News/Resources/Announcements & More
September 24th, 2020
Chamber Updates
For all updated COVID-19 information please go to our website and Facebook links below

September 24th, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tricia Miller

I have all good things to share with you before starting the last weekend in September. The first good news is that the Ripley County COVID Relief Grant has been signed and we are in the process of putting together the Grant application. Our goal is to have it ready by October 1st. Stay tuned for more information.

The second big news is that we will be having a Membership Appreciation Day on Thursday, October 8th from 9 am-6 pm. We will have a membership drive that day along with prize giveaways and goodie bags. It's also our 100 Year Anniversary so we will have a ribbon cutting at 4pm. We will be sending out an official invitation soon.

The third big news is Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb announced yesterday that we will move to Stage 5 on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. We have all the information below. Let us know if you have any questions.

Stay safe,

Tricia Miller
Executive Director

Please visit our website or contact us at the Chamber office at 812.934.3101 or email for any questions. 

As you know, he’s been looking at the health data – and together, we’ve made progress. Our state’s 7-day positivity rate has dropped to 3.9%.
And with that progress comes the news that:
Indiana is entering into Stage 5 of Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Plan on Saturday, September 26th.
Governor Holcomb explains what this means for Hoosiers:
Here’s a quick breakdown:
  • Face coverings still required
  • Continue to maintain social distancing
  • Wash your hands and stay home if you’re sick
  • Events of more than 500 people must receive sign-off from local health department on written plan
  • Full capacity: restaurants, bars and nightclubs (with social distancing)
  • Bar patrons must use seating
  • Personal services and fitness centers may resume normal operations
  • Size limitations removed for social gatherings and meetings
  • Indoor and outdoor venues open at full capacity
  • Nursing homes & assisted living facilities required to offer visitation hours

Together as Hoosiers, we’ve made it to Stage 5 because of your commitment to our state – which includes your continued efforts to make smart choices about your health and the health of your friends, neighbors, coworkers and fellow Hoosiers.
We cannot stop now. COVID-19 is not over.
So, Hoosiers, let’s all keep doing our part.
“We ought to be real proud to be Hoosiers in this state… When you think about where we are compared to a lot of other states… We don’t get here by accident. We got here by working together…” – Governor Eric Holcomb
-Your Holcomb Crew
As of Sept. 21, 2020, small businesses that have received economic relief funding through federal programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Industry Disaster Loans, and Community Development Block Grants, are now eligible to apply for the Indiana Small Business Restart Fund. The details of this fund can be found at .

Non-payroll expenses covered by another Cares Act supported program such as PPP, EIDL, or from a local government entity (CDBG) may not also be reimbursed by this grant, but those businesses that continue to operate at 40% losses or more month-over-month (2019-2020) from last year can apply to get money to cover those operating losses, up to a total of $10,000. Please, see the details of the grant below. 
Grant Details
Small businesses that meet the eligibility requirements can apply for reimbursement of up to 80% of qualified business expenses incurred between March-November 2020. Reimbursements for expenses may be awarded up to $2,500 or up to $5,000 for each month during that time period in which the business demonstrates a revenue loss of at least 40% or of at least 80%, respectively.
Grants will be issued up to $10,000 per company and will be issued in the order in which applications are received until funding is exhausted.
Eligibility requirements:
  • Business must be registered to operate in Indiana
  • Business must have had less than 50 employees at of 12/31/2019
  • Business must have had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
  • Business must have been profitable in 2019
  • Businesses must demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues
  • Must be in good standing with the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) or have a DOR-approved payment plan
Program Deadline:
  • Nov. 1, 2020, for eligible small businesses located in Marion County, or until funding is exhausted
  • Dec. 1, 2020, for eligible small businesses located in Indiana outside of Marion County, or until funding is exhausted
To prepare the necessary information for the application, small businesses are encouraged to ready the following documentation:
  • Monthly Profit and Loss Statements (2019 and 2020) – Attached is a fillable income statement and balance sheet, if the business does not currently have their own.
  • Expense documentation for relevant expenses if planning to submit for reimbursement:
  • Copy of mortgage statement or lease agreement
  • Copy of utility bills; invoices accepted
  • Lease payment for real or personal property
  • Receipt for safety improvements/PPE
Some key qualifying questions to establish eligibility are below:
·        Is the business registered to operate in Indiana?
·        Did the business have less than 50 employees as of Dec. 31, 2019?
·        Did the business have less than $5 million in revenue in 2019?
·        Was the business profitable in 2019? FYI – cash flow positive (EBITDA) is what they are looking at
·        Can the business demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues?
If the answer to any question is NO, the company does not qualify for a Restart Grant. Please encourage them to take advantage of any other programs or services from the SBDC or from local resources in your area.
If the answer is YES to all of the above, a company MAY qualify for the program.
How to get started
The business may go to for the application. And, as always, if they need help with this process they can contact me.
Thank you for continuing your support of small businesses in our area!
Ginnie A. Faller
Business Advisor
320 Walnut St.
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
P) (812)537-0814

The CARES Act Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) creates a temporary federal unemployment insurance program for individuals not otherwise eligible for UI benefits, including the self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, those seeking part-time employment, and individuals lacking sufficient work history but who would be able to work and looking for work were it not due to COVID-19.
Responding to the Census

The 2020 Census is happening now.
You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail.

It's not too late to complete your 2020 Census.

Please complete your form online, by phone, or by mail when your invitation to respond arrives. Visit to begin.

Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. You can see the questions the census asked.  

Even if you did not receive an invitation to respond from the Census Bureau, you may respond online or visit our Contact Us page to call our phone line.

The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.
Register to vote before Oct. 5 deadline
Hoosiers eligible to vote in the upcoming general election must register before the Oct. 5 deadline.
To register, visit and click the "Apply Now" button. You can submit the form online, or print it out and mail or hand deliver it to your county voter registration official or the Indiana Election Division. You can also use the website to update or check the status of your voting registration.

To register, you must:
    • Have a valid Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State
     Identification Card;
    • Be a citizen of the United States;
    • Be at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 3;
    • Have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days before Nov. 3; and
    • Not currently be imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

For information on absentee voting and to find out if you are eligible, click here.

Early voting begins on Oct. 6 and Election Day is Nov. 3. Visit to find your polling location and hours, see who's on your ballot and more.
Member Events
A Taste of India, Close to Home.
Love Indian food?
On October 7th, Viji Sana will be cooking her famous Indian cuisine at Walhill Farm.
Carryout: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
(Carryout orders must be placed by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th.)
Dine-in: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
(Limited seating available due to social distancing requirements.)
Chili Chicken...$6
Crispy chicken bites, bell peppers, sweet & spicy chili soy sauce.
Two deep-fried potato fritters with Indian spices & coconut chutney.
Butter Chicken…$16
Chicken breast, tomato, onion, garlic, cashew paste, fragrant Indian spices in a creamy sauce Served with cumin rice & Raita.
Chickpea Curry…$14
Chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, cumin, curry powder. Served with cumin rice & Raita.
Chicken Briyani…$16
A rich & flavorful dish with basmati rice, bone-in chicken pieces, onion, tomato, green chili, ghee & mint.
Chapati…$3 (3 pieces)
Flatbread made from wholewheat flour baked on the griddle
Gulab Jamun…$6
One of India’s most popular desserts! Soft & delicious berry-sized balls made with milk & flour soaked in syrup. Served with vanilla ice cream. 

To order carryout, click here and place your order by 9:00 p.m.
on Sunday, October 4th.
If you have any questions, call 812.934.2600.
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Great Plains Communications Completes Acquisition of Indiana-Based Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation
Latest Acquisition Further Expands GPC’s Broadband Services and Network Reach in the Midwest

September 17, 2020 11:00 ET | Source: Great Plains Communications
Blair, Nebraska, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Plains Communications (“GPC”), a growing Midwestern telecommunications provider with an expanding, privately-owned 13,000-mile fiber network reaching 11 states, has completed its acquisition of Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation (“ETC”), a progressive Southeastern Indiana-based provider.

Serving communities in Southeastern Indiana for more than 85 years, ETC offers an innovative suite of products and services to over 14,000 business, wholesale and residential customers that includes high-speed Internet, Ethernet, voice, video and transport.

“Great Plains Communications continues to stay true to our vision to grow strategically by identifying promising opportunities like the ETC acquisition. Now that the acquisition process is complete, we can begin working as one company to not only provide exceptional services and enhanced products to our current customer base, but to identify strategic opportunities to serve new markets and expand our network. We appreciate the legacy of the Miles family at ETC and welcome our new employees and customers,” said Todd Foje, CEO of Great Plains Communications.

With the backing of partner Grain Management, LLC (“Grain”), ETC is the second acquisition completed by GPC, within the last year. The company acquired InterCarrier Networks in August 2019. Chad Crank, Managing Director at Grain had this to say: “We believe the trend of increasing bandwidth demand will only continue. The robust Great Plains Communications network is designed to meet these capacity needs and to support the advances in technology that are driving the trend. Expanding this impressive network strategically into areas of opportunity like Indiana positions the company for further growth.” 

About Great Plains Communications
Great Plains Communications is the largest privately-owned telecommunications provider in Nebraska. They have over a century of experience providing business, wholesale and residential customers with forward-thinking, fiber-based technology services including Ethernet, Internet, video, hosted and voice solutions across an 11-state footprint. The company also takes pride in its progressive approach to accommodating the unique needs of all regional and national telecommunications carriers, LECs, ISPs, wireless carriers and other service providers, utilizing superior engineering and custom-build strategies. At the core of its service offering is an extensive 13,000-mile regional fiber network, including long-haul and metro networks that span the state of Nebraska, extending into Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wyoming. The network offers community access rings, last-mile and middle-mile solutions, all fully supported by the Company’s 24x7x365 Network Operations Center. For more information, visit

About Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation
For over 85 years ETC has served the communications needs for customers in Southeastern Indiana. The company has five storefronts and provides voice, video, high-speed Internet and other communications services to more than 14,000 residential and business customers. The family-owned company serves ten surrounding counties and beyond through its security and cellular offerings. To learn more visit

About Grain Management
Grain Management, LLC is a leading private investment firm that focuses on communications infrastructure and technology companies that connect the world to the information economy. Founded in 2007, the Firm invests exclusively in the telecommunications sector, employing a rigorous, data-based process buoyed by deep industry expertise to identify investment opportunities in key areas of communications infrastructure, including fiber networks, wireless spectrum and cell towers. For more information visit
Laura Kocher
Great Plains Communications
I wanted to make you aware of two FREE important offerings that the Red Cross has put together. These two online classes may be of interest to your staff and volunteers. Both of these courses are free and online. The courses are Returning to Work During COVID – 19: Safe Work Practices Online Course and Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress
Explanations of each course and information on how to register:

  1. Returning to Work During COVID – 19: Safe Work Practices Online Course:
  2. Must use code to have free access, contact me for codes
The Covid-19 pandemic is challenging employees and businesses in new ways. As employees begin returning to work, they may have questions about the measures needed to maintain safe and healthy workplaces. To help during this time, the Red Cross is offering this course. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administrating (OSHA), the course provides safety actions that employees can take during reopening periods and includes insight into new or modified business policies and procedures implemented to maintain safe work environments. This course is designed to help with the following:
·        Facts about Covid-19 and how to limit the spread of the virus
·        The phased approach to returning to work
·        Ways to keep your coworkers and yourself safe at work
·        Ways to support your coworkers and yourself at work
·        How to keep your family safe at home
This course should take approximately 60 minutes to complete and upon completion, students will receive a certification that is valid for two years. You will need to register for this course and if interested, let me know and I will send you the registration link along with a coupon code that will allow you to take this course at no charge. Access codes are for individuals and not organizations, so if you want to train multiple people, it will be necessary for me to issue multiple codes (which is fine). Just let me know how many codes you will need.
Email for registration link and coupon codes along with how many individuals want to take this training
  1. Psychological First Aid: Helping Others in Times of Stress
This class covers basic principles of Psychological First Aid – the practice of recognizing and responding to people experiencing crisis – related stress. This class is scheduled for 3 hours. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
o  Recognize the signs of stress in clients, co-workers, and themselves
o  Provide immediate support to people who may be experiencing stress by using psychological first aid principles
o  Assist clients, co-workers, and themselves in connections of mental health services

Available Classes:
                            September 21, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CMT
                            September 22, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CMT
                            October 7, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CMT
                            October 24, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CMT
                            October 26, 2020 – 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CMT
Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Thanks for your support!

Donna M Colón, 
Executive Director
American Red Cross – Indiana Region
1600 W. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47403
(317) 691.4046 (mobile)
Featured Property of the Week
Job Opportunities
Med-Mizer currently has immediate openings in our welding department. This is for first or second shift. Full time and temporary positions are available.
Please apply online at Competitive pay with overtime available.

Maintenance Worker:
Part-time Approximately 29 hours a week Salary $12.00-14.00/hour,
offer 1 week vacation first year.
Apartment maintenance, prepare vacant apartments for new residents, maintain common areas, grounds work, After hour Emergency Maintenance, perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Previous experience in maintenance or other related fields preferred, electrical knowledge or certification, must have own hand tools, deadline and detail oriented, Customer Service attitude.
Email resume to or call (812) 934-3938.
Now Hiring

AT&T Store Batesville
204 Cross County Plaza
Batesville, IN 47006

(812) 932-1598

Our Batesville plant has a need to fill positions very quickly (all shifts).  I’m hoping this need will also be able to serve any labor gaps within the surrounding areas if there are production suspensions, reductions, etc from other manufacturing companies, and this will allow for openings to be filled by those who have been displaced.

These roles are/will be posted on our careers site for applicants to apply and be considered immediately. 
Ollier Masonry is hiring!
No experience necessary; will train. They also provide transportation from Batesville to their projects in the Cincinnati area. Call their office at (812) 934-3072 to make an appointment to apply.




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