Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter
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May Member of the Month:
Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel Recognized as the
May Member of the Month
 
Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel was recognized as the May Member of the Month. The business is now owned by two families, Doug Cale and Mitch Harnish, for nearly two years after the retirement of Dave Goodwin in 2016, who served as the Funeral Director for 40 years.
 
Dave Goodwin’s father, Carl Goodwin, bought the funeral home from Ralph Jahn and Al Reed in 1956, and since then the funeral home has the “Goodwin” name. “The reputation of the funeral home goes back to the values Carl set and we live by those daily,” said Doug Cale. “We live by the Golden Rule to treat every family in a fashion that we would want to be treated. It’s important for us that people feel they are at home and can trust us from the very beginning of the process and that we are consistent with that trust.”

Ashley O'Reilly
211 W Market St, Bluffton
260.273.7739
lorelai.lace.boutique@gmail.com
Clothing and Accessory Boutique

Brendon Coleman
260.307.2547
noblehomeessentials@gmail.com
Cleaning Services for Home and Office

Brent Garrett
303 W Market St, Bluffton
260.227.1828
brent.garrettusmc@outlook.com
Custom Instrument and Amp Builds; Custom Artwork for Guitars; Repair of Musical Gear

Molly Beavans
750 S Indiana, Bluffton
260.273.6169
mollybeavans@gmail.com
Dog Grooming

Quinn Kumfer
260.273.6203
qkumfer@gmail.com
Video Production 
Thank You to Our Gold Member!
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Applications Being Accepted for the 2019-2020 Year

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
Anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills, develop stronger communication skills, and focus on creating a network of peer-mentor-business relationships. Our desire is that these individuals would then make a life-long commitment to community service, mentor new leaders, and make a positive impact in the workplace.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION IS JUNE 14TH!

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Members in the News
 Lorelai Lace Boutique Welcomed with a Ribbon Cutting
The Wells County Chamber of Commerce staff and Ambassadors welcomed Ashley O’Reilly, owner of Lorelai Lace Boutique, with a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate her new boutique at 211 W Market Street in Bluffton.
 
O’Reilly worked at the previous boutique for a year and said she loved meeting new people in the community. The boutique became available for sale at the beginning of 2019 and O’Reilly took advantage of buying the business. “I was born and raised here, love this community and wanted to keep this business going,” explained O’Reilly.
 
Watching the downtown grow has been exciting and inspirational for O’Reilly. “Seeing the new generation of business owners and individuals coming in to keep the downtown growing, is exciting,” said O’Reilly. “I want to leave a legacy for my daughter and want her to see me succeed; even if it was a legacy of having a downtown store named after her.” The boutique is named after her daughter, Lorelai Lace.

JANIECE LIPSEY, PROMOTED TO
CREATIVE ARTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
We are pleased to announce that the Director of Programming, Janiece Lipsey, has been promoted to the Executive Director position. A veteran of Creative Arts, Janiece began with the organization in 2009 teaching ballet classes. She began working in our office shortly thereafter. In 2014, as Assistant Director of Operations and Outreach, she was instrumental in beginning an outreach program with Wells Community Boys & Girls Club. Janiece returned to Creative Arts as the Director of Programming in August 2016 after earning a graduate degree in Florida. This year marks her tenth with theorganization, and we couldn’t be happier to have her taking over the Executive Director role.
Local HR Director Appointed to Board of Directors
of Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care
Fort Wayne, IN, May 20, 2019–Gina Yonkman, MS, has been appointed to Board of Directors of the Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care (IAHHC). The election took place on May 8 th , 2019 during IAHHC’s annual conference in Indianapolis. Gina is the Human Resources Director of a family of businesses that serves nine northeast Indiana counties: Home Nursing Services, Angel Corps, Dorian Maples & Associates, and First Call Medical Staffing.
Gina is a graduate of Saint Francis College and Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. She resides in Allen County. 
BONA VITA ARCHITECTURE
GRAND OPENING
Bona Vita Architecture is hosting an Open House to celebrate our new location at 110 West Main Street in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Thu, June 27, 2019
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Can you believe it has been twenty years?
Forgotten Children Worldwide would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of protecting, empowering and loving children in Africa and Asia for the past two decades. Watch the video below...
ECONOMIC GARDENING PROGRAM
RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
Purdue’s Economic Gardening program and its focus on helping companies thrive and contribute to the economic prosperity of their community. We are now accepting applications for this program that benefits not only companies, but their communities.

CLICK HERE FOR A FLYER with information on eligibility requirements, the process and program fee. We are excited to share that companies who have participated in our Economic Gardening report a 35% increase in full-time employment* and a 25% increase in Gross Domestic Revenue* (*average; one year after completing the program.)
 
For more information, visit the website and to apply at https://pcrd.purdue.edu/signature-programs/economic-gardening.php .
Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorships are vital to the success to the Annual Bluffton Free Street Fair.

This is an excellent opportunity to highlight and promote your business while promoting community involvement and fun in Wells County.

UPCOMING CHAMBER EVENTS
Don't Miss These Exciting Events
All Are Welcome to Attend!
Join Us for a Business After Hours at
Oooh La La Pet Spa
Thursday, June 6th
1732 N Main St, Bluffton

4:30pm Networking and Appetizers
5:00pm Presentation and Prizes
Meet Owner, Karen Price, and learn about the many services she provides such as dog grooming and boarding.
 YOUR furry friends are welcome to attend as well.
 
Come out and support a great small business and owner in Wells County.
30th ANNUAL CHICKEN
BBQ EVENT
Monday, July 15th

Two Locations:
Dine In or Carry Out at the Wells County 4H Fair Park
OR
Dutch Mill Carry Out for Half Chickens

32nd Annual Wells County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Timber Ridge Golf Club
Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Community Events
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Email Erin or Sarah:
eprible@wellscoc.com
scampbell@wellscoc.com
DO YOU HAVE JOB OPENINGS?
Chamber Members are welcome to post any job openings on the Find Jobs page of the website.

Email Erin or Sarah the job description and how someone should apply for the job opening.

Thank You to Our Gold Member!