Leadership Dearborn ’24 Registration Now Open!

Join leaders from around the region to learn, grow, and enhance your managerial capabilities

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce and the Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation are pleased to announced the highly anticipated Leadership Dearborn program is set to commence in May, and registration is now open!

This immersive program promises a transformative experience, equipping participants with essential leadership tools and strategies. Under the expert guidance of Angel Beets, esteemed CEO of Gilman Partners, attendees will benefit from Ms. Beets’ wealth of leadership expertise and industry insights.

Returning as facilitator this year, Angel Beets, brings expertise in marketing/communication, higher education and a wealth of training experience. Topics covered will include team dynamics, self-assessment, time management, managing priorities, managing under pressure, leadership traits, future planning and more. This is a great opportunity for you or your top management to grow and learn with other Dearborn County leaders.

“Leadership is not just a program; it’s a catalyst for personal and professional growth,” says Eric Kranz. “We’re dedicated to shaping the leaders of tomorrow and fostering a community of individuals poised to make a positive impact. It is important for all of our communities and businesses in Southeast Indiana to continue to grow and nurture local talent, and show aspiring leaders that there are ample opportunities for meaningful impact here at home.”

Participants can expect a dynamic curriculum, including interactive workshops, case studies, and networking opportunities. The program’s comprehensive approach ensures that each participant gains a holistic understanding of leadership principles and practices.

Enrollment for Leadership 2024 is now open. Don’t miss the chance to elevate your leadership potential and contribute to the growth and success of Dearborn County. Secure your spot today and embark on a transformative journey towards leadership excellence.

For registration information please contact Eric Kranz, President and CEO of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, at 812-537-0814 or email at ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org. The cost of the program is $1,000 and registration closes on May 12th. Participation is limited so please reach out early to ensure availability. 

Registration also possible at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/leadershipDC24

2023 Women of Distinction Nominations Now Open!

Luncheon, presented by Civista Bank to be held on September 28th @ Lawrenceburg Event Center

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, with the help of Civista Bank, is pleased to announce that we will once again be honoring local individuals as Women of Distinction for their fantastic contributions to the community. These women will be chosen based on the positive impact they have had on Dearborn County and their ability to inspire others to work toward bettering the region. Nominations are now open and will remain open through the end of September. Please make sure to visit https://tinyurl.com/WoD23Nom, download your application and send it into the Chamber no later than 8/25.

The Women of Distinction awards luncheon will take place at the Lawrenceburg Event Center on Thursday, September 28th at 11:30am. If you would like to come and show your support for these wonderful women you can find more information and register at dearborncountychamber.org or call 812-537-0814.

The Chamber would like to give a special thanks to Civista Bank for once again making this event possible. We can’t wait to receive nominations for all the deserving winners!

Nick Goepper to Keynote Annual Business Breakfast on April 13th

The 2023 Annual Business Breakfast presented by Kelsey Chevrolet will celebrate Southeast Indiana businesses, emerging entrepreneurs and future leaders

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce hometown hero and three time Olympian Nick Goepper will be the keynote speaker at the 2023 Annual Business Breakfast presented by Kelsey Chevrolet. The breakfast is set to take place on April 13th, 2023, at Perfect North Slopes.

Chamber Annual Business Breakfast

presented by Kelsey Chevrolet

Perfect North Slopes

Thursday, April 13th

7:30 – 9:30am

tinyurl.com/DCCC23Bfast

Lawrenceburg native Nick Goepper is excited to share stories from his globetrotting and inspiring career which began at Perfect North Slopes and saw him win medals in three different Olympics (Sochi in 2014, PyeongChang in 2018 and Beijing in 2022). Nick was also a medalist at the World Championships in 2013 and 2019.

We hope you can join us on April 13th from 7:30 – 9:30am at Perfect North Slopes. Tickets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/DCCC23Bfast. For any questions, please contact us as 812-537-0814 or ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org.

“The business breakfast event is an excellent opportunity for professionals to learn more about opportunities in the region, develop their relationships with local leaders and gain insights from successful business owners in the area,” said Janet Faller, Chairman of Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Board and FCN Bank market manager. “We encourage everyone to attend and take advantage of the valuable resources and networking opportunities that will be available.”

About Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce:

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting and promoting the local business community. The Chamber provides a range of services, including networking events, business development opportunities, and advocacy for small businesses. Through its programs and initiatives, the Chamber aims to foster economic growth and prosperity in Dearborn County and the surrounding areas.

2023 Leadership Dearborn Registration Now Open

Sessions Begin 5/23

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce and Southeast Indiana Chamber Foundation are pleased to announce that registration for the 2023 class of Leadership Dearborn is now open. After an incredibly successful 2022 we are excited to offer the program once again in 2023.

We are continuing to fine tune the program to make sure it is as beneficial as possible to participants, their employers and the community as a whole. In 2023 the program will consist of 6 monthly sessions (May through October) and a wrap up celebration at the Chamber Annual Dinner in November. Classes will meet at various locations throughout Dearborn County to expose participants to important institutions, employers, and regional leaders.

Returning as facilitator this year, Angel Beets, a partner with Gillman Partners, brings expertise in marketing/communication, higher education and a wealth of training experience. We are excited to have her join us again for the 2023 program. Topics covered will include team dynamics, self-assessment, time management, managing priorities, managing under pressure, leadership traits, future planning and more. This is a great opportunity for you or your top management to grow and learn with other Dearborn County leaders.

For registration information please contact Eric Kranz, President and CEO of the Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce, at 812-537-0814 or email at ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org. The cost of the program is $1,000 and registration closes on May 12th. Participation is limited so please reach out early to ensure availability.  

Dearborn Chamber to Host Annual Business Breakfast April 13th At Perfect North Slopes

The 2023 Annual Business Breakfast presented by Kelsey Chevrolet will celebrate Southeast Indiana businesses, emerging entrepreneurs and future leaders

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the 2023 Annual Business Breakfast presented by Kelsey Chevrolet. The breakfast is set to take place on April 13th, 2023, at Perfect North Slopes.

Chamber Annual Business Breakfast

presented by Kelsey Chevrolet

Perfect North Slopes

Thursday, April 13th

7:30 – 9:30am

tinyurl.com/DCCC23Bfast

The breakfast will feature a soon to be announced guest speaker and two exciting regional programs: the Leadership Dearborn Program and the Maverick High School Business Plan Competition. The Leadership Dearborn Program is a prestigious program that provides leadership development opportunities for professionals in the Dearborn County area. The Maverick High School Business Plan Competition, on the other hand, is a competition for high school students that aims to foster entrepreneurship and business skills.

“We are excited to host the Leadership Dearborn Program and the Maverick High School Business Plan Competition during our business breakfast,” said Eric Kranz, President of Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce. “Both programs are crucial in developing leadership and business skills in our community, and we are proud to support them.”

We hope you can join us on April 13th from 7:30 – 9:30am at Perfect North Slopes. Tickets can be purchased at tinyurl.com/DCCC23Bfast. For any questions, please contact us as 812-537-0814 or ekranz@dearborncountychamber.org.

“The business breakfast event is an excellent opportunity for professionals to learn more about opportunities in the region, develop their relationships with local leaders and gain insights from successful business owners in the area,” said Janet Faller, Chairman of Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce Board and FCN Bank market manager. “We encourage everyone to attend and take advantage of the valuable resources and networking opportunities that will be available.”

About Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce:

The Dearborn County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to supporting and promoting the local business community. The Chamber provides a range of services, including networking events, business development opportunities, and advocacy for small businesses. Through its programs and initiatives, the Chamber aims to foster economic growth and prosperity in Dearborn County and the surrounding areas.

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…

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