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The Rules of Risk and Return Lessons from the roulette table I am grateful that we live in the third largest gaming state in the United States, because I can think of no better way to describe entrepreneurial risk than using the game of roulette as an analogy. Placing a bet on a business venture is a lot like placing a bet at the table game, except it can take significantly longer for the ball to drop. For those who may not have first-hand experience at the casino or watch a lot of gambling movies, with roulette a ball spins around a wheel that is also spinning at fairly high speed until the two slow and it drops into a slot. The slots are numbered from 1 to 36 and alternate between red and black colors. To give the house its odds, there are also two other slots the ball can fall in—0 and 00, both of which are green instead of red or black.

The Safe Bet One “safe” bet would be to put half of your chips on the space marked red and the other half on the space marked black (conversely, you could also choose odd and even). Both of these spots match wins with the same amount you bet. Thus if the ball falls

into one of the 18 slots with a red number, the losses from betting on black would be offset by the wins on red and the diversification covers the loss. In the entrepreneurial world, this would be equivalent to buying franchises in well-established chains; the business plans have been written and the formula has repeatedly proven successful so the risk is lessened (as can be the payout). The problem is that there is never a surefire guarantee of success and even in this scenario there is a 2-in-38 chance of the ball dropping in a green slot and you losing it all. That 5% chance could represent the franchise failing, the location proving less than desirable, employees running off customers, or almost any of a plethora of possibilities for ruin. A higher return is possible by betting only on a set of twelve numbers (either in numerical order such as 1-12 or in a “column” such as 1, 4, 7, etc.). If the ball falls into one of the twelve numbers bet on, the payout is 2-to-1. In the business world, this would be analogous to loaning money to a startup; you’re taking a debt position and can charge a higher rate of interest than is possible with a more established firm—even requiring

collateral to secure the loan when possible. The risk comes in that the startup may go completely under and have assets that have no real value to anyone else. In roulette, those 2-to-1 odds are offset by the fact that 26 (not 24) slots aren’t covered. Instead of betting on a column, it is possible to bet on a row and transform that 2-to-1 return into 11-to-1. A row consists of three numbers (1-3, 4-6, etc.) and a corresponding bet in industry would be to move from loaning a startup money to taking an equity stake in an existing one. By waiving collateral and other protections afforded by a debt versus equity agreement, the gamble becomes a great deal riskier. To offset that, instead of getting a good return on your money, you now hope to be compensated far more by reaping a sizable percentage of the profits. The danger rests in the scarcity of startups that become successful enough to quickly turn a profit and sustain it.

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The reason the house stays in business is because the odds are always in its favor. The table below shows the bets discussed in this article, what the payout is (if you pick correctly), and what it would need to be in order to break even—the difference between the two being the house’s advantage:




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on this bet is great at 17-to-1, but the odds of being successful are only 5.26%, a percentage that almost mirrors the success rate for many startups (with variations existing for industry, management experience, resources, and so on).


It doesn’t take much to see how this analogy can be used for all aspects of the startup—there can be losses in the beginning, but you can win at the table if you have enough capital to stay in the game past one or two spins—but what is here is enough to bring up the most important of all questions: if the odds always favor the house, why does anyone play? The answer is because of the number to the left of the colon in any payout equation. Though there is only a 5% chance of success, the 17-to-1 payout can be found few other places than in business and it is the successes that far outweigh the failures in memory and in lore. HCBM

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When Corruption is Tolerated Do we give a break to large corporations? Last November I presented the keynote address at an international business conference in Thailand. My speech, titled “Unethical Behavior: Rational Choice or Irrational Blunders?” introduced common cognitive decision-making errors humans make that can lead to unethical outcomes. I will be presenting a similar version of the speech again in April at the Indiana State University 2013 Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Conference (http://indstate.edu/ethics). After my address, a dean of one of the schools at the university made the point that many Thai people put up with a certain degree of corruption in their society partially as a result of their Buddhist beliefs. Buddhists believe that there is suffering in life, that suffering comes from desire or aversion, and the way out of suffering is to eliminate the desire or aversion. He contended that this tenet of Buddhism manifests itself in the common societal belief that unless there is a fight worth winning, why take up arms? Therefore, certain levels of corruption are tolerated. After the conference I had dinner with a former Buddhist monk and current professor of public policy at Chiang Mai University, who concurred that there are many in Thai society who tolerate a high degree of corruption as a result of the passivity of their beliefs. I thought this quite strange and wholly unique to Asian culture, presuming such a notion would be unacceptable in American society. Until I returned home!

Three Examples In December of last year the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) secured a $1.92 billion payment from HSBC to settle charges that the banking giant transferred billions of dollars for nations under United States sanctions, facilitated Mexican drug cartels to launder tainted money through the American financial system, and worked closely with Saudi Arabian banks linked to terrorist organizations. No criminal charges were brought in this case. Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General and head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, defended the decision to opt for a settlement rather than seeking an indictment against the bank, calling the action “a very just, very real and very powerful result.” 8

In January a federal judge in New Orleans approved an agreement between BP and the Justice Department for the company to plead guilty to 14 criminal charges and pay $4 billion in penalties for the 2010 oil well blowout and spill in the Gulf of Mexico that left 11 workers dead and fouled hundreds of miles of shoreline. None of the 14 criminal charges were against persons. Another shocking revelation came on the January 22, 2013, PBS documentary show FRONTLINE titled “The Untouchables” (pbs.org/frontline). The show documented evidence of rampant fraud perpetrated by several large Wall Street financial firms during the subprime lending fiasco that resulted in the recent financial crisis and great recession. When questioned by correspondent Martin Smith about why there have been no criminal prosecutions initiated against any of these Wall Street companies in regards to the financial crisis, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer defended the department’s approach to prosecutions by stating: “If I bring a case against an institution, and as a result of bringing that case, there’s some huge economic effect—if it creates a ripple effect so that suddenly, counterparties and other financial institutions or other companies that had nothing to do with this are affected badly—it’s a factor we need to know and understand.”

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lican who is a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that the settlements that had taken place were “disproportionately low,” and that the questionable Department of Justice philosophy focused on the potential economic effects (instead of legal evidence) that high-profile prosecutions may lead to caused them to be concerned that Wall Street banks received preferential treatment.

Double Standard Further confirming that there exists a different standard of corporate criminal justice for large U.S. corporations is the 2012 report, The Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Organizations at Twenty Years, issued by the Ethics Resource Center’s Independent Advisory Group. In a clearly worded statement in the report, the review panel identified this issue as a major challenge to the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Challenge 1: There are few FSGO cases involving large companies because criminal cases against bigger corporate defendants are largely being detoured around the judges for whom the Sentencing Guidelines were intended.

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When persons involved in corporate criminal wrongdoing are not prosecuted to the full extent of the law it presents a moral hazard. And it is no stretch in logic to assume that large corporations look at monetary settlements of criminal charges paid to the Department of Justice as merely a cost of doing business. Does this all allude to a phenomenon in our free enterprise system of permissible corruption—especially for decision makers at the largest of corporations? Is our justice system now recognizing corporations that are “too big to jail”? Does our society—that normally condemns corruption wherever and whenever it is found—now tolerate a degree of corruption based on a premise of “for the greater good”? In my opinion, this is scary stuff! HCBM Dr. William J. Wilhelm teaches business ethics and social responsibility management at the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. Reach him at wwilhelm@indstate.edu. April • May 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine



Charles Waldo, PhD

Using “Wonder Words” to Improve Performance “I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” (Attributed to early-1900’s steel magnate Charles M. Schwab) How do you feel about Schwab’s observation? Studies and experience consistently affirm it. For most employees the primary factors that motivate them to show up regularly, put forth a solid effort, and look for improvements are NOT what some managers and executives think. It is clear most employees work best when: • Their efforts and good results are recognized and appreciated. • Their work is meaningful to them and they believe they are making a genuine contribution. • They have some flexibility and control over their work environment. • Their ideas and suggestions are genuinely listened to and, even better, acted on. • They are growing and learning new skills. • Their work matches “who they are” psychologically. • They have some—but not too much— challenge and variety in their work. • They are encouraged to do high quality work AND are given the tools to do so.

ployees to high and consistent levels of performance. While this may be true of very high commission and bonus jobs, most employees are paid at a “going market rate” for their type of position and, if they believe they are being paid equitably, the above “soft side motivators” take over. However, paying at the low end of the wage scale usually becomes a de-motivator and can override those factors.

• Strong leadership clearly knows where the organization is going.

• Be honest and sincere or the employee will see through you.

• Their workplace is safe, both physically and psychologically.

• Be specific about the reason for your praise.

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• Be careful about recognition in public. While some employees love the spotlight, others might be very shy and get embarrassed. Know your people.

• For work team special achievements, bring in donuts, pizzas, subs, etc. for a celebration lunch or coffee break. • Bosses are human, too. If your boss has done something special, give her some “wonder words.”

Being appreciated and recognized for both good efforts and good results are as effective motivational tools as any and more powerful than most. Consider using wonder words such as “Thank you,” “Great job,” “I’m so glad you are part of my team,” “I appreciate you,” “What would I ever do without you?,” “You are a wonder,” “You are a fine role model,” and so on. But there are “ways” and there are “ways” to use these words to best effect:

• They enjoy their fellow employees.

• They are treated fairly by their boss.

• Spread recognition around; avoid playing “favorites.”

• Remember and recognize employees’ birthdays, start anniversaries, or other special “mile markers.”

The primary factors that motivate most employees are NOT what some managers think.

• Just say them. Usually better in person, but if that’s not possible, via email or a note. And sooner rather than later.

• Don’t hand out praise too easily as the impact will lessen. But better a little too much praise than minimal or none.

• As urged in the best-selling classic, THE ONE MINUTE MANAGER (Blanchard and Johnson), always be trying to “catch employees doing things right,” then recognize ASAP.

• The same holds true for peers. When you see a colleague do something “extra,” give them a compliment and bring to the boss’ attention. • And don’t forget customers and suppliers. They pay the bills and provide the means of production. Neither should be taken for granted. None of the above actions takes much time or money. Just about everyone appreciates being appreciated but it doesn’t happen often enough. And two interesting things can happen when “wonder words” are passed out: The praise giver feels better about herself and the appreciation getter is more likely to compliment others. One compliment leads to another. A win-win outcome. “Wonder words” work wonders. With slight modifications, “wonder words” also work in the family, church, and other human settings. HCBM Dr. Charles Waldo is retired from Anderson University’s Falls Scool of Busines and can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

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Shining up Sheridan Design students generate ideas to renovate downtown building facades By Deb Buehler heridan is on the cusp of new opportunities and possibilities. Fifty years ago it was a thriving agricultural community with busy streets and vital businesses. The town’s buildings reflect the history and tradition of the community at its peak. With time and progress, though, Sheridan has lost some of its original luster. Last year, economic development potential inspired town leaders to join forces with Hamilton County and complete a vision study for the community’s future. “More than 80 people participated in a community meeting to learn more about the vision study,” explained Ali Malek, CEO of Malek Consulting, LLC. “It was just an introduction to how the town might be promoted.” While the crowd was large for the vision study presentation, more people have come forward to express their interest in what the future may look like for Sheridan.




For Malek, being involved in Sheridan’s growth and development is part of a natural progression of collaboration over the years. As a structural engineer and long-time resident of Hamilton County, Malek has been involved in other Sheridan projects. “I’ve always seen the potential and hidden beauty of this small community,” Malek stated. “The town and this project are working on bringing that hidden beauty to the forefront.”

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In the wake of the vision study, several volunteer teams were recruited to consider strategies for economic opportunities. Business leaders Geof Odle, Ali Malek, David Tudor, Regan Kercheval and Rocky Shanehsaz combined forces and expertise to form the Champion Team with the goal of maintaining Sheridan’s historical integrity while revitalizing the downtown. The first step was to explore the possibilities for 5 of Sheridan’s Main Street business facades. The community is committed to retaining its Main Street identity. With that in mind, the team began a conversation with Professor Wendy Puffer of Indiana Wesleyan University’s division of arts and interior design. Puffer proposed having her senior design students develop ideas for the facades. “Geof Odle, Ali Malek and Rocky Shanehsaz came to our classroom and described what they were looking for,” Puffer explained. “I wrote specific deliverables for the students and then we went to Sheridan to visit the community, meet people, take photographs and gather ideas.”


Students did research on materials for the building exteriors, exploring historical features as well as green building strategies. They researched the “business of each business” to develop ideas that were consistent with how the buildings are used. From removing dated awnings and boarded up windows to restoring historical structural features to adding rooftop gardens and

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living walls, the students came up with inspired new images for Main Street businesses.

She noticed details original to the structure that could be enhanced and strengthened. The north side of the building already has beautiful architectural details that could be carried around the corner to the east side. She suggested re-opening second floor windows that are currently boarded up, adding wrought iron railing around the roof top and using that space for an open-air restaurant. Ground level windows could be replaced with panoramic doors which could be opened during mild weather creating an indoor/outdoor dining experience. Rocky Shanehsaz explained that while most Main Street buildings are two stories tall, only 20 percent are occupied on the second floor. Improving the viability of that space is an important part of the vision. Armed with information and an understanding of the goals, Wesleyan students sought to take their ideas up to the second floor as well as across building store fronts. And, as their projects reflect, they understood that green strategies align perfectly with restoration, energy efficiency and the community’s agricultural history.

For example, Emily Smith suggested creating a sense of place for City Hall by restoring the structure’s original cornice. Columns on the street-front could be maintained while a brick veneer façade anchored by corrugated metal would create the space for a living wall. Smith pointed out that a living or green wall absorbs street sounds and naturally filters rainwater coming off the roof. Originally a car dealership, the city hall could incorporate original art deco details as elements reminiscent of its past. Holly Taylor worked on ideas for Casey’s Bar & Grill across the street.

cil. In the spirit of collaboration, the Team hopes to spark a conversation with Sheridan stakeholders and community organizations in order to identify a strategy and pursue resources for addressing many downtown concerns. “We want to maintain the heart and soul of Sheridan,” Regan Kercheval said at the town council meeting. “We want to embrace the American dream and make Sheridan vibrant for our children. We want to come up with all our assets and bring them together to make this community achieve.” HCBM

We want to maintain the heart and soul of Sheridan.

The Proposals At the end of the semester the students submitted their ideas in the form of presentation boards to the Champion Team. While the students were gaining a very real world experience for design, Sheridan gained ideas and strategies that may influence the future of Main Street.

Indiana Wesleyan design students Emily Smith, Chelsea Crawford, Tracy Helmus, Jonica Klein and Holly Taylor.

— Regan Kercheval

Stepping towards the future Because Sheridan is on the National Register of Historic Commercial Downtowns, it is important to find strategies for renovations that preserve that history while creating dynamic new features that will attract new businesses and visitors. Malek projects that restoring a few of the businesses will invite and inspire other development possibilities on Main Street. At the same time, the process will unfold with timing determined by the economy and a thoughtful respect for how the community sees itself growing. “We don’t want to rush,” Malek explained. “Gradual changes will ensure success.” The Champion Team recently shared these initial ideas with community members and the Sheridan Town Coun-

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Exit 210 attracting health industry By Mike Corbett Photos by Mark Lee

So it’s no surprise that two hospitals have been built in less than two years at Exit 210 on Interstate 69. The highway straddles the Noblesville/Fishers border there and it fills the bill: a major highway intersection in one of the fastest growing population areas in the state. Noblesville long ago targeted business and industry for development on its side of the highway, and Simon staked its claim to the retail market with Hamilton Town Center. But St.Vincent and IU Medical now anchor the Fishers side with full service hospitals. In April, St.Vincent is opening a new $49 million addition to its St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast. Named St.Vincent Fishers Hospital, the new facility adds 120 beds to the market, including two more operating rooms, 50 patient rooms and a state of the art birthing facility. The addition was built without tax incentives from the town, though the original hospital benefitted from a TIF (tax increment financing) district, designed to shift some infrastructure costs to the town as an economic development tool. 14

About a year and a half ago, IU Medical opened Saxony Hospital just down the street, a 42-bed specialty hospital focused on cardiovascular, orthopedics and emergency services. It served more than 26,000 outpatients last year, performed 500 surgeries and saw 5500 people in its emergency room. “We put together an aggressive plan for IU Health Saxony Hospital in a highly competitive market,” says Jonathan Goble, president & CEO, “and we are pleased with the success we have experienced in our first 15 months.”

surveyed the local population to see what medical services were in demand. Hospital administrator Gary Fammartino was impressed by the response: more than 400 surveys returned. The #1 need was emergency care, with convenient outpatient services a close second. But also figuring highly in the results

IU Health is also located in a TIF district and considers the town a partner. “The partnership between IU Health and the Town of Fishers is a truly unique and innovative one,” says Fishers Town Council President John Weingardt in a recent press release announcing a new initiative. IU bought an ambulance for the Fishers Fire Department and is providing a garage and on-site living quarters for emergency medical technicians. The deal is meant to reduce costs to taxpayers and improve response times.

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f you’re the only hospital around, people will find you. But if you are seeking to serve patients in a competitive, growing market where they have choices, it helps to be located in a population center near major highways.

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Administrator, St.Vincent Fishers Hospital

“We asked families what they wanted in a hospital. Now we’re excited to show you the result.” We are proud to introduce our neighbors to St.Vincent Fishers Hospital. Focused on wellness and prevention as well as medical treatment, St.Vincent Fishers Hospital includes: • 50 beautiful patient rooms, including 10 birthing suites where moms can labor, deliver and recover all in one room • More physicians providing expanded services and surgical procedures • A warm and inviting spa-like environment with many upgraded amenities We will also provide fast Er care, multi-service specialists in areas including orthopedics, cardiovascular and pediatrics, a physical therapy program, and more. Come see the new St.Vincent Fishers Hospital firsthand, we’re located just off I-69 at Exit 210.

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…we look forward to seeing what happens in the next 5-10 years. Mike Corbett

— Fishers Town Manager, Scott Fadness

care services filling in the empty lots between and around the two hospitals at Exit 210. IU has no current plans to expand but “we’ll continually gauge the healthcare needs of the community and will adjust our services to meet those identified needs as best as we can,” says Goble.

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Fishers Town Manager Scott Fadness knows of no other businesses seeking to build there but, he says, “we will

continue to leverage the natural assets that we have for the medical and technology sectors in that corridor.” Assets like proximity to I-69, infrastructure improvements such as the roundabout and Olio Rd. bridge, and the talented workforce living in the area. Adds Fadness “We think there is a tremendous amount of momentum in Saxony and we look forward to seeing what happens in the next 5-10 years.” HCBM

IU Saxony supplied Fishers with an on-site ambulance and EMT living quarters

Of course, wellness is driving many health care strategies these days, and St.Vincent is also expanding its wellness program with this new facility. The focus is on sustaining and improving health as opposed to treating maladies and disease. Among the innovations is a “navigator” program, designed to continue a patient’s treatment after he or she is discharged from the hospital, helping to control costs while maintaining a high level of care. “The goal is to prevent unnecessary readmissions and improve the quality of life,” says Fammartino. With plenty of land available, Fammartino expects to see related health 16


were behavioral health and stress management services. The new hospital was designed specifically to meet the needs uncovered by the survey.

St.Vincent Fishers Hospital opens in April.

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Plug it in, plug it in HC site of cutting edge technology test By Shari Held It’s not Glade® Plug-ins® we’re talking about. We’re in Indiana, after all, and we’re talking about cars—electric cars. In fact, that Toyota Prius you see on Hamilton County roads may be participating in the latest phase of Project Plug-IN, a groundbreaking Central Indiana-based pilot program that’s preparing the region for the growing trend and garnering some national attention to Hamilton County to boot. Project Plug-IN, an initiative of Energy Systems Network (ESN), was launched in 2009 in partnership with Duke Energy, Simon Property Group and other Indiana companies interested in electric vehicles. It had a lofty goal. “We wanted to look at ways that we could make Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region a leader in the deployment of plug-in electric vehicle technology,” says Paul Mitchell, ESN’s president and CEO. “This is a way for us to not only make good decisions in terms the environment and being more energy-efficient, but also to support economic development within the region.” ESN and Duke Energy have been working together since day one. James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, is a founding board

The electric vehicle charging system at Clay Terrace Mall is the most sophisticated storage and charging station demonstration project in the world. The system is unique because it combines traditional chargers, a quick charger, solar panels, and power storage all connected to the electrical grid in a shopping mall parking lot. The combination of this equipment, the technology, and its location make this system the first of its kind. The charger is located behind Whole Foods and is free. Quick charges typically take 15-30 minutes. Level 2 (traditional) charges take 2-6 hours.

member of ESN and a founding member of Project Plug-IN. “Duke Energy believes in the future of electric-powered transportation,” says Lew Middleton, company spokesman.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to expand the ways in which we power our vehicles. And it seems to be the direction where the future of transportation is headed. Duke Energy wants to be on the front-end of that. As an electric utility, we want to learn what it’s going to take to prepare for that.”

Getting a head start Armed with a $6.4M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Project Plug-IN installed public charging stations— including those in Clay Terrace and Hamilton Town Center—and residential charging stations for early adopters. It also provided rebates for people purchasing electric vehicles manufactured in Indiana and subsidized the purchase of nearly 125 Think City vehicles for

use by individual consumers and fleet operators such as MISO, headquartered in Carmel. Nine Duke Energy employees participated in this first-phase pilot program, driving the cars for about a year, and reporting their experiences. “Project Plug-IN helps us understand at the local level what it means to have electric vehicles plug in to our grid,” Middleton says. “It also gives us a chance to measure and evaluate a number of factors.” Those factors include observing charging patterns, evaluating the effectiveness of incentives for charging vehicles during off-peak times and determining how electric car usage impacts our electric infrastructure, substations and circuits. Mitchell says data has revealed that the majority of charging occurs in customer’s homes, indicating the need for public charging stations might not be as extensive as anticipated. Another find: electric car owners include a broad mix of people—from environmentalists to techno-geeks who appreciate the technology running the latest crop of electric cars. “Duke Energy has been a terrific partner throughout this pilot process,” Mitchell says. “They’ve been dedicated to finding the right mix of technologies and

the right policies and programs for their customers, so, in the long run, they can come up with solutions that work for all their customers.”

Taking it further Now that the infrastructure’s in place, the focus is on plug-in technologies involving smart-grid integration. The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid is the star of the latest phase of Project Plug-IN, which adds a new communication technology component. The car’s “Smart Center” technology links owners, homes, vehicles and electric

On January 30, solar-powered charging stations were introduced to Clay Terrace as part of Project Plug-IN’s “Plug-In Ecosystem” initiative. It was featured in the New York Times ‘Wheels’ blog. The Indianapolis area has approximately 100 public charging stations.

We wanted to look at ways that we could make Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region a leader in the deployment of plug-in electric vehicle technology. — Paul Mitchell ESN’s president and CEO

power companies to integrate control of energy consumption. It works like this: once drivers get home they plug the car into its charger, then use an app on their iPad to schedule charging of their vehicle. They will have the option, via email alerts, to take advantage of offers of financial incentives or reduced prices (time-of-use rates) if they schedule charging during off-peak hours. Time-of-use rates are currently not available in Indiana, but depending on the test results, may be considered. Currently five Duke Energy employees are participating in this program, but in


June, the keys and iPads will be turned over to five lucky non-employee customers. “We want to get an understanding about customers’ expectations and experiences,” says Middleton, who now drives one of the cars. “There’s nothing like living through it and having the day-to-day experience to gather real-world data.”

Being prepared is vital since new plugin cars are arriving in the marketplace every year. The current crop includes Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, Tesla Model S sports car and the soon to be out Ford C-MAX. “I think it’s important for people to understand that we’ve laid a strong foundation here in the Indianapolis area so that as these cars enter the marketplace Hoosiers, and particularly those living in Hamilton County, should feel that they can make that choice, that transition to go electric very easily,” Mitchell says. HCBM

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Pitch In Notes from all over the county The Entrepreneurship Advancement Center bestowed its annual awards: Mature Business of the Year Winner: Veteran Construction, finalists: Stratosphere Quality and LeafGuard of Indiana. Established Business of the Year Winner: Address Two; finalists: The WalkEZ Store and Indiana Nanotech. Emerging Business of the Year Winner: PatentStatus; finalists: Cornerstone Painting and Drywall and My Mobile Fans. The Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator is Peter Griffin of Fishers HS and the Business Plan Competition Winner is Heidi Wolfe for Lollies Candy Shop. The Biddle Memorial Foundation, a private foundation formed by the late Ken and Velma Biddle, and JBS United, an animal health and nutrition provider based in Sheridan, teamed up to launch The Sheridan Fund. An initial gift of $25,000 will provide grants to the area’s not-for-profits with a focus on humanand social-services. The Legacy Fund will serve as administrator. Genealogist Nancy Massey and Historic Preservationist Carol Ann Schweikert have co-authored a new book on the history of Noblesville. Part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, the book features more than 200 historic, captioned photos. It’s available at many local Noblesville retailers or online at arcadiapublishing.com. The Noblesville Symphony Orchestra has combined with the Anderson Symphony and is no longer performing in Noblesville. Launched 6 years ago as a division of the ASO, the NSO grew an audience in Noblesville but is shifting focus. Executive Director Dana Stone says it may conduct future programs in Noblesville as the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. City of Carmel is opening an employee health center in May inside the IU Health Sports Performance Center

off Carmel Drive. It will provide free primary health service to employees, dependents and retirees on the city’s health plan. Noblesville, Fishers and the county offer similar plans to their employees. Baldwin & Lyons, is moving its headquarters from Indianapolis to Carmel. It will remodel an existing facility on Congressional Boulevard and move by the end of the year. NextGear Capital, which loans car dealers money to buy inventory, plans to double the size of its Carmel headquarters in the next year and add around 200 jobs.

First Internet Bank of Indiana, which operates solely on the internet, is opening a facility in the former St.Vincent Medical Center on USA Parkway in Fishers. This puts the building on the tax rolls; it was previously exempt as a medical facility. St.Vincent built it in 2000, sold it in 2003 and moved out in 2009.

Jason Lemons has been appointed Westfield Fire Chief, replacing Todd Burtron, who has been serving dual roles as Mayor’s Chief of Staff Jason Lemons and Fire Chief for the past 18 months. Burton will remain Mayor’s Chief of Staff. Ken Alexander joined the City administration as Public Works Ken Alexander Director. Conner Prairie added seven new board members: Bill Batt, Victoria (Tory) Callahan, Chris Cooke, Dave Cox, Matt Wyatt, Jackie Clark and Robby Slaughter, Joining the Conner Prairie Foundation board are Chris Cooke and Hilary Salatich. Elizabeth Simpkin was hired as president of the Accountable Care Consortium (ACC) formed last fall by Community Health Network, St.Vincent Health and six other hospitals outside Hamilton County. ACC aims to improve care while lowering costs, focusing on innovative solutions for employers and commercial markets. Craig Wilson, MD, MHSc, FACP, was appointed chief medical officer of St.Vincent Fishers Hospital.

Fifth Third Bank opened its first LEED-Certified financial center in Indiana. The Carmel Drive facility replaces one down the street. All six Hamilton County chambers are holding an all-county luncheon Wednesday April 17, 11:30 at the Oak Hill Mansion. The speaker is former Pittsburgh mayor Tom Murphy, now with the Urban Land Institute. The topic is urban revitalization. Natalie Chavis, Lynna Leatherman and Melissa Lorson were named to the Chaucie’s Place board of directors.

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Jennifer Jones is the new general manager of Clay Terrace.

Edward Jones financial advisors firm ranked No. 8 on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For 2013” list, its 14th appearance on the prestigious list and the highest ranking financial-services firm. Susan Ferguson has been hired as new Executive Director of Prevail, Hamilton County’s advocate for victims of crime and abuse, replacing Michelle Carrao, interim E.D., who will become Assistant Director. HCBM 19


One Man’s Trash… is another man’s new career AC Trash Hauling By Jeff Curts Photo by Mark Lee

ongtime Noblesville resident Andy Corman didn’t realize it at the time, but the economic downturn and subsequent layoff from his job in June, 2008 turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to him. It’s also a classic tale of how to turn lemons into lemonade. Corman, a trained engineer and project manager for most of his adult life, faced an uncertain future when a rather mundane walk with his wife and neighbors planted a seed that has blossomed into a fulfilling and prosperous career. Spotting a pick-up truck for sale while strolling through his subdivision, Corman’s neighbor urged him to consider hauling trash for a living. Bemused, he initially didn’t give it much thought. After further discussion and some due diligence, Corman discovered both a niche and a need for such a service in Hamilton County. When he contacted the lone “junk” proprietor doing business in the area as a mystery shopper, Corman was surprised and dismayed over the price for 20

Two of the odder requests involved hauling away a dead deer, which he passed up, and transporting a couple of local residents to their jobs after they lost their driver’s licenses.

hauling a truck load of unwanted items. He thought he could deliver better service at a more reasonable cost and began, in earnest, to start his own company. With an initial investment of $85 for magnetic signs and business cards, “AC Trash Hauling” was officially born on June 30, 2008. He earned his first job for $100 shortly thereafter, netting a $15 profit, and the fledgling business was up and running.

Challenging business To be sure, hauling trash, or more appropriately, junk, isn’t what the affable Massachusetts native envisioned after three decades in corporate America. But, as he states, “I get to talk and meet new people, help the environment, and enjoy some fresh air.” He also thrives on helping people, a chief reason AC Trash Hauling has experienced strong growth since its inception. The firm generally serves Hamilton County, but has also branched out to Zionsville and Indianapolis. For the last three years, AC Trash Hauling received Angie’s List Super Service Award for their junk

removal services. Repeat customers, Corman’s networking, and the company’s website, www.actrashhauling.com, generate most of the business. Collecting and transporting almost everything except hazardous materials, Corman’s firm looks forward to a challenge. Typically, loads consist of furniture, yard waste, old appliances, construction debris, and tree limbs. However, they’ll even take on other projects, such as dismantling old hot tubs, cleaning out basements and attics, to tearing down storage sheds and removal of old playground equipment. Two of Corman’s odder requests involved hauling away a dead deer, which he passed up, and transporting a couple of local residents to their respective jobs after the pair lost their driver’s licenses. His staff includes 3-4 part-time, on-call employees who are responsive to customers needs within a 24-48 hour time frame. Pricing involves variables such as location, volume, items discarded, travel time, and disposal fees, but is generally more reasonable than one might expect. AC Trash Hauling

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Sharing abundance Corman’s occupation has also given him a chance to help those in need and contribute to many worthwhile causes. He recalls a Christmas time story where he assisted a destitute family with home furnishings. His company regularly donates goods to area ministries and civic organizations. His efforts at being a good corporate citizen extend to other businesses as well, where he has become a regular referral source. In turn, they often reciprocate with customer leads and inquiries.

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Preserving the environment is also important to Corman. As such, AC Trash Hauling subscribes to a motto of reduce, reuse, and recycle. They take junk to green companies that recycle, use green charities that reuse items, and try to reduce the trash in landfills. The old cliché about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery applies as well to the junk industry. With Corman’s success, multiple businesses have sprung up offering the same type of service. Corman isn’t worried. “There’s enough work out there for all of us,” he says in a straightforward manner. “Trust is a huge factor in this industry. I approach it as abundance, and if I can’t get to a project in a timely manner, I’ll send business to my competitors.” Patience is a trait that Corman has been quick to learn. In his industry, jobs come and go in spurts and cycles. At times, he’ll begin the work week on Monday morning with no jobs, yet with his reputation and experience, he’s always confident the phone will start ringing. “It always does,” he offers unapologetically. “Honesty, fairness, and treating people like you want to be treated has really been the recipe for building, developing, and growing this business. I wish I would have done this years ago.” It just goes to show that “beauty,” and gratification in any job, is in the eye of the beholder. HCBM

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Retail Roundabout

A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

Northern Hamilton County Cicero’s CVS on Peru Street is being rebuilt just a block north and will open in July. La Cascada in Cicero is moving from 10 W. Jackson Street to 400 W. Jackson Street, the former location of Christine’s Café. In March Italian restaurant Delullo’s Trattoria moved into 177 W. Main Street in downtown Atlanta.

Carmel Carmel is welcoming several new dining establishments, including the chain restaurant First Watch at 1950 E. Greyhound Pass. A new Outback Steakhouse is opening at 10220 N. Michigan Road and Jimmy Stix Pizza & Pasta has moved into 742 Adams Street at Boardwalk Shoppes.

Video game center eBash opened on March 1 at the former NetHeads location at 1017 W. Main Street. Formalwear shop A Formal Affair is coming this spring to 736 Hanover Place in City Center. Union Brewing Company opened in Mohawk Place just before the New Year (see cover story last edition of HCBM)

In the Merchant Square area the McDonald’s at Carmel Drive & Keystone Parkway is being replaced by a new 4,900 SF building. The former Carrabba’s location at 1235 Keystone Way has been transformed into Teddy’s Burger Joint. O’Reilly Auto Parts is moving into the old Blockbuster space.

In the Arts & Design District the old Ferrin’s Fruit Winery building on 1st Avenue SW is to be torn down and rebuilt to house Crush & Brew, a restaurant and wine retailer due to open this summer. Renaissance Gallery has moved from their space at Main & Rangeline. The Indiana Design Center is now fully leased with the opening of Especially Wicker on the first floor.

Fred Astaire Dance Studio has moved into a space at 820 E. 116th Street just west of Guilford Road. Upland Brewing Company is planning a new restaurant and tasting room in the same retail strip. A 13,500 SF CVS is under construction at 116th & Illinois Streets.

American Mattress is putting in a store at 1406 S. Rangeline Road in Rangeline Crossing shopping center. Also joining the newly renovated center is Koko Fit Club, opening in April. Bickford of Carmel, a 36,000 SF senior living community at 5829 116th Street, is under construction and slated to open later this year. Fifth Third Bank has replaced its 99 E. Carmel Drive branch with a new 8,500 SF branch at 205 E. Carmel Drive. SpinCycle a cycling studio offering a full mind/body workout, and The Yoga Studio are opening in Carmel City Center.

New pampering options abound in Carmel, with the opening of Imperial Foot Spa at 1400 S. Guilford, Halo Hair Salon at 12955 Old Meridian, Rain Salon & Spa at 41 W. City Center Drive and Silver Door Boutique Spa at 762 S. Range Line Road. Hair salon and beauty retailer ULTA 642 is moving into the former Old Country Buffet space at Village Park Plaza on Greyhound Pass. Columbus, Ohio-based chain Salon Lofts is opening three central Indiana locations, including two 5,000 SF sites in Carmel at 2750 E. 146th Street and 2316 E. 116th Street.

Fishers Meadow Wood Assisted Living, an 80,000 SF senior living facility, is under construction at Allisonville Road and Easy Street. Rockstone Pizza is opening

Village Clock Shop and Home Furnishings

American Health Network is opening a new Histology / Cytology office at 12188B N. Meridian Street and Nico Neuro and Spine has opened an office at 250 E. 96th Street. Clay Terrace is welcoming new retailer Minstreet. Village Clock Shop and Home Furnishings opened in Clay Terrace after 40 years in downtown Zionsville.


Meadow Wood Assisted Living

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this spring at 11501 Allisonville Road. In April construction begins on Delaware Commons, west of LA Fitness at 116th & Cumberland Road and east of the site for the new Fresh Market opening in the fall. The retail center will welcome new tenants later this summer. Construction has begun at 116th Street and Hoosier Road on The Hamilton Apartment Homes, a 15-acre, 34-building project that will welcome its first residents in late fall or early winter. Specks Pet Products is renovating a vacant space on 116th Street just east of Brooks School Road. A second Koko Fit Club opened in March at 11579 Geist Pavilion near Olio Road. St. Yared Ethiopian Restaurant is coming soon to 11210 Fall Creek Road. Detour American Bar & Grille opened its second county location (also downtown Carmel) at the former Scotty’s Lakehouse location at Brooks School and Fall Creek Parkway. Paws and Play Dog Resort and Training Center / Invisible Fence moved on March 1 from their 5,000 SF facility on Herriman Boulevard in Noblesville into a 30,000 SF building at 9001 E. 133rd Place. This was the home of Automatic Pool Covers before its relocation to Westfield last year. Crown Liquors Crossing, a new retail and business development at 13844 Olivia Way, will be finished by July 1 and include a Crown Liquors and Starbucks. Olivia Way is the triangular space at Exit 210 within Southeastern Boulevard, Olio Road and I-69. Divine Savior Lutheran Church moved from Indianapolis to a storefront at 11351 Village Square Lane back in November and is growing its congregation and seeking a new building site. A new Sikh place of worship, Gurdwara Jot Amrit Parkash, is coming to 12200 E. 131st Street.

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Manufacturers Hy-Pro Filtration and Keihin North America are moving from Fishers to Anderson later this year.

Noblesville Downtown Noblesville is seeing some changes, including the closing at the end of February of long-time retailer Eleanor Rozella’s on Logan Street. This spring Thane Bushong Financial Services is moving up the street from 23 S. 8th Street to 835 Conner Street. Conner Station Pub & Eatery is under new ownership and has changed its name to Copper Still. Classic movies are featured at the new Wafford Theater, which opened February 6 at 1744 S. 10th Street. Retailers at State Road 37 and Pleasant Street will soon be shifting to make room for a new Hobby Lobby in the former location of MC Sports. Deal$ will be relocating and Pet Supplies “Plus” plans to downsize. The Staples at 16751 Clover Road is splitting their current storefront to make room for a new Dollar Tree at

Town & Country Center. On the east side of SR 37 at Stoney Creek Commons a new 35,000 SF LA Fitness is in development adjacent to Office Depot. Accelerated Physical Therapy has opened an office at 15887 N. Cumberland Road. Menchies Frozen Yogure is opening on Mercantile Boulevard.

Westfield Banc Serv finished construction on its location at 777 E. Main Street in March. Logo USA resumed operations in March at their new manufacturing facility at 320 Parkway Circle, which had to be rebuilt after last year’s devastating fire. Wellbrooke of Westfield is opening in June at 937 E. 186th Street. This 65,000 SF center will include 30 residential senior apartments and 70 private suites for long-term or rehabilitative care. Marcos Pizza is opening a new restaurant at 14641 N. Gray Road and an expansive antique mall is in development for an existing 11,200 SF space at 23478 US 31 N. HCBM

WalMart is planning a Neighborhood Market as part of the Fishers Marketplace Development on the northeast corner of SR37 & 131st Street. The former Frederick Talbott Inn on Allisonville Road is now the Prairie Guest House, owned by John and Karen Newton, who are also planning a yoga facility, gift shop and wedding facility in the barn. Diamond Foods closed its Fishers plant on Exit 5 Parkway at the end of January.

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Off The Clock

Kids Helping Kids Two businessmen tap into youths’ philanthropic natures By Rosalyn Demaree

he Sparrow Club is leading kids in four local schools to look outside themselves to help a child in medical need. Together, they’re discovering the impact one person can make.

Through the club, a school adopts a sparrow—a child fighting to live, coping with a life-threatening condition or in some other medical need. Students do community service projects, and their hours are turned into dollars for the sparrow’s family.

The club formed in less than a year, inspired by what was being done in Oregon and organized by Mark Thornton and Dane Rowland, two Noblesville businessmen, each devoting as many as 25 hours a week off the clock to the project.

An hour of community service earns $10, and a school can accumulate 250 hours. If they want to do more for the family, the students and schools can organize fundraisers.

“The Sparrow Club will change lives,” said Thornton, senior vice president in the employee benefits division of First Merchants Bank. “You see all the news about kids getting in trouble. This gives an opportunity to do some good and they rise to the occasion.”

“In Oregon, where the Sparrow Club concept hatched more than 20 years ago, one school raised money for a new car for a family that had to drive a great distance for their child’s treatments. Another school holds a king and queen contest, requiring contestants to raise

Mark Thornton and Dane Rowland are launching Sparrow Clubs in schools throughout Central Indiana.

money for a sparrow family. Individual students have been known to raise $10,000-$20,000 in that program,” Thornton said. The Michael Treinen Foundation is the major supporter of Sparrow Club Indiana, though donations from any business are welcome. Treinen was a Noblesville teen diagnosed with leukemia three weeks before his high school graduation. Immediate treatment led to a short-lived remission, and Treinen died before he could receive a bone marrow transplant. Treinen’s mother, Kelly, is principal of Promise Road Elementary, the first Hamilton County school to adopt a sparrow.

Strong, deep ties

Front row (L-R) Promise Road School Counselor Amy Shera, brother “Little” Kevin Sanders, Kevin Sanders, father of Sparrow Madison Sanders (center). Principal Kelly Treinen and Assistant Principal Jered Pennington accompanied by the Promise Road Sparrow Club representing all grades at the school.


But the Sparrow Club’s connection to the family is deeper and more meaningful than money. Club members perform acts of kindness and provide much-needed emotional support to the entire sparrow family, said Rowland, president of Image Builders/Rowland Printing. “When a child is in medical

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crisis, parents feel isolated. They’re consumed with their children’s problems.” Students at Noblesville West Middle School couldn’t spend enough time with their sparrow and her little sister at the recent kick-off assembly. Boys and girls lined up for hugs from the girl, snapped her picture so often it mimicked a fashion shoot, and romped gently with the preschooler as her parents got a brief respite from medical care. One of the first things Sparrow Club volunteers—there are about 10 in addition to Rowland and Thornton—explain to families is that a lot of kids are going to be involved in their lives. A lot of kids. These are all-school projects so hundreds of students are involved with each sparrow. It’s common for members to provide family meals, make play dates, offer to read to the sparrow, and plaster their bedroom walls with lovingly made cards.

Sweet night supports Sparrow Club The community is going to benefit from having the Sparrow Club active in Hamilton County, and organizers are giving residents an opportunity to have some fun while showing their support for the club and students. “How Sweet It Is” will be a night of wine, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and dessert buffet. It is planned for 5:30-9 p.m. June 6 in the new corporate headquarters of American Health Network, 10689 N. Pennsylvania St. Tickets are $60 and available through Mark Thornton, (317) 445-7340. All of the money raised will help Indiana families facing medical crises. For more information on the Sparrow Club or to apply as a sparrow family, visit www.SparrowClubs.org.

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Indiana is the first state outside of Oregon to have Sparrow Clubs. William McKinley Elementary in Indianapolis adopted the first sparrow in January. Promise Road Elementary and Noblesville West Middle School started community service for their sparrows in February, and a fourth sparrow soon will meet students at Legacy Christian School. Sparrow Club “gives students the chance to get outside themselves to do community service,” said Rowland. “They find out how fulfilling that is. Kids learn to appreciate the life and health they’ve been given and the community is served in countless ways.” Along the way, students develop selfesteem, compassion and empathy. Schools form stronger bonds with the community, and communities reap the benefits of kids learning how to serve the world around them. HCBM


Dining Out

Inspiring Atmosphere Dine in good company at CR Heroes Story and photos by Andrew Hemmerlein

Looking at C.R. Heroes Family Pub, located next to businesses like CVS and Papa John’s in Fishers, I really had no idea what to expect. Someone could drive right by on 96th Street and think it was another typical restaurant in a strip mall, which I almost did. But for those loyal diners who know about owner Stephanie Boehm’s C.R. Heroes Family Pub, it is a chance to blend fresh food with an atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the hero paraphernalia covering the walls. C.R. Heroes celebrates all types of heroes, both real and imaginary. One side of the restaurant contains posters and memorabilia of superheroes such as Batman, Spiderman, and Superman. The other side of the restaurant celebrates real life heroes, including members of the military, firemen, police officers, even politicians.

those people who make real sacrifices everyday to protect and strengthen their world. Boehm purchased C.R. Heroes in 2005 when the original owner retired. The restaurant continued to grow until last April, when the inside of the restaurant caught fire. Although no one was hurt, much of the restaurant was destroyed and needed extensive repairs. Boehm says she was fortunate to have great insurance on the building and there really was no doubt that she would repair and reopen. So, on August 1, after more than three months, C.R. Heroes reopened to the public. Boehm would

Surprisingly, there are no athletes on the wall, which is intentional.

Real Heroes Boehm graduated from Ohio State with a degree in education and moved to Indianapolis in 1994 when her husband was transferred by his company. After stints at The Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse, she helped start a new restaurant in 2002 that would become C.R. Heroes. The name is a play on words for “See Our Heroes.” The theme was a way to incorporate something fun, as well as encourage diners to see the real heroes in the world along with some of the well-known imaginary superheroes. Surprisingly, there are no athletes on the wall, which is intentional. Boehm believes that kids already see enough athletes identified as heroes and instead wants them to recognize

like to open a second restaurant, but those plans have been put on hold as she continues to rebuild business lost due to the fire.

Competing with the Chains Boehm strives to make C.R. Heroes a community restaurant, one in which loyal diners are rewarded for repeat

visits. One of her strengths is her relationship with customers, evident in the restaurant’s active Facebook page. Boehm admits that the actual website probably could use a little work, but the restaurant’s Facebook page more than makes up for this by allowing her to interact with customers on a daily basis. Boehm is on a first name basis with many customers and is able to discuss restaurant specials and happenings. Boehm says making C.R. Heroes a place where people enjoy coming and feel comfortable has been essential for growing a local restaurant without the advertising budget that many national chain restaurants have. The menu at C.R. Heroes contains much of your typical restaurant/bar fare, such as sandwiches, burgers, and salads. One thing Boehm is very proud of is that they only use fresh, never frozen ingredients, which helps separate C.R. Heroes from other restaurants with similar menus. When asked if there is a specialty, Boehm says that while everything is good, the tenderloin has received a lot of great reviews and has become a restaurant favorite. Taking her recommendation on the tenderloin, I had the Hoosier Daddy, and I can say that I was definitely not disappointed. Separate from the restaurant, C.R. Heroes also has a full service bar with daily drink specials. C.R. Heroes can be found at 10570 E. 96th Street in Fishers. More information including their menu can be found on their website at www.crheroes.com. You can also “like” C.R. Heroes on Facebook to discover some of the events that may be going on in the restaurant. HCBM

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News & Updates April & May Events April


April 11:

Business After Hours (Carmel, Fishers, HCCVB) 5 to 7 p.m. | Prairie View Golf Club

May 8:

May Luncheon 12 to 1:30 p.m. | The Fountains

April 17:

All-County Chamber Luncheon: Urban Revitalization - Tom Murphy 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | The Mansion at Oak Hill

May 9:

All-County Network Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. | The Bridgewater Club

May 16:

Member Orientation tba

May 22:

Arrows Young Professionals Lunch & Learn 5 to 7 p.m. | tba

April 18 & 20: Arrows Young Professionals Habitat for Humanity Build 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25:

Arrows Young Professionals After Hours Network 5 to 7 p.m. | tba Events are subject to change. Visit carmelchamber.com for updates and to register for events.

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All-County Luncheon Wed., April 17 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Mansion at Oak Hill Presented by:

Hear Tom Murphy, Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute and former mayor of Pittsburgh, speak on urban revitalization. Reservations are required. Call 846.1049 or register online at www.carmelchamber.com. Sponsored by:

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9th – Tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm monthly Luncheon


Non-Profit/Community Organization Business Showcase Red Bridge Park Community Building $12 members; $15 non-members

d Terri Milbank, Fred Day and Austin Faulkner of Cicero Insurance Agency recently joined the Chamber.

e Brian Reddick, RDK Photography, joined the chamber soon after opening a studio in Cicero.

f Holly Eldredge, Halo Branded Solutions, joined the chamber in February.

Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute The Mansion at Oak Hill $20 members; $25 non-members

MAY 2013

9th – Thursday 7:30am-9:00am all-county networking breakfast

NEW MEMBERS Halo Branded Solutions Holly Eldredge/Paula Fenn 19541 Heather Lane Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-8683

17th – Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm All-County Luncheon

Cicero Fun Factory Gayla Sliwa 50 W. Buckeye Street Cicero, IN 46034 317-385-2360

Bridgewater Club $10 members; $20 non-members

30th – Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm “taste on the lake” beer & wine tasting event Hidden Bay Clubhouse



d january Luncheon highlights

Keltie Domina gave etiquette tips for the corporate environment.

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february luncheon highlights

Scott Flood, Scott Flood Writing, provided sample tips to improve our writing.


Cicero Triathalon Saturday June 8

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Jim Hall accepts the 1st Quarter Bell of Recognition on behalf of Talent Auto Body from Carmen Clift, Ambassador Committee Chair.

April • May 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

APRIL 2013

17th – Wednesday 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. ALL-COUNTY CHAMBER LUNCHEON Featuring: Tom Murphy, Sr. Resident Fellow Urban Land Institute The Mansion at Oak Hill $20 Members, $25 Non-Members 25th – tHURSDAY 4:30p.m.-6:00p.m. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Golden Corral 15755 N. Pointe Blvd., Noblesville Free & Open to All Chamber Members

MAY 2013

Jay Cox Personal Benefits Service, LLC 14074 Trade Center Drive, #135 Fishers, IN 46038 317-774-9178

9th – Thursday 7:30a.m.-9:00a.m. ALL-COUNTY NETWORK BREAKFAST The Bridgewater Golf Club $10 Members, $20 Non-Members

(pictured left to right) Erich Hart, Jennifer Hart, Tim Balensiefer

16th – Thursday 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Logan Street Signs & Banners 1720 S. 10th Street, Noblesville Free & Open to All Chamber Members

TBIRD Design Services Corporation 136 S. 9th Street, #17 Noblesville, IN 46060 317-219-5340

22nd – Wednesday 11:30a.m.-1:00p.m. membership luncheon Volunteers: The HEART of the Community The 2013 Noblesville Volunteer Awards Featuring: Mayor John Ditslear & David Helmer, Helmer Scientific Harbour Trees Golf Club $18/Members, $22/Non-Members

Any business in the Landscape/Garden industry who joins the Chamber in April will have their $35 new member application fee waived.

Any business in the Health Care Services industry who joins the Chamber in May will have their $35 new member application fee waived. For more information, contact the Chamber at 773-0086 or e-mail: info@noblesvillechamber.com

April • May 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Dr. Lois Pilipis Pilipis Behavorial Group LLC 152 S. 9th Street Noblesville, IN 46060 317-572-1313

Rachel Fanello Fifth Third Bank 16864 Clover Road Noblesville, IN 46060 317-770-5395 www.53.com

Scott Shoemaker Theresa Chaniga John Chaniga R.J. Pile LLC 499 S. 9th Street Noblesville, IN 46060 317-776-3688




Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS

February Community Pride Award Winner Stephen Craig, Owner Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts 1249 East Connor Street Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-6065 www.adrienesflowers.com

SAVE THE DATE! Noblesville Chamber’s Annual Golf Outing Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Noblesville Chamber 601 Conner St. Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-0086

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Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS CHAMBER EVENTS The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce holds monthly member luncheons on the fourth Thursday of each month. In November, 2013 we will not have a luncheon due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Keep reading for more details about our upcoming luncheons.

APRIL 2013

13th - Saturday 9:00am-Noon

The Mansion at Oak Hill Speaker: Tom Murphy, Urban Land Institute “Urban Revitalization” Members $20; Guests $25 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

Six Points Wesleyan Church, Sheridan


25th - Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm

Monthly Member Luncheon

The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce publishes a weekly email newsletter. To join our mailing list please text us at 22828 with the keyword SHERIDAN, visit our website local news page, or contact Patty Nicholas, Executive Director at 317-758-1311.

Sheridan Chamber 407 S. Main St. PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

Indiana blood center blood drive

14th - Sunday 5:30pm-8:00pm

ryan seaton concert

Sheridan United Methodist Church Tickets $10/person; $20/family Contact Brenda Davis at 317-758-4195 or sheridanumc@sbcglobal.net

MAY 2013

9th - Thursday 7:30am-9:00am


The Bridgewater Club Members $10; Non-Members $20 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register 23rd - Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm

Monthly Member Luncheon

Sheridan Public Library Speaker: TBA Members $12 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

21st - Sunday (and the third Sunday of every month) 1:00pm-5:00pm

bluegrass jam

Sheridan Public Library Donations Welcome Contact Steve Martin at 317-758-5201 or steve@sheridan.lib.in.us

MAY 2013 11th - Saturday 9:00am-Noon

community shred day

Be sure to visit www.sheridanchamber.org for information on all upcoming events! Join us on Facebook and Twitter:

The Farmers Bank 987 White Avenue, Sheridan Hosted by the Farmers Bank and the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce 18th - Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

rule the road: a teenage driving event

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APRIL 2013

17th - Wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm

Sheridan Public Library Speaker: Brad Henke, Henke Development will speak about Grand Park and it’s anticipated impact on Sheridan and the surrounding communities Members $12 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register



Indianapolis Executive Airport, Westfield See our chamber calendar at www.sheridanchamber.org for more information. Free event for the first 100 teens. Contact Justin Phillips at juphillips@cji.in.gov to register April • May 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

12th/Friday, 7:30am-9:00am legislative breakfast


FitNow Group Fitness Personal Training, Fitness Boot Camp Brian Koning 1022 Kendall Court, Suite #1 Westfield, IN 46074 317-493-8964 http://fitnowtraining.com

Signs By Tomorrow Signs Rajesh Patnaik 9541 Valparaiso Court Indianapolis, IN 46268 317- 222-5665 http://signsbytomorrow.com/ indynw/

Hare Chevrolet Auto Dealership Todd Thurston 2001 Stoney Creel Road Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-1090 www.harechevy.com

Boulder Designs Commercial Signage - Boulders Gary Goss 2251 East State Road 42 Cloverdale, IN 46120 765-795-4291 www.BoulderDesigns.net

Line 11 Photography Photography David Takayoshi 15745 Wildrye Drive Westfield, IN 46074 317-413-7278 www.line11.com

Wellbrooke of Westfield Health & Wellness Phil Heer 937 East 186th Street Westfield, IN 46074 317-691-9946 www.wellbrookeofwestfield.com


VS Engineering Engineering Ken Birk 4275 North High School Road Indianapolis, IN 46254 317-293-3542 http://vsengineering.com/index. html

Legacy Christian School Education Stephanie Quimby 470 Lakeview Drive Noblesville, IN 46060 317-776-4186 www.legacychristianonline.org Gonzalez H.I. and Construction, Inc. Home Improvement Mauricio Gonzalez 133 W. 161st Street Westfield, IN 46074 317-867-5356 www.gonzalezimprovementsandconstruction.com

G & G Custom Homes, Inc. Custom home builder Joe Garcia 15822 Shining Spring Drive Westfield, IN 46074 317-418-7665 www.ggcustomhomes.com

Nickloy Law Legal Services Erica Swart 5540 Pebble Village Lane Suite 300 Noblesville, IN 46062 317-773-3030 www.nickloylaw.com

Wood Wind Golf League Call for information


April • May 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Organized & Presented by the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee Sponsored by Krieg DeVault The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 East 116th Street $15 Pre-registered Members, $20 all others RSVP to info@westfield-chamber.org 17th/Wednesday, 11:30am-1:00pm


The Mansion at Oak Hill, 5801 East 116th Street $18 Pre-registered Members, $25 all others Register by April 15th online at www.westfield-chamber.org 23rd/Tuesday, 11:30am-1:00pm


Topic: Grand Park The Bridgewater Club 3535 E. 161st Street & Carey Road, Westfield $12 Pre-registered Members (includes lunch) Register by April 19th online at www.westfield-chamber.org

MAY 2013

9th/Wednesday, 7:30am-9:00am


The Bridgewater Club 3535 E. 161st Street & Carey Road, Westfield $10 Pre-registered Members, $20 all others Register by May 3rd online at www.westfield-chamber.org 16th/Thursday, 11:00am-1:00pm


The Bridgewater Club 3535 E. 161st Street & Carey Road, Westfield $15 Pre-registered Members, $20 all others. Register by May 10th online at www.westfield-chamber.org

All Chamber event dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please call 317-804-3030 or visit www.westfield-chamber.org for details.

Golf at Bridgewater!



APRIL 2013


Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS

Westfield Chamber of Commerce 130 Penn St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-804-3030


Hamilton County History

David Heighway

William Longley’s Trial by Fire Indiana’s first Fire Marshall was tested early in his home county wo devastating fires hit Hamilton County communities 100 years ago this Spring. Coincidentally, the state’s first Fire Marshall was recruited from the county at the exact same time, leading to Indiana’s first significant fire protection measures. William Edward Longley was born in Noblesville in 1854, attending local schools and the Ladoga Academy in Montgomery County. He apprenticed at a newspaper called the Hamilton County Register for three years and eventually started a hardware business, which he ran for 30 years. He and his wife had four children—William Raymond, Edith, Alice, and Ruth—and he built a very nice home on East Maple Street. While Hamilton County was a Republican stronghold even then, Longley was a Democrat. He was very involved in state politics, particularly after he sold his hardware business. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904 and in 1912 helped Samuel Ralston win the governor’s seat. Ralston was a progressive who started many new programs and offices, including the state highway commission, the public service commission and the state parks system. Many humanitarian laws were passed and the debt that had been incurred with the failure of

Longley was recruited from Hamilton County the same Spring as Carmel and Sheridan both suffered devastating fires.

the canal system in 1837 ($1,010,000) was finally paid off. Among the new positions created by the legislature in March of 1913 was State Fire Marshal, to which Ralston assigned Longley on March 25th. It would seem to have been a purely political appointment. There is nothing in Longley’s background that connects him to fire fighting. Prior to this time, positions like this were often created as a reward of either status or money; the recipient was not really expected to actually do the work. But neither Ralston nor Longley saw it that way. The importance of Longley’s new job was clear from the start. In March 1913, Carmel suffered a devastating

fire that destroyed most of the downtown. Then, in May of that same year, a fire swept through Sheridan and obliterated most of the center of town. While he personally could have done nothing to prevent these fires, Longley realized that education and enforcement were to be an important part of his job. He set his people to work and, by January of 1914, his office had begun to issue reports on a variety of fire safety topics. They covered subjects such as barn fires, schoolhouse fires, auto fires (a very new subject), numbers of fires per county, and even who the oldest fire chief in the state was. In May the Fire Marshal’s office issued a “tear down” list, naming all of the buildings in the state that were considered such fire hazards that they needed to be removed. There was naturally some protest about this, but Longley stood tough and the buildings started coming down. When Longley brought his “tear down” list to Noblesville, it contained some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the county. Among the buildings he pointed out were: • the first brick house in Noblesville, which stood on the corner of 8th and Maple, which was built around 1830; • the Old Corner Drug Store at 9th and Conner, which was built in the 1840’s;

Left: Catherine Kinzer and Maurice Small stand outside Ed Small’s photography studio in Carmel, which the 1913 fire gutted. Small took most of the images we have of early Carmel. Right: Remains of Carmel’s Masonic Hall. (Photos courtesy Carmel Clay Historical Society.)


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The local reaction to the list and the destruction was one of sadness but acceptance. The people knew that Longley had no other agenda than public safety. He even condemned a building he owned when it was discovered to have structural problems. Among his ideas was Fire Prevention Day, later extended to a week. He chose October 9, the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire. Longley probably left the Fire Marshal’s office when Ralston decided not to run for governor again in 1916. However, as late as December of 1916, he was proposing laws about fireworks and building codes. Longley died in 1926 and was placed in the family mausoleum on the hill in Crownland Cemetery. He was widely mourned for his good character. One writer said later that Longley always practiced “clean politics.” His honest, hardworking, and conscientious manner helped to garner respect for this new position of State Fire Marshall. HCBM



• a small cobbler’s shop on Logan Street built in 1835;



Fire damage south of Fifth St., Sheridan. (Photo courtesy Sheridan Historical Society.)





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