Annual Report/Member Directory Advertising Opportunities

By Trevor,

The Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to again offer advertising opportunities in our Annual Report/Member Directory. We are proud to say that last year’s Annual Report/Member Directory had 1,000 copies distributed around the community. People frequently comment on the beauty and quality of our report, and for many our directory is their go-to for miscellaneous needs.


For more information about the advertising opportunities available this year, please click here.

The Nature of Art: Painted Parks, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project

By Trevor,


Information provided by the Richmond Art Museum.

The Richmond Art Museum is proud to announce the opening of The Nature of Art: Painted Parks, an Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project that will feature 70 paintings by noted Indiana “plein air” artist, Rick Wilson depicting the 24 Indiana state parks and 8 reservoirs in Indiana.  The Richmond Art Museum (RAM) in partnership with the Cope Environmental Center in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Indiana Parks system has organized this exhibition.


The State of Indiana has a rich artistic heritage and legacy.  In particular, Hoosier artists have recorded the beauty of the Indiana landscape for over 150 years.  The famed Hoosier Group, Brown County Art Colony and the Richmond Group art colony actively painted our landscape.  Continuing in that rich tradition, Indiana Plein Air Painters like Rick Wilson are actively recording the landscape of today.  Rick Wilson is recognized state-wide by his peers and art institutions as one of the leading landscape painters working in Indiana.


Recently, the State of Indiana has developed Bicentennial Legacy Conservation Areas, highlighting the importance of preserving our landscape and providing meaningful experiences for the citizens of Indiana.  Cope Environmental Center has been designated as one of those areas and received deserved recognition for their organization.


This project merges two important aspects of our state, the arts and environment, into a visual, experiential project that would bring awareness not only to the arts but to the efforts to preserve, protect and enjoy our parks.


RAM and Cope Environmental Center have developed educational curriculum as well as a documentary and catalog for the exhibition.  The exhibition has been made possible in part with a grant from the Indiana Arts Commission with funds appropriated from the Indiana State Legislature.


The Nature of Art: Painted Parks

May 22 – July 16, 2016

Richmond Art Museum

Opening Reception May 22, 2016  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

350 Hub Etchison Parkway

Richmond, Indiana 47374


By Trevor,

Information provided by US Bank.

RICHMOND, Indiana (April 25, 2016) – U.S. Bank has promoted Tom Alberts to market president in Richmond. Alberts will lead the combined efforts of the wealth management, commercial and retail teams.
Alberts joined U.S. Bank in 1977 and has held various positions within the Private Client Group throughout his 39-year career. He earned a degree in accounting from International Business College and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Trust School at Northwestern University.
“We are proud to have Tom as a leader in our Richmond community,” said Carey Curtis, Southwest Indiana/Ohio region president. “He will bring experience and a rich history of commitment to the community in his new leadership role.”
Alberts is active in the community and has served on the boards and committees of many civic and charitable organizations, including The Wayne County Indiana Foundation; Reid Hospital Foundation; Salvation Army; Wayne County Historical Society Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, Indiana; Richmond Art Museum, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Forest Hills Country Club and the Indiana Bankers Association Trust Committee.

WCTV Presents a Free Community Training Day

By Trevor,

Information provided by Whitewater Community Television.


Whitewater Community Television (WCTV) is proud to present a Community Training Day on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Students and community members are invited to join them from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to learn the basics of studio lighting as well as studio and field camera recording from the WCTV staff. This event is provided free of charge, but space is limited. Attendees are required to RSVP by March 25, 2016 by filling out this form and returning it to WCTV.

If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, feel free to contact Ed DeLaPaz at 765-973-8488 or at

IU Kelley School, Indiana Commission for Higher Education helping small firms that want to go global

By Trevor,

Information provided by the Kelley School of Business.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Working closely with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and its EARN Indianaprogram, an Indiana University Kelley School of Business center is offering Hoosier companies with fewer than 500 employees more help with going global through a summer internship program.

The IU Center for International Business Education and Research, known as CIBER, is offering funding to Indiana-based small- and medium-sized enterprises for up to 50 percent of wage costs for summer interns who then pursue international aspirations.

CIBER’s eight- to 12-week summer internship program matches 12 qualified full-time, in-state students at IU and other Indiana colleges and universities with small companies who may be looking to enter new markets or expand export efforts. Participating students also must be Indiana residents.

When combined with funding through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Employment Aid Readiness Network program, known as EARN Indiana, participating companies may receive 100 percent reimbursement for wages paid to their interns.

Janet Boston, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet, praised the IU Kelley School’s efforts to support and raise greater awareness about EARN Indiana’s activities to match talented Indiana college students with emergent firms that value their perspective.

Boston said the partnership with the IU Kelley School will help provide a level and competitive playing field for smaller Indiana firms that long to gain access to competitive international market opportunities, including those provided through the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Indiana Commercial Service office of the U.S. Department of Commerce also is supporting the program.

Indiana INTERNnet — a free internship-matching program linking employers, students, high schools, colleges and universities — will accept applications from prospective employers and interns interested in applying to the CIBER and EARN Indiana programs.

EARN Indiana is open to any Indiana resident who also is full-time student at any Indiana college or university and who has an expected family contribution of $7,500 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

Once students are approved for EARN Indiana by Indiana INTERNnet, they are then encouraged to contact the IU Center for International Business Education and Research at for details about its funding for summer internships.

To successfully apply for combined CIBER and EARN Indiana program reimbursement, companies must offer an internship with an experiential international business work component. (No more than 25 percent of interns’ work can be administrative or clerical.)

Qualified employers may receive up to 50 percent of interns’ wages from the IU Center for International Business Education and Research. They also may apply to EARN Indiana for the other 50 percent of wage costs.

Employer applicants also must complete a profile on the Indiana INTERNnet site and be approved. Both companies and students must become EARN Indiana eligible before there will be any decision regarding their applications.

Not only will students have an opportunity to receive valuable internship experience, but the program provides firms with the means of recruiting talented full-time employees after graduation, said Roberto Garcia, clinical professor of international business at Kelley.

“Of course, sponsoring firms will also benefit directly by hiring student interns who bring a fresh perspective to the industry and business and who are willing to work hard to prove themselves,” Garcia said.

Priority deadline for 12 internships supported partially through IU CIBER funds, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis, is April 1. Depending on interest from companies and students, IU CIBER could have additional funding for more internships.

The Centers for International Business Education program was created under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation’s capacity for international understanding and economic enterprise. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, the CIBER program links the human capital and information needs of U.S. business with international education, language training and research capacities of universities across the United States.