December 2015 - North Manchester Chamber of Commerce
January 21, 2016 - Annual Chamber
Dinner at Manchester University
April 30, 2016 - Relay for Life at Market
April 30, 2016 - Tulip Festival at Peabody
May 6, 2016 - Annual Golf Outing at
Sycamore Golf Club
INDIANA’S “BISONTENNIAL” CELEBRATION
If you have driven or walked past the Chamber of Commerce office recently, you may
have noticed a new statue sitting out front.
This statue of a bison is in honor of Indiana’s
“Bisontennial.” The bison was chosen
because it is featured on the state seal.
Fifteen concrete statues of buffalo are
being sponsored by local folks and will
be displayed throughout the community.
This winter, the bison will be painted by
Manchester Community School eighth grade
students. The students will paint themes
related to local history or themes that coin-
cide with each participating business. For
example, the police department could ask
that their bison be painted like a police officer, etc. The bison in front of the Chamber
office will be painted like it’s dressed
for a birthday party (in honor of Indiana’s 200th birthday).
This project is approved by a state commission lead by first lady Karen Pence.
Several other cities and towns throughout Indiana are also participating in similar legacy projects.
Funding will be obtained from local
industries, philanthropic organizations
and businesses to sponsor a bison. So
far, the Wabash County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, BIT Computers, the NM
Police Department, the NM Fire Department, Riverbridge Electric, The Town of
NM, Halderman Farm Management,
Harting Furniture and First Financial
Bank are joining the Chamber of Commerce in celebrating this event.
The bison in front of the Chamber of Commerce is
decorated for Christmas.
For more information or if you are
interested in participating in this project, please contact the Chamber of
Commerce at 260-982-7644 or email
NEW PRESIDENT FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Elizabeth Smith of Frantz Lumber will be the new President of the the board president to sit in the dunk-tank at FunFest!”
Board of Directors for 2016.
The board President is responsible for running the monthly board
Elizabeth was the treasurer at the Chamber of Commerce for several meetings, and the executive committee meetings, as well as overseeyears before purchasing the Frantz Lumber company. Afterward, she ing the day-to-day functions of the chamber.
became a member of the Chamber of Commerce representing Frantz
The President works with the Executive Director to set the agenda
each month for meetings, to establish goals for the chamber each
“Elizabeth will make a great President! She is personable, well liked, year, and to present a plan to the board to achieve those goals.
and knows how to reach her goals and run a business,” former PresiElizabeth will commence these duties officially on January 1, 2016.
dent Alexis Young said.
She also mentioned, “I’ve heard this may be the first year we require
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY WAS A SUCCESS
Saturday, November 28, 2015, was Small
Business Saturday, a day founded by American Express that encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses
that are small and local rather than spending
money shopping at large corporate retailers.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a Shop
Small Passport Event that allowed customers
to collect stamps from local retailers as they
were shopping throughout the day. Thank
you to Blooms & Heirlooms, Cottage Creations Florists & Gifts, the Fruit Basket Inn,
Harting Furniture Gallery, The Inn Pub &
Grill, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop, Main
View Inn, and One World Handcrafts for
participating in the event.
“It was a great day for us. People really supported it,” said One World Handcrafts owner, Diane Wion.
“We had customers coming in and out all
day, not only from North Manchester, but
from a lot of outlying cities. Even people
from bigger cities like Huntington came to
shop in towns smaller than their own. I think
it was a great day that shows support for
keeping small businesses alive.”
KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop handed out
“Shop Small” bags to its customers on
Small Business Saturday.
Thank you to everyone that participated in
the Passport event and congratulations to
Heather Schilling for being the winner of $50
in Chamber Bucks.
Remember to consider Shopping Small this
entire holiday season and throughout the
“I think it was a great day
that shows support for
keeping small businesses
- Diane Wion from
One World Handcrafts
Blooms and Heirlooms had many
customers on Small Business Saturday.
3RD ANNUAL TIMBERCREST FESTIVAL OF TREES
It takes months to plan, but the weeks leading up to the event is where the hard work
and planning pays off, as new trees start to
On Saturday, December 5th, Timbercrest Senior
Living Community celebrated its 3rd annual
Festival of Trees ceremony. Each year, many
local businesses, not-for-profit organizations,
schools, churches, and clubs show off their decorating skills by displaying unique and beautiful
trees in the Timbercrest Festival of Trees.
Also during the Festival of Tress, a Christmas bazaar took place with nearly thirty
vendors from all over the area. This was a
big hit for everyone who wanted to do some
local Christmas shopping.
Visitors who attended the festival were able to
tour the trees located all around the campus.
Cookies and hot cocoa were also available for
visitors to enjoy as they admired the trees and
waited for the arrival of Santa Claus. Two hundred Christmas bells were given out to children
as they enjoyed visits and pictures with Santa.
This year there are about 70 trees on display,
including one “Canned Food” tree that encourages people to bring food to donate to
the Food Pantry.
“I like the process as it all starts to unfold,” said
Community Relations Coordinator Carrie Vineyard. “We like to do it for the community and for
The Chamber of Commerce tree at Timbercrest
the residents, as it is a festive and fun, family
has 157 ornaments to represent each member.
The ornaments were handcrafted by Executive
Assistant, Vivien Carter.
The trees will be on display throughout the
holiday season until January 11th. Feel free
to stop by the Timbercrest Senior Living
Community and take a tour of the many
beautiful trees around the campus.
DANIEL HOLTHAUS JOINS KALENBORN ABRESIST AS FIELD SALES MANAGER
Kalenborn Abresist Corporation has
named Daniel Holthaus as Field Sales
Manager. Holthaus, and the rest of the
field service team at Kalenborn Abresist,
provide customer support and on-site field
service for abrasion resistant linings, corrosion control coatings, steel fabrication services and pipe installation.
Kalenborn Abresist is a leader in the design and supply of wear solutions for a
wide range of industries utilizing various
mineral and metallic solutions. The company’s wear and abrasion resistant linings
and coatings reduce downtime and
maintenance and are marketed throughout
the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Holthaus comes to Kalenborn from the
Spray Foam Insulation and Coatings side
of the industry. His 20 years of knowledge
and experience has led him to specialize in
working with production management,
training, equipment procedures and estimating.
For more information contact Kalenborn
Abresist Corporation, P.O. Box 38, 5541
North State Road 13, Urbana, IN 46990.
Telephone: 800-348-0717, Fax: 888-3480717. Website: www.abresist.com, E-mail:
Pictured to the
right is Daniel
new Field Sales
ANNUAL DINNER WILL BE HOSTED ON JANUARY 21ST
The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce will host it’s 72nd annual dinner on
January 21, 2016 at Manchester University’s Jo Young Switzer Center.
Along with a meal, community members will gather for an awards ceremony to
honor the outstanding citizens and businesses around the area.
Some of the awards that will be presented include: Commerce Award, Citizen of
the Year, and The Spirit of Community Award.
Invitations will be sent out soon, but be sure to mark the date on your calendar.
You don’t want to miss this event!
COTTAGE CREATIONS GRAND REOPENING
On November 6th, the Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to
celebrate the grand reopening of Cottage Creations Florist & Gifts.
The friendly staff takes pride in providing beautiful floral arrangements and gifts
that are guaranteed to make someone smile. Visit their website at
www.cottagecreationsfloristandgifts.com to browse a variety of options. From
fresh bouquets to customized gift baskets, they have something special for any
occasion. Cottage Creations Florist & Gifts is located at 231 E. Main Street.
You can easily place an order online or by calling (260) 982-2028. They offer
convenient same-day flower delivery throughout North Manchester and surrounding areas.
IT’S HOLIDAY SEASON! NEED A QUICK GIFT IDEA?
Chamber Bucks are a great idea for a Holiday gift to give to that person you just can’t decide what to buy. Chamber Bucks can be purchased in increments of $5, $10, and $20, and can be used at a variety of local business just like cash. It’s a gift certificate that is redeemable
at many different stores, and the money goes back to help our local community! These Chamber Bucks not only make a great stocking stuffers, but they are a perfect idea for birthdays, to use as a “thank you,” or for many other occasions. Purchase your Chamber Bucks from the
Chamber of Commerce today!
Chamber Bucks can be used at any of the following locations:
Stock up on Chamber
Bucks for gifts to give
your family and friends.
Frantz Lumber Company
Manchester Dairy Queen
One World Handcrafts
Blooms & Heirlooms
Manchester Trading Post
The Inn Pub & Grill
Cottage Creations Florists & Gifts
Midwest Eye Consultants
Dr. Bradley Camp, OD
Harting Furniture Gallery
Poston Plumbing Services,
Dr. Dan Croner, DDS
Mr. Dave’s Restaurant
Dr. William Hankee, DDS
Naragon & Purdy, Inc. CPAs
Shear Obsession Hair Salon
Family Hearing Center
Silver Creek Printing
Fahs Brown Plumbing, Inc.
Main View Inn
Sycamore Golf Club
Wabash Plain Dealer
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109 N. Market Street
North Manchester, IN 46962
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Thank you to all of our members who have helped make this year an awesome, successful
year. Happy Holidays from the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce!