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Duneland Chamber Presents: Monthly Luncheon April 23 + Allyson's Party April 24 + European Market

PorterLogoMonthly Luncheon Meet the new CEO!
April 23

Join us for our monthly luncheon on Wednesday, April 23, and hear the latest updates about
Porter Regional Hospital from new CEO Stephen Lunn! Lunn has more than 10 years of hospital leadership experience, and was awarded the 2012 CEO Excellence in Leadership Award from Community Health Systems. This event will be sponsored by
Ideas in Motion Media and catered by
Ivy's Catering - promising good for content your head, heart and belly. See you there!

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Ask the Experts: How Your Business Wins with the Web

isbdc acronym tagWe are partnering with inSourceCode to offer a no-cost event that will focus on how your business can succeed online.

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Duneland Chamber Express, April 21, 2014

rot1Chesterton Art Center
Stained Glass Class

The Chesterton Art Center will be hosting another Stained Glass class beginning Tuesday, April 22 from 7-9 pm. This 6-week class will allow students time to learn the copper foil method of stained glass. Kathy Los-Rathburn will be offering a Saturday watercolor workshop titled, "Just Washed" on the 26th from 1-4. Students will create a still life of berries in a bucket during class. To register for either class, please contact the Chesterton Art Center at 219.926.4711. The Chesterton Art Center is located at 115 S. 4th St., Chesterton, IN 46304. Additional information about adult classes can be found on the website.

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RDA Approves Job Creation Incentives

rot3The Board of Directors of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority today authorized the use of $3.3 million from the RDA’s No-Interest Securitized Forgivable Loan Fund to support job creation efforts in Northwest Indiana.

The funds will be used to support two projects, one in Lake County and one in Porter County, which combined would result in approximately $33 million in investment and the creation of up to 285 jobs. Further details remain confidential pending completion of the deals. No RDA funds will be issued if the projects do not come to fruition.

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A Business Plan Can Be Your Guide to Growth

businessplanWhether you’re a current business owner or a budding entrepreneur burning with the next great idea, one of the most important steps you can take on your road to success is creating a business plan. Why? A well-thought-out and well-written business plan captures your vision, illustrates it for others (including potential lenders and investors), and creates the roadmap you and your management team need to guide you through the growth of your business. Consider the following points:

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March 2014 Indiana Employment Report

state-flag-indianaIndiana's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate continued to drop further below the national rate in March. At 5.9 percent, the rate of unemployment in the Hoosier State is now at its lowest point since July 2008 and has declined by 2 percent over the year, which was the third largest decline in the nation.

Indiana's labor force increased again in March, marking the sixth straight month of labor force increases. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.

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Duneland Chamber Presents: A Little Going Away Party April 24 + Advertising Deadline April 25 + After Hours with a Heart May 14

duneland-chamber-going-away-partyA little going away party for Allyson!
April 24

Join us in bidding adieu to the Chamber's Marketing Director Allyson Baughman before she embarks on her new career adventure! We'll have yummy treats from Hot Diggity Dawg during this informal swing-in-swing-out going away party. Never been to the Duneland Chamber of Commerce building at 220 Broadway in Chesterton? This is a perfect opportunity to stop in, meet the staff, and see where all that Chamber magic happens! Click the links below for a map to the Chamber and to RSVP. Thank you in advance for letting us know if you're planning to stop in!

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