It’s a brand new year, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by bringing the community together for an afternoon of great food and even greater conversation. On Tuesday, January 17, the Regional Chamber of Commerce held its monthly Membership Luncheon, and over 200 members and guests came out to commence the year the right way.
The luncheon started off like a normal monthly luncheon – lots of laughter, smiling, and happy introductions. Regional Sales Manager with Centier Bank and Chairman of the Board for Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce Jennifer Doffin explained how much she loves seeing everyone mingle and make new connections.
“These meetings are so important because, even though the business community in Northwest Indiana is thriving, opportunities like these allow us to come together to partner on new projects and network so that we can continue to grow for the good of the Region. I hope everyone leaves with a couple of new contacts that they can continue to connect with and maybe earn some additional business,” said Doffin.
However, what made this event extra special was the attendance of special guests Congressman Frank Mrvan and Maggie Woodin, manager of Federal Affairs for the U.S Chamber’s Great Lakes Regional Office. The two came to connect with the community and share a bit about what’s going on in Congress at the start of the new year.
“It’s always nice to kick off the year with knowing what’s going on in Congress and better understand the political landscape and what new agendas and efforts are being made to support our local community and our businesses,” said Doffin.
As everyone ate, Congressman Mrvan spoke about some of the things he did during his last term to advocate for the Region and improve people’s quality of life. He touched on his goals to grow the steel industry, improve transportation, and protect the environment. He emphasized how committed he remains to the Region and how he will continue to make sure Northwest Indiana thrives.
“Throughout my career, I’ve worked hard to identify federal, state, and local private non-profit resources that allow Northwest Indiana residents to get good paying jobs, take care of their families, and succeed in their careers so they can have a good quality of life, and in the 118th Congress, I will continue to do that,” said Congressman Mrvan.
After Congressman Mrvan finished, he opened the floor so people could share their thoughts and questions. He and Woodin went around the room talking to different members and hearing what they had to say. It was a great opportunity for members to advocate for themselves and their businesses.
“I think it’s important for businesses to have a thumb on the pulse of what’s happening in Congress at the federal level. These types of policies have an impact on their day-to-day operations, and we at the chamber want to be their best business advocates. This is a great way to meet with different businesses and make sure that they’re being heard. Also, so they know that we’re listening to them and we’re relaying their messages back to the folks in Congress,” said Woodin.
All in all, the luncheon was a huge success. Everyone was grateful to be part of such a wonderful experience and to have the opportunity to connect in such a special way.
“It’s just wonderful to be here. I’m thankful to the Crossroads Chamber for welcoming me. I’ve enjoyed getting in touch with the business community and meeting all of these different community members,” said Woodin.
To learn more about the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.