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Posted by: Steve Kimmel 1 week ago

Shown in the photo above are entrepreneurs Amber and Justin Miller, owners of BroxonBerry, Markle, and below is Michael Siemer, president & CEO of Sortera Alloys. Both Amber Miller and Siemer will talk about their respective businesses at the Entrepreneurial Leadership ‘Meet & Greet’ on Monday, May 20, at the Markle Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse Street, Markle.

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Council, a committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, will hold its fourth entrepreneurial ‘Meet & Greet’ on Monday, May 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Church of Christ, 455 E. Morse Street, Markle.

Michael Siemer

The gathering will feature guest speakers Michael Siemer, president & CEO, Sortera Alloys, and Amber Miller, owner of BroxonBerry.

Siemer will discuss how Sortera Alloys brings state-of-the-art artificial intelligence, image/data analytics and advanced sensors to the industrial scrap metal recycling and re-use industry.

Siemer says, “This disruptive technology drives new paradigms by generating new high purity recycling products through advanced industrial scale sortation methods. Creating high purity recycled and up-cycled metal feedstocks from existing scrap streams enables the domestic supply of metals and alloys ready for use in high-quality domestic manufacturing, boosting the strength of the circular economy. Sortera’s vision is to enable 100% reuse of metals recovered from end-of-life products for manufacturing of similar products.

The second speaker for the evening will be Amber Miller. Amber and her husband, Justin, own a small farm called BroxonBerry. Amber started BroxonBerry in 2016 with the vision of replacing her full-time job that did not allow time for family. Since then, in 2021, the farm had grown too large for Amber to handle by herself, so Justin happily stepped away from his full-time job to join in on the full-time farm life and has not looked back since.

BroxonBerry is a certified naturally grown produce farm with online ordering options for on-farm pickup or delivery. They offer a wide range of fresh produce, but focus mainly on leafy greens, roots and herbs, all while meeting the requirements for their CNG certification. They grow produce for local restaurants, grocery stores and the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) Farmer’s Market, plus a weekly box order on the farm, and they do it all on .4 acre of land. Their mission is to supply locals with delicious and nutritious produce nine months out of the year.

The couple says, “What keeps us going is our customer feedback. The job is not always unicorns and rainbows, but hearing how what they grow has affected someone in one way or another, that is a powerful motivator.”

If you are an entrepreneur, aspiring entrepreneur, own your own business, thinking about starting a business or simply interested in learning more about growing entrepreneurial wealth in Huntington County, this gathering is for you. If you would like to attend this get-together reply to skimmel@alineat.net. There is no cost to attend, but you must RSVP as the Chamber needs to know how many will be attending. Food will be catered by Nadean’s Cakes/Cookies/Catering, Markle.