Purdue Grant Opportunities to Manufactures

By Ed DeLaPaz,

Indiana manufacturers are eligible for a unique opportunity for on-site W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping from Purdue MEP. Let Purdue MEP help your company discover huge cost savings by making simple changes to operations! Virtual, no or low contact visits can be conducted!

Water, Air, Solid Waste, Toxics, and Energy (W.A.S.T.E)

U.S. EPA has partnered with IDEM and Purdue MEP to fund W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping assessments to 15 Indiana manufacturers at a significantly reduced cost. Through these assessments, Purdue MEP will meet with businesses (virtually if preferred), conduct on-site training (virtually if preferred), and assess processes in facilities to identify toxic materials, hazardous emissions, waste streams, and energy improvements. Businesses will be provided with a report and presentation from Purdue MEP outlining opportunities and recommendations for energy savings, less toxic materials and process improvements to prevent pollution and reduce waste.

Unlike other programs, the assistance doesn’t stop here. Once businesses have seen the recommendations, Purdue MEP will offer guidance as businesses prepare to explore innovative solutions to the identified opportunities for improvement. Follow-up assistance includes Purdue’s Faculty Assistance Program. This program pairs companies with unique and challenging unresolved projects with specialized University experts who can assist in resolving those niche problems. Up to 40 hours a year of assistance will be provided to businesses to help identify specific solutions to unique issues.

What businesses will receive:

  • Two-day on-site W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping training for up to 12 participants ($4,000 value).
  • Facilitated W.A.S.T.E. Stream Mapping project brainstorming, identification, and initial data collection, including a prepared report and representation with recommendations to facility staff.
  • Facilitated solution analysis, feasibility analysis, and Return on Investment (ROI) calculation for final project selection, compiled in a custom action plan for your facility.
  • Up to 40 hours of technical assistance by Purdue TAP Faculty Assistance Program (up to $20,000 value).
  • Opportunity to apply for seed funding (average $4,500 value).
  • Scheduled check-ins from Purdue MEP to collect data on project status and results.
  • Customized final report showing cost savings, carbon emissions reductions, and waste reductions as well as reductions in permitting, fees, labor, disposal costs, and other expenses (potential $10,000-200,000 value, based on previous results. Results will vary based on specific projects).

Have questions? Contact Kelly Weger today! 

Apply Online: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_02G5rQhlChi8F6d

Business Education Lunch: Plan Your 2020

By Ed DeLaPaz,

Start 2020 with a clear vision for success. After this session, you will be able to…

Measure where you are

Plan where you want to be

Set measurable goals

Speakers are Peggy Cenova, Scott Underwood, and Kyleigh Mazer of East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center

The Business Education Lunch is held at CCDC’s Innovation Center in Downtown Richmond. Lunch is included with your ticket purchase.

Click here to register for the February Business Education Lunch! Tickets are $10 and includes lunch.

This Event is Sponsored by: First Merchants Bank


You can purchase a luncheon pass, which grants your access to EVERY session at a reduced rate. Packages available for $80 (1 free session)! Businesses, if you purchase the package, you can alternate attendees based on the topic, you will just send names each month on attendees. Contact Roxie at Roxie@WCAreaChamber.org to order a luncheon pass.

2020 Business Education Luncheon Schedule:

Click here to register for the February Business Education Lunch! Tickets are $10 and includes lunch.

2020 High School Job & College Fair

By Ed DeLaPaz,

The Chamber’s Business & Education Committee is working with ALL the Senior High Schools in Wayne County to address employment issues. Seniors are once again participating in Junior Achievement, learning soft skills to become better employees upon graduation.

There will be NO FEE for a booth. We are joining with local business to offer two job fairs for high school graduating senior:

Register now for a booth at both High School Senior Job Fairs.

Wayne County High School Senior Job Fair

(Centerville, Lincoln, Hagerstown, Northeastern & Seton)

March 12 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 a.m.

Location: Northeastern

Richmond High School Senior Job Fair

April 2 from 8:30 until 11:30 a.m.

Location: Tiernan Center, Richmond

Click here to go to the online Registration Page.

Richmond OfficeMax to Host Grand Reopening

By Ed DeLaPaz,

The Richmond OfficeMax store located at 3801 National Road East, in the Richmond Mall, will host a celebratory grand reopening event and ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 22 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Customers can save 20% off of a qualifying in-store purchase, during the event, with a coupon. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes*.

The store, which was rebuilt after sustaining major tornado damage last year, now features a refreshed layout complete with a Print Services center located at the front of the store. Whether you need a few copies or booklets for a big presentation, an OfficeMax associate is waiting to assist you. This location also offers quality furniture solutions, dedicated tech support, packing & shipping services and more.

For more on this OfficeMax location, including store hours, please visit officedepot.com.

Wednesday, January 22 from 4 to 7 p.m. | Ribbon-Cutting: 4 p.m.

OfficeMax, 3801 National Road East, Suite 501, Richmond, IN 47374

Join HYPE Wayne County

By Ed DeLaPaz,

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce and HYPE Richmond (Helping Young Professionals Engage) are pleased to announce the formal integration of the young professional group into the Chamber organization beginning January 1, 2020.

HYPE aims to provide the young professionals (ages 21-40) of Wayne County with professional, leadership, and networking opportunities that promote their growth and development within our community. HYPE will serve in a collaborative capacity that promotes these opportunities between local businesses and organizations, our members, and the surrounding area.

Mark Broeker (Reid Health) will serve as the HYPE’s board representative on the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. Mark and Roxie Deer will serve as the 2020 HYPE Wayne County Committee Co-Chairs.

The Chamber encourages employers to urge those under 40 to become involved in HYPE Wayne County in the coming year. Continued efforts in professional development and social activities will be the initial focus for the group.