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Open house for Black Chamber

The Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce is hosting an open house at its new location, 1832 Paulding Road, on the city’s southeast side. The event is 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

During the open house, leaders will share with the public new goals for the organization and review the nonprofit’s accomplishments to date.

“We have a five-year plan to serve and help businesses grow through our organization, and we’ve been on track,” chamber officials said in a news release.

John Dortch, the chamber’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the new headquarters location will help Black Chamber members accomplish their mission, “To promote, encourage, and provide programs and services which will contribute to economic development and growth of African-American businesses throughout the Allen County area.”

Barnes & Noble to make tablets with Samsung

Barnes & Noble says that it is teaming up with Samsung to develop Nook tablets.

The deal will allow the bookseller to focus on developing its Nook digital software and away from building its own tablets.

The device will be a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with Nook’s digital reading software already on it. The tablet will be available at Barnes & Noble’s 700 U.S. stores in early August. A price for the device will be announced then.

Barnes & Noble says it will continue to make and sell its $99 Nook GlowLight e-readers and provide customer support.

Samís Club to offer card with microchip

Sam’s Club said it will become the first mass retailer in the U.S. to offer a credit card using a fraud-deterring microchip.

The warehouse club, owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said last week the card will be co-branded with MasterCard and will be available this month.

Visa and MasterCard are pushing for the adoption of credit cards that use microchips rather than the black magnetic strips found on most cards. The card processors say microchips have helped reduce fraud elsewhere, including in Canada, Mexico and most of Western Europe.

ING to seek separate listing for insurance arm

ING Groep NV says it is proceeding with a plan to move its remaining insurance operations into a separately listed company, NN Group.

The Dutch bank and insurance group has no choice under an agreement with European regulators to compensate for having received state aid during the 2008 financial crisis.

ING did not set a date for the offering in a statement Thursday morning, but implied it would be finished this year. It said the independent NN Group would pay shareholders a dividend for the second half of 2014.

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