Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter
Engage. Impact. Connect.
April Member of the Month:

Parlor City Trophy has been in business since 2005 and started in a garage. Corle wanted to own a business but wasn’t sure what she wanted to do until a friend gave her the opportunity to buy the business. “We ran Parlor City Trophy out of garage for three months and then moved to a place on Johnson Street,” explained Corle. “We rented that space for about two years and outgrew that location; therefore, we then moved to Market Street in 2012.”

Corle, and her husband Chris, renovated the upstairs and added an apartment through the Bluffton NOW! Community Reinvestment Program. The business continued to grow and in 2018, Parlor City Trophy moved to their current location on Main Street, which is 6,400 square feet of space with six employees.

“This honor makes us proud to see that people know we care,” stated Corle. “It’s not just about the business, it’s about the people. We support causes or benefits and if there is a need, our heartstrings are tugged to help where we can. When you have personally experienced a family member in that same position, you understand fully the impact it can make.”

“Georgie goes out of her way for people in need,” explained Chris Corle. “She will drop everything to help with a fundraiser or awareness and does this all the time. She is truly invested in this community and goes above and beyond to make it happen.”

“We just love people and making personal moments for each individual is important in our business,” Georgie Corle said. “We want to show people we really care.”

Mike Okeley
120 N Main Street, Bluffton

Ethan Reynolds

Tyler Bunn
4432 Ardmore Ave, Fort Wayne

Jarod Studabaker
4755 East 300 South, Bluffton

2022 Tom Harris Action Coach L
Lunch & Learn: Identifying Your Key Performance Indicators

Tuesday, April 12th, 2022, from 12:00 Noon to 1pm

Focusing on bold achieving behaviors

Simply put…what gets measured gets managed...and what gets measured and managed gets done!

Join us for an action driven seminar guaranteed to get results in moving your business and employees forward! Techniques to implement more effective (KPI’s) Key Performance Indicators for your business that includes areas such as:

·        Financial
·        Operations and Production
·        Human Resources
·        Marketing and Sales Performance
·        Suppliers
·        Innovation for future growth of your business

What are you currently measuring?

Your business success depends on the effectiveness and use of your business KPI’s! Participants will each leave with an action plan to enhance the use of KPI’s in their business!
AdamsWells HR Group presents: How to Positively Impact Employee Retention at Work Workshop

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
Two Sessions Provided
8am-11am or 1pm-4pm
$25 Per Attendee
Thank you to Farmers & Merchants State Bank for reducing the cost to $25 per attendee.
(Same Info presented at both sessions)

Main Workshop Objectives:
 How do we keep people; show employees our appreciation, and the process of driving cultural change.

Workshop Content:
  • Three key elements of an employee retention strategy
  • Five retention/motivational models common drivers of retention
  • Benefits and methods to monitor effectiveness of a retention plan
  • The Purpose and role of HR Human Resources in driving engagement
  • Six major elements of driving cultural change
  • How to identify dis-satisfiers, remove barriers, and overcome resistance
  • The six supervisor-employee relationship factors which influence retention
  • Moving –the-needle through the change alignment process
  • Four foundations for good relations

During this workshop learn the process of how change agents drive cultural alignment, encourage discretionary, consistently recognize, praise, and building trust and relationships with employees, at all levels.

This hands-on workshop will encourage sharing of best practices, experiences, and techniques, which can help you and your leadership team to improve retention and motivation of your workforce.

Light refreshments will be provided by Farmers & Merchants State Bank
for each session.
Leadership Logo
Applications Being Accepted for the
2022-2023 Year
Deadline: June 10th
Anyone who wants to improve their leadership skills, develop stronger communication skills, and focus on creating a network of peer-mentor-business relationships. Our desire is that these individuals would then make a life-long commitment to community service, mentor new leaders, and make a positive impact in the workplace.
As an employer are you looking for a leadership training program for your employees?
As a working professional, do you need a program that will enhance your career, teach you principles of leadership and help make a difference in Wells County?
YOUR SOLUTION...the Wells County Leadership Academy offers participants solutions to the fast-paced ever-changing needs of business and industry in the 21st century.
Please contact Erin Prible at 260.824.0510 ext. 2 or eprible@wellscoc.com for questions or additional information.
90 Degree Cuts
*Please note, dates are subject to change
You are welcome to attend the following Ribbon Cutting's scheduled:
  • Friday, April 8th: Fields of Grace New Location, 207 W Market St, Bluffton at 10am
  • Friday, April 8th: Ossian Liquor (Located beside Mike Anderson) at 5pm
  • Tuesday, April 19th: Antique Engine Rebuilding, 610 W Washington at 10am
  • Wednesday, April 20th: Community Care New Location, 119 S Main St at 3pm
  • Wednesday, April 27th: Lotus Revival and Beauty & Beyond in Ossian at 1645 Hillcrest Drive at 1pm
  • Friday, April 29th: Shelton Financial New Location at Dutch Mill Plaza at 12pm
Regional bank adds Zach Myers to business banking team.
Berne, Ind. – Today First Bank of Berne announced the addition of Zach Myers to the Business Banking team. Myers will be responsible for building lasting relationships within the business community and supporting them through various banking solutions.

“First Bank of Berne is different from other institutions, meaning that it is solely driven by the needs of its customers,” said Myers. “We are encouraged to give our full attention to our customers to ensure they are being properly served, rather than pushing to meet a monthly quota. This is also great for our work environment. I come in excited to talk with our customers every day.”

“We are very excited to welcome Zach to the team,” said Jenilee Bransteter, Business Banking Manager. “He has a passion for community that is unmatched and is exactly what we look for when adding to our team. We believe he will do good for our business community.”

Prior to joining the First Bank of Berne team, Myers worked as a personal relationship banker. Myers is a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of “Ducks Unlimited.”

To learn more about First Bank of Berne, visit firstbankofberne.com.
Purdue Extension and the Center for Regional Development are able to provide free economic development programming for entrepreneurs and businesses in Wells County

These are the specific grant funded initiatives through Purdue University:
  • Digital Ready Businesses: Twelve workshops cover topics that help businesses expand their online presence and increase sales. I’ve attached a flyer for the Digital Ready Businesses workshops we’re hosting online in April and May. We plan to host the online workshops quarterly, but can also present in-person workshops. You can learn more about the program at https://cdext.purdue.edu/signature-programs/economic-business-development/digital-ready/
  • Remote Work Certificate: The Remote Work Certificate is a monthly online program offered 10 times/year that provides individualized coaching. The course is for remote work job seekers, entrepreneurs, freelancers and the currently employed to learn how to work more effectively as a remote worker. Learn more at https://pcrd.purdue.edu/remoteworkcertificate/

IvyTech is offering several trainings at the Huntington County Community Learning Center. Click on each training for more information.

Our Staff Thank You!