Chamber of Commerce announces series of events in January

by Eric Stearley

The Wabash County Chamber of Commerce announced would like to invite the public to four events this months starting Jan. 21.

The chamber will once again host Scot Goskowicz, a small business counselor from the Fort Wayne Small Business Development Center on Jan. 21. Goskowicz will be available to help those starting a new business, as well as those seeking assistance with a current business. Goskowicz and the Fort Wayne SBDC offer assistance with marketing demographics, funding options, business and succession planning, growing ideas, setting goals, identifying resources, pursuing opportunities and overcoming challenges in business. These appointments, which take place at the Chamber of Commerce, located at 210 S. Wabash St., are designed to help prospective and current business owners set their ideas into motion, connect with more experience professionals, and share knowledge about running a small business. Appointments for the free counseling must be scheduled through the chamber office, which can be contacted by calling 260-563-1168.

Small business owners may also want to take advantage of an opportunity to talk taxes the following day, Jan. 22 from 7:30 – 9 a.m. The workshop, presented by the Indiana Department of Revenue in cooperation with the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, will be held in the conference room at the Chamber office. Designed to educate small business owners about business taxes in Indiana, the workshop will cover sales tax and income tax withholding, while focusing on new business ventures and entrepreneurs. Following the presentation, a question-and-answer session will be held. As space is limited, pre-registration is required. Those interested in this free workshop can register at, by calling 260-563-1168, or by emailing

On Thursday, Jan. 28 from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce will host the Second Annual First Merchant’s Bank Economic Outlook Forum  at the REMC building, located at 350 Wedcor Drive in Wabash. Manchester University Instructor of Economics Matthew Hendryx will moderate the forum. A panel of seven will answer questions posed by those who attend, each answering questions relating to their field of expertise. Economic development questions will be answered by Bill Konyha, president and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County. Land Values and Agriculture questions will be answered by Howard Halderman, president of Halderman Farm Management Service. Ford Meter Box CFO John Philippsen will answer industrial questions, while financial questions will be answered by Jamie Wright, director and research and portfolio manager for First Merchants Bank. Educational Questions will be directed to Manchester University’s Executive Vice President and Dean of the College of Pharmacy Dr. David McFadden. Utilities questions will be handled by Rob Pearson, CEO of Wabash County REMC, and Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, president and CEO of the Wabash County Hospital will answer healthcare questions. Those interested in attending the event, which includes a full breakfast buffet catered by Poole’s Meat Market, can register at

Finally, Brian Spaulding, field representative for Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, will be available to the public at the chamber office from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Jan. 31. Congresswoman Walorski’s office assists in dealing with many arms of the federal government, including social security, government pensions, agricultural issues, flag orders, postal issues, Medicare, and more. Appointments are not necessary for this event, and patr4ons will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to schedule additional time or have a special need, you can make an appointment by calling 260-563-1168.

Posted on 2014 Jan 14