Wells County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Newsletter


Connections Start Here

December Member of the Month:

e Welches All Vehicle Repair

Welches All Vehicle Repair Surprised by Monthly Honor

Welches grew up in Wells County working on a farm and then went to college at IPFW to be a music teacher. It was during that time he started working at Kmart Automotive and realized he enjoyed working on vehicles. Welches then started working at Firestone at Southtown Mall for seven years. “During the recession, I was working at NAPA for a year until my hours were cut; however, I gained a lot of experience and now we are a NAPA Car Care Center.”

After serving in the Army, Welches ended up in Georgia, where he met his wife. “I managed a Midas Muffler and Brake Shop for 10 years and then decided it was time to move back home to Indiana and open my own business,” explained Welches.

Welches dotes that being a NAPA Automotive Repair Center is the best fit because they do a lot for the business owners. “We train and go to school to learn about all vehicle makes and models, not just Chrysler, GM, or Ford,” stated Welches. “We are learning about the electronics and programming for all types, including foreign and European models.”

“For the past 15 years I have been leading the NAPA Business Development Group mentoring other automotive repair center owners once a month about training, insurance, goals, and how to make a profit. That experience has been very rewarding helping other owners in the industry,” said Welches.

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AdamsWells Internet-Telecom-TV

Bott Radio Network

Dale Gerke

3737 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne

(260) 423-2337


The Wright Insurance Company

Brandon Wright


(317) 610-3306



Brandy Stronczek

(260) 341-1177


tj's Honeysuckle Alley

Tina Barclay

(260) 413-5700


Bluffton Regional Medical Center


What Are You Really Saying?

Your body language and tone say it all. How are your employees receiving your communication? Your nonverbal communication is 93% of your message.

Beth Singleton and Katie Uppfalt will lead conversation about how to better read and engage with your employees.

AdamsWells HR Group

Tuesday, February 7th

11:30am to 1:00pm

Wells County Commerce & Visitors Centre

Lower Level

$12 per person for Lunch


Hit the Jackpot in Wells County

Annual Chamber Dinner

We Will be Honoring the Following

Business of the Year

Trusted Solutions Group

Citizen of the Year

Kody Kumfer

Educators of the Year

Jacob Amstutz with Bluffton-Harrison

Kevin Morris with Northern Wells

Leigh Lieurance with Southern Wells


CJ's Flooring

LifeWise Academy-Northern Wells

Christian Care Retirement Community

"We are so lucky to have such an awesome Chamber in our community. In talking to other business people in other communities you quickly realize how lucky we are to have such an active Chamber. The Chamber staff is the BEST!! They go above and beyond to help all our members through Lunch and Learns, Ribbon Cuttings, Business Before/During/After Hours, Member Visits, Golf Outing, and Member Appreciation Luncheons. I cannot say enough how GREAT the Wells County Chamber is!"

—Sam Haiflich, BKM Real Estate

Dr. Harry Brickley Farm Foundation

Ossian Rotary begins Annual Shoe Collection

Ossian Rotary has collected over 3,000 pairs of used shoes to repurpose them to those in need over the past three years. This year’s annual shoe collection is beginning now, in conjunction with the nonprofit organization Changing Footprints. As its mission, Changing Footprints realizes the great need for shoes around the world as protection from diseases and a gateway to education. Shoes in any condition are collected for homeless, disaster-stricken, or underprivileged people locally, nationally, and internationally regardless of race, religion, gender, or ethnicity. Even damaged or single shoes are converted to playground material.

The organization collects and redistributes 60,000 pairs a year and, on average 80% of the shoes collected are redistributed in Indiana, although shipments of shoes were also recently sent to Ukraine to help those in need there.

Shoe collection bins are located at Ossian Elementary School, First Baptist Church of Ossian, Farmers and Merchants Bank in Ossian, Ossian Church of the Nazarene, Ossian Health Communities, and Rod’s Rustics on Main Street. Shoes pairs should be tied or bagged together.

Ossian Rotary meetings are Thursday mornings at 7:30 at the First Baptist Church of Ossian, 1001 Dehner Drive on the north side of Ossian. Anyone is welcome to attend. Please call 260-402-8272 or email jeffkeplar@gmail.com with questions.

State-Funded Program to Catalyze Small Business Growth Through Technical Expertise

Hoosier small businesses encouraged to apply for technical support and grant funding beginning January 16 through Indiana Technical Assistance Program 

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 10, 2023) –The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) today announced that applications for the Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP) will be open beginning next Monday, Jan. 16, and remain open through Friday, Feb. 17. This statewide initiative connects Hoosier small businesses with funding and professional assistance to complete growth and improvement projects, such as technology development, business management systems, grant writing, and more.


First Bank of Berne

Starting January 11: Rod's Rustics Anniversary Celebration

January 13: Stand-Up Comedy at Stag Bar

January 13: Timber Ridge Progressive Euchre & Dinner

January 14: The Y's Guy's & All You Can Eat Tacos at Club 250

January 22: Trivia Night at The Parlor City Brewery

January 28: Bluffton Elks Lodge Winterfest

February 11: Club 250 Hubie Ashcraft Band Valentine's Day Special Dinner

February 18: Forgotten Children Worldwide Benefit Dinner & Auction

February 25: Comedy Night with Steve Sabo at Dash 90

March 3: Purdue Extension Grand Round 3.0 Refresh. Reset. Renew.

March 11:7th Annual Bluffton NOW! BRRR Fest

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