February 2, 2014

COMMERCE TALK: Seminars, ag education kick off 2014

Megan Paschen Guest columnist

---- — 2014 is off to a great start for the Logans-port-Cass County Chamber of Com-merce. New this year, the chamber has partnered with the Cass County Resource Network to offer HYPE (Helping YOU Pursue Excellence) Together classes. These are free mini training sessions that will be offered each month on a wide variety of topics. These are designed to help educate our current workforce on specific topics and trends.

We started off in January with a Connecting with Others class taught by Rick Hollering with RLH & Associates. This class honed in on determining different personality styles and the benefits and challenges that come with each one. On Wednesday we had Jaime Smith with Hoosier Social Media teach a class on How to Market Your Business with Social Media. This class gave an overview on what each social media sight is designed to do and how to use them effectively for a business. Future classes that we have planned will cover board training, grant writing, resume building and other topics.

The chamber’s Ag Council is looking for new members. If you have a passion for agriculture education and would like the opportunity to network and connect with representatives from local agribusinesses, then join our group. Ag Council meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of each month in the City of Logansport Economic Development Organization training room at 310 Pearl St.

The council is currently working on celebrating 2014 National Ag Day by working with the first- and fourth-grade classrooms in our area schools to help educate them on the topics of germination and where our food comes from.

National Ag Day is March 25, but we will be visiting the elementary schools at various times in February and March. The first-graders will read a book about germination and then complete a project where they make a soybean necklace to take home with them. For the fourth-grade students, we let them create oversize pizzas made of felt to discuss where the food comes from.

We are also planning our annual Farm View event for late August. This event takes place at a real working farm and the community is invited to come out and spend a free day learning about various aspects of agriculture. There are vendors there with educational, interactive booths designed to help educate children and adults. Highlights of the day are getting the opportunity to tour a farm, viewing all of the tractors and other farm equipment and seeing the animals at a petting zoo.

Megan Paschen is director of the Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce. She can be reached at 574-753-6388.

Editor's note: This column kicks off a series of occasional messages from the leaders of several Cass County business development organizations.