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New Opportunities, Initiatives in 2018

2018-01-04T08:05:25+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|

What can Indiana Chamber members look forward to in 2018? You can continue to count on annual events, conferences and traditional resources to help you grow your business. But you can also plan on new opportunities to learn about hot topics, complete with additional resources, information and enhanced engagement.

Tax reform, sexual harassment and security breaches have been big news in Indiana and across the country. The Chamber is ready to help organizations address these important topics.

In 2018, members can learn the latest during a Workplace Harassment Seminar on Feb. 27, a two-day Tax Summit April 17-18 featuring the new Tax Cut and Jobs Act and a Cybersecurity Conference, also in April. Corresponding updated publications will include the fifth edition of the Indiana Guide for Workplace Harassment and a new Indiana Taxation Handbook.

Below are some of the other resources, events and highlights you can expect in the year ahead:

Indiana Vision 2025 summit: The Chamber will convene a statewide summit on its long-range economic development plan, Indiana Vision 2025, the first since the plan was released in 2012. Speakers, presentations and sessions will discuss progress and how Indiana is tackling current challenges and turning them into opportunities. Since the plan’s initial release, the Chamber has issued report cards in 2013, 2015 and 2017 and conducted four sets of regional forums.

Additional Conferences and Seminars: Two new leadership and professional development events will focus on soft skills. Transform your team’s results by instilling a culture of accountability with the Accountability Mindset conference. Then learn how to impact your organization’s results by inspiring and leading others through authenticity, coaching, insight and innovation, thanks to a new Emotional Intelligence Impact seminar. Check out these and other Chamber conferences and events at www.indianachamber.com/events-products/conferences

Human Resources Assistance: The Indiana HR Resources (www.hrindiana.com) web site is receiving a full update to make it easier for members to access the complete library of human resources-related publications electronically.

New and updated HR publications and resources also include the Indiana Employment Forms and the Advanced Benefits Administration publications.

Indiana INTERNnet: Indiana INTERNnet continues to expand partnerships with colleges and universities to share internship postings directly with educational institutions’ job boards. This provides employers a single place to post their internships and reach more students, while also possibly accessing EARN Indiana funds based on the internship and student. An extension of the INTERNnet web portal later in 2018 will also facilitate connections between high schools and employers for work-and-learn opportunities.

Business Champion Recognition Program: The Indiana Chamber Foundation is facilitating an employer-driven initiative to strengthen talent pipelines and reduce the skills gap by designing a Business Champion recognition program and resources. The recognition program, through a JPMorgan Chase grant, will include a self-assessment tool and employer toolkit to address engagement at all levels, from K-12 education through adult workers.

Wellness Council of Indiana: The Indiana Health and Wellness Summit will include a pre-conference workshop on mental health at this year’s conference, Sept. 6-7. The Wellness Council also will focus on peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities in 2018 and continue to recognize companies through AchieveWell and Healthy Community designations.

BizVoice magazine: The January/February issue of BizVoice® is now available online, with the print edition on its way to subscribers. A new Road Trip Treasures series will highlight unique places in the state. Stories outlining the impact of the Indiana Vision 2025 drivers will continue, as will business success stories from all parts of the state.

EchoChamber podcasts: Tune into the Chamber’s biweekly EchoChamber podcasts for informal discussions with Indiana leaders in business, education, technology, politics and other areas. January 2018 will feature a trio of higher education leaders: Dan Elsener; president of Marian University; Allison Barber, chancellor of WGU Indiana; and Earl Brooks, Trine University president. Subscribe and listen through iTunes or Google Play, then rate and review us.