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Networking & Educational Programs

Connecting you with the right people.

Is networking a strategic element of your business plan? If it isn’t, it should be. 1si’s networking programs help members make new professional and personal connections. Our programs include breakfast networking for early birds and evening sessions for members who prefer not to wake up quite so early. Get ready to network!

For information on the 1si’s networking and educational programs, contact us at 

8 O'Clock Network

Are you looking for a memorable way to network? Our 8 O’clock breakfast program, which meets every other month, attracts 50+ business professionals, all looking for connections. The program takes place on the second Thursday of the meeting month from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Preregistration provides you the opportunity to present your business commercial to the entire room.

Price: Free for 1si members and $25 for general admission to each session.

5 O’Clock Network

Hosted by 1si members, the 5 O’Clock Network is our most popular monthly event, attracting up to 150 business professionals. Members can enjoy good food and entertainment while networking with local business influencers, offering word-of-mouth exposure, name recognition and branding opportunities. Bring plenty of business cards and don’t miss out on your next connection.

Price: Free for 1si members and $25 for general admission to each session.

12 @ 12

The 12 @ 12 is an opportunity for invited members to have lunch with the 1si CEO and president. It is an exchange of ideas focusing on the benefits of membership as well as any topic members feel 1si should address.

Advocacy Forums

Advocacy Forums are hosted by One Southern Indiana along with partner organizations, bringing authoritative speakers before an audience of business and government leaders to discuss the needs of the community. The Advocacy Forums regularly attract 75-100 attendees.

Ambassadors Program

The 1si Ambassador program affords the participants the opportunity to act as the front line representatives for 1si at public and chamber sponsored events/activities. Ambassadors assist in the promotion, volunteer support and development of various chamber sponsored events. As an Ambassador, volunteers reach out to welcome new members as well as check up on current members through visits and phone calls, allowing them to meet a variety of people.

CEO Roundtables

A confidential forum where CEOs can share experiences and seek advice on the unique challenges of being a CEO.  This is an opportunity to bond with fellow CEOs, to share ideas, and hear from invited subject matter experts on a variety of specialized topics.

Chairman's Advisory Council

The Chairman’s Advisory Council launched in 2013 and consists of a series of quarterly events designed to bring together 1si’s Champion, Lead and Advocacy Investors, as well as the organization’s president and CEO, chairman and chairman-elect.  The purpose is to give these investors a deeper understanding of economic development efforts at 1si.

Leads Groups

There are currently three Leads groups with the sole purpose of gathering together, making connections and sharing referrals or leads.   Only allowing one member from each industry designation, the goal of each member is to generate and share qualified leads. These meetings will help you understand other members better and with whom they are looking to do business.

Maximize Your Membership

Maximize Your Membership (formerly known as New Member Orientations) provide members with information on the leadership, advocacy agenda, networking opportunities, volunteer involvement and professional development available from 1si.  The meeting also allows new members to meet the business resources staff, receive any help they may need with the website log-on and passwords and learn the benefits of 1si membership.

The Mentoring Program

The Mentoring Program is a distinctive, structured, but informal, opportunity that partners young professionals within 1si with seasoned business professionals based on a variety of characteristics. Mentees benefit from experienced, professional advice and have the foundation for a lasting relationship with a business leader. Mentors enhance the Southern Indiana professional community by serving as role models, coaches and advisers to our local talent as they consider how best to apply and advance their professional and personal goals.

Metro Manufacturing Alliance

With more than 65 members participating, the Metro Manufacturing Alliance (MMA) is a unique membership group designed by manufacturers for manufactures. Manufacturing managers from the region have the opportunity to meet monthly with their peers to discuss a variety of topics, specifically of interest to the industry.  In addition, the MMA hosts a number of round tables for individuals in manufacturing with specific job responsibilities such as the MMA CEO Roundtable, the MMA Human Resources Roundtable and others.

Non-profit Round table

A confidential forum where top management from our non-profit members can share experiences and seek advice on the unique challenges of being a charitable organization.  This is an opportunity to bond with fellow management members of regional non-profit organizations, to share ideas, and hear from invited subject matter experts on a variety of specialized topics.

Sales & Marketing Success

Want more sales? Looking for inexpensive but effective ways to get the word out? If the answer is “yes” then this is the place to be! This free program features experts in sales and marketing who share their recipes for success in today’s business market. Boost your profitability by joining us!

Location and time varies.

Price: Free to 1si Members and $25 general admission to each session.

YP 1si

Young professionals are the future of our community.  This program supports young professionals who work within the 1si membership. Created to help future leaders become more actively engaged, this program provides a voice for young leaders while offering the millennial generation opportunities to interact with one another, gain professional development, receive feedback, acquire insight and procure the tools to succeed in their respective careers and community roles. Along with free quarterly roundtable and speaker series, e-newsletter, and endorsed 1si events, YP 1si offers young 1si members the chance to be mentored by seasoned professionals through a formal program.

Price: Free for 1si members and $25 for general admission to each session.