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Bowl Away the Winter 

On Tuesday, February 28, we will host our first FYI Business Workshop for 2017.  These quarterly learning sessions are designed to help you improve business practices, or learn about new ideas or technologies to integrate into your business or organization.

Join us as Trail 9, LLC teaches us How to Improve Your Online Presence Using Google Analytics.

This is a two-part course, but you do not need to attend both to benefit.

The first course will be for beginners - those who have not used Google Analytics or are still unsure of what can be done with it. The second course is for more advanced users - delving into some of the more intricate aspects of Google Analytics.

Beginner Course - 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - $10 per person
Advanced Course - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - $10 per person

Please contact Kurt Gillins for more information.

The Valpo Chamber Envision the Future Committee is planning the 2017 event for Porter County eighth-grade students. This annual program is scheduled for March 14, 2017, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Porter County Expo Center. Business volunteers are extremely important to this program. Volunteers will assist students as they learn how to live within their means while enjoying their chosen career. Envision the Future is an opportunity for students to realize exactly how much money it will take to pay for housing, utilities, a vehicle, insurance, food, clothing, and childcare, while trying to have enough money leftover for the "extras" in life.

Contact Kurt Gillins if you have any questions or want to volunteer.

Legislative Hotline Dates
The 2017 Legislative Hotline program got off to a great start on Friday, January 20.  Indiana State Senator Ed Charbonneau was present and Indiana State Senator Karen Tallian was available via phone to discuss what is on the slate for this legislative session.

Everyone is invited to attend the remaining Legislative Hotline programs. These legislative briefings give members an opportunity to hear firsthand about legislation being proposed and enacted in Indianapolis.  

State Senators and House Representatives for Porter County and representatives of the Duneland and Portage Chambers of Commerce are either in attendance or present via conference call during these programs.

Valpo Chamber Legislative Hotline events begin at 7:30 a.m. and are held at the Chamber office, located at 162 W Lincolnway.  These events are open to all chamber members at no cost.

2017 Legislative Hotline Dates
Friday, February 3
Friday, February 17
Friday, March 3
Friday, March 17

Always check the Valpo Chamber on-line calendar for the most up-to-date information.
By now, Chamber members have received 2017 membership investment renewal notices in the mail. The Valpo Chamber cannot continue its quality programs and events without you. We appreciate your support and look forward to a fantastic 2017.

In order to continue to be listed in our online and printed directories, and mobile app, you must renew no later than March 15.

You can pay your membership investment or any other outstanding invoices by logging into

If you have questions about your membership, please give us a call at (219) 462-1105.

How do you introduce your business?  Advertising in the 2017-2018 Valpo Chamber Membership Directory helps you "meet" 5,000 local business people.

This spring, we will direct mail this four-color publication througout the greater Valparaiso area, giving you an upper hand in the marketplace.

New this year to the Membership Directory is the GoGuide online directory which will be available on the chamber's website.

For display ad rates or to reserve your ad space today, contact Danielle Oeding.
The spring issue of Valparaiso Magazine will focus on the Valparaiso Community Schools.  We will offer an update on the building projects as well as an insight into the new programs that have already been implemented or are coming soon.

Now is the time to secure advertising space for this special issue. Valparaiso Magazine distributes 18,000 copies quarterly, to the business community as well as residents.

Contact Danielle Oeding today for ad space and pricing.
Ribbon Cuttings

Valparaiso Family YMCA & St. Mary Medical Center
1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr

Energy Comfort Systems
150 Lincolnway, Ste 2002

Bangkok Thai & Sushi, LLC
2103 Calumet Ave

January Wrap Up
We had several great events this past month. Thank you for making them all a huge success.

Salute To Leadership
John Seibert, Distinguished Community Leader and Valpo Parks Staff

Ivan & Pat Bodensteiner, Legacy of Service recipients and their family

On Saturday, January 10, the Valpo Chamber hosted its annual Salute to Leadership Dinner at Sand Creek Country Club. At this event John Seibert was named Distinguished Community Leader, and Ivan & Pat Bodensteiner were awarded the Legacy of Service Award.  These are the highest honors awarded by the Valpo Chamber each year.  

Annual Meeting/State of the City Address

Mayor Jon Costas

More than 300 business professionals gathered at Valparaiso University's Harre Union to attend the Valpo Chamber Annual Meeting.  Also at the event, Mayor Jon Costas delivered his State of the City Address.  
Building the Chamber's Network
Thank you to the following businesses for sending membership leads our way this past month:

Angie Panayi -  Anton Insurance Agency
Bob Carnagey -  Friends of Folds of Honor
Jane SzymczakLaciak Accountancy Group PC
Pat Bodensteiner - Community Resident
Mark Your Calendars

Wednesday, February 1
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, February 2
Ribbon Cutting
2701 Beech St, Ste D
4:30 p.m.

Friday, February 3
Legislative Hotline
162 W Lincolnway
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Tuesday, February 7
3201 Evans Ave
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16
Business After Hours
4 W 81st Ave, Merrillville
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Friday, February 17
Legislative Hotline
162 W Lincolnway
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, February 23
Ribbon Cutting
Paladin Insurance Advocates
2103 Calumet Ave
4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28
FYI Business Workshop
Improving Your Online Presence with Google Analytics
Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Beginner
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Advanced

Wednesday, March 1
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, March 2
Ribbon Cutting
103 E Morthland Dr, Unit 1
4:30 p.m.


Tuesday, March 14
Envision the Future

Monday, June 26
FunDay Golf Classic

Thursday, October 19
Chamber Network Night 

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions on how to better utilize your membership, please call us at 219-462-1105 or email [email protected].

Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
162 W. Lincolnway
Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
New Members

Bangkok Thai & Sushi, LLC

La Mexicana Market & Restaurant

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Valpo Chamber
162 W Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383
(219) 462-1105
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