Todd Latta, Chairman of the Board
As board members of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce we are committed to ensuring that the dollars you invest with us are re-invested back into programs, activities and initiatives that further advance the Chamber’s mission. I am humbled and excited to have been selected to work with the current board to continue this mission to promote and serve our membership and our community.
As we look into 2024, our efforts will be focused on maintaining and strengthening the relationship with our Chamber members as well as working with and welcoming new businesses into our community.
The Chamber will continue hosting our monthly Huntington County Coffee Connections on the first Wednesday of each month at 8 a.m. during the school year. This event held at the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University encourages attendees to share information or to update community leaders on important matters taking place in their business. We also plan to continue the Student Leadership Luncheons where Huntington University students are introduced to local community leaders to help the student explore their majors with the community leaders.
The Chamber has also begun organizing a group of entrepreneurs to build an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to grow wealth locally with entrepreneurs and more. These quarterly meetings are held in the Chamber’s conference room. This initiative has begun ‘Meet & Greet’ events around the county where local entrepreneurs share their stories with a group of like-minded individuals. This is our way to grow entrepreneurialism in and around Huntington County by hosting events for entrepreneurs to network with other entrepreneurs in the region. The Chamber plans to rotate these meetings annually around the county.
The Chamber subleases space from Huntington University at the UB Building where the mission is to work more closely with Huntington University faculty and students. We plan to serve those students by assisting them in finding internships and/or employment. For those interested in starting a business, there is a plan in place to help those students too. Our goal is to retain more of the graduating students and attract more students to the university.
The Chamber is also working through Music in the City, Christmas in the City and other events to help bring more people to the downtown area throughout the year. We will continue working with those purchasing buildings and revitalizing them, those wanting to start a business and the entrepreneurs that need help with startup through our SCORE mentorship program and the Indiana Small Business Development Corporation.
We are also evaluating new programs that will further expand networking opportunities that help those in attendance create stronger relationships within the community.
Our mission is to support local businesses, and to promote an atmosphere in which businesses thrive and the quality of life in our community improves. As we work to fulfill that mission, the Chamber is working hard to support businesses and organizations that help to make Huntington County a great place to live, work and play.