Talking Business.

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

According to the Census Bureau, there are more than 20,000 businesses that call St. Joseph County home. Last week the Chamber had an opportunity to call special attention to the work of three of those businesses at our annual Salute to business luncheon. 

The Big Idea C...

I’m a believer that people don’t necessarily do the things they do for recognition or for awards, but I think it is a nice thing when one’s peers recognize their good works. Last week the Chamber had an opportunity to do just that as we recognized three individuals at...

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...

My staff and I are all focused on an important race this May. And it’s not the elections or the 100th running of the Indy 500. We’re training for the Indy Mini-Marathon on May 7. It’s the second time we’ve done it as a team and we can’t wait. This year we have 11 on ou...

The Potawatomi Zoo is an important local attraction. For generations, families from our area have visited Indiana’s Oldest Zoo to see the more than 400 animals that call it home. Last year more than 220,000 people came to visit.

Earlier this month the zoo announced they...

Businesses look regularly to control costs, eliminate waste, increase efficiency, and reduce the probability of errors. Those efforts help improve the bottom line and can be the difference between success and failure.

Rising costs and the full implementation of property...

Manufacturers in our region rely on customers from the region, across the State, throughout the country, and around the world. Foreign markets have proven to be fertile ground for local companies seeking to increase their market access and grow their customer base.  


I hope we all share a common goal for our region and state, to see it thrive. It seems simple and logical, if our area prospers, flourishes, advances, succeeds or booms, we all win.

Thriving can mean a lot of different things. Are people moving in? Are we seeing new inv...

This week is Entrepreneurship Week in Indiana. All week, residents from every corner of Indiana are celebrating entrepreneurs and the great risks they have taken to launch a new business and the contributions they make to Hoosier communities.  

Entrepreneurs offer a pro...

Census data helps the State and communities take its temperature, and make some assumptions about its overall health. 

In 1902, the Census Bureau was formed for the purpose of counting the number of people in the United States. The data collected would become valuable f...

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Jeff Rea

President & CEO

South Bend Regional

Chamber of Commerce


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