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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies with the Wayne Co. Area Chamber of Commerce


1. Eye Center of Richmond, Groundbreaking Ceremony on Thursday, Sep 21 at Noon, (1900 Chester Blvd.)

2. DaVita, Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, Sep 21 at 4:30pm, Open House from 3-7pm, (2302 Chester Blvd.)
3. McAlister's Deli on Monday, Sep 25 at 10:15am, new restaurant in front of the Richmond Mall, (4343 National Rd E)
4. Grandpa's Garage on Tuesday, Sep 26 at Noon, ‘Mantique’ storefront in the depot, next to Little Sheba’s, (183 Fort Wayne Avenue)


Whitewater Eye Center Clinic Ground Breaking

Whitewater Eye Care Clinic

(Eye Center of Richmond)

Ground Breaking!!!!

Date: Thursday, September 21







Time: 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM

Location: 1900 Chester Blvd., Richmond

Main Contact Person:  Bob Covington, General manager


Radford's Meat Market and Deli help hurricane victims

Radford's Meat Market and Deli we would like to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. Starting Tuesday Sept 12 thru Tuesday Sept 19 they will collect nonperishable food items, cleaning supplies, bottled water, bathroom tissue, baby wipes, diapers, trash bags and money for the victims of hurricane Irma. Our friends at Caregan Trucking will then be transporting your donations to Florida to help those in need. We will be accepting donations at both Richmond locations: 16 S.W. 18th St. and 81 S. 37th St.  Show Florida how much Richmond Indiana cares. Any questions please call 765-962-5830. Pass the word on to all your friends and family!!


Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events

Here's a link to the calendar of events at the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce. Bookmark this page so you can refer to it often this fall! 


Runnels Chiropractic celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Congrats to Casey Runnels and Runnels Chiropractic staff on their 2nd Anniversary at their 32 S 9th St. location. 



Indianapolis, IN – August 10, 2017 – WISH-TV announced Wednesday that 24-hour News 8 anchor David Barras will be retiring after 37 years.

Barras began his television career at WTVW in Evansville, Indiana, where he was the weekend anchor and producer. A year later he moved to Indianapolis and WISH-TV.


Barras is an Emmy award winner, and has also received several Associated Press awards for his reporting.


Barras’ last day on air will be Friday, December 1. 


Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Chamber Coworker Partnership with the Innovation Center

Center City Development Corporation announced a partnership with Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce members to use The Innovation Center’s coworking facilities. Chamber members will have 27 hours a month they can schedule meetings, use Center conference rooms or other tech resources for business development. Benefits of Coworking facilities and membership details are the topic of the Thursday, July 27 Chamber’s Business Education Lunch at The Innovation Center.

“The Innovation Center provides an opportunity for businesses to network and collaborate,” said Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director of Center City Development Corporation which runs the Innovation Center as the City’s Certified Tech Park hub. “We recognize that the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce represents business in Wayne County and want to make our resources available to their members to help grow business.” The Innovation Center’s existing members and computer business tenants will receive Chamber memberships.

The Chamber in return will offer memberships to entrepreneurs with one or two employees utilizing the Innovation Center’s Co-Working program.  “These memberships will provide additional educational opportunities as well as networking and business development support, which are vital to startup companies as they brand themselves in the community,” said Chamber President Phil D’Amico.  “It is a natural partnership between the Chamber and Center City Development Corporation (CCDC).  We both strive to help grow businesses. Our hope is that with the additional support, these small businesses will grow and thrive, ultimately making an economic impact to our community.”

Center meeting rooms include smart screens, whiteboards, secure internet connection through Parallax and accommodate one to fourteen people. Special studio space for recording podcasts or video production will also be available.  Discounts are available for renting larger rooms for workshops.

The Center’s business incubation program through the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which has an office in the Center, provides services including social media management, strategic planning, growth management and accounting.

NOTE: The next Business Education Series luncheon is about coworking with guests Scott Zimmerman, Executive Director for Center City, and Michael Hiles of Intelig8 and #StartupCincy. The lunch is next Thursday, July 27 at 11:30am, downtown at the Innovation Center. If you would like to attend this lunch please RSVP by following this link: The Business Education Series Luncheons are sponsored by First Merchants Bank.


Indiana Vision 2025 A Plan For Hoosier Prosperity

Indiana vision 2025

Monday August 7th

7:30 am - 10 am

Indiana University East in Vivian Auditorium 

2325 Chester Blvd.

Richmond, IN 47374



Initiatives to enhance regional economic development and quality of place must be accompanied by a similar statewide effort. That is what is taking place through the Indiana Chamber-led Indiana Vision 2025 plan – first released in 2012 and updated in 2016.

This is the fourth round of regional forums (local sessions were conducted in 2012, 2013 and 2015) and the first for East Central Indiana related to Indiana Vision 2025. We encourage you to take part in the session on Monday August 7 from 7:30 am - 10:00 am, at Indiana University East in Vivian Auditorium: 2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond, IN 47374.

Be among the first to learn the latest state and regional rankings on a number of important metrics in the 2017 Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card. Engage in discussions on regional alignment, workforce challenges/opportunities and more. 



Texas Jack's Lock, Sotck & Barrel Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Please mark your calendars for a ribbon cutting in Fountain City. Our newest Chamber member, Texas Jack’s Lock, Stock & Barrel, will host the ribbon cutting August 5th at 9:45 a.m., just before they open their doors for the first time. They will be located at 403 West Main Street, Fountain City.

Please join us in welcoming owner Jack Bales to the Chamber!




West End Bank Julie Robinson

On July 5th, Hagerstown Branch Teller Julie Robinson celebrated her one year anniversary with West End Bank. Congratulations, Julie!


The Leland Legacy

Amanda Marquis, who has been with The Leland Legacy for 9 years as the Marketing Director,  recently passed her boards to obtain her Indiana state license to be an Administrator for Assisted Living.  Amanda will be hanging that license in the Leland on August 3rd, a goal she is excited to reach and continue her presence in the building as well as the community.

Amanda Corman has joined the Leland team as Resident Services Coordinator.  Amanda will be helping new residents to the Leland through the admissions process as well as helping them in their needs whether it being socially, financially or physically--connecting them to the necessary sources.


Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Farm Tour Tuesday, July 25th

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is excited to invite you to the Chamber Farm Tour Tuesday, July 25th from 6 to 8PM at Bell’s Strawberry Farm in Hagerstown! This family friendly event welcomes you to tour the farm and learn about their history, production, and how an area organization supports disabled farmers. Dinner will be provided by Willie & Red’s and transportation provided from Warm Glow Candle Company and Hagerstown Elementary.  Pre-register: 


CountryMark Fueling Freedom event raises $50K for military families

Helping to support local military families, the CountryMark system raised more than $50,000 during Fueling Freedom events in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio on Friday, June 23.


“Fueling Freedom was a great success for CountryMark. We were able to sell high-quality CountryMark fuels all while giving back to local National Guard soldiers and their families,” said CountryMark Vice President of Supply and Marketing Matt Smorch. 



Meridian Health Services Staff Awards

Meridan Health Services finalist for the annual Spirit Of Meridian awards have been announced. We had 3 team members from Wayne County in 3 categories this year! 

Behavioral Clinician

Julie Stingley


Medical/Clinical Support

Rebecca Thompson



Patrick Ripberger




Keiser Honored for 15 Years at West End Bank

Senior Vice President/Credit Manager Emilee Keiser celebrated her 15 year anniversary with West End Bank. Pictured: President/CEO Timothy Frame presenting Emilee with her plaque. 




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