Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter
Helping You Lead the Way
July Member of the Month:

Flack earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1970 from Ball State University and then went on to complete his MBA several years later. In addition, Flack earned the titles of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified Long-Term Care Agent (CLTC). In 1974, Flack located to Bluffton and opened his current business.

Flack holds trainings on annuities, life insurance, retirement planning, long-term care insurance planning, and those already on Medicare and Medicaid. “We also offer a service of free diabetic shoes for people on Medicare A and B,” said Flack. “We welcome people to come in for a free 1-hour consultation to assess what their needs are and how we can serve our clients.”

Over the years, Flack has been very involved in community volunteer activities and committees. Flack has served as President of Wells County Chamber of Commerce, Wells County Foundation, United Way of Wells County, and Wells County Economic Development. Flack has volunteered for Junior Achievement (receiving the distinguished Golden Achievement Award), Sunday School Teacher, Gideons International, member of Hope Missionary Church, Bluffton Works, and Bluffton Revitalization. “My favorite volunteer activity is serving as a piano player at Golden Apple, which is the Alzheimer’s wing at Christian Care Retirement Community,” said Flack.

August Member of the Month:

Felger Hart was established when Jim Felger and Doug Hart started the business in 1983. The two gentlemen were known as the best technicians in Fort Wayne. Clients continuously suggested they start their own business; therefore, they both decided to take on the challenge.

The business was opened on Doug and Barb Felger’s property in Bluffton. The office was in the basement with Barb keeping the books for many years. Not long after the business opened, Felger’s son PJ started working at the company as a high schooler. Soon after, Felger’s second son, Tom, followed the same path. A family-run business was being formed.

In 2008 Tom and PJ bought the company and had a vision for growing the business and adding more employees. “As the company started to grow, space was becoming an issue on the property,” said Tom. “We were having a hard time getting the trucks in and out of the space we had and needed more room.”

The current location on State Road 1 became available in November 2014 and the brothers, PJ and Tom, purchased the building. “We moved everything over to this location and the building has been a great sales tool being off State Road 1. So many people drive by and are curious of what this business is, and they look us up,” stated Tom.

Tom takes pride in the 22 employees at Felger Hart creating a good work environment. “The longevity of the employees speaks volumes about the culture of the company,” explained Tom. “Many of them have been with us for a very long time and our goal is to always promote within. We like to hire young people and train them from the beginning and treat them well, so they want to stay with our business.”

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Mr. Jim Brewer

Kent Brown

Scott DeHoff
1410 W Western Ave, Bluffton

Brittany Vanover
7145 N IN-1, Ossian
Craig Bonesteel
8495 S 450 West, Poneto

Angela Staggs
109 E Market Street, Bluffton

Kent Brown
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Tuesday, November 9th
8:15am to 2:30pm
Wells County Community Center, 4H Park

**Please note: THIS IS NOT A JOB FAIR!**

Approximately 1,000 students from Bluffton-Harrison, Norwell, and Southern Wells High Schools and home school students will be attending the Career Expo.

The purpose of the Career Expo is to expose individuals the opportunity to:
· Inspire youth to stay in high school and consider post secondary education
· Explore career options within our region
· Help prepare youth for the workforce and the opportunities available

We are in need of community employers (business, industry, government, retail, etc.) who are willing to display the service they provide and/or the items they manufacture in their business and the level of education necessary to attain positions at your business.

We hope you will participate in this event and share the business and career opportunities that will exist in the future for these students as they enter the workforce.

There will be space for approximately 70 booths and it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests. There is no fee for participation. Present plans are for set-up time on November 8th from 5-6 pm and November 9th from 7:00 - 8:15 am at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton.

Please join us in helping our young citizens learn what they need to do after high school to attain a rewarding and profitable career in Wells County.

You Are Invited to the
Adams/Wells HR Group Luncheon on:
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Noon to 1:30pm
No Fee to Attend; however RSVP's are Required
Lunch will be served

Thank you to Indiana Wesleyan University for Sponsoring Lunch
Join us as Alan Siepker with Continental Structural Plastics presents:
How to be a Great Employer and Creating a Dynamic Company Culture

Real-life examples of leading cultural change, reinforcing positive employee relations, and having fun, while growing the business and doubling your workforce.
Chamber Quarterly Luncheon
Wednesday, September 29
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Arts, Commerce & Visitors Centre
$15 Per Person

"Maximizing the Community and Economic Development Benefits of Solar Projects"
Paul Mitchell, President and CEO of Energy Systems Network (ESN), will join us to explain the importance and impact of integrated energy solutions to increase quality of life in communities. Mitchell will share distinct opportunities and ways to capitalize on solar energy to deliver dependable, low-cost power to meet the needs of consumers.

To Register, Click HERE
To pay online, Click HERE
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Hoosier Creek Farms
The Bread Guy
Ginger Fresh Market
Mr. Kool Heating & Cooling Services
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Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Area bank is recognized as a top agriculture lender by Independent Community Bankers of America.
Berne, Ind. – First Bank of Berne (FBB) has been named top in the nation for agricultural lending on the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) 2021 list. First Bank of Berne ranked second out of twenty financial institutions that fell into the $500 million to $1 billion asset category. It is the only bank headquartered in Indiana recognized in the agricultural category and one of only two Indiana-based banks that made the list in any category.
According to the ICBA website, the Top Lenders 2021 list ranks community banks across America, “based on the strength of competitive banking services and operational efficiencies using FDIC data for 2020.”
“First Bank of Berne has strived to provide excellent financial products and services to meet the needs of agribusiness,” said Rick Gentis, First Bank of Berne Senior Vice President. “Our institution is honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s top agricultural lenders. It demonstrates the level of commitment we have to serving our customers well.”
First Bank of Berne is a regional leader in agribusiness lending, serving the communities in northern Indiana and northwest Ohio. Their experienced farm financial consultants strive to help agribusiness prosper. FBB offers both longer- and short-term loans as well as extended services such as farm financial consultation and custom-designed crop insurance. To learn more about First Bank of Berne, visit firstbankofberne.com.
PHP welcomes Wells County Chamber of Commerce to the Healthy Hoosier Discount Program
PHP is pleased to announce the addition of Wells County Chamber of Commerce to our chamber discount program, offering chamber members a discount on our LEVEL Solutions product.
With this program, members can save up to 30% over ACA plan rates. Providing affordable group health benefits is one of the top challenges facing employers today—and we have a solution. Together, we want to make Hoosiers healthy!
Welcome to PHP’s Healthy Hoosier Discount Plan
This plan is similar to traditional medical plans, but with a few key differences to offer lower rates and more financial flexibility. As a level-funded health plan, employers can save through certain tax savings over ACA plans.
The Healthy Hoosier Discount Plan for Wells County Chamber of Commerce members:
o  For employers with 5-50 employees
o  Wells County Chamber members receive an additional 5% discount
o  Employee wellness evaluation and consultation
o  Customized employee health incentive program
This program is available for plan coverage effective November 1, 2021 and beyond.
Call your benefits advisor today and ask about the PHP Healthy Hoosier Discount Plan for your business. Or contact PHP at: sales@phpni.com; 260-432-6690, ext.840.
Download a flyer with more information about the Healthy Hoosier Discount Plan.
NIPSCO Awards $63,000 in Public Safety Education and Training Grants
Annual program funds local safety education and training projects in Northern Indiana
Merrillville, Ind. — Eighteen organizations will receive grants from NIPSCO to help fund their safety education and training projects throughout Northern Indiana. This year, NIPSCO has granted a total of $63,000. Over the past four years since this grant program was initiated, a total of 62 projects were funded, totaling $213,000 in grant donations that positively impact safety education and programming within the NIPSCO’s service territory.

Jere Johnson, Indiana Wesleyan University, is a leader who enthusiastically encourages others to explore educational goals for their personal and professional development. He loves to provide opportunities to assist employees, students, and corporate leaders in reaching the next level of their career. Also, passionate about connecting connections to each other. He has been involved with higher education over 17 years.
He is a co-founder of First Fridays Leadership Forum in NE Indiana and has a background in high school and college athletics as a former Athletic Director and Basketball Coach. He is married to Stacey and has four children. Click for more information about IWU’s online programs. You can reach Jere by email at jere.johnson@indwes.edu
September 20th at 2pm for a Ribbon Cutting
Open House Celebration from 2pm to 4pm
Food, Drinks, Cake, Tours
Bluffton NOW Music on the Plaza September 17th 7-9 p.m.
Fireball Matinee
JB’s Cuisine Machine Food Truck & Hideaway beer and wine available for purchase at 6p.m.
Parlor City Plaza 118 W. Market Street Bluffton
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