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April 20, 2014

COMMERCE TALK: Spring means activity at chamber

Spring is here and we are busy with lots of events at the Chamber of Commerce.

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 or minimal cost 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.

So far in 2014, we have had topics that have covered social media, connecting with others, understanding business taxes and board governance. Our April Hype was a 90-minute seminar on how to handle conflicts. We are looking into future sessions that will cover more in-depth social media and marketing tips.

Another new program we have started is the New and Renewing Members Breakfast. This will be at 8:30 a.m. May 14 in the City of Logansport Economic Development Organization training room at 310 Pearl St. The breakfast is free for all new and renewing members. We will have a benefits review, discuss tips from current members on how to maximize your chamber membership as well as discussion between all attendees.

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.

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.

The Chamber is working with Purdue Extension on the 2014 Leadership Program. Details are still in the works and classes are planned to start in mid-September. This will be a 12-week program designed to help facilitate civic leadership in Cass County.

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