Biz Briefs Presented by West End Bank Archives for 2018-10

VanVleet Insurance welcomes Kyle Dafler to the team


Please join us in welcoming Kyle Dafler to the VanVleet Insurance team.  Kyle Dafler has worked in voluntary for over 14 years and holds his accident and health license.  He graduated from Indiana University with a degree in business, in 2004.  He is passionate about our community, and is looking forward to being able to serve the Richmond area.  Kyle resides in Richmond with his wife Laura and their two daughters, Kate and Julia.  They are members of Fountain City Wesleyan Church, where he also serves on the board.



Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Career Exploration Initiative

The Chamber partners with More Than Words to engage students with local employers

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Committee is announcing a new program. The Career Exploration Initiative is in partnership with More Than Words and is focused on helping middle school students engage with local employers.

Each month students will get a unique look at Wayne County employers in various industries with a focus on one specific employability skill that pairs with the More Than Words word of the month. For example, during the month of August, students learned about wisdom (More Than Words) and decision making (employability skill) by watching a video designed and created by students at DOT Foods. In September, the video took a better look at initiative (More Than Words) and work ethic (employability skill) while hearing interviews from Roger Richert from the Richmond Furniture Gallery. The featured videos are filmed, produced and edited by students from the community. Each month the middle school educators will receive the videos along with a pre-built curriculum. Links to the August and September videos are provided below.

Link to the August video at Dot Foods.

Link to the September video at Richmond Furniture Gallery.

The Chamber, More Than Words, and the Business Education Committee are excited to develop a program that focuses on career exploration for middle school students. Businesses who are interested in joining the program can reach out to Roxie at Each month, the Chamber will share the words and videos with our members in hopes that they will share this content with their employees and on their social media pages. Together, we can make Wayne County a place where people love to live, work and play.

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is a business network that promotes members and the community by encouraging economic growth and a superior quality of life. The organization does this by providing networking opportunities, developing strategic partnerships and facilitating and/or leading initiatives that serve this purpose. These initiatives include the School is Cool awards program, the Buy Local Certified program, Wayne County Weekends, co-hosting political forums and more. For more information about joining or volunteering with the Chamber, visit



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