A series of discussions on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in Johnson County was launched in March and will continue this month and next. The dinners are open to who live or work in Johnson County. The next dinner is scheduled for April 13.

Wellness Council of Indiana, an initiative from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, is launching a mental health resource for Hoosier employers. Mental Health First Aid helps employers identify common signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use-related challenges, builds understanding on their impact and provides an overview of common supports. The chamber says the Mental Health First Aid series will teach employers how to identify the risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses.

Nominate your Company for an Aspire Business Award

The nomination period for Aspire’s business awards has been extended to Wednesday, April 13. Aspire’s Business Success Award recognizes growth and entrepreneurial spirit. Aspire’s Excellence in Talent Development celebrates excellence and innovation in talent recruitment and retention. We’ve heard many stories about surviving and thriving the last several years. And, despite the tight labor market, many employers are successfully recruiting and retaining talent. Tell us about YOUR success by nominating your business or nonprofit for an Aspire award! Please hurry, nominations close April 13.

The state has launched a new grant program aimed at high schools wishing to increase career readiness in the area of advanced manufacturing. The grant would allow schools to purchase equipment that exposes students to smart technologies and was modeled after the recently launched Manufacturing Readiness Grant program.

A great way to develop talent and connect to local school systems is by offering internship or apprenticeship programs. There are key differences to these programs, including length of time, formality, and credentialing. Apprenticeship.gov identifies the differences between internship and apprenticeship programs and shares additional resources needed to start an apprenticeship program.

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Aspire welcomes Lesley Weidenbener, Editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal, and Gerry Dick, President and Managing Editor with Inside Indiana Business, as they discuss the recent IBJ and IIB merger, and what this means for businesses in Johnson County and across Indiana. Lesley and Gerry will also share their perspectives on the shifting media industry landscape, national consolidations, and how the local ownership of their companies benefits our communities. Be sure to join us for this insightful conversation.

Tuesday, April 12th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn Greenwood

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Wednesday, April 6th
9:00am - 10:00am
Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Wednesday, April 27th
8:30am - 10:00am
 Franklin College – Henderson Conference Room at the Johnson Center for Fine Arts

You may have complimentary tickets to select events available with your membership. Contact Angie Keene for more information.
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