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Business Community Reacts to South Bend Schools Focus 2018 Plan

Published Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the South Bend Community School Corporation released its Focus 2018 Plan, a design for the future. The plan included new grade configuration, new bell times for all levels, and the closing and repurposing several schools. Access the plan. The Chamber, the voice of the local business community, has long had an interest in the

SF Motors Acquires AM General Auto Assembly Pant; Jobs Coming Back

Published Friday, November 3, 2017
SF Motors, a Silicon Valley electric vehicle (EV) company, today announced that the acquisition of AM General's commercial assembly plant ("CAP") has closed. SF Motors, which is the only EV company to establish its own U.S. and Chinese manufacturing capabilities, will use the plant for upcoming North American EV production as part of its global strategy to

United Federal Credit Union Expanding

Published Tuesday, October 31, 2017
According to a company press release, United Federal Credit Union will open six new locations in St. Joseph County over the next three years. The Michigan-based credit union broke ground recently on a new location on Main Street in Mishawaka. This fall, the credit union also broke ground on a new branch on Ireland Road in South Bend. Both the South Bend

Salute to Business Nominations for ATHENA, Outstanding Young Business Leader & Small Business of the Year Awards Being Sought

Published Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Each year at the Chamber's Salute to Business Luncheon, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals and businesses in St. Joseph County, Indiana. We are currently accepting nominations for the following awards. Nomination deadline is December 1, 2017 for all three award categories. ATHENA The ATHENA Award is presented to an individual

MFG Day 2017 is Friday, October 6

Published Thursday, October 5, 2017
On Friday, October 6, the third annual Manufacturing Day 2017 in South Bend will provide more than 600 area high school students with the opportunity to visit local manufacturers, explore education and career opportunities in our community, and see how their classroom learning today is building a foundation for their future success. “The mission of

The Blarney Hole by Blackthorn Extends Golf Season

Published Thursday, September 28, 2017
Tim Firestone, co-owner of Blackthorn, announced last month that his management group had taken over the former Golf Club of Granger at Toscana Park, which closed suddenly in February. They’ve since touched up the space and renamed it The Blarney Hole by Blackthorn. The Blarney Hole will open to the public Friday with a ribbon-cutting event. The

JEFF'S TAKE: Mill at Ironworks Plaza a Key Step Downtown Mishawaka

Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017
I had the chance last week to attend the groundbreaking at Mill at Ironworks Plaza in downtown Mishawaka. The project is located just south of Beutter Park. Flaherty & Collins, an Indianapolis firm, is developing a 400,000-square-foot mixed-use building that will have commercial space on the first floor, 232 apartments and a parking garage.

$45M Mill at Ironworks Plaza Breaks Ground in Mishawaka

Published Friday, September 22, 2017
Contractors are starting the 20-month project of building The Mill at Ironworks Plaza with 232 apartments, a public and private parking garage and space for restaurants and retail. At Thursday’s groundbreaking, restaurant chain owner Gary Brackett said he signed on as the first tenant because the site “screamed Stacked Pickle,” thanks to


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