Talking Business.

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

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...

Last week, the South Bend Community School Corporation released its Focus 2018 Plan which includes new grade configurations, new bell times for all levels, and the closing and repurposing of several schools. I’m hoping the community rallies around this plan and support...

The busiest business in town might just be the sign companies printing the “Help Wanted” or “Now Hiring” signs. It might be easier to tally the number of businesses that don’t have one of those signs than the number of businesses that do.

Generally, our economy is at fu...

Area college students have returned home in search of a summer employment opportunity. Over the next few weeks, high school students will join them as their school year comes to a close.

The youth labor force grows sharply this time each year. In addition to large numbe...

Communities across the country are trying to figure out the best ways to retain their best and brightest young people. In states like Indiana, recent trends have young people fleeing for major metropolitan areas, the coasts, or the warmer air of the south.

In the South...

In Indiana, a recent focus on building the necessary infrastructure and creating the right business climate has positioned Indiana to be a leader in job creation in the Midwest and across the country.

But business and policy leaders recognize that without the people to...

So who is responsible for making sure today’s students are prepared for tomorrow’s jobs?  Ask different people and you’ll get different answers. The truth is that responsibility doesn’t fall to any one individual or organization but instead rests in widespread communit...

There’s a help wanted sign hanging outside the South Bend Community School Corporation Offices. The School Board has embarked on a search for the next Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Carole Schmidt will retire at the end of this school year.

This might be the most import...

Last night, the South Bend Community School Board took the final step in hiring Dr. Kenneth Spells as its new Superintendent of Schools with the approval of his contract. That action clears the way for Spells to join our community on July 1. I look forward to meeting h...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


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