Talking Business.

with Jeff Rea, President & CEO,
South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce

I met Christopher Pallies at a high school gymnasium in Mishawaka, IN on a cold February night about a decade ago. I was serving at the Town’s Mayor, Pallies was in town for a professional wrestling event called “Clash at the Cave.” Many knew him better by his stage na...

TayCo Brace, LLC, a South Bend based start-up business was crowned winner of the 2018 1st Source Commercialization Award at a ceremony Tuesday in South Bend. The company makes an external ankle brace that was produced initially to stabilize ankle injuries sustained on...

There is a Chinese proverb that I love, it says “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago, the second-best time is today.” The Community Foundation of St. Joseph County has been doing a little bit of both.

Twenty-five plus years ago, the Foundation was formed to wo...

The deadline passed Monday of this week for you to register to vote in this May’s primary election. Hopefully you are signed up and are ready to participate in the first of two important steps this election cycle, the primary election in May and the general election in...

Five years ago, Indiana began taking an important look at its future. Slow population growth had the State concerned about its future economic viability and it knew it needed to do some things different to spark growth.

Eleven regions across the United States were studi...

South by Southwest (SXSW) is going on this week in Austin, Texas. In 1987, the week-long event was launched to bring people together to meet, learn and share ideas. The event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportuniti...

More than two hundred community leaders from all corners of the region gathered last week in Mishawaka for the unveiling of the first ever regional economic development plan. The plan launch marked the culmination of more than a year of work by hundreds of volunteers s...

It’s really pretty simple, businesses tend to go where they think the customers are. The airlines are no different, and a community receives the air service it supports. A recent announcement at the South Bend International Airport (SBN) should have us all encouraged a...

Today, the Indiana General Assembly will kick-off it’s 2018 Legislative Session. This year is a short session, with a scheduled end in early March. That means Legislators will get right to work in anticipation of the early wrap-up. Short sessions also mean no fiscal is...

If you work in construction, 2017 was a busy year. If you were looking for a job, you had many options. If a new place to live was on your agenda, there were no shortage of opportunities. Visiting our area, many new dining or lodging options awaited. 2017 was busy, let...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


Welcome to my blog! I know  you are busy and have information coming at you from all angles. Thanks for taking some time to see what I have to share.

In this blog, I'll work to keep you up to date with key business issues, with a large focus on what is happening in North Central Indiana and Southwest Lower Michigan.

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