Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 23, 2013

Business briefs

Kokomo Tribune

---- — IUK hosting first women’s summit

Indiana University Kokomo invites all Howard County women for a morning of networking, inspiration and discussion of the issues they face.

Interim Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke will host the inaugural Howard County Women’s Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 14, in Alumni Hall. The theme is “Thrive, Empower, Advance (TEA), Not Your Average Cup.”

“I initiated this project because I believe IU Kokomo needs to play a leadership role in facilitating community conversation around important issues,” she said. “I look forward to meeting women from all walks of life who are invested in making Howard County a better place to live, work, and play.”

The event begins with breakfast and a vendor fair, followed by a presentation from motivational speaker and humorist Suzie Humphreys. Attendees will meet in small groups and talk about issues challenging women and families in the area.

“Our goal is to identify one or two of these issues we can tackle in the next year,” Sciame-Giesecke said. “We also want to provide a chance to network with and support one another.”

She thanked the Community Foundation of Howard County for supporting the summit.

Admission is $15, and each person who registers may bring a friend for free. To register, go to https://teawomenssummit.eventbrite.com

Land lease workshop is Sept. 13

Farmers, landowners, bankers and farm managers can benefit from attending an upcoming program called “Finding Balance in Farmland Lease Contracts.” Many times there is confusion in determining a fair value for land rents and which lease option matches the expectations for landowners and tenants. The Purdue Land Lease Team has developed this program, along with several publications, to address the many questions concerning land leases.

The program will be 9 a.m. to noon Sept.13 at Ivy Tech College’s Logansport Campus located at 1 Ivy Tech Way in Logansport.

Speakers will be Tamara Ogle and Paul Marcellino, Purdue Extension educators from the Purdue Extension Land Lease Team, and Miriam Robeson, attorney at law. Topics covered include trends in land leases, essential communication for optimum landowner-tenant relationships, determining your land’s cash rent value, types of farmland leases, legal aspects of a good lease, and understanding landowner-tenant expectations.

There is no cost for this program but registration is appreciated. For registration or additional information contact Paul Marcellino at 765-456-2313 or email pmarcell@purdue.edu.

McCoy hired on as Chamber manager

Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance leaders have announced they’ve hired Karen McCoy as the new manager of the Kokomo-Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

“I have a background of owning a small business for many years in Kokomo, as well as working at Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce in recent years,” McCoy said in the GKEDA e-newsletter. “I am excited to return to Kokomo where I have lived most of my life.”

McCoy noted GKEDA unveil the 2014 Alliance strategic plan at its annual dinner on Nov. 7, a showcase for new programs and initiatives for the Chamber.

“I invite you to please feel free to reach out to me via phone, email or to meet so we can discuss utilizing your membership to its fullest potential and to explore any ideas or thoughts you might have that could be incorporated in our 2014 strategic plan,” she said. “My door is always open.” McCoy can be reached at 765-319-0027or email at kmccoy@greaterkokomo.com.