Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter
August Member of the Month:
Local Law Firms Gains Chamber Member of the Month

Andrews and Crell were previously practicing law in Fort Wayne and would come to Wells County to meet with other lawyers for meetings. “Many of our meetings were held at the Snug restaurant downtown and the people we would meet and talk to were so warm and welcoming that we decided to move to Wells County,” stated Andrews.

Andrews & Crell, P.C. specialize in family law and divorce, personal injury, business law, and estate planning and probate offering a unique litigation experience with their combined 20 years of experience in law. Crell has been named a Top Lawyer by Fort Wayne Monthly magazine and a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a nation-wide periodical published by Thompson-Reuters. In 2016 the firm was recognized as the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys.

“The community was really open and welcoming to us, the Chamber of Commerce has been great to work with, and we love being involved. Everything we need is right here,” concluded Andrews.

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Cliff Johnson
Online SEO Management, Virtual Tours, Online Marketing

Geoff Horner
334 Hickory Knoll Dr, Bluffton
Pest Extermination: bugs, bats, mice, etc.

953 N Main St, Bluffton
Bakery, Sweets, Desserts

Lexi Arnold
122 Lamar St, Ste 114, Bluffton
Hair & Nail Salon

Geoff Horner
334 Hickory Knoll Dr, Bluffton
Golf Simulator, Fitting, Lessons, Flightscope
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Members in the News
Lexis Rae Hair Studio Opens for Business
Lexi Rae Hair Studio officially opened for business on August 6. Arnold explained that they did some renovations to the space such as internal painting, built a wall for mixing color, an area to be used as a workspace, and added two manicure stations. “My goal is for our clients to feel relaxed, comfortable and leave feeling refreshed.”
Arnold has been in the hair business for 4.5 years and has loved doing hair since she was very young. “I was blessed with an awesome job right out of beauty school and had always dreamed of opening up my own salon.” Although the timing was sooner than she had anticipated, Arnold said, “God opened this door for us, and the timing just fell into place. It’s been a whirlwind to the point, but it has been fun and exciting to see what happens next.”

Congratulations to Clean Fuels National as they made the list for Inc Magazine's 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in North America for the second year in a row!
Thank you everyone for your continued support!
Local HR Director Earned SHRM-SCP Certification
Fort Wayne, IN, August 1, 2019–Gina Yonkman, MS, has achieved the certification of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Senior Certified Professional (SCP). Gina is the Human Resources Director of a family of businesses that serves nine northeast Indiana counties: Home Nursing Services, Angel Corps, Dorian Maples & Associates, and First Call Medical Staffing.
Clean Fuels Donates to the Parlor City Plaza for Bluffton NOW!
Clean Fuels National donates $2,000 to Bluffton NOW! towards the revitalization efforts for the Parlor City Plaza Project.  This generous donation helps make it possible for Bluffton NOW! to meet our $1,000,000 project goal. Construction is currently underway, and the plaza construction is planned to be completed by September 14th. Pictured in the photo: Katy Leach, Clean Fuels; Erin Prible, Wells County Chamber of Commerce; Michael Lautzenheiser, Bluffton NOW!; Jon Baumgartner, Clean Fuels; Benjamin Vanover, Clean Fuels; Michael Vanover, President of Clean Fuels; and Shelby Beechler, Clean Fuels.
It was a beautiful day for the Dedication of the restored Firetower. Big thanks to the park staff for making the park look great, to Friends of Ouabache State Park for all their enthusiasm and support of the restoration and of course to the wonderful community that cares so deeply for the park! This day happened because of all of YOU! Please come visit and check out the tower yourself. Don’t forget to walk across the road and see the bison too.
Members of the Parks Board, employees, City representation, and Barkley Builders gathered for a Ground Breaking Ceremony on August 15 at Washington Park.

Mayor Ted Ellis said, "this has been a long-term plan for 10 years and we thank everyone for making this finally happen. We are proud of the Park Board and all they have done for our community. This will be an asset that will take last well into the future."

Congratulations to George and Evelyn Ringger for celebrating 26 years with LegalShield and ID Shield!

We appreciate your continued support of the Bluffton Free Street Fair and look forward to continue providing this “fun for all” event.

You may purchase them at the Street Fair office @ 113 S Johnson, Parlor City Trophy & Apparel @125 N Main, or Online at: https://streetfair19.itemorder.com/

As another year for the wonderful Bluffton Free Street Fair quickly approaches, something new is being introduced. With ever rising costs, we have re-designed our SPONSORSHIP program to help raise more money to keep providing such an amazing event for FREE. As a part of the new sponsorship levels available to area businesses, a t-shirt has been designed to give sponsors an added bonus for their contribution with names listed on back. The design for the t-shirt was created by Bluffton native, Rick Douglas. T-Shirts are available to the PUBLIC. Pre-orders for the Bluffton Free Street Fair Sponsorship t-shirt will begin on August 26, with sales beginning Sept. 5.
Presented by the Wells County EMS

Classes will be offered for a Basic EMT Class starting October 14.
Classes will run Monday and Thursday's from 6pm to 10pm.

Updating the 4-H Park Master Plan
The Wells County 4-H Association is now collecting ideas and input for the 4-H Park Master Plan.
Input is being collected from a printed survey available at the County Extension Office and online at www.extension.purdue.edu/wells .
Participants may also go directly to the survey online at:   bit.ly/4HParkPlan
The ideas and suggestions will help the planning committee prepare a 4-H Park Master Plan. The Master Plan will then be used by the 4-H Association to determine future improvements and goals for the 40-acre park and fairgrounds.
Surveys and input should be completed by September 15.
For more information about the 4-H Park Master Plan, contact the Purdue Extension Service – Wells County, 1240 4-h Park Road, Bluffton, IN 46714. 260-824-6412.
Parlor City Christmas
Human Truck Pull
Saturday, December 7, 2019

Don't Miss These Exciting Events
All Are Welcome to Attend!
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7:30am to 8:00am Networking & Snacks
8:00am Presentation
970 N Main St, Bluffton
You are invited to be a part of the Wells County Career Expo to be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM at the Wells County Community Center, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton.
*Please note: this is not a Job Fair
Approximately  1,000 students  from Bluffton-Harrison, Norwell, and Southern Wells High Schools and home school students will be attending the Career Expo.
The purpose of the Career Expo is to:
·   Inspire youth to stay in high school and consider post secondary education
·   Explore career options within our region
·   Help prepare youth for the workforce and the opportunities available
We are in need of community employers (business, industry, government, retail, etc.) who are willing to display the service they provide and/or the items they manufacture in their business and the level of education necessary to attain positions at your business.
There will be space for approximately 70 booths and it will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will make every effort to accommodate your requests. There is no fee for participation. Present plans are for set-up time on November 20th from 2 - 5 pm and November 21st from 6:30 - 7:45 am at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, Bluffton.
Please join us in helping our young citizens learn what they need to do after high school to attain a rewarding and profitable career in Wells County.

Email to Erin Prible at eprible@wellscoc.com
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Our Friends from Berne Chamber of Commerce Invite You on a Trip
Discover a Trip to Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria
May 3-12, 2020

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