Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter
Together We Are Stronger
October Member of the Month:
Helping Hands Receives October Honor

Helping Hands was founded in 2011 by Brandy Aschliman. “Prior to 2011, I was teaching in Huntington County and felt compelled to do something Kingdom focused. I visited the Decatur Hope Clinic and honestly didn’t know anything about a Pregnancy Resource Center,” explained Aschliman. “I suggested to them that they should open a center in Wells County. You should have seen the lady look through me and then she explained that they had been praying for someone to open a facility. I knew then that Gold wanted me to pursue this mission.”

Aschliman quit her teaching job, started a committee, and researched extensively about pregnancy resource centers. A Board of Directors were formed in 2012 and Aschliman was hired as the Executive Director.

Aschliman explains that Helping Hands is not just another organization, but a community. Relationship building is key to their success. “Our goal is to do life with you. We may not have all the answers, but we will connect you to the resources and people to help you with your needs. Getting to know our clients and pour into them the love of Jesus is what we do.”

Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Brandon Gerber & Damon Gerber
Rent, Buy, Sell real estate investment and property management group. High-quality rentals, home ownership opportunities, storage space, and development.

Jennifer Levy
1315 Directors Row, Ste 210
Fort Wayne
Hospice Services, Post-Acute Care, Palliative Care, Home Health Care

Damon Gerber
107 W Wabash, Bluffton
Dumpster Rentals for small to large projects
Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Nominate a Citizen and Business of the Year
The Citizen and Business of the Year Awards recognize the activities of an exceptional individual and business, whose outstanding service to the community and determination to do over and above what is expected of them, positively contributes to the quality of life in Wells County.

Who in Wells County is Making a Difference?
Nominate Your Leaders Today
Entries Close November 30, 2020

This person should be one who has contributed outstanding service to the growth and well being of Wells County making it a better place to live, work and do business.
If you have submitted a name in the past and that person was not selected, please submit the name again.
This company should be located in Wells County and have contributed in an extraordinary way to the Chamber of Commerce, to the business climate and to the quality of life our citizens and our community at large.
The business must be a current member of the Wells County Chamber of Commerce.
Wells County is taking the lead and running for the roses. We invite you to Gallop on over on January 25, 2021 for the Chamber Annual Dinner Awards and place your bets on a Trifecta, Thoroughbred or Derby Hat Sponsorship.

Lunch n' Learn
Thursday, November 19, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm
$10 Per Person for Lunch

Tom Harris with ActionCOACH Business Coaching present:
Creating Your Sales Success Strategy

Creating Your Sales Success Strategy!
  • Recruiting, Retaining and Selecting a Successful Sales Team
  • Creating Your Company's Sales Steps Process
  • Identifying Your Top 5 Closing-Techniques for Increased Sales
  • Implementing a Sales Performance Measurement System 
  • Keeping Your Sales Team Motivated and Growing
Upcoming Shop Local Initiatives
November 23-28
December 7-12
**Passports at Chamber Retail Stores**
Fill as many $50 passports as you like.
The more you spend, the more chances you have to win prizes.
Edge Earns Regional Honor
Article written by Jessica Bricker with the News-Banner. 11/2/2020

A Bluffton-based manufacturing company has been honored with a regional award.
Edge Manufacturing was named the Northeast Indiana Corporate Citizen of the Year in the inaugural Northeast Indiana Manufacturing Awards presented by KPC Media Group. The program was held last week in Fort Wayne.

Wells County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Erin Prible nominated Edge for the award.

“Edge Manufacturing started operations in 1993 and provided solution tasks with a focus upon logistics, fabrication and custom tooling,” she wrote. “The company has built a statewide reputation for providing second chances by employing ex-convicts. Owner Eric Gerber states that in his life he has been granted a second chance through Jesus Christ and his goal is to give employees the tools and encouragement to see purpose in their lives. The team at Edge ensures that employees are loved, appreciated (and) valued whether they remain at Edge over the long-term or move to accept new opportunities. This work improves Wells County, the region and the entire state by providing second chances to employees.”

The semifinalists for the award were Polywood of Syracuse and Zimmer Biomet of Warsaw. The award was sponsored by the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.
Several other awards were presented to northeast Indiana manufacturers during the event.

Ossian Health Communities invites you to a VA Aid & Attendance Webinar with Veterans Financial. 
***November 10, 2020 at 2pm***
This is a VA Benefit that is available to many veterans and their surviving spouses. They could qualify for up to $27,192 per year to pay for senior care. 
Please click the link here to register for the webinar or call 
Kathy Boles at 260-622-7821. 
Get the help you need in better time. The applications have been simplified and have a shorter response time than traditional filings. 
Mark your calendars and join us on Tuesday, November 10. It could be what stands between you and your benefits!
Reserve your space quickly as we only have room for 150 in the webinar!
Our Virtual Benefit video does a wonderful job of fleshing-out the ministry of Helping Hands. If you think we are just another nonprofit, your eyes will be opened! 

Please take the time to watch so that you can be fully informed when someone asks you why you support this ministry. 
And then share it with others.
Join Us On This Journey
BIGJAWS Youth for Christ
Our 3 goals...
  • RAISE $700,000 

This fundraising event will be held at Timber Ridge Golf Course on Friday, November 20th at 7 PM. Tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple. Your ticket includes a variety of wine & bourbon and hors d'oeuvres.

Organizations are encouraged to collect new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages (up to age 12). Toys are especially needed for older boys and toys for babies. Monetary donations will also be accepted to help deliver gift cards to older children and elders in the community.

If you know of a family you think may need some extra help at Christmas, encourage them to apply at the Wells County Food Bank, Division of Family Resources, or United Way of Wells County.

Toys need to be dropped off at United Way of Wells County, 122 LaMar Street in Bluffton, by December 1, so they have time to coordinate the efforts and get them to the children.

Let's join together and remember that at Christmas we celebrate a most precious gift, and by giving ourselves, we honor the real meaning of the holiday.

As you are dropping toys off this year, please call ahead at 824-5589 to let the staff know.

The registration process has begun and it is time to find host locations for the trees and ask for monetary donations to help purchase gift items not provided through the tree collections.
What to help?
No Enrollment Fee When You Join at the YMCA
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Member businesses provide a discount to other Chamber Members when they show their membership card.

The Member2Member provides value to all participating Chamber Members by offering them a discount on goods and services, while also driving new customers to YOUR business.

Thank You to Our Gold Member!
Thank You to Our Gold Member!