The Herald Bulletin

April 25, 2014

Annual luncheon promotes new partnerships, local growth

By Traci Moyer
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — Larry Williams, Jr. said this was his first year to attend the annual luncheon sponsored by the Anderson/Madison County Black Chamber of Commerce, Inc., but it will not be the last time he attends the event.

“It was excellent and very informative,” he said on Friday after the Third Annual Business & Corporate Luncheon.

Williams, who is the president of Rowley Security Firm, LLC of Indianapolis, said he frequently does business in Anderson and is a member of the chamber.

Rodney Nichols, chair of the business advisory committee for AMCBCC, said Williams represents the type of relationships the chamber hopes to create between local businesses and those in Indianapolis.

“We want to bridge the gap between us and Indianapolis,” Nichols said. “Indianapolis is only 30 to 40 minutes away and we want to be able to utilize those resources. It’s a win-win situation.”

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith spoke to the group during the luncheon, along with James Hudson, chief procurement officer for Ivy Tech Community College and Renee Barlow, director of business development for I.T. Business Corporation.

“I think it went well,” said Jan Mansfield Stith, with the AMCBCC. “This year there were (more) community representatives than businesses, but I know as entrepreneurs, every minute of every day counts.”

Stith said the speakers were able to share information on how businesses can be certified for state, city and county contracts.

It was information Michelle Turner from GG Enterprises LLC, 931 Meridian St., was excited to learn about.

“I learned that being state certified doesn’t cost $5,000 like I had been led to believe,” Turner said. “It doesn’t cost at all. I will be getting certified ASAP.”

Jackie German, secretary of the chamber, was pleased with the turnout for the annual event.

“I hope people will heed the information given today,” she said.

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