February 2013

Untitled Document February 2013

Issue: 2
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West Side Chamber Members:
Watch for Survey
Look for the annual West Side Chamber of Commerce member and friends survey coming soon to your email!
Begun last year, this survey gives west side business people great insights into issues confronting our community, our businesses, and the future. This survey gives you the opportunity to be heard. And, this survey helps guide the Chamber in providing you with excellent programs and opportunities to help you make your business better.
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Thank you in advance for responding to our survey. We'll report back to you the survey findings.
Leadership Hendricks County Benefits from
Ladies Luncheons
Women of the west side are invited to attend Ladies Luncheons hosted by the Hendricks County Business Leader and sponsored by Ologyspa. Dates for the luncheons are February 21, May 16, August 15, and November 21. For more information and to make reservations, make contact at info@businessleader.bz or 317-918-0334.
Lowe's is Looking for Seasonal Employees
"Spring is one of our busiest seasons," says Bill Morrissey, manager of Lowe's store, West Indianapolis. "That's why we need creative, energetic people who can give helpful advice on home and garden projects."
Morrissey states that Lowe's is looking to hire more than 60 people this season. The company needs to fill temporary, part-time positions on varied schedules for the months of March through June. The sales floor opportunities include the following areas: inside lawn and garden; outside lawn and garden; paint; home décor; lumber; millwork; tools; hardware; flooring.
Lowe's is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is a drug-free workplace.
Beacon of Hope Presents 3rd Annual
Evening of Hope
The Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc., will host its 3rd annual Evening of Hope & All That Jazz on Saturday, March 9 from 5 to 10:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.
Organizers promise an evening of music, fun, dinner, and dancing featuring The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, plus a Distinctive Diamonds high-end jewelry raffle. Doors will open and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with live auction and dancing to follow.
Reservations are $75 and are requested by February 25 by credit card at 317-731-6131 or by check payable and sent to Beacon of Hope, P.O. Box 34318, Indianapolis, IN 46234.
All proceeds will benefit Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc., a 501(c)3 serving women, children and pets of domestic violence. For more information, visit www.beaconofhopeindy.org.
Midwest Sports Offers Leagues for
Places of Business
Midwest Sports and Social Complex at 7509 New Augusta Road is offering a variety of sports leagues for professional (legal/financial services), nonprofit, service, and educational businesses and organizations. The leagues include: softball and kickball (teams of 10); beach volleyball (teams of 4 or 6); golf (teams of 4); flag football (teams of 6).
"We're looking for groups of colleagues who are willing to have fun as a group to sign up for these leagues," said Brand Fishburn, vice president/director of operations. "And we hope people will register individually and use leagues as an informal networking platform."
Fees vary depending upon the sport and the type of registration (group or individual).
For more information and for registering, visitmidwestsportscomplex.com or make contact at 317-875-8833 orsports@midwestsportscomplex.com.
Annual Hendricks County ICON Bridal Show Features Wedding Professionals and Free Admission for Brides
All those planning a wedding, including brides, grooms, and mothers-of-the-bride, are invited to a fun-filled, educational bridal show March 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at The Crown Room, 900 East 56t Street, Suite 200.
For more information, contact Cathy Myers at 317-918-0334 orcathy_myers425@att.net.
MSD Decatur Township Board Recognizes Proctor February 12
The MSD Decatur Township Board gave Community Partner Recognition to Rick Proctor, vice president of BMO Harris Bank and president of the West Side Chamber of Commerce, at its February 12 board meeting.
Referring to Proctor as "one of our most committed business advisors," the board made special reference to his service on the Challenger Learning Center Advisory Board and the Decatur Township Educational Foundation Advisory Board.
Beacon of Hope Launches New Initiative Targeting Teen Dating Violence
In response to the growing problem of teen dating violence in our community, Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Inc., has developedTeen Talk, a series of interactive presentations aimed at providing outreach support to youth affected by teen dating violence.
The program includes information to help teens recognize the warning signs of an abusive relationship, steps to help them safely end an abusive relationship, resources and ongoing support services, how to foster healthy teen relationships, and more.
Beacon of Hope plans to launch its Teen Talk presentations this month, in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, a national initiative. For more information, contact Terry Moore, executive director of Beacon of Hope, at 317-731-6131 ortmoore@beaconofhopeindy.org.
Business Leader Plans Four Cover
Parties for 2013
Business Leader plans to host four cover parties for this year, offering food, fun, and networking. The first party is scheduled for Tuesday, February 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Serendipity in Metropolis.
Future cover parties are planned for May 14 at Avon Gardens; August 13 at a "mystery venue"; November 12 at The Crown Room.
For more information, call 317-918-0334. To make reservations, visitcoverparty@businessleader.bz.
In This Issue
Watch for Survey
Ladies Luncheons
Seasonal Employees
Evening of Hope
Leagues for Business
Bridal Show
Proctor Recognized
Teen Dating Violence
Four Cover Parties
Upcoming Dates
Congrats, Cory Wilson
Robert Duncan, executive director of the Indianapolis International Airport, explained future plans for the airport and its environs at the January 25th West Side Chamber of Commerce event.

Upcoming West Side Chamber Dates:
Friday, February 22
at 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast networking event features Bill Morrissey, Lowes store manager and West Side Chamber board member, presenting "MyLowes," a home management / organization program offered to customers by all Lowes stores. At Lakeview Church, 47 Beachway Drive,

Tuesday, March 12
at 3:30 p.m.
Board meeting
Friday, March 22
at 8:30 a.m.
Monthly networking meeting
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to Cory Wilson:
IBJ's "40-under-40"

Congratulations to Cory Wilson, director of supplier diversity & government affairs with Indianapolis International Airport and advisor to the West Side Chamber of Commerce board. He was named by the Indianapolis Business Journal to its "40-under-40"special edition.
Rick Proctor, West Side Chamber of Commerce (317) 247-5002
The mission of the West Side Chamber of Commerce is to promote vibrant, sustainable economic
development and strengthen the quality of life in the west side community by:
        • Attracting, retaining, and connecting businesses;
        • Advocating pro-business public policies, and;
        • Assisting businesses in actively engaging in the community.
Information about the West Side Chamber of Commerce can be obtained at www.westsidechamber.biz and Like us on Facebook
Board of directors
Wanda Bell-Brown, Wanda Bell-Brown Insurance Agency, Inc.; Jenny Copas, Ace Rent-a-Car;
Brandon T. Fishburn, Midwest Sports Complex; William Lance, Wingate by Wyndham Northwest;
Bill Morrissey, Lowe's; Rick Myers, Business Leader; Patricia A. Poehler. MSD of Decatur Township;
Rick Proctor, BMO Harris Bank; David L. Shank, APR, Fellow PRSA, Shank Public Relations Counselors
Advisors to the board
Robert F. Bering, CPA, Bering CPA Firm; Dan P. Millar, Phd, APR, Fellow PRSA, Millar Communication Strategies, Inc.
Kay Millar, APR, Millar Communication Strategies, Inc.; Corey Wilson, Indianapolis International Airport
Gain the benefits of
  • monthly networking opportunities with other West Side businesses and organizations (includes Decatur, Pike and Wayne townships)
  • increased visibility through a variety of special events, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, and a professional web page
  • connection with your local officials at West Side Chamber "Meet Your Candidates" events
  • and a host of other relationship-building opportunities.
Membership dues are paid now for the year of 2013.
Find your membership form at www.westsidechamber.biz.
Send completed membership form and payment to:
West Side Chamber of Commerce, 8345 Little Eagle Court,
Indianapolis, IN 46234, c/o Wanda Bell-Brown, Treasurer
Questions? Email: westsidechamber@gmail.com