Annual Member Dinner

2017 Chamber Member Dinner

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Levi King

Levi King grew up in a conservative family in the beautiful farmland of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He chose to move here in 1990 because he saw “a lot of opportunities in and around Elkhart County.”

Once here, it didn’t take Levi long to get involved in his new community. He has served on various boards including Friends of the Middlebury Parks Department, The Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association, The LaGrange County Gideons, The Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Elkhart County Community Foundation, and The Goshen Chamber of Commerce. Levi has also served as a volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce in Middlebury, where he answered phones on Wednesday mornings.

Levi owns six small businesses which employ 25 people. Levi believes in the revitalization of our downtowns and has invested in three downtowns with several businesses (all located on Main Street…coincidentally). He has also helped create events that help improve the quality of life for residents in Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana.

Thank you for everything you do Levi!

2017 Beautification Award Recipients:
Spencer and Brittany Short, Pumpkinvine Cyclery

Spencer and Brittany Short grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Northridge in 2005 and 2004. They both went on to get college degrees from Goshen College. Spencer worked and managed a bike shop during college and fell in love with the sport and the bike industry. After school it was apparent that he wanted to continue in the bike industry. The opportunity came in 2011 to purchase Pumpkinvine Cyclery, which at the time, had been open for less than a year. After their first child was born in January of 2012, Brittany left her job managing a dental office in South Bend to work with Spencer at the shop. In the Fall of 2015 they purchased the old Hawkins Water Tech/Rev’s Auto building and started renovation. With the help of Architectural Designer Kenton Miller and numerous other friends and family members, the space transformed into what it is today. While their business has come a long way from where it once was, Brittany and Spencer say they’re not done. They love doing what they do, and intend on being active and progressive members of this community for the years to come.

In addition to their entrepreneurial service to the community, Spencer spearheaded the development of the Bonneyville mountain bike trails (and was a co-designer of the trail!), and Brittany co-chairs the Middlebury TrailsFest committee and serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.

Thank you Spencer and Brittany for everything you’ve done to make Middlebury beautiful!

The Beautification Award is designed to recognize Middlebury business owners whose properties reflect pride of ownership and commitment to the beautification of the town thereby contributing in a positive manner to the overall appearance of the Middlebury community.

2017 State of the Town Address by Town Manager Mary Cripe

It is my honor, as your Town Manager, to present the Middlebury State of the Town Address. This evening is a special opportunity to present the successes that we shared as a Town last year and the new things anticipated to be in the up and coming year. Thank you for joining us tonight, as many of the accomplishments that we will discuss are in large part due to our wonderful community. Middlebury has been blessed with great Town Council members for many years, and because of the great stewardship, Middlebury is financially sound. Read the rest of the address.

Event Registration Details:

Seating is limited. RSVP online today! Or, download paper form HERE.

Town Manager Mary Cripe will deliver a State of the Town address on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner. The dinner will be held at Northridge High School’s cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Town Departments and Chamber businesses will have displays and information available both before and after the State of the Town Address. The public is invited to stop by the table displays and get to know some of Middlebury’s finest employees and companies.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Business Expo opens at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Address at 6:30 p.m.

Northridge High School
56779 Northridge Drive
Middlebury, IN 46540
**Park in the Natatorium or Auditorium lots and enter door #21 or #15.

Volunteer of the Year
Business Beautification Award

No registrations or payments will be taken at the door. No refunds. Deadline to register is March 3. Register online HERE. Or download a paper form HERE.

Major credit card or check. Please remit payment as soon as possible upon registering.

$38 per person
$225 for a table of 6
$150 Business Expo booth (Chamber members only. Includes 2 dinner tickets.)

Member businesses are invited to showcase their organization and products/services with an exhibit booth at the event. The Business Expo provides your company the opportunity to get in front of top-level executives from all over Elkhart County.

Call the chamber at 574-825-4300 or email



Our 12th Annual Member Dinner & Business Expo took place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Essenhaus Conference Center.

Our guest speaker, Michael Garty, from Lippert Components, Inc. shared about leadership and how to live out of identity with values driven purpose toward vision.

Dana and Nelda Snider were recognized as the Chamber’s volunteers of the year and Meadow Valley Golf Course received the beautification award.

View the full program HERE. Read the Elkhart Truth article HERE.