Listen in as Tony Kale of WCLS 97.7 talks with Regina Helton, Owner and Content Director of SociallyUP, a locally owned social media marketing and website design business focused towards service and industrial-based organizations. At SociallyUP, they believe in authentic and relatable marketing. They help put your brand in front of more customers through their Custom Website Design + Social Media Marketing services. Their team will provide you with expert and personalized marketing services. They are online based, visit their website at sociallyup.com to find out more!
Congratulations, Hallie Baumann, owner of Bloomington's newest food truck Bloom Burger. They are a 50's style themed diner that features multiculturalism that makes up America through the medium of the classic hamburger. Visit their website at https://www.bloomburgertruck.com/ to find out their location!
On Thursday, April 21, 2022, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce held it's annual PrimeTime Business Expo at the Monroe County Fairgrounds. PrimeTime Business Expo is a business expo, where Chamber members can set-up tables and booths with information and merchandise to engage community and Chamber members and the monthly Business After Hours, where Chamber members can network and interact!
PrimeTime is one of the most well-attended events on the Chamber calendar, typically seeing over 500 guests throughout the evening. This year, we had three vendors in our 21+ Lounge: Bloomington Brewing Company, Cardinal Spirits, and Upland Brewing Company; seven food trucks: Big D's BBQ, Bloom Burger, BloomingBowls, Great White Shark, JD's Taste of Chicago, Pili's Party Taco, and Serena's Food Hut; and over 80 vendors, and hundreds of community members in attendance. Brother William Morris, from WFIU's Soul Kitchen, was our emcee for the evening. There were TONS of prizes donated from our Chamber members for our raffle that evening. Thank you to all who attended and to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Our sponsors included: B97, Master Rental, the Monroe County Fair Association, IU Health, The Herald-Times, IU Credit Union, Baxter BioPharma Solutions, Building Associates, the Monroe County YMCA, Office Easel, FASTSIGNS, MSI, Ivy Tech Community College, JB Salvage, Peoples State Bank, and German American Bank.
See the photos from the event below!
Janie Wilcox, President of JB Screening Partners, Inc., started the business in 2016. JB Screening Partners, Inc. is a hiring and leasing partner to help you secure the top talent or finding the perfect tenant. JB Screening Partner’s Inc. is one of the Chamber’s women-owned business members.
Janie started out her professional career after being a stay-at-home mom for 12+ years. “The most rewarding job of my life!” she says.
In her forty’s she went back to college and obtained a second degree in Computer Information Systems. That decision led her to a position at Smithville Communications working the night shift as part of their newly expanded Technical Support Department. From that job, she worked her way through the company to end her career with Smithville Communications as the Operations Manager Telecom Residential and Business Solutions.
After leaving Smithville Communications, Janie went back to school and received her certification in Project Management. It was at the end of this schooling that John Bethell contacted Janie and offered her the opportunity to be part of a new background screening company. Today Janie is the owner of JB Screening Partners, Inc. “And as they say… the rest is yet to come,” she said.
Sarah Perfetti, Real Estate Broker of Perfetti Realty, has been running the day-to-day operations of Perfetti Realty since 2020. She joined forces with her mom, Sheree Perfetti, the owner, and broker of the business, in 2019. Their brick-and-mortar was then purchased in 2021. Perfetti Realty is a women-owned, LGBTQ+-owned, and Indigenous-owned Chamber member business.
Sarah has a Master in Public Affairs in nonprofit management from Indiana University, a B.A. from Florida International University, and is a life-long competitive athlete. Born in Lowell, Indiana she became a swimmer in first grade learning the values of goal setting, hard work, and team building. She co-founded the nonprofit organization, Bloomington PRIDE in 2013 where she served as Executive Director for four years and then co-founded a women’s empowerment organization, Be Golden in 2017 which she still co-leads with her wife in Bloomington, IN. With her career of volunteerism and service, Sarah loves to help people and serve each person’s unique needs allowing them to achieve their goals. She is a member of the Bloomington Board of Realtors, Greater Northwest Indiana Realtors Association, the Indiana Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. In her free time Sarah loves to explore hiking trails with her wife and dogs, instructs indoor cycling and rowing, raises backyard chickens, loves to cook, occasionally swims competitively, and is a board member for the Indiana University LGBTQ+ Alumni Association.
Alexis Green, Owner and Esthetician at Orchids Esthetics, started her business in June 2019. Orchid Esthetics offers results-driven facials and chemical peels, as well as full body waxing, lash lifts and tints, and brow tints. Orchid is perfect for those looking to improve their skin concerns, including signs of aging, acne, and sensitivity. Orchid Esthetics is a women-owned and Latin/Latina/Latinx/Hispanic-owned Chamber member business.
Alexis has several years’ experience in customer service. She graduated school for Esthetics in 2016, and worked for Ulta and Massage Envy as an esthetician.
Listen in as Jim Webster of WVNI Spirit 95 talks with Lindsay Love of Studio K-9. They are a pet grooming business that services dogs and cats of all sizes and breeds. They sale collars, leashes, and other goodies with a bakery as well! If you are looking for a new pet groomer, check them out on the east side of Bloomington in the shops located on College Mall Rd.
On Thursday, April 14th the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Development Series talk on networking. Lannie Pullon taught the group the "Do's & Don'ts When At a Networking Event." He gave insights on the 10 steps to networking, how networking raises your profits, and some tips on best strategies. Below are some photos from the event.
On Tuesday, April 12th, 2022, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce hosted it's bi-monthly Bloomington Women in Leadership (BWIL) event. BWIL is based on three pillars: Empower, Engage, and Inspire. This month focused on Engagement by reaching out to the Bloomington community and volunteering for My Sister's Closer. My Sister’s Closet helps women living in poverty with critical tools and training needed to find employment. When women living in adverse conditions secure jobs, they are better equipped to feed their families and provide safer homes and life changing programming for their children. Bloomington Women in Leadership had a great time giving back to the community during this month's BWIL: Engage.
Below are photos from the event.
Listen in as Jim Webster of WVNI Spirit 95 talks with Libby Dawson Director of Elder Care Home Connection. They are a licensed personal service agency that focuses on matching their seniors with the right caregiver for them! They provide personal care, home making, meal preparation, pet care, companionship, memory care, and errand services. Elder Care Home Connection is looking for compassionate and dependable caregivers. They are willing to train caregivers as well! To find out more visit their website at https://eldercarehomeconnections.com/
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