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Salute to Leadership 

The Valpo Chamber is proud to announce its Executive Board Committee members for 2017. Tim Warner, Centier Bank, will serve as Valpo Chamber Board Chair and Todd Leeth, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans, LLP, will serve as Chair Elect.

In addition to Warner and Leeth, Pat McGinley, Horizon Bank, will serve as Treasurer; Jack Elia, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa, Vice-Chair of Member Services; Karen Johnson, Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute, Vice-Chair of Special Events; Jim Johnson, Regal-Beloit America, Inc., Vice-Chair of Small Business Engagement; and Randall Zromkoski, Blachly,Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLP, Immediate Past-Chair.

New members of the Board are Bill Higbie, Porter County Community Foundation; Frank Kusbel, AM Stabilizers; Nick Larson, Larson-Danielson Construction Co., Inc.Mary Sudicky, St. Mary Medical Center.

The 2017 Board of Directors also includes Chris Chatfield, First Merchants Bank; Joe Coar, Tonn and Blank Construction, Inc.; Dawn Collins, Century 21 Executive Realty; Mayor Jon Costas, City of Valparaiso; Darron Farha, Valparaiso University; Tom Long, NITCO; Stephen Lunn, Porter Health Care System; Gene Novello, Teachers Credit Union; Donna Phelps, Seasons on the Square; Michael Sobeck, Fifth Third Bank; Matt Vessely, 1st Source Bank; John Walsh,

For over 100 years, the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce has been promoting the interests of its members by providing the highest quality information, advocacy, networking opportunities, and member services. The Valpo Chamber is the largest chamber organization in Northwest Indiana with more than 820 members representing entrepreneurial companies, financiers, and professional firms as well as many small local establishments.  
Legislative Hotline Dates
Legislative Hotline 2014
All Valpo Chamber members are invited to attend the Valpo Chamber Legislative Hotline program beginning in January 2017. 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, January 20
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.
Get Ready to Bowl!
This event sells out faster than anything all year long.
If you don't hit register now, you may be too late!

Gillins Named Vice President
Kurt Gillins was recently promoted to Vice President, Programs & Communications for the Valpo Chamber. Rex Richards, President of the Chamber stated, "Kurt has done an outstanding job in coordinating the development of the Chamber's new website and mobile app. He has also implemented improvements to our publications. His promotion to Vice President is recognition for his accomplishments to improve the Valpo Chamber brand."

Kurt joined the Valpo Chamber in 2006 as the Special Events Coordinator. He was promoted to Projects Coordinator in 2008 and in 2013, assumed the duties as Member Services Director of all communication and marketing projects as well as serving as the Editor of the Chamber's Valparaiso Magazine.

Prior to joining the Valpo Chamber, Kurt was the Projects Coordinator at the Memorial Opera House.

Kurt is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre and Television Arts degree.

Enhanced listings on the Valpo Chamber website are a great opportunity for your business to stand out.

Some of the options include:
Business Profile (detailed description of your business)
Adding Logo to Listing
Adding Videos to Listing

Contact Danielle today for more information!

Advertise With Us!

2017 Budget Planning
Don't forget to include the Valpo Chamber when planning your 2017 marketing and advertising budget!

Valparaiso Magazine
2017-18 Membership Directory
Valpo Chamber Website
Wednesday WORD on the Street E-Blast

Contact Danielle at 219-462-1105 or [email protected] for a list of all deadlines and more information.

2017 Partnerships

Partner Program 2013
The Valpo Chamber Partners (VCP) program provides members with options for streamlining their Chamber sponsorship opportunities, while enhancing their visibility and promotional opportunities.
This annual marketing investment prominently promotes member businesses on signage, inside Chamber publications, on the website, on the mobile app, and at events throughout the year. The VCP is a terrific way to gain extensive exposure and valuable name and logo recognition.
The VCP offers four partner packages - Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze - at four price points. Each package includes incentives, complimentary tickets to events, special recognition and promotion, and sponsorship of high-profile networking and educational events.
To inquire about the available packages and their specific benefits, contact Danielle Oeding, at (219) 462-1105,  [email protected].
Ribbon Cuttings

Frozen Garden, LLC
200 Billings St, Unit A

Aperion Care Valparaiso
3301 N Calumet Ave
December Wrap Up
We had several great events this past month. Thank you for making them all a huge success.

Holiday Open House

On Thursday, December 1, the Valpo Chamber kicked off the holiday season with its annual Open House.

Catered by Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa with refreshments provided by Porter County Expo Center and Indiana Beverage, this was an event not to miss.

Over 250 people attended this year's event.  Don't miss next year's, scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 2017.

AM Valpo
Attendees at the last AM Valpo of 2016 had a little fun and participated in a mannequin challenge.  Who knows what this zany group will come up with for 2017!
Building the Chamber's Network
Thank you to the following businesses for sending membership leads our way this past month:

Tom Carroll, NITCO
Mike MorethSimko Signs
Mark Your Calendars

Monday, January 2
Valpo Chamber Office Closed

Wednesday, January 4
AM Valpo
57 Franklin St
7:00 a.m.
No advanced reservations required - FREE

Thursday, January 5
Ribbon Cutting
1201 Cumberland Crossing Dr
4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 6
Ribbon Cutting
150 Lincolnway, Ste 2002
4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 14
Salute to Leadership
1001 Sand Creek Drive S, Chesterton
6:00 p.m. cocktails
7:00 p.m. dinner and awards

Friday, January 20
Legislative Hotline
162 W Lincolnway
7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
No advance reservations required - FREE

Tuesday, January 24
Annual Meeting/State of the City Address
1509 Chapel Dr
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Register Here

Thursday, January 26
Ribbon Cutting
Bangkok Thai & Sushi, Inc.
2103 Calumet Ave
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
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