Dubois County Tourism March Calendar

March (1)

Lots of great events and activities going on this month. Holland Kiwanis Gun & Knife Show is Feb 28th & March 1st, Huntingburg Merchant’s Spring Gala is March 14th and lots of other live entertainment at The Gaslight, Snaps and Oasis all month.


Grow Dubois County Partners with VUJC, DCCF to Award Grant

Grow Dubois County, a 501(c)3 committee formed to work in collaboration with Dubois Strong to foster and engage economic development and entrepreneurship in Dubois County, has partnered with the Vincennes University Jasper Campus Foundation as well as the Dubois County Community Foundation to award a $5,000 grant to Variable Technology, LLC.  The grant will help the company fund a patent request for a new healthcare technology product.

Variable Technology was established in 2012 for the purpose of innovating and commercializing unique ideas that solve problems and bridge technology gaps that exist in various market segments.  One such product measures pressure and moisture in a flexible material at a fraction of the cost of existing solutions.

“The basis of this idea was initially patented at NSWC Crane and further developed by USI’s Technology Commercialization Academy.  Variable Technology has licensed the patent from Crane, refined the idea, and developed an initial prototype.  Although this product can be transitioned into multiple markets, we are initially targeting the healthcare industry with an eye on bedsore prevention.  This grant will help to better protect our intellectual property and allow us to advance commercialization and company growth opportunities,” said Todd Mehringer, one of Variable Technology’s co-owners.

Mehringer, along with his brother and fellow co-owner Bret, are Dubois County natives while co-owners Pete Avenatti and Alexander Soles reside in Bloomington.  All four owners are currently employed by Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division.

Todd adds, “Ultimately, Variable Technology’s vision is to expand the technology innovation sector in Dubois County and the Southern Indiana region.

“This grant connects three important community efforts—creating access to entrepreneurship, leveraging our involvement with Crane, and fostering economic development at CTIM,” said Brad Ward, Chief Executive Officer of Dubois County Community Foundation.

“Crane is such an important part of our region, and it’s important that we continue to interact with them and those affiliated with them,” said Marc Steczyk, Grow Dubois County’s President. “This first grant was easy for our committee to decide upon, as Variable Technology’s team members have helped mentor students at VUJC and are also engaged in the local business community.”

“Mentoring our students and providing them with inspiration demonstrates continued interest from Variable Technology in the importance of not only education, but the fostering of an entrepreneurial spirit within our community,” said Ray Niehaus, Director, Center for Technology Innovation & Manufacturing. “The team worked well with each group and provided key learnings about time management, manufacturing processes, teamwork and a multitude of additional soft skills which are needed for today’s workforce. The interaction between Variable Technology and students at Vincennes University Jasper Campus is that of connecting unique software skills with futuristic hardware skills creating a formula for success.”

Grow Dubois County was formed in late 2014 as a standalone entity to assist and work in partnership with Dubois Strong on economic development initiatives in Dubois County, as well as helping engage local entrepreneurial development.  Dubois Strong is the county’s economic development source for innovative entrepreneurs and thriving businesses.  For additional information, visit www.duboisstrong.com.


Chamber Hosts 21st Annual Winter Antique Show

Winter Antique Show

The Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce will host its 21st Annual Winter Antique Show on Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Huntingburg Event Center. The times of the Show are Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

We are still looking for more dealers.  If interested please contact the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. Dealers from Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky will set up to display antique furniture, glassware, jewelry, toys and other collectibles. Admission for the show is $3.00 per person. Kids 12 and under free. There will also prizes and giveaways throughout the event. You don’t have to be present to win. Food and drinks will be offered throughout the two day event. Huntingburg Event Center is located at 110 E. 14th Street. Take US 231 to Huntingburg turn west onto 14th street. The Event Center is on the north side of the street.

There are still booths available. Booths are $95. Booths are 12’ x 11.5’. For more information contact the chamber at 812.683.5699.

The Winter Antique Show is one of the wonderful events to “Eat, Shop, Play & Stay” in Huntingburg. Come downtown to Beautiful and Historic 4th Street and even visit the gorgeous League Stadium in the City Park where A League of Their Own was filmed.   We look forward to seeing you there.


Dubois County Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Seeking Nominations

For More Information Contact:
Vickie Lewis
(812) 630-9300

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[Dubois County, Indiana] – Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana in Dubois County and Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Title Sponsor, are seeking laureate nominations for the 2015 Dubois County Business Hall of Fame. This will be an annual event honoring local business leaders and benefiting Junior Achievement in Dubois County.  Nominees should be individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership as well as made significant contributions to free enterprise and society while serving as inspiring role models for our young people. Laureate nominees can either be active, retired, or historical/deceased.

Dubois County Business Hall of Fame will celebrate the induction of laureates during a breakfast and ceremony on Thursday May 7, 2015 at 7:30am at Vincennes University Jasper Campus. The event was created to recognize icons of local commerce and industry. The 1st Annual Dubois County Business Hall of Fame will recognize individuals for their business excellence, vision, innovations, inspiring leadership and community service to Dubois County.

All persons wishing to nominate a laureate should fill out a Laureate Nomination Form. This form can be acquired by contacting Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana by phone at (812) 425-8152 or at www.jaswin.org.  Nominations will be accepted through Wednesday December 24th, 2014.

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About Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana (JASWIN)

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana provides in-school and afterschool programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The organization’s purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The mission of the organization is to ensure that every child in their service territory has fundamental understanding of the free enterprise system. JASWIN serves 11 counties and over 24,000 students in Southwestern Indiana and Southeastern Illinois and began in 1964. For more information, visit www.jaswin.org.

About Junior Achievement USA™ (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provides relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches four million students per year in more 120 markets across the United States, with an additional 6.5 million students served by operations in 117 other countries worldwide. Visit www.ja.org for more information.


State Creates Free County Travel Status Mobile App

From Indiana Department of Homeland Security, For all citizens and visitors to the State of Indiana

downloadIndianapolis – The State of Indiana has created a free mobile app to provide Hoosiers with county travel status updates and alerts directly to their mobile devices.

“This new app will be a great on-the-go resource for citizens and visitors to Indiana,” said Governor Mike Pence. “The travel advisory map has been one of the most popular pages on the State of Indiana website, particularly during times of inclement weather. The app will be even more convenient, and we hope many people will use this as a resource to make informed travel decisions.”

In addition to weather, the app will also include notifications with regard to flooding, hazardous materials spills and other events that could affect travel.

Last winter, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) County Travel Status Map was the most visited page on IN.gov, generating nearly 5 million unique visitors between December 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014.

The Indiana Office of Technology and IDHS collaborated on the project. The Indiana Travel Advisory app is available to download for iPhone (https://appsto.re/us/QHVw4.i) in the App Store, and Android (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.in.traveladvisory) in the Google Play Store.

Features include:
• Ability for users to set alerts for any county or counties they choose, up to every county in the state. When the travel status in a selected county is changed, the user will receive an alert notification.
• Weather conditions for each county. Tapping on a county will display the temperature and an icon with the current conditions.
• Contact information for county emergency management agencies, which are responsible for the status updates.

The app is meant to be used as part of a system to stay aware of changing travel conditions. Other sources include local news, travel, weather and social media sites and apps.

Indiana Travel Advisory is part of the IN.gov family of apps. The state has developed 12 different mobile apps to help serve citizens, including the IN.gov app (Apple and Android), which is a hub to access all the apps from the State.


Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce Announces Executive Director’s Resignation

Dear Huntingburg Chamber Members and Community,

Nick StevensIt is with mixed feeling that the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces that Nicholas (Nick) D Stevens has announced his resignation as the Executive Director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce. Nick has held this position since August 2009 and will transition from his Huntingburg Chamber Leadership role on January 16th, 2015.The Board and Executive Committee are working with Nick to manage his transition effectively.

Throughout his tenure as Executive Director of the Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce, Nick has served as a peerless advocate and leader for the Chamber, its members and the community alike. He helped the Chamber grow its membership from 100 to 150, created the Garden Gate Jazz, Art, Wine & Craft Beer Festival and many other projects that have been vital to the outlook of the community of Huntingburg.

At this time the Executive Committee is accepting resumes for those individuals who would be interested in this position. Please send resumes to info@huntingburgchamberofcommerce.org or mail P.O. Box 311, Huntingburg, IN 47542. For further questions, contact Chamber Board President Al Mihajlovits at 812.639.1751.

Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce Mission: The Huntingburg Chamber of Commerce shall be a leader in providing a progressive environment for promoting business opportunities and the quality of life in Huntingburg and the surrounding community.


Dubois County December Events


How about some more events to help celebrate the Christmas Season in December. December 5-7 marks Jasper’s O’Tannenbaum Days! Huntingburg’s Lighted Christmas Parade and Night in Bethlehem on December 6th. Plus lots of other Live Entertainment throughout the month at The Gaslight, Snaps, and Oasis.


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