Welcome to the sixth edition of CANI Connections. You're receiving this message because of your relationship with CANI. This e-mail is designed to inform you of events and relevant news from the agency, in between issues of our hard copy newsletter, CANI Chronicles (published 6 times a year.)

We always try to keep things fresh, so this month, we have added a new feature: "CED Corner." This column is designed to keep you updated regarding the work of the Community Economic Development Department.

Thank you for your interest and happy reading!

CED Corner

Two local business people graduated from Foundations Sept. 22. Foundations is an eight-week business planning course for individuals who want to start or expand their own business. The course provides basic tools, information, practice, access to financing and support groups to help achieve that goal.

Edith Carranza of A.S.J.Cleaning and Terence Kendrick (above left) of T&D Mobile Meats are the program's newest graduates. Carranza operates a residential and commercial cleaning business and Kendrick is a purveyor of frozen meats. Both have dreams of expanding their business through the knowledge acquired through the course.

We wish them the best as they embark on the next chapter of their businesses! The next Foundations course is scheduled for 2012. Stay posted for details! For more information about Foundations, see our Web site.

Don't Get Left Out in the Cold!

Winter means coats, hats, gloves...and unfortunately higher energy costs. Fortunately CANI is able to help lessen the burden of high electric or gas bills.  The agency is making appointments for energy assistance for all of its offices in Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, and Whitley counties. See our Web site for an application and details on needed documents..

An Easy Way to Make the World A Better Place

Did you know you can make the world a better place by leaving a charitable gift (called a bequest) in your Will to your favorite charity? You can. Anyone can.

You don’t have to be fabulously wealthy to leave a charitable bequest. You just have to have a cause you care about and want to support.

CANI has signed up to be a partner in the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana’s “WRITE A WILL” week. Through the generosity of volunteer attorneys, donors can meet with a lawyer and have a simple will prepared for free if a bequest to a charity is included in the will. 

If you would like to make an appointment to meet with a lawyer at CANI during the week of November 14 – 18, please call Jennifer Renner, (260) 399-4103.


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