Talking Business.

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

Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States and more than ten million people live in the Chicagoland metropolitan area. Another seventy-six million people visit the area each year.

Chicago is an international hub for commerce, and is a leader in industries li...

Students are anxiously awaiting their final report cards. Those reports are issued several times a year and at the end of the school year to communicate a student's academic performance. On the card, a grading scale is utilized to determine the quality of a student's s...

In the winter of 1978, Chicago Cub players and coaches were barnstorming the Midwest to connect with their loyal fan base as part of the Cubs Caravan. The caravans were developed to generate fan support heading into a new season.

My memory of exactly which players were...

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...

Indiana and our region are in a race to attract top talent. Our competition, the other 8,000 communities around the country and those around the world that also have a similar goal.

Indiana was falling behind and leaders recognized several years ago a need to change our...

In his book The Coming Jobs War, author Jim Clifton says “Today’s explorers migrate to the cities that are most likely to maximize innovation and entrepreneurial talents and skill. Wherever the most talented choose to migrate is where the next economic empires will ris...

Last week this year’s Michiana Forty Under 40 Class was revealed. The 2017 class represents the eleventh Michiana Forty under 40 class. This program is an annual collaborative effort between the South Bend Regional Chamber, the Young Professionals Network South Bend, t...

More than 720,000 people call one of the five primary counties in our region home. Together those counties include close to 2,500 square miles of territory, parts of two states, and some forty seven cities and towns. Add in those neighboring counties that are part of o...

A budget surplus. A balanced budget. A AAA bond rating. One of the top five states in the country for doing business. More people working than at any time in its history. Record new investment. Low unemployment. A national leader for economic growth. Indiana has a lot...

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...

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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.

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