• NIDIA Member GovParts, LLC Achieves Milestones

    Fort Wayne business and NIDIA member GovParts, LLC, has achieved recent milestones to help solidify its position as a top defense contract manufacturer and broker, including becoming HUBZone Certified by the SBA, and Higher Quality Certified by the U.S. Defense Contract Management Agency. The firm is owned by Northeast Indiana SBDC clients James L. Jackson and Chad M. Ross, who serve as mentors to many Hoosier small businesses seeking to work in defense contract manufacturing.

    For details on the milestones, please read the press release here

  • Ivy Tech Apprenticeship Grant/Opportunities

    Ivy Tech was on a team that was awarded a $5.9M grant from the United States Government focused on apprenticeships.

    NIDIA supported the award of this grant:

    “The Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA) strongly supports the American Association of Port Authorities Strong, Secure National Ports and Supply Chain (SNaPS) proposal to create cybersecurity apprenticeship programs. NIDIA will consider partnering with Ivy Tech Community College of lndiana’s Fort Wayne Campus (Ivy Tech Fort Wayne) and the American Association of Port Authorities to create and implement cybersecurity apprenticeships in the Northeast Indiana defense industry. NIDIA member industries may also host apprenticeships as part of the programs. ”

    View more detail on the Apprenticeship Opportunities, view the following PowerPoint presentation:

  • Luncheon with General Arnold W. Bunch next Wed. (10/21/20)

    Don’t miss this opportunity! Join us next Wed, October 21, 2020 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm for a luncheon and conversation with Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

    During this event, General Bunch will present the mission of the Air Force Materiel Command; talk about his long and distinguished career in Air Force Operations, Flight Test and Acquisition; provide his thoughts on the future of the Air Force in the digital age and conclude with his views on leadership. Following his presentation, guests will be encouraged to ask questions.

    NIDIA Members are eligible for two (2) FREE tickets per member company!

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend Gen. Bunch’s presentation. Ceruti’s is following the required state guidelines for social distancing and sanitation. A copy of their written policy is available upon request. However, for any of you who do not quite yet feel comfortable or feel you are currently at high risk, we would understand if you prefer to stay back. We want all to feel comfortable as we transition back to some normality.

    Lunch will be provided.


    Ceruti’s Catering, Inc. in the Diamond Ballroom
    6601 Innovation Boulevard
    Fort Wayne, IN 46818

    This event is hosted in collaboration with the Northeast Indiana Defense Industry Association (NIDIA)the Northeast Indiana Base Community Council (NIBCC) and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

    For additional information and to register, visit our event page here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/121725132147

  • IVY Tech and ACCELerate Apprenticeship Programs

    A strong workforce requires that workers have the skills, experience and credentials employers demand. Apprenticeship programs can help you with all of these needs!

    Ivy Tech Community College has partnered with the American Association of Port Authorities ACCELerate Apprenticeships, to help industry learn more about apprenticeship and how it can benefit their workforce.

    An Apprenticeship program consists of Related Technical Training and On The Job Learning that allows the apprentice to gain skills, while obtaining experience that leads to a credential.

    Join us for an informational session to ask questions and learn more about Apprenticeships or how IVY Tech and ACCELerate can help you with your Workforce Training needs.

    When: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at 3:30 pm (EDT)
    Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting (https://ivytech.zoom.us/j/97623412324)

    This meeting will be recorded. If you can not attend, please contact us and we will be happy to send you the recording!

    For more information or for any questions, contact:

    Kaylene M Smith
    Director of Apprenticeship and Work-Based Learning at IVY Tech
    Phone: (260) 480-4318
    Email: ksmith807@ivytech.edu

  • State of Indiana Grant – Employer Training Reimbursement 4.0

    NIDIA Members – the following information and attachment was provided by Kim Tempel at Northeast Indiana Works. Her contact information is below.

    From Kim:

    Click here for a flyer that outlines details of the program expansion including the temporary changes, thanks to the Rapid Recover for a Better Future Initiative funded by the CARES Act.  Here are some important pieces to highlight:

    • Employers may apply or reapply by visiting www.nextleveljobs.org, or have them e-mail me directly, if they have been issued an agreement this last program year (July 1, 2019 – March 30, 2020).  I encourage you to apply quickly!  Let’s keep Northeast Indiana #1 of employers benefiting from this program!
    • Previous program years, the funding required a 6 month retention prior to eligibility for reimbursement.  This has been waived!  Employers approved for training reimbursement may submit an invoice after the trainee has completed 40 hours of training.
    • Invoices submitted by employers for reimbursement must be submitted for processing by November 30 (this is the Monday after Thanksgiving so my person suggestion would be to have the invoices submitted prior to the company contact leaving for Thanksgiving break).  If not submitted by this deadline, it is highly likely that their reimbursement won’t be processed and will not get reimbursed.
    • Reimbursable amount available to employers is temporarily increased to $100,000.  The max reimbursement per person remains $5,000.

    Please let me know how I may be able to assist or help answer any questions.

    Kim Tempel
    Sr. Director of Business Services/Human Resources
    Northeast Indiana Works