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The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council

Doing Another Startup Course

Bedford, Indiana (August 10, 2018)- The Lawrence County Economic Growth Council is again inviting area startups, new business owners, and similar hopefuls to participate in an in-depth 8 week course covering the entrepreneurial experience. Classmates will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays beginning September 10th and follow an 8 week itinerary covering important topics when it comes to a starting a company. Attendees will learn from others throughout the course, including talking with existing business leaders and experts from the Lawrence County area. The course is free to attend, but will be capped at 10 participants.

“We hope to instill best practices, foster understanding about owning/operating your own business, and develop a community who embraces entrepreneurship as a means of growth. Additionally, this course is a platform to discuss tough questions, gain knowledge and expand networks that assist in their development,” says Shance Sizemore, CEO Lawrence County Economic Growth Council.

Entrepreneurs will dive into topics every business owner should be familiar with including: developing your company, exploring target audiences, financial planning, and creating opportunities that support your business model.

If you would like more information about this course or to register, contact Shance Sizemore at (812) 275- 4493 or shance@lawrencecountygrowth.com.

102nd Annual Chamber Dinner

Lawrence County Through the Decades: Building Toward Our Next 200 years

The Bedford Chamber will be hosting its 102nd Annual Chamber Dinner on Friday, August 24th at the 4-H Fairgrounds Expo Hall. The Keynote Speaker will be President of Cook Group and Cook Medical, Pete Yonkman. Mr. Yonkman will be discussing the “My Cook Pathway,” a program that incentivizes people committed to going back to school, tying education directly to a job.

The evening itinerary is as follows:

5:30 Social Hour

6:30 National Anthem, performed by Mayor Girgis

6:45 Dinner

7:15 Keynote Speaker

8:00 Awards

The Chamber is seeking sponsorships for this event.

$1,000 Platinum Sponsorships or $600 Gold Sponsorships are available. $40 General Admission tickets or $30 Chamber Member Admission tickets are also available. Attendees are encouraged to dress in any attire of the last 200 years.

If you would like more information about the Bedford Chamber, the 102nd Annual Chamber Dinner or sponsorship opportunities, please contact, Zarod C. Myers, Membership & Communications Director via email: member@bedfordchamber.com or by phone: (812) 275-4493.

Lawrence County Community Foundation Announces

Grant Recipients of 2018 Open Grant Cycle

The Lawrence County Community Foundation Board of Directors awarded grants to twenty-eight local agencies during the 2018 Open Grant Cycle.

The Community Foundation is governed by a volunteer board whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Lawrence County for this generation and generations to come.  The Community Foundation accepts and manages individual and business contributions made to permanent endowments, some of which fund the annual grant cycle.

Funding for the 2018 grant cycle was provided by the following endowment funds:

Morris D. Norman Fund, M. Jeanette Norman Fund, Harold “Mac” & Shirley McReynolds Fund, Freeda and Opal Casada Fund for Elderly, Patrick and Sharon Robbins Funds for Lawrence County, Earlyn K. and Alvera Burkhart Hill, and Orlin and Imogene Burkett Memorial Fund, the Betty R. Hilderbrand Parks & Recreation Funds, Bicentennial Fund, Bob Bridge Fund, German American Bancorp Community Fund, David Allen Jacobs Community Fund, William A. Poling Fund for Lawrence County, Ralph W. “Shorty” & Bette R. Robison Fund, LCCF Education Fund, Smithville Charitable Foundation Fund, Wilbur C. Dollens Fund, Chloral Hilderbrand Community Grants Fund, and the  LCCF Unrestricted and Memorials & Tributes funds.

Grants from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted funds now total over $800,000 of which $57,208 was distributed at a gathering Wednesday morning.  An additional $1,700 was awarded as a challenge grant which provides matching funds, helping organizations gain awareness and raise funds for their mission.

Barbara Terry chaired the LCCF Grants Committee this year.  “With a record fifty-two grant applications, serving on the Grants Committee this year was both difficult and rewarding.  The difficulty came in not being able to recommend every application for a grant.  The reward is obvious; the funded applications will allow local non-profit organizations to provide important services to the residents of Lawrence County.”

Grant recipients and project names follow:

Becky’s Place, Catholic Charities Safe and Secure Home
Bertha’s Mission Meal Prep
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence County Safety
Centerstone of Indiana Mental Wellness for Lawrence County Project
City of Mitchell Parks & Recreation Department Parks Improvement Project
Dolly Parton Imagination Library of LC Dolly Parton Imagination Library
First Christian Church Outreach Committee Coat Bank
FOP Stone City Lodge #94 Cops for Kids
FRC Team 5403 RoboBoosters Aluminosity 2018-2019 Robotics Season
Free Methodist Church for 630 Recovery Place Celebrate Recovery Family Day at Camp
Free Methodist Church for 630 Recovery Place Sponsor/Accountability Partner Training
Hoosier Hills Food Bank Supplemental Mobile Pantry Food – Lawrence Co.
Hoosier Hills PACT Providing Internet Access
Hoosier Uplands Head Start Learning Self-regulation Skills
Kappa Kappa Kappa, Gamma Epsilon Chapter Candlelight Tour
Lawrence Co. Grassroots Property Cleanup Project Grassroots Property Cleanup
Lawrence County Wrestling Academy Making Great Strides
LC STEAM First Lego League Program – Mitchell & Oolitic
Little Theatre of Bedford LC Youth Theatre Enrichment Program
Mitchell Church of Christ Foster Family Support Foster Family Christmas Party
Senior Citizens of Lawrence County Senior Citizens Documents Records
Serenity Club of Bedford Addiction Recovery Family Events
Shawswick Township Trustee for Shawswick VFD Fire Department Ladders
Southern Indiana Adult Guardianship Services Connections, Solutions, & Awareness
Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living Fishtival 2018
Springville Community Association Re-electrifying the Springville Gym, Shelter, & Park
St. Vincent de Paul for Knights of Columbus #1166 Stalker Elementary Severe Disability Classroom
United Way of South Central Indiana Kindergarten Countdown
White River Humane Society Be the Change, Prevent a Litter

The Lawrence County Community Foundation is a public charity recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to be proactive in creating and growing an enduring source of charitable assets, and to identify and respond to the changing needs of Lawrence County.  For more information contact Hope Flores at (812) 279-2215 or hope@cfpartner.org.


Letter To The Editor

I traveled from Omaha to Bedford recently to attend the Shawswick Alumni Banquet, my second in 4 years.  This banquet continues to be an impressive tradition with well over one-hundred former students in attendance year after year.  Everyone who attended should thank Jane Turpen and Nancy Fletcher, along with the others who work throughout the year to keep Shawswick’s memory alive.  It is always wonderful to visit with former classmates, even if just for the evening.  And the catered meal, as always, was quite good.  Visiting southern Indiana always makes for a pleasant trip, but the Shawswick Alumni Banquet makes it a special pleasure.   Thanks to everyone who worked together to bring about another successful banquet.

Michael Wagner, Class of 1964
Bellevue NE