April 7, 2020
Bi-Monthly News
On April 2, 2020, Governor Holcomb announced our state's
COVID-19 campaign - #INThisTogether

  • Hot Deals

  • Small Business of the Month

  • Upcoming Webinars

  • Economic and Workforce Development

  • Business Success

  • Announcements

  • Milestone Events
Hot Deals
Drive Business During this Challenging Time
Greater Lafayette Commerce wants to help our members and small businesses in Greater Lafayette make it through the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to make sure you are aware we can host on our website any special promotions or accommodations that your business is making to encourage customers. Similar to the Greater Lafayette Restaurant Guide we are hosting, we think this could be an added benefit to help drive business during this challenging time.
Here’s how to add your promotion to the Member Directory:
The primary rep should log in to the Member Information Center (MIC) through login portals on our website landing page or directly here .

Once in the MIC, select Hot Deal from Shortcuts menu list on the left-hand side (only the primary rep on the account can see this).
Select “Add Hot Deal” and then enter the following details:

  • Title – Name of the deal
  • Tagline - Short one liner about the deal
  • Category – select the category that your business has been assigned to in our Business Directory (usually only one selection available)
  • Description – enter a detailed description of the deal
  • Meta Description – 1-2 sentence summary, 320 character limit
  • Short Description – 512 character limit
  • Offer Start Date and End Date – dates of when deal begins and expires
  • Search Results Logo – optional to add an image or logo (must be .gif, .jpg or .png)
  • Contact – this information defaults to the data on your member profile
  • Active Dates – dates to publish the deal (can be different from the offer dates above since you can publish the deal before it is active)

Select “Save as Draft”. Once you have reviewed, select “Submit for Approval”. Greater Lafayette Commerce will review and approve Hot Deals submitted. Once approved, the Hot Deal will be displayed in the Business Directory.

You can view these promotions or "Hot Deals" here.

Once we have some hot deals loaded, we will promote the link to the public and media.

Thank you for everything you all are doing to support Greater Lafayette!

Questions or having trouble entering a Hot Deal? Contact Joan Matson
Join us for the Small Business of the Month Award Ceremony
to honor Schug Awards & Gifts

Wednesday, April 22 - Postponed
5:00 p.m.

Old National Bank - MARQ Building
100 N. 2nd Street
Lafayette, IN 47901

Program Sponsored by
DWD Facebook Live Event:
Unemployment Benefits and the New CARES Act
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) is hosting a Facebook Live Event with agency leaders to discuss the latest available details on the federal stimulus package (CARES Act) and how it affects unemployment insurance benefits.
The live event will be held at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on April 8 and will be recorded and made available to the public on DWD’s Facebook page .

Upcoming Webinars
Region 4 Workforce Board Roger Feldhaus, CEO and Deborah Waymire, COO will share updates on WorkOne offices and Department of Workforce Development plus training opportunities available for those that may have lost their job.

  •  April 9, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Registration details coming soon or check here for updates

Ivy Tech Community College - Dr. David Bathe, President and Brooklyn Burton, Workforce Alignment Consultant will discuss registration, tuition costs, financial aid, and training opportunities available both short term and long term.

  • April 16, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Registration details coming soon or check here for updates

Greater Lafayette Commerce Next Generation Workforce Summer Programs - Find out about summer camps across the region.

  • April 23, 2020
  • 10:00 a.m.
  • Registration details coming soon or check here for updates

Virtual PODS (Peer Offered Development Strategies)
Now more than ever business owners need to work together to solve critical problems in their businesses. Virtual Peer-Offered Development Strategies (PODS) is the solution. In these Virtual CEO round-tables, noncompeting peers can safely discuss critical issues, experiences, and solutions with other business owners who know what you’re going through.

To learn more about joining a PODS table, contact Mark Lowe at mlowe@greaterlafayettecommerce.com.

Don’t get left behind, contact Mark, today!
Upcoming Webinars
Storefront Strategies: Restaurant and Retail Innovations Webinar - Are you looking for agile practices for your restaurant or retail business? Join Ashley & Jayme from Bloom Kids Collection and Kirsten Serrano from Small Wonder Foods as they discuss some of the innovative approaches they’re using to do business during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  •  April 8, 2020
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Register here

Managing YOURSELF While Working from Home - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, is your organization holding more virtual meetings and working remotely? Join us for a virtual conversation with the president of TIPPED, Alex Sabol, on how you can effectively manage yourself and your time, as we grapple with the impacts of the coronavirus. In this interactive webinar, Alex will be sharing from his years of experience running, consulting, and facilitating virtual teams. Alex will tackle: 

  • Practices for maintaining accountability and connection with your team.
  • How to maximize your time and complete objectives. 
  • April 13, 2020
  • 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Register here

Business Strategies Series: Part 4 - Talent Development and Management Strategies - "Get Better at People" - Are you trying to get better at understanding your workforce? We know it costs money to hire someone and even more money to hire the wrong someone. Join us during this virtual workshop to get the tools you need to hire, train, and retain top talent.

  • April 28, 2020
  • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Register here
PPE Gear Donations Needed

During these trying times with so much change, the one thing remains constant is the willingness to reach out and care for others.
The Tippecanoe County Health Department is now accepting donations and distribution requests for PPE Gear for local entities in need.
Contact donations@tippecanoe.in.gov for more information. Our community thanks you for your willingness to help in this time of need.
Visit Lafayette - West Lafayette
We hope you are all doing well and hanging in there!
For: Hospitality Industry (Hotels, Restaurants, Events, Attractions)
Visit Lafayette - West Lafayette would like to do a video showcasing local businesses waving hi or showing something they are doing, etc. showing that we are still here and stand with each other in this time and here to help when timing is right to start planning again, etc. Please feel free to send us a short clip, maybe 10-30 seconds that we could edit and include in a larger video. A video done with a smart phone works great! If taking photos is easier for you that works too!
Attached are graphics we created and are using on our website and social media. Feel free to use however you like. You could even include one of them in your video clip or photo.
Questions and videos can be sent to Ashley Gregory at agregory@HomeofPurdue.com

Join Greater Lafayette Commerce staff, ambassadors, elected officials,
professionals, community members, and business representatives
to celebrate the following milestone events:
Grand Opening: Duke Energy Solar Farm
April 16, 2020 - Postponed

To learn more, visit: Duke Energy Solar Farm
Grand Opening: LTHC Homeless Services Engagement Center
April 17, 2020 - Postponed

To learn more, visit: LTHC Homeless Services Center
Soft Opening: Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds Coliseum
May 5, 2020 - Postponed

Farmer's Markets
It's official! The Downtown and Purdue Farmer's Markets are out of hibernation and accepting vendor applications, but only until April 10.
Love the Farmer's Market? Work where you love! Purdue Farmer's Market is now hiring for a Market Master for the 2020 Season.
Join Tippy Connect
Are you a career-driven individual between 21-39 working or living in the Greater Lafayette area? Are you looking to grow professionally with others in your age range? Check out Tippy Connect,  a group for Young Professionals, by Young Professionals.