essay about an idea for a new or improved business in Dearborn County.

A successful applicant should include two letters of recommendation from teachers or professionals outside of their immediate family. A copy of the student’s most recent report card or transcript is also requested.

You can download and print the AIM YP Future Leaders of Dearborn County Scholarship application at https://dearborncountychamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-DCYP-Scholarship-Application-2.pdf

Completed applications should be emailed to dearborncountyyp@gmail.com

Applications may also be sent by U.S. mail or delivered in person to Dearborn County Young Professionals, C/O Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, 320 Walnut Street, Lawrenceburg, Indiana 47025.

Scholarship applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, June 1, 2020.

Scholarship winners will be determined by members of the Dearborn County Young Professionals Committee.

December 2019 Labor Market Review

Unemployment rates were lower in December in 11 states, higher in 4 states, and stable in 35 states and the District of Columbia, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Eight states had jobless rate decreases from a year earlier, 1 state had an increase, and 41 states and the District had little or no change. The national unemployment rate, 3.5 percent, was unchanged over the month but was 0.4 percentage point lower than in December 2018. Non-farm payroll employment increased in 3 states in December 2019 and was essentially unchanged in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Over the year, 26 states added non-farm payroll jobs and 24 states and the District were essentially unchanged. South Carolina, Utah, and Vermont had the lowest unemployment rates in December, 2.3 percent each. The rates in Colorado (2.5 percent), Florida (3.0 percent), Georgia (3.2 percent), Illinois (3.7 percent),Oregon (3.7 percent), South Carolina (2.3 percent), Utah (2.3 percent), and Washington (4.3 percent) set new series lows. Alaska had the highest jobless rate, 6.1 percent. In total, 15 states had unemployment rates lower than the U.S. figure of 3.5 percent, 12 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates, and 23 states had rates that were not appreciably different from that of the nation.

Indiana’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2%, while Dearborn County ticked down to 3.2% from 3.3% in November. This is the 30th lowest rate in the state (of 92 counties).

You can find the entire report focused on Southeast Indiana here.

Wellspring Search Acquires Absolute Web Designs

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.


June Lunch and Learn with DSB: Hire Right or Hire Again

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!


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