January 22, 2019   
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International Travel

Our Greater Lafayette community has strong ties to Japan and China.  Japanese and Chinese companies have facilities here in town, and there are Japanese and Chinese families that work here, and Purdue University faculty and students and many of their families live here as well.  Greater Lafayette Commerce is excited to bring a couple of travel opportunities to the community this year.

China and Japan.  Of everywhere I've been fortunate to travel to, these two hold the greatest fascination for me.  The Japanese have a beautiful culture based on "Harmony", enabling 130 million people to live on 4 islands the size of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio combined.  Harmony brings the concepts of hospitability and politeness, that we value in the Midwest, to a whole other level.  The people of Japan are courteous and deferential and formal.  And everyday items are intricately beautified with an incredible attention to detail that can only be achieved by a culture that has to maximize efficiency to take care of so many people with such little land mass.   A formal tea ceremony in Japan is an incredible experience that brings all of the aspects of Japanese culture home. 

In China, it can be the other extreme.  The growth is absolutely stunning, with so much commercial activity and building going on it can be bewildering.  The last time I was in Shanghai, I counted 45 cranes in the air building skyscrapers.  And, skyscrapers have grown up right next door to centuries old villages in a way that seems incomprehensible.

Western style glitz right next door to old fishing villages makes you wonder what the future will look like for the country.  On the street, Chinese people are friendly and want to introduce you to their children and grandchildren, who are all learning English.  It is apparent that the Chinese people want to learn from Americans and value having us there. 

We are excited that this year we have two opportunities for trips to Japan and China.  First we are sending students in grades 8 th - 12 th to Japan this summer with our Ota, City Sister City Relationship.  The students will be chaperoned by Greater Lafayette Commerce and housed with host families managed by the city of Ota.  It is a wonderful cultural sharing experience for our youth.

Second, we are launching a tourism trip to China through our vendor Citslinc.  This trip will be extremely reasonably priced allowing for our travelers to experience China in a way that is coordinated and planned, at a price that is unmatched.

To learn more about these trips click:  Japan and China

Be Greater!


Greater Lafayette Commerce Events GLCEvents
Never miss an event! Our 2019 events calendar and events registration are available 24/7.
Purdue Solutions
Get Free Support  
January 23
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Over 50 Purdue students in varying fields of study are available to offer marketing, financial and IT consulting through their
student led organization called Purdue Solutions.  Hear from the students on how to utilize their free support to assist with your business needs.
Register here
Google Workshop: 
Using Data to Drive Growth
February 5
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 

Learn about tools to help you collect and interpret real-time information about  
how customers are interacting with your business online, so you can make  
smarter decisions about how to reach  
key audiences on your budget,  
timeline and terms. 
Register here

Tippy Connect 2019 Launch Event
January 24
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lafayette Brewing Company
622 Main St, Lafayette, IN  47901

RSVP here
GLC Adventure to China:  Informational Session
January 31
5:30 p.m.
Greater Lafayette Commerce is exploring a trip for members and non-members to China, October 26-November 3, 2019 .  The trip is geared toward people that want to experience China in a group and on a predetermined itinerary.  It's a great and inexpensive introduction to China.     
Please plan to attend our informational session.  If you're unable to attend the informational session , please join our communications list so we can keep you updated .  Join the list here.

Register here

Quarterly Development Series 

The first Quarterly Development Series Luncheon is kicking off on Wednesday February 13, 2019. This luncheon features our Mayors Tony Roswarski and John Dennis as well as Commissioner David Byers. They will be sharing the current state and outlook of our two great cities and county.
This luncheon sells out, so reserve your seats at our 2019 venue, The Trails Banquet Facility.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
11:30-1:00 pm
The Trails Banquet Facility.
325 Burnett's Road West Lafayette IN 47906
Online registration is now available.
Single lunch: $25
Table Sponsorship including 8 seats: $600
Series Sponsorship including 8 seats at each quarter: $2000
Q2: May 15, 2019
Q3: August 21, 2019
Q4: November 20, 2019 
Register for Q1 here 
C2E Expo
February 28
3:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Builders Association of Greater Lafayette and Greater Lafayette Commerce are pleased to invite you and your family to our first Construction Career & Education Expo.  This is an expo where attendees will have the opportunity to talk with businesses from all facets of the construction trade, i.e. - Architect, civil engineer, mortgage broker, millwright, wind turbine technician, welder and more.   There will be tons of hands on activities!   
Everyone is welcome at the public session from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m. No registration required.
Contact Kelli for sponsorship opportunities | kcornelius@greaterlafayettecommerce.com
Sister City Student Exchange Program
July 8-18 
Every other year, students from Greater Lafayette visit Ota City, Japan as part of a student exchange program.  Greater Lafayette Commerce helps to organize the program, which has been in place since Subaru of Indiana Automotive moved to Lafayette.
If you know a Tippecanoe County High School Student who would be interested in this trip, please share this information with them. 

Students will be able to experience a different culture, new places, and the life of a Japanese student.

Don't let your student miss out on this fantastic opportunity!

Find the application form and the other required documents here.
Deadline to apply is Friday, April 1, 2019
Celebrate With Us! Milestones

20 Year Anniversary Celebration:  Blooms & Petals Fresh Flowers & Event Concepts
Friday, February 8, 2019
1:30 p.m.
848 Main Street, Lafayette, IN  47901

To learn more, visit:  Blooms and Petals
2018 Ambassador of the YearAmbassador
Jacquie Wright

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Industrial Federal Credit Union

2019 Community Impact WinnersCommunityImpact
JL Anderson Heating and Cooling
Turning Pointe Academy
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Technology from Emergent Solar Energy based in the Purdue Research Park, is helping to reduce energy costs on a Northern Indiana Hog Farm. 
Read the story here.
Cole Professional Academy Interview Day:  February 1, 2019

On February 1, 2019, James Cole Elementary will hold their inaugural Cole Professional Academy Interview Day.  They are in need of a few more local businesses to participate in volunteering for the mock interviews with the academy students.  The Cole Professional Academy is a grassroots effort to give the fifth grade students the opportunity to learn various soft skills that will be needed for the students to be successful in life. The students have learned many skills such as how to dress for success, table etiquette, sportsmanship, social media safety and interview skills.  Please contact Mike Pinto, Principal of James Cole Elementary if you would like to participate at (765) 523-2141 or mpinto@tsc.k12.in.us.

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INFINITI Timeout For the Win

Purdue University Men's Basketball Coach Matt Painter is competing against 47 other D1 NCAA Men's Basketball coaches in the INFINITI Timeout For the Win challenge, raising up to $1 million for the American Cancer Society to help defeat everyone's rival - cancer.

Now through March 11, 2019 fans can vote for Coach Painter, helping him place in the top three on the national leaderboard and win a donation by INFINITI in his name to the American Cancer Society.
You can vote up to three times, every day, by doing the following:  
  1. Visit infinititimeout.com, search for "Matt Painter" and click "Vote"
  2. Post a photo signaling a timeout on Twitter, and including two hashtags: #TIMEOUTFTW AND #CoachMattPainter
  3. Post a photo signaling a timeout on Instagram, and including two hashtags: #TIMEOUTFTW AND #CoachMattPainter
Vote today and vote often! And go Boilermakers.
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