Chamber tasting, networking event returns


Taste of Business/Made in Noblesville will return for its 20th year March 11. The event runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites and Conference Center, 13700 Conference Center Dr. South.

“It began over at the 4-H Fairgrounds in their exhibit hall,” chamber President Bob DuBois said. “The business community was gathering as a business-to-business event, and about six years ago, we started thinking about opening it up a little bit more and inviting the general public to join us.”

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Jeff Zeckel of Zeck’s Barbeque and More serves a sample of mac-and-cheese at a previous Taste of Business/Made in Noblesville event. (File photo by Anna Skinner)

The business-to-consumer dynamic works well for the event.

“A lot of our businesses are focused on business-to-consumer, and it gives them a chance to interact with the people in Noblesville,” DuBois said.

The Made in Noblesville portion was added four years ago and provides attendees a behind-the-scenes glance at Noblesville companies. The Noblesville Economic Development Dept. partnered with the chamber to offer that portion of the event.

“(Attendees) learn what (the businesses) make and how they make it and what type of jobs and careers are available,” DuBois said. “There’s usually half a dozen to a dozen manufacturers there, and it has been received really well.”

Approximately 20 restaurants will offer samples. Several businesses also will offer food or beverage samples.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Advance-sale tickets can be purchased at the following location: STAR Financial Bank, 9480 E. 146th St.; Farmers Bank, 16940 Clover Rd.; and Ginger’s Café, 1111 S. 10th St.

There will be entertainment and giveaways at the event. Several local artisans will display their wares and interact with the business community. For more, visit