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19 minutes | Dec 9, 2021
A Conversation with the Chamber‘s New President and CEO
Thing 1: In Erin's final episode as host, she sits down with Eric Spoonmore, the new President and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. They talk about his background and short term vision Thing2: Register to meet Eric! Plus, the Young Professionals party is coming up! All at chamberbloomington.org Thing3: Eric tells us about some of his favorite things, and Erin says goodbye
34 minutes | Nov 24, 2021
Revisit: Community Health & City-County Collaboration
We are taking a quick break for the holidays so please enjoy one of our favorite episodes! Thing 1: Erin talks with Jon Barada, president and CEO of the Bloomington Health Foundation, about local healthcare and creating a healthy community. Thing 2: Register for DEI trainings and the Women in Leadership and Chamber holiday parties at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Erin talks with Lisa Ridge, highway director for Monroe County, and Adam Wason, director of public works for the City, about how the city and county collaborate.
29 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
This Brewpub has a Hiring Waitlist w/ Kurtis Cummings
Thing 1: Erin gets some time with Kurtis Cummings, President and Co-Founder of Switchyard Brewing, to talk about how Kurtis got into the brewing world, pivoting during the pandemic, and building Switchyard's workplace culture. Thing 2: Check out Community Day, sign up for Diversity Equity and Inclusion training, and come to the Chamber Holiday Party, all at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Erin returns with Kurtis to walk through the process and results of Switchyard going tip-less.
22 minutes | Nov 10, 2021
The Positive Workplace Shortage w/ Maria Douglas
Thing 1: Erin sits down with VP of Operations at Express Employment in Bloomington and Evansville, Maria Douglas, to talk about the current phenomenons in the labor market, what's causing them, who is being successful and why. Thing 2: Go to chamberbloomington.org to check out Chamber Day, DEI trainings, and the Bloomington Women in Leadership Holiday Party! Thing 3: Maria returns with advice on recruitment and retention, and the seemingly simple things that make it all easier. Check out Express Employment!
22 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Your Update on the City and County w/ Mary Morgan
Thing 1: Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, Mary Morgan, talks with Erin about the current priorities of Bloomington's city budget including the climate action plan, BPD base pay, and the future of Kirkwood. Thing 2: Chamber Speaker Series: Make your Business a Preferred Employer, Annual Business Outlook Panel, Morning Buzz, register for all of this and more at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Mary returns to talk about updates on the Monroe county budget including annexation and criminal justice reform.
27 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
IU Credit Union is 65 Years Young!
Thing 1: Kevin Osbourne sits with Erin to discuss the history of IU Credit Union, it's 65th year in business, and what's next! Thing 2: Register for events at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Tony Rastall and Amy Doan give success stories and advice on transitioning out of the peak of the pandemic and how to prepare for another surge.
20 minutes | Oct 20, 2021
Community Leadership, Housing, and the Latest Surge w/Cindy Kinnarney
Thing 1: Erin gets a moment with the immensely busy community leader Cindy Kinnarney to recall her taking the role of Regional President of German American Bank in the uncertainty of the early pandemic, what's going on at German American, and identifying the problems they are working to solve and believe for which there are future solutions. Thing 2: Register to get some time with Senator Todd Young! Also Rachel Gerber will visit on Oct 26th! Register at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Erin dives into all of the ways Cindy is involved in the community and gets some advice from Cindy's after all of that experience!
25 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Bridging IU to the World w/Tony Armstrong
Thing 1: Erin talks with the President and CEO of IU Ventures, Tony Armstrong, to get an understanding of what they do and the impact it has on the Bloomington area. Thing 2: We are opening more Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training sessions, make sure to register for one happening this fall. Additionally our Chamber Speaker Series October 13th is all about starting your own podcast! Register at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Erin gets business advice from Tony and talk about the benefits of learning to ask for help!
22 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Banking Benefits w/Matthew Humphrey and Greg Stierer
Thing 1: Host Erin Predmore talks with Matthew Humphrey, Assistant VP of Fifth Third Bank about new products that help reduce friction and serves the underbanked. Thing 2: We are opening more Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training sessions, make sure to register for one happening this fall. Additionally our Chamber Speaker Series October 13th is all about starting your own podcast! Register at chamberbloomington.org Thing 3: Erin sits with Greg Stierer, the VP of Business Banking and Relationship Manager at Fifth Third Bank. They discuss recent banking trends related to the fluctuating pandemic.
39 minutes | May 12, 2021
Local Marketing in the New Business World w/Rebecca Ellison and Jim Murphy
Thing 1: Host Erin Predmore talks with marketing guru Rebecca Ellison about approaching marketing in the current business landscape including action items around targeted ads. Thing 2: This is our last episode of the season so please subscribe to be notified when Erin comes back in September! Events coming up: May 14th there is a webinar on how to optimize your business listing on Google, Young Professionals Bloomington are meeting for morning mindfulness on May 20th, and on May 26 is Women Excel Bloomington! Go to chamberbloomington.org to register for all of these events! Thing 3: Erin gets a moment with Jim Murphy of CFC Properties to talk downtown real estate and the 30th anniversary of the Grant St. Inn. Jim also announces a contest for listeners! Email for contest: firstname.lastname@example.org
26 minutes | May 5, 2021
Bloomington Law: the Past, the Present, and Looking Forward w/Tom Bunger and Jessica Merkel
Thing 1: Host Erin Predmore talks with Tom Bunger, of Bunger & Robertson Attorneys at Law, about his career and the history of the courts in Bloomington. Thing 2: Register for the Chamber Speaker Series (May 11th), Morning Buzz (May 12th), and the Google Trainer Webinar (May 14th) at chamberbloomington.org. Thing 3: Erin gets a moment with Bunger & Robertson's Jessica Merkel to talk about the recent changes in the practice and looking to the future of serving the community post-Covid.
17 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
We Bought a Chocolate Cafe and Cakery! w/Jeff and Judy Quyle
Thing 1: Host Erin Predmore gets to know guests Jeff and Judy Quyle and their journey of stepping into the unfamiliar world of making chocolate desserts at BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery, and a little bit of insight into how some of their offerings are made. Thing 2: Join us on May 11th for our Chamber Speaker Series on mental health at work. Then on May 12th is Morning Buzz! Visit chamberbloomington.org to register for both events. Thing 3: The conversation continues on the decision making process of buying a business during the pandemic, and Jeff and Judy's reasoning for why they felt it was important to make this investment.
15 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Bringing Back Bloomington Bookstores! w/Dr. Todd Eads
Thing 1: Erin talks with Dr. Todd Eads about where he and his partners are logistically in the midst of opening the new bookstore Morgenstern Books. Thing 2: Join us on May 11th for our Chamber Speaker Series on mental health at work. Then on May 12th is Morning Buzz! Visit chamberbloomington.org to register for both events. Thing 3: The conversation continues with why Dr. Todd Eads chose to invest in books and why it is important to invest in your local community and in things you love.
22 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
The Next Level Jobs Program at Ivy Tech w/ Trudy Weddle and Susie Graham
Thing 1: Erin talks with Trudy Weddle, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and Student Success at Ivy Tech about how Ivy Tech is working with the state to provide tuition free education with the Next Level Jobs Program. Thing 2: Listen to Chamber Member Spotlight on WCLS and Spirit 95 on Monday mornings! Please volunteer to virtually job shadow with local High School students! Visit our sponsor at ivytech.edu Thing 3: Erin talks with Susie Graham, Executive Director for Development at Ivy Tech about how to grow or learn completely new skills and what that could mean for an individual, their family, and their community.
21 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Starting and Maintaining a Successful Local Business w/ Jeff Nesbitt of MSI Investigations
Thing 1: Erin talks with Jeff Nesbitt of MSI Investigations, a local Bloomington private investigator, to get a peek into what his typical (and not so typical) day looks like in his very interesting trade. Thing 2: Register for the Zoom link to participate in the final legislative update with the League of Women Voters at chamberbloomington.org! Listen to Chamber Member Spotlight on Mondays! Volunteer in the virtual job shadowing event and talk about what you do for a living with a Bloomington high schooler! Thing3: Jeff comes back with story of how he gathered the resources necessary to begin his journey of staring his own security and investigation business, as well as some advice on how to maintain a profitable business in Bloomington.
17 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
IT Solutions, Where do I Start? (And How Much Will It Cost?) w/Craig Hickman, Jeff Barnhill, and Christopher Dickens
Thing 1: In the final episode of this 3 part series, the group discuss how to get started with exploring IT solutions for your small business. Thing 2: We wanna see you at the Hot Room Yoga Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 1st, and more! Thing 3: The conversation continues with Jeff Barnhill and he gives us great advice on how to SAVE MONEY while staying tech forward in today's small business world.
20 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
The Human Fire Wall w/Craig Hickman, Jeff Barnhill, and Christopher Dickens
Thing 1: In part 2 of this 3 part series, Erin discusses the "Human Firewall", phishing email tests, and best practices around keeping your small business secure. Thing 2: We wanna see you at the Hot Room Yoga Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on April 1st, and more! Thing 3: The conversation continues with Christopher Dickens, Chief Information Officer at Rootworks, and Chris gives his thoughts on building a workplace culture around security.
18 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
Small Business Cloud Solutions w/Craig Hickman, Jeff Barnhill, and Christopher Dickens
Thing 1: Erin talks with Craig Hickman of ProBleu, CarDon's Executive Director for Technology Jeff Barnhill, and Rootworks' Chief Information Officer Christopher Dickens in the first installment of a three part series! This week they dive into best practices and broad data backup and cloud solutions for small businesses. Thing 2: We're calling for your Women XL Bloomington nominations! Thing 3: This week Erin has a one on one with Craig Hickman of ProBleu about his advice for Bloomington small business owners.
23 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Planning for College w/Randy and Kim Stegemoller
Thing 1: We are back! On this first episode back Erin Predmore, president and CEO of the Chamber, talks with Randy and Kim Stegemoller of Class 101 to get some insight on the day to day of running a college planning firm. We hear why they decided to start their business as well as some success stories. Thing 2: Erin calls for listeners to nominate women for the WEB Awards, and to register for some upcoming events! Thing 3: Randy and Kim give us details on the franchise model and what that meant for them as well as our community.
28 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Chamber staff updates w/ Mary Morgan, Christopher Emge, Stacy Bruce
Thing 1: Chamber President & CEO Erin Predmore talks with Mary Morgan, director of advocacy & public policy, about the upcoming elections. Thing 2: Erin talks with Christopher Emge, principal of The Success School, about how the School continues to carry out its mission during the pandemic. Thing 2.1: Announcement about the Chamber's upcoming speaker series on Thursday, October 8th and further events. Thing 3: Erin talks with Stacy Bruce, director of member services, about how Chamber membership has fared during the pandemic.
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