Owen County
Chamber of Commerce

Your Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business persons and private individuals working in partnership to make Owen County a better place in which to live and work.

Owen County Chamber of Commerce & EDC

119 S Main St, Spencer IN 47460

Email: marce@myowencountychamber.com

Phone: 812-829-3245

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About

The Owen County Chamber of Commerce is comprised of businessmen and women and private individuals working in partnership to make Owen County a better place in which to live and work.

VISION

The vision of the Owen County Chamber of Commerce & EDC shall be to represent the business community in the development of goals and programs, which improve the economic well-being of our citizens and improve and preserve our quality of life.

MISSION

Our mission is to inform, engage, and connect with our membership and the community through marketing, networking, and education opportunities.

STRATEGIC PLAN
WAGONS FORWARD

Wagons Forward is the Owen County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s Strategic Plan. This plan is designed to affirm the Chambers mission to represent the business community, provide quality tools for the advancement of economic growth, connect and support our members, and improve and preserve our quality of life.

 

This plan is based on the successful strategy used by pioneers to navigate the difficult trails that led to westward expansion. Embarking on the journey to move out West was a difficult and daunting one to say the least, not unlike a small business navigating through the challenges of the business industry.

 

Choosing to be a business owner takes fortitude, passion, courage, and a myriad of other characteristics that greatly resemble the qualities of early pioneers. Being a successful business owner takes the same strength, perseverance, and grit that helped develop the West.

 

The “Wagon Train” concept (working together for the benefit of one another and achievement of common goals) still produces the same result it did years ago: achieving your goals by way of pooling shared resources, networking to gather information, learning from experiences, and working collectively as a community.

 

The Owen County Chamber of Commerce is unique in that it partners directly with Economic Development to give its members the benefit of having three wagon masters, or three individuals that help them navigate their specific trail. The Executive Director, the Executive Assistant, and the Economic Development Coordinator.

 

Economic Development focuses more on the “Map” or what is referred to as the long road. Knowing what is five, ten, or fifteen years down the road helps businesses to plan accordingly. Economic Development offers tools like tax abatements, is a liaison between the business owners and local government, and creates an achievable strategic plan for the county and its citizens.

 

The Chamber of Commerce acts more like the toolbox attached to each wagon train. The Chamber has tools that focus more on the present situation and the “Day’s Journey.” Advertising, networking, promotion, marketing campaigns, and community events are just a few of the ways the Chamber helps each “wagon” to advance through its day’s journey and meet the demand in their industry head-on. Offering an array of resources as well as providing leadership skills help to equip each wagon with the tools they need to be a successful business.

 

"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
– Margaret J. Wheatley

Our Team

 
MARCE KING
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marce King, a lifelong resident of Owen County, became the Executive Director in February of 2019. She had previously been Executive Director of a local non-profit for eleven years. Marce is also the Owen County Bicentennial president as well as a freelance photographer, artist, and graphic designer. She has two children. Her daughter is currently working towards her Master’s degree, and her son is an EMT for Lifeline. Owen County holds a special place in Marce’s heart, and she is thankful for the privilege to serve her Indiana Home.

SARAH HICKS
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Sarah Hicks, has called Owen County home her entire life. Her heart has always been to serve the community she loves and holds dear. Working behind the scenes for years, she grew up volunteering her time at local events, churches and food banks where she learned the great importance of serving her community. She and husband James have been married for 10 years and have two beautiful children and are expecting their third at the beginning of the new year. Sarah is honored to have the opportunity to serve Owen County and wishes to make a difference in the place her and her family call home.

DONALD BINGHAM
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Don and Tammy Bingham have been residents of Owen County for 25 years. After college, Don pursued a career in food distribution ultimately becoming the Director of Operations and Purchasing for Beasley Food Service. Excited about the potential for growth of the county, Don accepted the opportunity to become the Owen County Economic Development Coordinator in February 2018. Don and Tammy enjoy connecting with the community through their affiliations with the Farmers Market, theater productions, and other numerous local events.

 

Our Board of Directors

OUR AMAZING BOARD OF DIRECTORS

L TO R: Bill Grandi, Jason Kinney, Tony Walton, Kim Hodges, Craig Coffman, Danielle Conner, Grant Minnemeyer, Marcus Robinson
 

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

Kim Hodges

President

Sweet Owen Industries, ARC

Danielle Conner

Vice President

Owen County State Bank

Lori Abrell

Treasurer

Our Community Bank

Craig Coffman

EDC Chair

Coffman Proactive CPA Services, LLC

BOARD OF DIRECTORS​

Josh Kennedy

Indiana Farm Bureau

Grant Minnemeyer

Ridgline Vet Services

Marcus Robinson

Edward Jones

Tony Walton

Smithville Communications

Bruce Hamlin

SCI REMC BOD

Bill Grandi

O.V. Christian Fellowship

Todd Gardner

BBP Water Corporation

EX-OFFICIO

Chad Briggs

Superintendent Spencer-Owen

Community Schools

Jason Kinney

Sweet Owen CVB

President

Owen County Commissioners

President

Owen County Council

 

Chamber Captains

Samantha Carver

Rob Ranard

Travis Floyd

Shirley Kinney

Leandra Sullivan

Debbie Jordan

Aaron LaGrange

Dylan Heaslet

Brad King

Danny Letman

Andy Wood

Dalicia Cunningham

Allie Goss

Rodric Bray

Matthew Shearer