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Chamber Chatter October 2012 a publication of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

2012 Membership Showcase The 4th Annual Membership Showcase was held Wednesday, September 12 at Occasions Banquet Hall and Catering. This networking lunch gave members an opportunity for free booth space to show off their business/organization to other members. Thank you to the 35+ members who participated and all of our members who attended. Also, thank you to Martin and his team at Occasions for serving over 90 lunches. It is not too early to reserve your table for next year. If you would like to reserve a table to display your company or organization, call the Chamber today at (317)398-6647.

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Board of Directors Scott Asher, President....................................................Boys Club-Shelbyville Aaron Wine, President Elect...................................................Knauf Insulation Tarah Kirschbaum, Treasurer..........................Builders Lumber and Hardware Doug Cassidy, Past President.............................................Bishopp Appliances Directors: Ryan Claxton..................................................................Major Health Partners Treva Cunningham.............................................................................Walmart* Scott Gabbard...........Shelby Co. Ag Promotion Committee/Purdue Extension Greg Gerline..................................Sandman Bros./Shelby County Pantry Pals Ron Harrison.................................................................................O’Neal Steel Amy Larrison.................................................................First Bank Shelbyville Chris King.................................................................Runnebohm Construction Gena Linville.............................................................................Major Hospital Tony Long.............................................................................MainSource Bank Cathy Wenning..............................................................................Duke Energy Staff: Julie Metz, Executive Director Courtney St. John, Executive Assistant

Founder’s Club: Colour Palette RushShelby Energy, Inc. Shelbyville Paint and Wallpaper

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Upcoming Chamber Events October Networking Luncheon October 10th 11:30am-1:00pm at Kopper Kettle 135 West Main Street Morristown, IN The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition will be our speaker. Cost of the lunch is $10. RSVP by calling the Chamber today at (317)398-6647.

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Wednesday, November 14th

On September 15th, Nerds on Site celebrated their grand opening in front of Walmart in Shelbyville. Nerds on Site had a team of “nerds” on site to “Fill the Beetle and Feed the People.” This event collected food for Shelby County Pantry Pals.


ATHENA Celebration Join us in celebrating this year’s ATHENA award recipient! Events will include: ATHENA Award presentation, lunch by Chef Greg of Indiana Downs, Holiday Shopping booths and health screenings by Major Health Partners. Presented by:


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Tickets: $20 includes lunch, health screening and holiday shopping Contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (317)398-6647 to reserve your tickets today!

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with CS Capital Management made a donation to the Morristown Boys and Girls Club in honor of their 10th anniversary.

We may have cut closing costs too low this time... NLY O Y A P YOU


HOME REFINANCE LOAN SPECIAL Come visit us for more details Indianapolis: 7020 Brookville Road Shelbyville: 1220 Miller Avenue

Limited time offer. Subject to credit approval. Available on fixed rate mortgage refinances for up to a 15 year term, with a loan-to-value of 80% or less and a minimum opening balance of $20,000. The monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 loan financed for 15 years at 3.99% APR (Annual Percentage Rate) would be $739.23. Rate, effective as of 8/27/12, is lowest rate available based on loan term and credit score and is subject to change. Property insurance required.

Toys for Tots celebrates 237th Anniversary On November 10th, 237 years ago, the United States Marine Corps was formed in the Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1947, with a hand crafted doll, the Marine Corps Reserves in Los Angles, California started Toys for Tots. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the Marine Corps Reserve Unit is located. In communities without a Reserve Unit, the campaign can be conducted by a Marine Corps League Detachment or group of men and women, generally veteran Marines, authorized by the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to conduct a local Toys for Tots campaign. Local Toys for Tots Campaign Coordinators conduct an array of activities throughout the year, which include golf tournaments, foot races, bicycle races and other voluntary events designed to increase interest in Toys for Tots, and concurrently generate toys and monetary donations. The 2012 toy collection season will begin right after Halloween. You will see the collection boxes around town and we invite you to participate in this important opportunity to make a Merry Christmas possible for needy youngsters in Shelby County. A birthday celebration--The Marine Corps Birthday Ball Celebration--will be held November 10th at Fiddlers Three. For more information, please call Dick Jefford II at (317)462-9651. More information can also be found in the Chamber’s weekly Wednesday Broadcasts.





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Accident Fund Holdings Earns Two Spots on the Best Places to Work in Insurance List for 2012 Contact: Stepheni L. Schlinker, Press Secretary, at 517-708-5653 or September 10, 2012 LANSING, MI – Accident Fund Holdings, Inc., the nation’s 13th largest workers’ compensation insurer, is proud to announce that two of its operating companies – Accident Fund (which includes Accident Fund Holdings, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and Third Coast Underwriters), headquartered in Lansing, Mich. and United Heartland, headquartered in New Berlin, Wisconsin – have each been selected as Best Places to Work in Insurance for 2012 by Business Insurance. Business Insurance launched the Best Places to Work in Insurance program in 2009 to identify and recognize high-quality workplaces in the commercial insurance industry and honor them for creating workplaces that do a superior job of encouraging employees to thrive in a workplace they can love. The program, and subsequent recognition by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group, is very prestigious within the insurance industry. “We are thrilled to receive this honor from Business Insurance for the third year in a row,” Liz Haar, CEO of Accident Fund Holdings, Inc, said. “We have a strong focus on attracting, investing in and developing top, diverse talent that drives exceptional results. As a result of that focus, we have been able to hire some of the best employees in the industry as well as create an environment in which people truly love to work.” An alphabetical list of the Best Places to Work in Insurance was released in the September 4, 2012 issue of Business Insurance and the final report and rankings will be unveiled and published in the October 22, 2012 issue of Business Insurance. For more information about Accident Fund Holdings, Inc., visit Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. is a workers compensation insurance holding company conducting business through four operating units: Accident Fund Companies, located in Lansing, Michigan; United Heartland, located in New Berlin, Wisconsin; CompWest, located in San Francisco, California; and Third Coast Underwriters, located in Chicago, Illinois. Its insurance company subsidiaries are rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Accident Fund Holdings is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. For more information, visit Accident Fund Holdings’ website at

Are you a “Woman in Business”? If you are a Woman in Business, we want to hear from you! In honor of our ATHENA Celebration, our November Newsletter will feature articles about women in the community who play an important part in their company or organization. These articles will also be posted on our website. They are on a first come, first serve basis. If you are interested, or know of someone in your company or organization that you would like featured, please let Courtney at the Chamber know no later than October 10th. The deadline for submitting these articles is Wednesday, October 17th.

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Shelby County Chamber Workers Compensation Group Benefit Accident Fund Insurance Company of America and the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring this Group Program exclusively to chamber members in good standing. Accident Fund has paid more than $31 million in dividends to policyholders in group programs since 1995 representing an average dividend of 7.4%. BENEFITS: • 5% up-front savings on your workers compensation premium • Opportunity for dividend payments based on group’s loss history • No minimum premium to qualify • Convenient billing options • Free access to Accident Fund’s WorkSafe Toolbox™

For more information about the Accident Fund Program for Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Members, use the contact form below. Pfenninger, Claxton, & Estelle Insurance Group Brady Claxton 220 S. Harrison St. Shelbyville, IN 46176 Phone: 317-398-9797 Fax: 317-392-1915 Email:

First Merchants Insurance Group Chris Nolley 1943 North Riverwood Drive Shelbyville, IN 46176 Phone: 317-512-7712 Fax: 317-883-8812 Email:

Already an Accident Fund policyholder? Talk to your agent to receive these savings at your next policy renewal.


Business Name: Contact: Email: Phone: Renewal Date:

October is Red Ribbon Month MISSION STATEMENT: To provide an organization through which the community can develop, plan, and implement coordinated, comprehensive efforts to address the substance abuse problems of adults and youth and to reduce the negative effects of these behaviors. WHO ARE WE? The Shelby County Drug Free Coalition was established in 1990 with a mission to provide an organization through which community members can develop, plan, and implement comprehensive efforts to address substance abuse issues. WHAT DO WE DO? The primary function of the Coalition is to research community substance abuse problems, develop action plans to address the problems, and finally, implement or support the implementation of strategies which lead to change. HOW DO WE DO IT? We offer support by coordinating community outreach and educational opportunities. We offer leadership by identifying and promoting community substance abuse problems and the negative issues that surround them. We provide funding for agencies and organizations addressing substance abuse through an annual grant cycle. HOW IS THE COALITION FUNDED? The Drug Free Coalition receives a portion of the court fees collected from all drug and alcohol offenders in Shelby County. Seventy-five percent of these funds is funneled directly back into the community by way of grant awards. In 2001, the Drug Free Coalition was awarded the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Grant, which is a portion of the tobacco settlement funds. Finally, the Coalition is a recipient of the Federal Drug Free Communities Support Grant. This grant consists of federal funds designated by congress for grassroots coalitions who seek to reduce youth substance abuse and over time adult substance abuse. WHO MAKES UP THE COALITION? Concerned citizens, school staff, law enforcement agents, doctors, nurses, faith-based leaders, community leaders, social service providers, and a variety of others representing a broad base of community agencies, we are always looking for more! Contact us to find out how YOU can become involved! Call (317)398-3135 for more information.

Delta Theta Tau

The 40th annual Delta Theta Tau Gift and Hobby Show is scheduled for November 3rd at Shelbyville Middle School, located at 1200 West McKay Road. The doors open at 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. with FREE Admission. The Gift and Hobby Show started in 1972 at the Carl McNeely Civic center with under 50 booths. In 1989 and 1990 the show was moved to Shelbyville High School because the show had outgrown the Civic Center. In 1991 with the opening of Shelbyville Middle School the group moved to the new school hosting 55 booths. The Shelbyville Middle School has been a wonderful facility for the show and each year the show grows. This year we will have over 125 booths. The Sorority is pleased with the variety of vendors we have this year. The vendors include local churches, service organizations and individuals selling jewelry, pottery, porcelain, stained glass, purses, cheese balls, candles, quilts and floral arrangements. Visitors to the show can plan to spend hours browsing through the many booths, and if they get hungry, the Sorority offers chili, sloppy joes, hot dogs, mac n cheese, pies, brownies and cake. The Gift and Hobby Show provides the funds for the sorority’s philanthropic activities. The sorority is proud to present a scholarship to each of the 5 county schools in Shelby County in addition to contributing to Hospice of Shelby County, Shelby Community Health Clinic, Waldron Imagination Library, Shelby County Senior Services, and the Salvation Army. The Zeta Lambda Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Philanthropic Sorority was chartered in Shelbyville in March 1938. In March 2013, the chapter will celebrate 75 years of philanthropic work in Shelby County. The group is small with only 23 members putting on the show. Our hearts are full of caring for Shelby County and we enjoy the ripple effect our Gift and Hobby Show has in our community. Please mark your calendar for November 3rd and join us as we celebrate 40 years of shopping! For more information, contact Veanna Kessler at (317)372-3312, Roxanne Carpenter at (765)525-7121, or Jenny Procell at (317) 364-6425. You can also contact us by email at More information can also be found at our website: www.giftandhobbyshow. com

Would you like to be part of Chamber Chatter?

Chamber Chatter is a monthly publication of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Chatter is mailed out to over 430 Chamber member businesses each month as well as placed in high traffic areas in Shelby County. The newsletter is also linked to our weekly broadcast email and linked on our website. Each new member packet the Chamber hands out contains that month’s Chamber Chatter. Sponsorships Sponsorships will be accepted in .jpg, PDF, or in a Word Document. Not have time to build your sponsorship yourself? For an extra fee per sponsorship, the Chamber will build a sponsorship image based on information provided by you. You will have the ability to preview the ad and approve it before publication. Contact the Chamber today for pricing information. Newsletter Articles Articles about your business may be published at no cost to our members. If you would like to highlight your business in our monthly newsletter, please submit your articles along with photos and logos to us. We will publish your article in an upcoming issue. If you would like to schedule your article for a specific month, please let Courtney at the Chamber know at least 2 months in advance. Below are guidelines for newsletter articles: •Article should be at least 300 words (If you wish, your article can be a full page). •The article can describe your business, what it does, or its impact in the community. •Article can spotlight an employee, such as a manager, new employee, or employee who deserves special recognition. •We ask that this be an informative article, not promoting sales, events, etc. We have sponsorship space available for purchase if you wish to advertise as well. •The article is due by the 5th of the prior month. (Example: if you are doing an article for our December newsletter, it would be due by November 5th.) •The article can be faxed, e-mailed or brought into the Chamber office. •If you have any other questions, contact Courtney at the Chamber at 398-6647 or

Nerds on Site is a technology services company in Shelbyville that offers home computer repair services as well as hardware and software services to local businesses. A global chain, the Nerds on Site business model utilizes a whole team of techs, referred to as “nerds� from every area of expertise for the purpose of resolving customer issues. Services available include managing networks through on and offsite monitoring, computer security, and backup. David Sly, a long time resident of Shelby County, is the local representative for the Indianapolis, Shelbyville, and Greensburg area. His rolling billboard, the trademark red VW Beetle branded by Nerds on Site, is currently the main source of transportation for the business that is operated out of his home. Nerds on Site believes that the power of the team can be an advantage in the competitive world of technology and hopes to meet customer needs by building personal relationships. To contact David, call (317) 512-8208.

At Home Assisted Living Services provides dependable care At Home Assisted Living Services is a private, locally owned and operated Personal Services Agency. All of our staff are carefully screened and tested (including a detailed check of references, criminal history, and credentials). We are bonded and insured and services are made available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. At Home is licensed by the Indiana State Department of Health. Our team of professional, caring, dependable caregivers will provide you with the care you deserve to meet your physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs. Our compassionate caregivers are trained and experienced in matters of memory care, home safety, and fall prevention. At Home provides the uplifting support encouragement, and relief necessary to ease the burden of the caregiver, always honoring and respecting our client Bill of Rights. We provide Attendant Care, which includes but not limited to: assistance with bathing, transfers, hair care, shaving and oral hygiene, exercises and safety supervision, and much more. Homemaking, which includes but not limited to: meal preparation, bed making, laundry and linens, household cleaning, food selection and nutrition. Companionships includes but not limited to: running errands, watching television with the client, assisting with pets, taking clients to appointments, visiting with family and friends, clubs and group gatherings, letter writing and card writing along with holiday preparations and other tasks. Call us to receive more information at: 317-456-0998. It will be our pleasure to serve you!

HighPoint Orchard

Inside or Outside “Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall” It is always beautiful on the hill at HighPoint!

Café, Gift Shop, Banquet Facility OPEN Hours: Tuesday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lunch served 11:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Extended Sunday hours in season, thru October...Noon - 4:00 p.m.

“First Fridays”

Dinner by Reservation

The first Friday of each month, July thru November, HighPoint serves a pre-planned menu. Check our Facebook page, website, or give us a call for menu lists.


7th Annual Apple Fest Food, Family, Fun! October 13 & 14

Remember the “Ole Mill Barn” for your Holiday parties!

Join all the Fun! 3321 N. Old Hwy. 421 Greensburg, IN 47240 812-663-4534

Indiana Grand Casino doubles funds raised to fight lung disease Indiana Grand Casino helped raise more than $22,000 during the annual LAM at The Links Golf Scramble fundraising event held in August. For the past three years, the Casino has doubled the money raised during the annual fundraising event ---- reaching a total of nearly $40,000. Fundraising efforts increased from $5,000 in 2010, to $10,000 in 2011, to the -- still growing -- $22,000 plus in 2012 ---- all to help fund research needed to find a treatment or cure for Lymphangioleiomyomatosis, or LAM, a life-threatening lung disease. LAM causes destruction throughout the body, often in the lungs, kidneys and lymphatics. Over time, patients may progress to respiratory failure as cysts take over normal lung tissue. There is no known cure or treatment, and the mechanisms of destruction of lung and other tissues in LAM are poorly understood. Title sponsor for the LAM at The Links Golf Scramble for the last three years, Indiana Grand Casino has successfully increased the number of participants while doubling the funds raised each year the annual event has been held. Teams of Indiana Grand Casino employees and invited Casino guests competed in the event. A raffle after the scramble boosted the fundraising efforts, with all proceeds donated to the LAM Treatment Alliance, a 501 (c) (3) organization formed to fund and drive research to find a treatment or cure for LAM. Jim Mackie, Indiana Grand Casino’s Director of Customer & Business Development, began his fundraising efforts for LAM more than nine years ago. “I’ve been involved with the LAM Treatment Alliance for nearly a decade,” said Jim Mackie. “This is such an important cause. We’re thrilled to once again sponsor the annual LAM at the Links fundraising event. The dozens of teams, comprised of Casino players and Casino employees, not only showed genuine interest in this important cause by participating in this year’s scramble, but also by their commitment to help the cause in the future.” For more information on Indiana Grand Casino, call (877) 386-4463

Don’t Forget about the Chamber’s Mobile App! The Chamber’s mobile app contains links to lists of M-2-M discounts, Chamber Check participants, Calendar of Events, Coupons, and Member news as well as the Chamber Directory. Follow the steps below to download the Chamber App, or scan the QR to the right with your smart phone! 1. Go to from your smart phone browser 2. Create and bookmark/shortcut on your home screen for the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Page.

Thank you Renewing Investors! Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill* Clark Orthodontics* Comcast Business Services* Comfort Inn Shelbyville* Court and Child Advocacy Group, Inc.* Crystal Clear Window Cleaning F.C. Tucker Shelby County Girl Scouts of Central Indiana* H20 Design* Hampton Inn* Heritage House of Shelbyville * Hunt’s Learning Center Jupiter Coil Coating* Kathy Self & Associates Kelsay Painting, Inc.* Kindercare Learning Center* Maids Plus* Midwest TQ Racing*

Murphy/Parks Funeral Services & Monuments* Occasions Banquet Hall & Catering* Office 360* Orscheln Farm & Home Papa John’s* Shelby Arts Fest* Shelby County Athletic Club Shelby County Community Aspirations Shelby Senior Services, Inc. Shelbyville Driving Institute* Shelbyville Lions Club Smithville Telecom* Southeastern Insurance* Spartan Staffing* Ten Cate Enbi The Travel Authority Triumph Controls White Castle*

*Denotes Presidential Member

Don’t Forget about our Weekly Broadcasts! Need some help spreading the word about an upcoming event, sale or promotion? Have some good news about your company that you would like to share with other Chamber members? Don’t forget about our Weekly Broadcast E-mails. Each Wednesday, the Chamber sends out an eBroadcast containing Members Events, Member News, Sales and Promotions, as well as job openings. Our email list contains over 600 contacts! This email is a great way to get your event out to the community. To get your event listed in our Wednesday Broadcast, information must be sent to the Courtney at by 5pm the Tuesday evening prior. Not getting our email? Let us know. Also, if there are additional contacts in your company that would like to receive the eBroadcast, please send us their email address and we will place them on the list!

Welcome New Investors Dayla B Photography is an on location photography company. Dayla B Photography provides services for weddings, portraits, special events, childhood milestones, seniors, pets, and products/commercial business. To contact Dayla B Photography, call Dayla Thurston at (317)392-8719.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about October’s Chamber Chatter, do not hesitate to contact Courtney at the Chamber. She can be reached by phone at (317)398-6647 or by email at

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In this issue: Toys for Tots Accident Fund Shelby County Drug Free Coalition Delta Theta Tau Nerds on Site At Home Assisted Living Indiana Grand Casino

October 2012 Chamber Chatter  

October Newsletter from the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce