The board of directors for the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce announced today that Erin Predmore will be resigning from her position as President & CEO in the coming months. Predmore will stay on through the transition and the search for the next leader of the Chamber is underway. “While being closer to our extended family will be fantastic, I know we will miss the Bloomington community a great deal. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Chamber. Watching new businesses get off the ground, serving the business community during the pandemic, advocating with local, state, and federal officials, and cheering on your successes as you expand and grow – it has been wonderful,” states Predmore.
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for seven awards that recognize and honor individuals, businesses and organizations that have distinguished themselves through outstanding volunteerism, accomplishments and contributions in the community. The awards will be presented at The Chamber’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Anyone in the community may submit nominations. The forms are available by visiting www.ChamberBloomington.org or by contacting The Chamber at 812-336-6381 or info@ChamberBloomington.org. The deadline for submissions is Monday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m.
NOTE: This "It's Your Business" column by Chamber CEO Erin Predmore was published in the July 8, 2021 Bloomington Herald-Times.
By now you’ve likely heard about the amazing opportunity our community has with the availability of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, or ARPA. More than $50 million collectively will be coming to the county, going to Monroe County government (about $29 million), the city of Bloomington (about $22 million) and Ellettsville (about $1.5 million).
Our local government leaders are soliciting input for how to allocate these funds, which are intended to help post-pandemic recovery. I’d like to contribute a suggestion that would make a meaningful, long-term impact on our community: universal child care.
We know the importance of child care in ensuring that our labor force is strong – and if we didn’t know it before, we certainly learned it during the pandemic. Parents struggled to manage their jobs while tending to children who needed attention during the workday.
Chamber members, their employees and the public are invited to share in the mouth-watering fun at PrimeTime Business After Hours & Slider Contest slated for Thursday, August 19, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. The event, which debuted in 2013, is three events rolled into one: Business After Hours, a Business Expo and a delicious slider contest with local restaurants. It is an exciting way for Chamber members to connect with other members and the public to connect with local businesses, while enjoying some tasty samples from local eateries.
This year’s PrimeTime Business After Hours & Slider Contest has over 90 exhibitors and features a variety of drink and food vendors besides the slider teams. Adult beverages are available for purchase.
“We are so excited to bring Primetime back this year after the pandemic. It’s a chance for community members to connect with local businesses, enjoy delicious food and have fun together,” said Erin Predmore, President & CEO of The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce today announced the ten young professionals who will receive a 10 Under 40 Award at this year’s celebration. The 10th Annual 10 Under 40 Awards will be held on Wednesday, July 28 at Switchyard Park Pavilion. The 10 Under 40 Awards, co‐hosted by The Chamber and its YPB (Young Professionals Bloomington) program, is an awards celebration honoring young notables under the age of 40 who are rocking the business world through professional achievement, leadership, and civic involvement.
This year’s 10 Under 40 honorees are:
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce wins two awards at the Indiana Chamber Executives Association Conference
On June 15, 2021, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce was awarded with two Innovative Excellence Awards at the annual Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) Conference, one for the PPE Program and the other for the Back2Business Conference.
The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is a top 10 finalist in the Indiana Chamber Executives Association's Chamber of the Year
We are excited to announce that The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is a top 10 Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) Outstanding Chamber of the Year Finalist!
The Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award recognizes organizational excellence in chambers of commerce and provides a unique benchmarking opportunity to assess a chamber’s strengths. The award is based on the U.S. Chamber’s accreditation process for local chambers and highlights accomplishments in the areas of leadership/governance, finance, advocacy and membership development.
Watch our Nomination video below.
Kendra Gjerdingen has been a Partner at Mallor Grodner Attorneys for over 20 years, where her practice areas include family and appellate law. “Kendra has excelled in her profession as an attorney, in her service to those within the legal profession, and to the underserved population in her community of Monroe County and surrounding areas,” said nominator, Bonnie J. Costin.
She received her J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, and an M.B.A., from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. She was admitted to the Indiana Bar, in 1993. Kendra is a Certified Family Law Specialist, as certified by the Family Law Certification Board of the Indiana State Bar Association. Kendra is also a Registered Family Law Mediator. She has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer®, by Law & Politics magazine, annually since 2009, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in Family Law and Family Law Mediation, since 2017.
Beth Theile, Marketing Director & Co-Owner of T.I.S. Group, "has proved to be an indefatigable, committed, creative, and selfless advocate for improving the lives of people who call Monroe County home," said nominator, Tina Peterson.
Beth has a long history with the Community Foundation, starting with the philanthropic legacy of her parents, Ray and Marcie Tichenor. Beth has advised on more than $150,000 in grants that were made from the family's T.l.S., lnc. Fund, benefitting a long list of essential Monroe County nonprofits. Additionally, Beth and her husband, Kevin, have continued their own family philanthropy through their Theile Family Fund at the Foundation, which allows them to make grants each year to local nonprofits.
"Amber Skoby has become a shining star in the world of affordable housing and providing housing for those who might not have it otherwise," said nominator, Kevin Cade.
As the Director of the Bloomington Housing Authority, she has become familiar to those in her field, on a Local, State, and National level. She not only manages public housing and a rental voucher program that serves 1500+ families in the City of Bloomington, but she represents BHA on the Mayor’s task force for Affordable Housing, coordinates other non-profits who meet monthly to share ideas, strategies, and resources, and serves and meets regularly on the NAHRO (National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials) Board. She carries the banner of affordable housing clear to the national level.
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