Winter Conference



2016 ICEA Annual Conference
June 22-24, 2016
Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina on
Beautiful Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana

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About The Conference

Join peers for this only statewide conference in 2016.
Expand your peer network.
Learn from industry experts.
Honor award winning chambers.
Take time to relax on the private beach or by the pool.
Rent a boat or a jet ski.
Bring your family for a mini-getaway to the lake.
Check out Bloomington, recognized as a "Top 5 Food Towns in the Midwest".
Tour beautiful Indiana University.
Enjoy golfing at nearby Eagle Pointe Golf Resort.
Take time for you.

You won't want to miss this 2016 Annual Conference.  

Conference Registration

Registration rates are $199 for members of ICEA ($169 for additional registrants from your chamber) and $249 for non-members.

Conference Agenda
(*subject to change)

Wednesday - June 22

                5:00 p.m. - Registration & Opening Social Event 
Arrive just in time to gather on the deck before meeting with peers at dnner.  You have two options for dinner:
1.)  Stay on site at the hotel on Lake Monroe to enjoy a cook-out and games.  This is included in your registration fee, however pre-registration is required and you will need a ticket to the cookout.
2.)  Catch transportation into Bloomington to dine.  We will work to have some quick call cab options available.  With this option, dinner & transportation are your own expense..    

Thursday - June 23

  9:00 a.m. - Opening Keynote
50 New Members?
What would 50 new members mean for your Chamber?  Would that be a good month? A good year? Do you think that's
impossible?  In an age of digital tools popping up every day, how do you stay current and relevant?  This session will
show you how technology can help you generate new members, the real reason members join your Chamber, and a simple
new member presentation that will forever change the way you market your Chamber.  You want more members, more revenue, and more relevance - and you'll find exactly how to get all three.

                   11:15 a.m. - Breakout #1

                Option #1:  Collaboration & Consensus Building
Community collaborations and the process of building consensus are essential for economic and community development
in our communities and a great way to build the Chamber brand.  Get tips for how to start collaborating and building consensus in your community.

                Option #2:  Engaging The Passive Member
We all have those business leaders or companies that send their check in annually but rarely utilize the chamber in any other way.  These are the members that are most concerning and can impact retention and value.  In this session we will talk about strategies and tools to impact the passive and disengaged member. 

                Option #3:  Events:  Strategies & Operations
Events are a financial life-line for most chambers.  What can staff members do to assure that all events fall in line with the Chamber’s purpose?  Attend this session to gain new ideas for breathing new life into your Chamber events.

                 12:15 p.m. - Lunch 

                1:30 p.m. Breakout #2

                Option #1: Thriving Communities Panel Discussion
Looking ahead at what can be done to help Indiana communities succeed now and over the next 10 years, the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project panel will guide you to lead your community with resources and data gathered from this initiative.

                Option #2: Selling The Value of Membership
What are your staff members & volunteers relaying to members about the return they get from an annual investment?  Learn tips from the experts on how to sell the tangible and intangible experience of belonging to the chamber.

                Option #3: The Digital Chamber
There's a new tech idea or tool every single day.  From smart watches to new online tools, how are you supposed to balance
all of these resources?  Which ones will work for you?  In this information-packed breakout session you'll learn about today's new technologies and exactly how to implement them into your Chamber.  You're guaranteed to leave with at least 10 new 
ideas from this session!

       2:45 p.m. - Breakout #3

                Option #1:  Detoxing the Workplace
Like many leaders have reported, you may also be experiencing negativity within your organization.  Explore how toxic behavior can poison your team and learn new strategies for understanding & correcting unhealthy actions at work.  

                Option #2:   How Basic Should Basic Membership Be?
 The age old question of what should be packaged within a basic membership will be discussed with details about how peer chamber leaders are enticing businesses to pay more based on what benefits are offered.

                Option #3:  Your Signature Experience
Your members are the greatest funnel for growth through their word of mouth marketing to other potential members. If you want your members to create a buzz around your chamber, you to have create an experience that becomes an important part of their business. Get ready to get creative and LAUNCH Your Signature Experience!

              4:00 p.m.  - Fun Time
Meet up with old friends.  Enjoy a cruise on Lake Monroe.  Relax and prepare for the 2016 Annual Awards Dinner.

                 7:00 p.m. - Awards Dinner
It’s time to celebrate as we recognize award winning chambers from around Indiana. 
The 2016 awards are sponsored by Old National Bank.

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Music With Peers
It’s time to kick back and enjoy with some of the classics as we continue the celebration with music, drinks, peers and loads of fun on Thursday night.

      Friday – June 24

                  8:30 a.m. - Opening Keynote:  A Look Ahead At The 2016 Election And The 2017 Indiana General Assembly Session
Gaze into the future as Kevin Brinegar, President of the Indiana Chamber, takes us through a brief discussion about the upcoming election and what the outcomes could mean for the 2017 session.

  9:15 a.m. - Breakout #4

                Option #1 - Mid-Year Outlook
It’s hard to believe we stand at half-time of 2016.  Let's gaze into a crystal ball with some of the experts to determine what ihe next six months will bring.       
Option #2 - Communicating with Members
It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it that will impact your members to take action, increase loyalty and commit 100% to your Chamber’s team.  How does your communication measure up?

Option #3  - Horizons Initiative Guiding Your Strategic Plan
What is this resource and how are chambers around the country using this initiative to help guide the chamber’s strategic plan?  Hear from some chamber leaders within the ICEA network who have succeeded with integrating the Horizons Initiative with their chamber.

                   10:30 a.m. -  Roundtable Activity 
Burning issues?  Hot topics?  This is the activity that will put you in small discussion groups with peers to hit on some of the major issues impacting professionals today.

                  11:45 - Closing Keynote:  How To Be A Success
Our closing will feature long-time mentor and friend to many in our network.  Vince Griffin officially
retired his position with the Indiana Chamber in April.  Join us for parting words of wisdom from Vince as he will condense
his years of professional experience into a few short minutes in this "How to be a Success" keynote.

Questions?  Please call the ICEA office at 812-871-3000 or e-mail

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