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Next Level Jobs webinar – learn about Employer Training Grants

Next Level Jobs: An Inside Look for local Chamber of Commerce members

Join us for a webinar on Jun 07, 2018 at 10:30 AM EDT or June 13 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Join staff leaders from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to take a look at the new Next Level Jobs initiative recently launched by Governor Eric Holcomb. This webinar is being offered exclusively for members of local Chambers of Commerce throughout Indiana. The program will break down the various components of the Employer Training Grants and touch on Workforce Ready Grants. Among the highlights will be how employers can be reimbursed up to $5,000 per employee (and up to $50,000 total) for your training programs. IMPORTANT: If the date and time do not work for your schedule, we encourage everyone interested to still register. All who register will receive a link to a recording of the program.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Register now

What’s happening at 21 North Eatery & Cellar


Closed Monday 
11am-9pm Tuesday-Thursday
11am-11pm Friday & Saturday
10am-2pm Sunday Brunch

Winesday (Wednesday) 1/2 Price Bottle

Each Wednesday, from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, we will offer a selection of wines at 1/2 price.  *Re-cork fee $1.

May 15th 

Wine Pairing Event: Presenting – Hopwood Cellars Winery

Delighted to have Ron Hopwood of Hopwood Cellars Winery join us for a delicious pairing from Chef Matthew Harakal with the full-flavored wines selected especially for this – Pairing One Dinner. Seating is limited and Reservations are required by purchasing your tickets in advance. Stop by or call with your credit card to secure your tickets today!

21 N. Jefferson St.

Martinsville, IN

(765) 315-0767

Next Level Jobs provides over $5 million to Hoosier Employers for Job Training

INDIANAPOLIS (May 4, 2018) – In less than one year, Indiana’s Next Level Jobs initiative has obligated $5.2 million in funds to 247 employers for training almost 2,300 Hoosiers around the state in six high-demand industry sectors.

Gov. Holcomb today shared these milestones, as well as plans to enhance the Next Level Jobs’ employer
training grant, at a roundtable discussion and tour of Custom Concrete in Westfield. Custom Concrete is one of the Indiana companies actively participating in a program to receive Next Level Jobs funds for training new employees.

“We’re seeing firsthand today the ways Next Level Jobs is working for Indiana employers,” Gov. Holcomb said. “The feedback we’ve received from businesses has been overwhelmingly positive and useful. They’re helping us identify ways the Next Level Jobs initiative can be stronger and put more Hoosiers to work in better-paying jobs faster.”

Based on employer feedback, Indiana will double the funds available per employee trained from $2,500 to $5,000 and increase the total amount available per employer from $25,000 to $50,000. This funding is made available to participating employers through reimbursement for employees who are trained and retained for at least six months.

Other changes will be incorporated to streamline and make the Next Level Jobs’ employer training grant
easier for employers to use. Among those changes, the state will open the grant for employers to include not only new employees but also existing employees who receive training that leads to increased work
responsibilities and higher wages. All changes are effective immediately.

“The response from employers to the Next Level Jobs initiative has been tremendous, with nearly 600
applications received,” said Fred Payne, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “These new enhancements expand opportunities for more Hoosiers to begin a new career in a high-demand field and for current employees to skill-up right where they are for a better paying job.”

The employer training grant is a part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Jobs initiative, which launched in August 2017. The initiative also includes funding to cover the full cost of tuition for individual Hoosiers who want to earn a credential and secure a better job.

Both employers and everyday Hoosiers can apply for these funds in a five-minute application at

Subscribe to Morgan County Community Concerts Association today

Morgan County Community Concerts Association is in its annual membership drive (April 12 – May 31, 2018).

For the 2018-2019 season there will be five live performances in our series – BrassFire on September 20, 2018, Cashore Marionettes on November 4, 2018 (matinee presentation), Tapestry on February 12, 2019, Indiana Wind Symphony on March 27, 2019, and Jersey Tenors on April 27, 2019.  Adult tickets are $50 for all concerts (that’s only $10 per concert!).  A family (2 adults and children under 18) can go to all concerts for only $95.00.  Tickets are $30 at the door.  You can subscribe online at or talk with a board member.

Re-entry Job Fair on July 20th – Employers reserve your free space soon

Morgan County Substance Abuse Council is holding a Re-Entry Job Fair on July 20th from 1 pm to 7 pm at the Morgan County Administration Building. If you are an employer that would like the opportunity to be a part of this job fair to connect with individuals looking to re-enter the workforce or searching for improved job opportunities, please contact Kristinia Love at to reserve your free space.

Youth Connections to hold fundraiser on June 6th

Youth Connections will be holding its 10th Annual Breakfast of Champions on Wednesday, June 6th from 7:30 a.m. -9:30 a.m. The event will take place at Compass Park Community Center – 690 State Street in Franklin.

First Financial Bank is the Platinum sponsor of this year’s event, Youth Connections largest fundraiser each year.  Gold and silver sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are $65.

This year’s keynote speaker is Shawn Harper, former NFL player, author and CEO.  Shawn Harper is living proof that anyone can win in business and life.  His story is compelling and a true fairytale. The 2018 “Youth Worker of the Year” will also be presented.

Kim Shell, Youth Connections board president said, “Everyone is invited to this event.  It’s always exciting and this year will be even more so as we will be ‘Going back Through the Looking Glass’ over Youth Connections 42-year history and successes”. 

Youth Connections, a 501(c)-3 non-profit, provides services in Johnson, Brown and Morgan Counties through its Children’s Visitation Center, Families in Transition, Custody Evaluations, Safe Place/Host Home and Jumpstart mentoring programs.  Youth Connections also educates businesses and community members on human trafficking through its Speakers Bureau.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jamie Perry at or 317-738-3273.

It’s Maggie Bag time!

Our initial sales offering for the coveted MAGGIE BAG is coming! Join us for an Open House on Thurs. May 24, from 3 – 7:00 p.m. See the Maggie Bag production area. Tour the Magdalene House women’s shelter. Purchase a Maggie Bag or place an order for one custom made for you. Price: $29.99 / bag. Location: Lynay Center – 210 W Morgan St. in Martinsville. Open to the public.

Maggie Bags are reversible, functional over the shoulder bags made from lightweight canvas in decorator fabric. This is a sustainability project of Stability First – teaching skills and earning income to support our efforts.



May 6-12 is National Travel & Tourism Week

Morgan County celebrates local tourism industry.

Martinsville, Ind. – National Travel and Tourism Week is scheduled for May 6-12, 2018. This annual week-long celebration was first observed in 1983 when it was created by a Congressional resolution. The event serves to champion the power of the travel and tourism industry both nationally and locally, helping to promote the impactful economic contributions of the industry. This year’s nationwide theme is “Travel Then and Now.”

This is a particularly poignant theme for Morgan County with so much redevelopment taking place in downtown Martinsville. Watching our historic downtown come back to life with new businesses is generating excitement among locals and visitors. This National Travel and Tourism Week, we appreciate the opportunity to both reflect on the area’s past heritage as a destination and also look forward to growing our tourism industry into the future.

Nationally, tourism is one of the largest industries in the U.S., generating more than $2 trillion each year and supporting over 15 million jobs. One in every nine American jobs is tourism-related. Tourism is also an important part of the economy in Indiana, where 77 million visitors spend more than $11 billion each year. The tenth largest industry in the state, tourism accounts for more than 150,000 jobs across Indiana, many of them in small businesses. In fact, if travelers stopped visiting Indiana, each household in the state would have to pay nearly $550 in additional taxes to make up the difference in state and local tax revenues.

Here in Morgan County, visitors spend about $25 million each year and support more than 450 local jobs. Of every dollar spent in Morgan County by visitors, 70 cents stays in the local economy. That’s new money added to our local economy that wasn’t here before, helping to grow our local businesses with minimal impact on local infrastructure and services.

Visit Morgan County invites all area residents to Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard, by getting out to explore the attractions and experiences available right here in Morgan County. Residents can have fun, enjoy many of the benefits of traveling, and become better ambassadors for their community all at the same time. Local “tourists” are invited to explore for upcoming event information and other great ideas for things to do right here in Morgan County.

Residents are encouraged to stop by the Visitors Center, located inside The Main Connection at 460 S. Main Street in Martinsville, during business hours. A recently published Morgan County Visitors Guide is now available, and they’ll also find additional information on local things to do as well as information about attractions and upcoming events across the state. A few lucky locals will be randomly chosen throughout the week to receive a FREE drink from Maggie’s at the Main during National Tourism Week, courtesy of Visit Morgan County. The coffee bar is located inside The Main Connection, along with the Visitors Center and the Martinsville Chamber of Commerce, offering visitors a convenient place for refreshments as they learn more about the area. For residents unable to stop by the Visitors Center during the week, the building and coffee bar will be open on Saturdays this summer during the Morgan County Farmers Market.

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Visit Morgan County promotes all of Morgan County as a travel destination in order to
grow the economic impact of the tourism industry and support local business.