January 10, 2014

Hyping up community needs

Local group to provide free workshops.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune

---- — Some movers and shakers in Cass County have formed a group to provide business learning opportunities.

Helping You Pursue Excellence (HYPE) Together was formed by a Cass County Resource Network employment task force. It will be offered through a collaboration with the task force and The Cass-Logansport Chamber of Commerce.

The Cass County Resource Network (CCRN) divides its members into five task forces, with each tackling specific needs in the community.

Within the employment task force, members look at employment trends; education needs to create a more employable and educated workforce and ways to prepare for successful employment by making persons aware of skills needed to find employment.

Becky Anspach, chair of the employment task force, said the overall goal is to promote a better quality of life.

“We know we need to raise awareness on employment trends and issues because they affect everyone,” Anspach said.

After deciding there was a need for some learning opportunities, HYPE Together was formed. The bimonthly learning opportunities will be hosted by Cass-Logansport Chamber of Commerce and the CCRN employment task force.

It’s an idea to help educate others, Megan Paschen, a member of the task force, said.

”Education is key to make sure everyone is aware of the skills they need,” Paschen said.

Each workshop will feature a different topic. The first workshop with Rick Hollering of RLH Associates will focus on connecting with others and the second workshop with Jaime Smith from Hoosier Social Media will cover Social Media. They are open to anyone wanting to learn or refresh their skills.

Future topics will include taxes and tips on how to market your business.

The creation of HYPE Together is a good example of what community partnerships can accomplish in the community, Anspach said.

Paschen agreed.

”We all work in Cass County, so learning to work together efficiently is key,” Paschen said. “I’m hoping this will allow people to increase their knowledge right here in Cass County.”

Workshops require a reservation by calling the chamber office at 574-753-6388. The first one will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the CLEDO Community Room, 310 Pearl Street, Logansport. The second workshop will be 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 29 at the CLEDO Community Room, 310 Pearl St.

If you go Upcoming HYPE Together sessions WHAT: A session on "Connecting with Others" with Rick Hollering WHEN: 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Jan. 14 WHERE: CLEDO Community Room, 310 Pearl Street INFO: To reserve a spot for the free session, call the Chamber office at 574-753-6388. WHAT: An overview of Social Media with Jaime Smith WHEN: 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 29 WHERE: CLEDO Community Room, 310 Pearl Street INFO: The free session about social media will be with Jaime Smith from Hoosier Social Media. Call the Chamber office at 574-753-6388 to reserve a spot.