The Southwest Indiana Chamber has launched a Family Business Alliance. The organization hopes to inspire networking among family business leaders. The initiative is a partnership between the chamber and the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center. Southwest ISBDC Regional Director Kim Howard says the effort will include national speakers and local experts.

February 18, 2015

News Release

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Southwest Indiana Chamber today announced the launch of its new Family Business Alliance. The initiative, which is targeted toward family-owned businesses in Southwest Indiana, is a partnership between the century-old regional chamber of commerce and the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (SW-ISBDC).

“In Southwest Indiana, we are known for our industriousness and innovation. Family businesses in our region are key drivers in both areas,” said Southwest Indiana Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Christy Gillenwater. “Our new Family Business Alliance provides an infrastructure that will simplify access to the unique resources needed by family enterprises.”

With a goal of supporting the prosperity and growth of family enterprises, the Southwest Indiana Chamber Family Business Alliance will host events featuring both nationally recognized and local industry experts. Family Business Alliance-hosted seminars and workshops on topics of common interest will provide education, build awareness, provide networking and encourage dialog among leaders of family businesses.

Greg McCann, founder of the Family Enterprise Center at Stetson University, will speak at the first Family Business Alliance event. An innovator in the field of family business, McCann will present “Developing a Plan for Your Family Enterprise: A New Way of Looking at Your Family Business and Managing Change” on Wednesday, April 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at Evansville Country Club. The cost to attend the event is $75 per person, or $60 per person for two or more guests from the same company. To register, visit, or contact Karina Hampton, Southwest ISBDC office coordinator, by email at or phone at 812-425-7232.

About Southwest Indiana Chamber

Since 1915, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has been a trusted ally of the regional business community. Today we are one of the state’s largest, strongest, and most impactful nonprofit business organizations, representing a total membership of nearly 1,700 businesses, organizations, and agencies. About one-third of members have invested in our organization for 10 or more years. While nearly all major employers in our region invest in the Southwest Indiana Chamber, 71% of our member businesses have 25 or fewer employees. Our initiatives include Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance, Tri-State World Trade Network, Young Professionals Alliance, Diverse Business Alliance, Family Business Alliance, Posey County Alliance, Downtown Alliance, Restaurant Alliance, and Nonprofit Alliance.

Learn more about the Chamber, our members, and the Southwest Indiana regional business community at

About the Southwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources. Funding comes from government, organizations, and businesses, committed to growing Indiana and local economies. Statewide funders include The Small Business Administration and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit:

Source: Southwest ISBDC

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