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Chamber members and friends, The month of March was quite a busy month at the Chamber as it was for many of you. As we look toward April, we begin to see the fruits of our labor starting to take shape. We recently awarded Marilyn Moran Townsend with the highly coveted Athena Award. Marilyn received this award because she exemplifies what it means to be a true leader. Her leadership as a professional and in various civic duties makes her an example both men and women in our community should follow. Additionally, we presented Tonya Vojtkofsky with the first Young Professional Athena Award for her dedication and commitment to serving young people in Fort Wayne. Both of these women have reminded me of how important it is to build leaders in our community. On April 16, the Chamber’s Graduate Retention Program will host TechFest11 at Sweetwater Sound. This program was brought to us by the City of Fort Wayne and provides us yet another opportunity to develop leadership skills in our INSIDE

young people. This program encourages young people to develop the skills necessary to go into STEM related professions and provide them opportunities to build solid futures right here in Northeast Indiana. It will be a program you won’t want to miss. Leadership Development has been a continuing theme this spring at the Chamber. We are proud to partner with Ivy Tech to bring the Disney Institute to Fort Wayne. This program has been so popular that an extra day has been added. We’re excited to see so many members of the business community take advantage of the opportunities available right here in Fort Wayne. By training our employees and young people, we develop skills that ultimately increase the bottom line for business and make Fort Wayne a great place to live and work. Hope to see you in the month ahead!

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10 legislative lingo words to know Our 2011 Athena Award winners TechFest registration closes soon Walk to lower health care costs 5 things you need to know about foreclosure There’s a Member for That: Great ways to spruce up your space Why “air service development”? 135 Random Acts of Kindness Strategies for saving money from Prairie Quest Consulting Your guide to Chamber discounts New and renewing members: February 2011 Affecting career goals from a different angle Chamber calendar of events

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10 legislative lingo words to know
Katy Stafford Director of Government Affairs The Chamber kstafford@fwchamber.org

Meet your legislators and mayoral candidates
April 16: Regional Third House Forum, 10 a.m.-noon, Wells County Arts, Commerce and Visitors Centre, Bluffton April 25: GOP Primary Mayoral Debate, 7 p.m., IPFW Details are on Page 14.

The General Assembly can be an intimidating thing. By learning the “lingo,” these words and phrases will help with understanding the processes the General Assembly undergoes and can assist with communications with our Delegation. Author: The member who introduces a Senate or House bill or resolution and whose name appears first on the bill Coauthor: A member who joins with the author and whose name appears after the name of the author. Sponsor: The member who sponsors a bill or resolution which originated in the other General Assembly Chamber and whose name appears first on the bill. Cosponsor: A member who joins with the sponsor and whose name appears after the name of the sponsor. Senate resolution: A resolution that is not to be presented to the House for adoption. Senate resolutions are abbreviated SR. House resolution: A resolution that is not to be presented to the Senate for adoption. Concurrent resolution: A non-joint resolution that must be presented to both houses of the General Assembly for adoption. SCR is the abbreviation of a Senate Concurrent Resolution; HCR is a House Concurrent Resolution. The name of

the resolution is based on the Chamber where the resolution originated. Joint resolution: A resolution that must meet the same requirements for adoption as a bill. Recess: A break in proceedings. The business being discussed can be resumed upon return from recess. Adjourn: The official end of business. Adjournments generally take place when a committee has concluded discussion of their calendar of bills, or when a Chamber has finished their business of the day on the Floor. In addition to these important phrases, it is important to know that the Statehouse is open to the public during regular business hours every week. Committee hearings and floor proceedings are open to the public as well. Our Members are encouraged to travel to Indianapolis and watch the General Assembly in action. Can’t find the time? With the growth of technology, it has become even easier to see the business of the Statehouse. All committee rooms and Senate and House Chambers stream live on the Internet when meetings are in session. You can access it here: www.in.gov/legislative. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ~ Johann von Goethe

Gov. Mitch Daniels was among the many state leaders who spoke with Chamber members during Northeast Indiana Day at the Statehouse on March 1. Connect with The Chamber on Facebook to view more photos and coverage from Chamber happenings. Go to www.facebook.com/ftwaynechamber and click Like.

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Marilyn Moran Townsend

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At the ATHENA Awards luncheon on March 23, The Chamber for the first time awarded two nominees with awards. The ATHENA Award went to Marilyn Moran Townsend, chairman and CEO of CVC Communications. “Her diverse contributions and accomplishments are just a few examples of why she is a worthy ATHENA recipient,” said Mike Landram, president and CEO of the Chamber. “Marilyn is an example of mentorship in all areas personal and professional. Her gifts to the community are priceless and too numerous to list, embodying the essence of the ATHENA award.” Marilyn has provided executive speech coaching for community leaders such as Olympic Greco-Roman Gold Medallist Rulon Garder, a former Disney executive, a mayor, and more. In 2001, Marilyn was named Indiana Business Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Marilyn is the vice chair of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, chair of the Better Business Bureau Foundation, secretary to the board of directors for Parkview Hospital, and a member of the board of directors for the History Center. The new award is the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, which was given to Tonya Vojtkofsky, co-founder of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls.

“The community has sincerely benefited from Tonya’s efforts through the Derby Girls in the past seven years,” Landram said. “She consistently gives of her time, talent, and resources to ensure young women are encouraged, empowered and educated in ways that allow them to avoid peer pressure. Tonya is a true emerging leader in our community and one we’re proud to honor.” Tonya also founded the Fort Wayne Derby Brats in January 2009, a junior flat track roller derby league for girls 9-17, teaching young girls the fundamentals of playing in a team sport along with empowerment, courage to avoid peer pressure and acceptance of peers from all social backgrounds. The Fort Wayne Derby Girls, now celebrating its sixth season, have donated more than $55,000 to local women and children organizations. In 2009, she was nominated for the nationally recognized “Break Thru Woman” with CNN’s Robin Meade and last year was a nominee for the ATHENA Award. ATHENA recipients must meet each of three specific criteria. They must:  Assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.  Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.  Provide valuable service by devoting time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.

TechFest registration closes April 5
Saturday, April 16 Visit neitechfest.com for more information about the event.

Zach Klein

Make plans now to attend the first annual Northeast Indiana TechFest on April 16 at Sweetwater Sound. This event, which developed from an idea between the Fort Wayne Mayor’s Office and Atos Origin, provides Northeast Indiana High School students with the opportunity to compete in video game tournaments, a problem solving competition, an iPod “Battle of the Bands,” a speed texting competition, breakout sessions with guest speakers, informational tables about area careers and colleges with STEM related majors,

and much more. Young people can register at www. neitechfest.com for $10 to participate in up to two games. If you have a high schooler, get them involved in this fun and interactive day! Entrepreneur Zach Klein, a native of Fort Wayne, is a featured speaker at TechFest this year. Klein’s experience includes working with CollegeHumor.com and co-founding Vimeo and Busted Tees. He is currently chief product officer for Boxee. Registration for Techfest closes April 5.

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Walk to lower health care costs
The Chamber discount
If your business has 2 to 50 employees, you qualify for a discount of up to five percent on your small business insurance premiums from PHP. Average annual savings is $2,500. To receive a free quote, call PHP at (800) 9826257 or visit www. phpni.com and click on the Chamber Discount Program link.

Obesity costs American employers $225.8 billion annually in lost productivity and more than $3,000 in average annual health care costs per employee. These numbers are making a significant impact to an employer’s bottom line. Employers can help combat obesity, and therefore improve their bottom lines, by offering workplace wellness programs and encouraging their employees to become more physically active. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), walking is the single most effective form of exercise to achieve heart health and it also has the lowest drop-out rate of any type of exercise. Studies show that for every hour of brisk walking, life expectancy may increase by two hours, even if you don’t start until middle age. AHA has some great way to help employers get started. One is the Start! program, a free workplace wellness program that employers can implement in their companies. Start! program tools and resources can be found online at www.startwalk-

ingnow.org. You will find customized walking programs, online tracking tools, and many other great resources such as a grocery list builder and heart healthy recipes. PHP sponsors the Start! program locally, and provides assistance to PHP employer groups to help them offer and promote these resources to their employees. An AHA representative is also available to any area employer that would like more information, or to begin using the Start! program in their company. Another way to get employees involved is to join AHA on April 6 for National Start Walking Day, which promotes physical activity through walking. Employers can plan their own National Start Walking Day events by downloading the free toolkit at www.startwalkingnow.org. To learn more about the American Heart Association’s Start! program or National Start Walking Day, please contact Vanessa Lauritsen at (260) 494-6530 or Vanessa.lauritsen@heart.org.

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Chamber members can save 60 percent on “core catalog” items and four percent off “retail catalog” purchases. You can also monitor expenses with monthly reporting, and order online, via phone or fax, and through retail stores. For more info, contact Chris Michaels at (260) 249-3977.

The independent, non-profit Office Depot Foundation reflects the values of Office Depot and its associates by supporting charitable organizations and worthy causes on a local and national scale. The foundation’s key strategic priorities:  Helping children succeed in school and in life.  Enabling non-profit organizations to become more efficient and effective.  Strengthening local communities through grants, product donations and volunteerism.  Encouraging community development through entrepreneurship and economic innovation. Key Office Depot Foundation initiatives include: The National Backpack Program: The Foundation donates backpacks each year to hundreds of non-profit organizations and schools across the U.S., in Canada and beyond. Since the inception of the program in 2001, the foundation has donated 2 million backpacks.

The Caring Connection: A user-friendly web site that lets anyone find and sign up for volunteer opportunities in the community, this program helps teens find ways to fulfill their schools’ community service requirements, gives families opportunities to volunteer together and enables companies to look for projects that their employees can work on for team-building and to give back to the community. Visit the web site at caringconnection.volunteermatch.org. The Dream UP Career Exploration Program: In partnership with USA Today and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the Foundation is reaching out to 30,000 middle school students to encourage them to start thinking about career options well before they get to high school — a very important dropout prevention strategy. The Office Depot Foundation is an independent foundation. For more information, visit its web site at www.officedepotfoundation.org.

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About Pathfinder Community Connections
Pathfinder Community Connections is here to help. The community development division of Pathfinder Services, a non profit 501(c)3 organization is located right across from South Side High School on Calhoun Street, and offers free Foreclosure Counseling. Call (866) 892-0513 or visit www.cchomes.org.

5 things you need to know about avoiding foreclosure
Worried about losing your home? Are you falling behind on your mortgage payments? Are you afraid you will soon be behind? Here are some things Pathfinder Community Connections wants all homeowners to know: Never, never, never pay for foreclosure help. Many for-profit foreclosure providers charge high fees, sometimes up to $2,000, and do little to help the situation. Often, homeowners seek out non-profit, free providers after they have lost the fee paid to others. There is plenty of free help available in every community. Pathfinder Community Connections Foreclosure Prevention office is located at 3326 S. Calhoun St., Suite 102, Fort Wayne and can be reached at 866-892-0513. They can be found online at www.cchomes. org. Don’t wait until the foreclosure notice arrives before you ask for help. Lenders often tell homeowners they will do nothing to renegotiate their mortgage unless they are at least three months behind in payments. Pathfinder Community Connections urges homeowners to ask for assistance as soon as they know they might soon be delinquent. The sooner they ask for help, the better the chances are their house can be saved. The place you pay your mortgage may not hold the deed. Mortgages are bought and sold to large financial institutions through the secondary market. This reduces risk to smaller banks. If you pay your mortgage to ABC Bank Inc., that does not mean they own your house until you pay if off. Most mortgages are held by banks around the world. This makes it difficult to negotiate reduced payments or other ways to avoid foreclosure. Free Foreclosure Counselors have been trained to find the correct lien holder so negotiations can take place.

Unemployment does not mean there is no hope. There are options other than foreclosure for owners who have lost their job or who have had decreases in income. Lenders might agree to options in which an owner loses their home, but owes no more to the bank, or does not have a foreclosure on their record. Short sales (the house is sold for less than the amount owed), and Deed In Lieu (the owner gives the house to the lender to prevent foreclosure) are two such options. The Hardest Hit Funds program may be able to help. A new Federal program, Hardest Hit Funds, will soon arrive in Indiana under the name of Unemployment Bridge Program. This program will help eligible homeowners make their mortgage payments while they receive unemployment insurance. When the program begins in late Spring 2011, Pathfinder Community Connections will help homeowners apply for these funds.

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By Lauren Richwine As general membership at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce continues to grow, so does the variety of organizations and companies that make up that membership. Each issue of Emphasis will introduce or reacquaint you with a few Chamber members who fall under that month’s specific theme. Whether your need is industrial, medical, or retail related, there’s a member for that! The First Impression of Furniture Have you ever considered the impression your corporate furniture is creating on potential clients? It’s not just your advertising that is sending out messages. The way we design and fill our workspace sends messages as well, says Carol A. Emrick, VP of Sales & Marketing for Productive Business Interiors. “First impressions are important, and your furnishings can definitely help define your company’s professionalism,” Emrick said. In recent years businesses have had to cut expenditures by downsizing and becoming more creative, specifically with its work spaces. The fact is that people are working differently than they did 20 years ago. Many companies find that workstations stand empty for long periods of time because employees work from home, or collaborate in team spaces offsite. “Benching is gaining popularity, and is an application approach for supporting parallel work surfaces along a spine, with little dedicated storage or privacy. The idea is that people can ‘touch down’ for private work with a laptop at these stations, then move to a variety of group work spaces, cafes, and lounge areas,” Emrick said. “Benching strategies, versus individual workstations, can show an initial cost savings of 10-15 percent, and a space savings of 22-26 percent.” Companies today are looking to create spaces that attract and retain talent, maximize collaboration, reinforce the culture of the organization and align technology strategies. Emrick’s advice on that front? “Make every square foot of your real estate count. Maximize your ability to create a destination that will attract and retain good employees.” Clean the Coils Clients and customers aren’t going to spend much time admiring your fabulous work space if they are sweating or shivering. HVAC Systems Services Inc.

(Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Control) has seen firsthand how much avoiding regular maintenance can cost a company in the long run. There’s also the wasted energy to account for. “Simple things like cleaning coils can reduce your utility bills and preserve compressors. Dirty coils alone can increase energy costs by up to 35 percent,” said Rick Jones, CEO of HVAC SS. “Maintaining proper pressures in your units prolongs their lifespan. A problem with low refrigerant will cause the unit to run longer to cool, wear parts out quicker, and use 45 percent more energy.” Located in Fort Wayne, HVAC Systems Service Inc. has grown from a one-man operation in 1981 to a fleet of service trucks equipped with numerous parts and materials. As a Honeywell energy management specialist and national award winner for energy innovation, HVAC specializes in the analysis, repair and preventative maintenance of heating, cooling and control systems. “With over three decades of experience, you can count on us to fit your specifications,” Jones said.

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Among some of the spruced-up spaces by Jack Laurie Group are: Above left: One Resource Group in Roanoke Above right: The Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne Right: Shindigz in South Whitley

How to Look Good for Less Freshening up a workplace without spending big bucks is possible but it takes a bit of creativity. If you’re short on ideas, Cathy Waggoner, Business Development Manager for Jack Laurie Group, is full of them. “Get rid of the clutter first. Just a couple of extra storage or file cabinets can get everything organized and put away,” Waggoner said. “Second, do a deep

cleaning of your interior surfaces to make everything look like new again. Clean your carpets and upholstery, scrub and wax tile, wash the walls, you will be amazed at the difference. You can re-paint walls with current color trends without much expense. Also repaint file cabinets that are mismatched or scratched, or reupholster workstation panels or chairs for 25 percent of the cost of new. An update of your accessories — new plants, artwork, and signage — will give your facility a fresh look at a minimal expense. And we would recommend replacing flooring materials or ceiling tiles in your more high-image areas first.” A common mistake in selecting interior products is basing the decision only on initial cost. Waggoner highly recommend looking at life cycle cost including the initial material and labor costs, as well as maintenance costs over the life of the product. “Many times, it is just pennies per day over a 5-to10-year period to upgrade to a better product or implement a maintenance program that will extend the life of your investment,” Waggoner said.

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Why ‘air service development’?
Dave Young Vice President of Air Service Development The Chamber dyoung@fwchamber.org

It comes as a surprise to quite a few people, members and non-members alike, that The Chamber has a person dedicated to being an advocate on behalf of the community on issues surrounding “air service development.” In fact, you may be saying to yourself, “What exactly is air service development?” and “Why should I care about developing air service?” or perhaps a number of other questions will come to mind. The issue becomes a little clearer when one realizes, that without air service, an airport is little more than very long parking lot. Air service development, at its basic, is the promotion of the airport to both the airlines and passengers alike. Airlines need to be made aware there is opportunity for them to fly their aircraft into an airport, and the community needs to be made aware of the flight and destination opportunities the airport provides for them. For without one, there is not the other. Although the needs for the airlines may be different from those of the passengers — in fact, sometimes they seem diametrically opposed to one another — success for both groups is measured by how many airline tickets are sold. Air service marketing is directed to addressing this issue. Air service development continues as a top priority at The Chamber, and efforts continue to

secure more flights to more destinations for the people of Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana. However, successful advancement is a long-term proposition. There are not very many announcements for new service that happens; in fact, most of the work is done out of the public eye on mundane issues like operational integrity, forecasting, number reconciliation, and endless phone calls. But these need to be done in order that the opportunities that exist at Fort Wayne International Airport (FWA) are communicated to both the airlines that serve FWA and those we would very much like to have fly to Fort Wayne. To that end, air service development has taken the position that FWA needs to maintain its current airlines and schedules, enhance the current airlines flight options by adding larger aircraft or more destinations, and expand the number of airlines serving FWA. It’s a position I refer to as ME2, or maintain, enhance, and expand. As we go forward, The Chamber will be aggressively promoting the opportunities that exist here, while continuing to address the issues which have not been resolved. Thank you for flying FWA during the past year, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. And to those of you that have not flown FWA recently, check us out. You might be surprised.

135 Random Acts of Kindness
The inaugural event of The Chamber’s 135 Random Acts of Kindness campaign was assisting the AIDS Task Force of Northeast Indiana in the establishment of the Larry Wardlaw Humanitarian Award. The award was created to honor those individuals and organizations that showed exceptional support to the task force. Larry Wardlaw, vice president at the Asher Agency, was honored with the name of the award for his tireless dedication to education and advocacy on behalf of the AIDS Task Force. The first recipient of the award was Lutheran Hospital for its longtime support of the work of the AIDS Task Force. Companies interested in donating to the 135 Random Acts of Kindness Campaign can request more information by writing to 135randomacts@fwchamber.org.

From left are Chamber President and CEO Mike Landram, AIDS Task Force Board President Mark T. Carboni, Asher Agency Vice President Larry Wardlaw, and Lutheran Hospital President and CEO Joe Dorko.

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Monitor Invoices Sometimes suppliers make errors on invoices. It is wise to check inVisit buywithpqc.com voices against your purchase order to or call the office at avoid being overcharged. Some sup260-420-7374 for more pliers ship more quantity than you information. ordered, thereby charging you more. Make sure that you were shipped only the quantity you ordered. This simple check can help keep your budget under control. Accounts Payable Paying bills on time is an imperative good habit. This will save you money on late fees, improve your credit rating, and help you get a loan and low interest credit card in the future. Do not ignore an offer from your supplier or service provider to pay less if you pay your bill before the due date. Paying bills early can translate to significant savings. Supplier Quality Implement and use a Receiving Inspection process to monitor your parts/products for non-conforming material or parts. Make sure you have a firm understanding of your suppliers’ return/replacement policy. If you find issues, deal with them immediately. You should not pay for rejected parts, and part shortages can cause time delays to your product delivery. Postage Use e-mails instead of regular mail whenever possible. Check postage meters for possible errors. Avoid overnight and express shipments. Enforce strict mailing and shipping policy throughout your organization.

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PHP If your business has 2 to 50 employees, you qualify for a discount of up to five percent on your small business insurance premiums from PHP. Average annual savings is $2,500. To receive a quote, call PHP at (800) 982-6257 or visit phpni.com and click on the Chamber Discount Program link. Office Depot Chamber members can save 60 percent on “core catalog” items and four percent off “retail catalog” purchases. For more info, contact Chris Michaels at (260) 249-3977. Group Purchasing Organization Prairie Quest’s GPO provides Chamber members with the opportunity to purchase products and services at prices typically only available to large companies. Info at buywithpqc.com. Sam’s Club savings Chamber members receive a $25 gift card for a

Plus membership or a $10 for a Business membership. Info at samsclub.com/membership. Event discounts and admittance Every employee of each of our members receives the member price for Chamber events. Also, all employees of members can attend member-only events, such as the Third House Forums. Meeting rooms Members get free usage of meeting rooms large and small in the Chamber building during business hours. Call 424-1435 for details. Promotion and referrals Members can create and offer member-to-member coupons on the web site. Members also get free promotion to a readership of 24,000 through Emphasis and free phone and web referrals. Notarization and certification of origin Free for members by our front desk staff.

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Renewing members February 2011 A Party Apart Abonmarche Consultants, LLC Aldi, Inc. Allen County Indiana Bar Association, Inc. Allied Physicians, Inc. Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc. Alpha Rae Training Center Inc. Andrew Davis Menswear Arrotin Plastic Materials of Indiana, Inc. Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne AVANT Group BIB Group Bond Records Management The Otis R. Bowen Center For Human Services Brown Equipment Co., Inc. CIM Technology Solutions, Inc. Central Indiana Hardware Company, Inc. Chapel Oaks Apartments Comfort Keepers Country Kitchen SweetArt Craft Laboratories, Inc. Crossroad-Fort Wayne Children’s Home DR Lubricants, Inc.

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Delagrange Homes, LLC Do it Best Corp. Downtown Improvement District Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc. E & V Construction, Inc. Edward Jones - Jim Solon Sharon Eisbart-Corporate Art Ellison Bakery, Inc. Employer’s Administrative Services of Indiana, LLC Environmental Management Specialists, Inc. EOS Experienced Office Solutions Excursions Trailways The Family Business Consulting Group Farmers Insurance Federal Roofing Co., Inc. Fort Wayne Audiology Center Fort Wayne Nissan/Infiniti Fort Wayne Philharmonic G & L Corporation Gordon Food Service Grand Wayne Convention Center H & R Block Tax & Business Services Heartland Coffee Company Hilton Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hyndman Industrial Products, Inc. Impex International, Inc. Indiana Benefits Recovery Indiana Golf Advertising & Marketing Services Indiana Michigan Power Indiana Research Service Indiana Telephone Network Integrity Tax Consulting, Inc. Intra Health Solutions, Inc. Isaac Knapp District Dental Society Ivy Tech Community College JAM Impressions KONE Elevator & Escalator Leadership Management Institute Lowe’s of Fort Wayne (Lima Road) Lutheran Life Villages Lutheran School Partnership MacAllister Machinery Company Maintenance Management Co., Inc. Mickey’s Linen & Towel Supply, Inc. Nob Brick & Fireplace Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Oberlin Marketing Co., Inc. Old National Bank Phoenix America, Inc. Physicians Health Plan Picture Perfect Catering & Floral Design Pyromation, Inc. Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne Rose Agency, Inc. Safety Kleen Systems, Inc. Sauder Feeds, Inc. SCORE Sentry Management Services, Inc. Smartguys Advertising Sperry Van Ness/Parke Group Star Homes by Delagrange & Richhart, Inc. State Farm Steel Dynamics, Inc. Stifel, Nicolaus & Co., Inc. Summit City Reporting, Inc. TDS Tecton Corporation Tobacco Free Allen County, Inc. Tradesmen International U.S. Automation, LLC Verstynen Behavioral Services, L.L.C. Witherspoon & Assoc., Inc.

New members February 2011 Absolute Angels Home Health Bose Public Affairs Group, LLC Boyden & Youngblutt Advertising & Marketing, Inc. Bulldog Consulting Services, LLC DaVita Fort Wayne Home Dialysis Extra Space Storage General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly Hampton Inn Dupont Road King & Knight, LLC Personal Training Institute R. I. C. Corporation Sweeney Law Firm SweetCars, LLC 3 Rivers Metal Recycling Tiberius Arms Triscape, Inc. WebLink International

Find more about these businesses in our online directory at www.fwchamber.org.

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Affecting career goals from a different angle
Jennifer Fisher Graduate Retention Program Manager The Chamber jfisher@fwchamber.org

Saturday, April 16 This event will feature video game tournaments, problem solving competitions, an iPod battle of the bands, guest speakers who will talk about STEM related careers in the region, and much more. See our story on Page 5 and visit neitechfest. com for more information about the event and sponsorship opportunities.

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Last week I had an opportunity to participate in the Industry to Educator Summit at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. This event brought together teachers and companies who participated in an externship program last year for high school teachers in Northeast Indiana. It was great to meet teachers who are making a difference in the lives of our young people. As I was listening to the teachers and industry professionals from Raytheon, ITT, Northrop Grumen, and BAE Systems talk about their experiences, I was excited to consider the fact that this experience not only affected these teachers, it impacted the students they teach. It’s wonderful to know that a program exists to connect teachers to professionals who are in careers that many of their students want to do. Call it the “bird’s eye view” of a career. I think what really struck me most was one of the teachers explaining that she now had an answer for the student who asks, “When will I ever use this information?” Now she knows exactly how students will use it because of her experience last summer in the externship program. I think the real value here is that educators get the chance to see just how important their role is in teaching young people and inspiring them to pursue careers that are related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These careers are Northeast Indiana’s future. If we don’t have young people who are interested in pursuing them, we’ll already be ten steps behind other regions. Ask a young person why they chose a major or career and often they will tell you that they had a really great teacher in that subject during high school. Our teachers are critical to helping our young people understand their career options and providing them with the skills they need to be successful. A young person who gets engaged in a career path early, and gets experience through internships will be more likely to have then type of skills companies are looking for in their employees. I am so happy to know that the Industry to Edu-

Participants in the panel at the Educator Summit at The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce included, from left, Bruce Menshy of Raytheon, Ben Shappell of Leo Junior/Senior High School, Alan Bell of ITT, Gregg Norris of BAE, and Shoshannah McKinney of Huntington North-Viking New Tech.

Upcoming events
Summer Internship search season: February-May 2011, www.indianaintern.net Northeast Indiana TechFest 2011: April 16, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sweetwater Sound. Info at neitechfest.com. Supervisor Bootcamp: April 28, 3-5 p.m., The Chamber Intern Bootcamp: April 29, 3-5 p.m., The Chamber Sign up at www.fwchamber.org or call for more information at (260) 424-1435. cator Externship program exists to provide teachers with first-hand knowledge of the types of careers and projects that are taking place right here in Northeast Indiana. If you would like more information about this great program, go to www.industry2educators. com or email me at jfisher@fwchamber.org.

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Get the most updated events listing at our web site: www.fwchamber.org Do you have an interest in teaching one of our events, such as a Chamber Academy or Lunch ’n Learn? Or do you have questions about an upcoming event? Contact Liz Struckholz at (260) 424-1435 or lstruckholz@fwchamber. org. APR APR

How To Stop Cyber Criminals from Stealing Your Information
A Chamber Academy Join Dunn Consulting’s Mark Hart and get a detailed look at how hackers and identity thieves trick people and businesses into giving information. Cost: Members: $19 | Nonmembers: $39 Wednesday, April 6 | 8 a.m.-noon The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org

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Regional Third House Forum
Meet your Northeast Indiana legislators Event is free, but open to members only Saturday, April 16 | 10 a.m.-noon Wells County Arts, Commerce and Visitors Centre, 211 Water St., Bluffton. Register online at fwchamber.org

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The Business Case for Private Cloud Computing
A Chamber Lunch ’n Learn Host: Chris Butler of ENS Group Cost: Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $15 Wednesday, April 20 | noon-1 p.m. The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org

President’s Lunch
Every month, meet a local business leader The April guest is PHP President and CEO Jay Gilbert. Hosted by Chamber President Mike Landram. Cost: $25, including meal | Limited to the first 10 Chamber members to sign up Tuesday, April 12 | noon-1 p.m. Chop’s Steaks and Seafood, 6421 W. Jefferson Blvd. Register online at fwchamber.org

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Leads Group Meet & Mingle
Learn how Leads Groups build relationships and your business at this free event Wednesday, April 20 | 8-10 a.m. The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org

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Meet Me @ 5
Enjoy an evening of networking with hors d’œuvres and a cash bar. Cost: Members: $5 | Nonmembers: $10 Thursday, April 21 | 5-7 p.m. Lotus Wellness Yoga and Gallery, 1301 Lafayette St. Register online at fwchamber.org

CEO Roundtable Kickoff
Learn about our confidential forums of peers at this free event Tuesday, April 12 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org

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GPO Informational Session
Learn about our new group purchasing benefit Free meeting for members includes continental breakfast and coffee. Thursday, April 14 | 7:30-9 a.m. The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org
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GOP Primary Mayoral Debate
Fort Wayne’s Republican candidates Event is free Monday, April 25 | 7 p.m. IPFW campus More info online at fwchamber.org

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Northeast Indiana TechFest
This event will feature video game tournaments, problem solving competitions, an iPod battle of the bands, guest speakers who will talk about STEM related careers in the region, and much more. Cost: Local high school students: $10 | Visitors: $5 Saturday, April 16 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sweetwater Sound, 5501 U.S. 30 West Register online by April 5 at neitechfest.com

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Chamber Academy Encore
Social Media Tools and Strategies: Proven Ways to Maximize ROI Anthony Juliano, Kevin Erb and Julianne Will of Asher Agency examine Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools. Cost: Members: $19 | Nonmembers: $39 Wednesday, April 27 | 8-10 a.m. The Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. Register online at fwchamber.org

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Friday, April 29
www.ipfw.edu/tapestry
Molly Ringwald 1980’s “Brat Pack” actress, theatre favorite, best-selling author, and current star in the breakout hit The Secret Life of the American Teenager Celebrate the fabric of women at this day of inspiration, renewal and education. Preregistration required by April 11

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