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Noblesville teacher Don Wettrick works with students Rylee Saxon and Hunter Johnson in his Innovations and Open Source Learning Class

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Letter from the Editor April • May 2016 I don’t always understand why some movies win the Oscar for best picture. Last year, Birdman was a mystery to me. But this year I believe the Academy got it right by awarding the main prize to Spotlight. Not only is it a great story, well written, with powerful performances, about a compelling topic with significant social consequences, but it highlights the importance of investigative journalism at a time when that practice is threatened. Like so many of my generation, I was inspired by Watergate and the power of the press to hold powerful people accountable. I didn’t harbor fantasies of landing the big story and I knew local journalism wasn’t like the movies, but just being a part of an industry that holds discovering the truth as its ultimate goal always seemed like a worthy endeavor. Believe it or not, 60 Minutes was on the air when I was in high school, and I grew up watching and admiring the work of Morley Safer, Mike Wallace and the others. Good storytelling never goes out of style.

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Spotlight tells the story of an investigative unit of the Boston Globe as it uncovered child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church around the turn of the (21st) century. Powerful cultural forces were keeping the extent of the crimes under wraps and it took the fresh eyes of a new editor to recognize how the newspaper’s staff was missing the story that was right before them. One of the most insightful and heartbreaking revelations of the film is how lawyers and victims had been sending the newspaper evidence of the crimes for years but no one had recognized the implications. The investigative team in the movie is a cordial bunch, which runs counter to my experience. I’ve found good investigative journalists to be quirky people, often unsociable but insatiably curious. They question everything, especially peoples’ motives, and can be cynical to a fault. They’re always looking for the clouds on a sunny day. It doesn’t always make them much fun to be around but does make them fascinating people. Which might explain why journalism is so unpopular. You’ll often find journalists down around congressmen in popularity rankings, even though their motives are usually pure and they really are just trying to uncover the truth. Fact is, some people don’t want others to know the truth. Powerful forces often try to obscure unpleasant realities. It takes an equally powerful personality to persist when the culture encourages conformity. That notion drives a lot of the drama in the movie and I admire that quality in good journalists. I am encouraged that Spotlight wins best picture at a tough time for investigative journalism. Few newspapers these days are willing to give a four-person team “months” to come up with a story idea and months more to develop it (as the Globe did in the movie). Traditionally newspapers fulfilled that vital watchdog role but economic forces are making them less inclined to invest in that kind of expensive reporting. I hope that Spotlight helps drive home the importance of that critical mission and that the industry finds new ways to support these critical players in the democratic process. See you around the county,

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By Dr. Charles Waldo, Ph.D.

Is It Your Passion or Just A Job? Find your calling for maximum job satisfaction Several years ago I was diagnosed with early stage Parkinson’s Disease (PD), a neurological system disorder. While it can’t be cured, PD often can be stopped or slowed down, especially if caught and treated early enough. Luckily, mine was diagnosed early and, through medications and vigorous exercise, seems manageable.

Talent(s) that you particularly came to Earth to use—your greatest gift which you most delight to use; b) in the place(s) or setting(s) that God has caused to appeal to you the most; and c) for those purposes that God most needs to have done in the world.” It’s something you feel you just have to do to be fulfilled.

My “vigorous exercise” comes mostly by way of three “boxing” sessions (no hitting) each week at the Rock Steady Boxing (www.RockSteadyBoxing.org) gym in the Castleton area. The coaches and volunteers are ALL very energetic, very enthusiastic, and push participants to maximum effort. Their hearts are in their work, and it shows! Because of a long interest in what enthuses people about their work, I asked the coaches how they got into this endeavor and what keeps them fired up when so many of the participants are badly affected by PD and there is no hope for much improvement? What drives them and gives them their energy? Here are their answers: • While each has a college degree, none had a major pertaining to this work. •

Each more or less “stumbled” into PD coaching, found it fit with “who they are,” and started, initially, as a volunteer.

Two have someone close to them who has Parkinson’s so they know first hand what it can do to both the afflicted and their families. They want to help others.

What keeps them so motivated with smiles on their faces all the time? “Helping people, both the afflicted and their families, live as fully as possible.” “This work is what I was put on earth to do.” “This work gives my life meaning.” “There’s never a day I don’t want to come in.” Money never came up.


Is it Critical to do One’s Calling?

These are the same kinds of responses received from numerous persons I’ve talked with over the years who feel they are doing their Calling. It’s all about matching one’s skills with their passion(s), often to help others. As famed psychiatrist Abraham Maslow wrote: “If our true nature is allowed to guide our lives, we grow healthy, fruitful, and happy.”

What is a Calling? Laurence Boldt, in his gem How To Find The Work You Love, equates Calling with one’s Life Work: “Your Life’s Work is the work you were born to do—the most appropriate vehicle through which to express your unique talents and abilities. Your Calling is your answer to the question ‘What was I put on earth to do?’” Richard Bolles, author of the all-time best-selling, career planning and job finding manual, The Annual What Color Is Your Parachute?, defines one’s Calling (aka Mission) as a) “Exercising the

You’re no doubt familiar with the old saw that pastors, when sitting at the bedsides of dying parishioners, never hear them say they wish they’d spent more time at the office or plant. I’ve asked several pastors about that and they say it’s absolutely true. Many dying members have regrets but they revolve around not having been a better parent, spouse, or friend; having been in a job or field they disliked; or not doing more charitable work. They wonder about whether they had a positive impact on the world and are leaving it a better place. What did their lives count for? It is never about if they could have made more money. So you can go through life, even making lots of money, without doing your Calling. But, unless your work and/or outside endeavors give inner satisfaction and provide meaning, how will you feel at the end of your life’s journey? The old saying “You can’t take it with you” is so, so true.

Can One Make a High Income Doing one’s Calling? Absolutely. My primary care physician does very well financially and is doing his Calling by caring for his patients and saving lives. He is always upbeat and loves his work. A not-for-profit hospital administrator I know makes a midsix figure income leading a team that

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provides the best medical care possible. A business owner provides high income jobs and high value products. The money follows. (And he donates 10% of profits to charity.) An artist just can’t stay away from the canvas….and people like what she does. The money follows. Just about everyone who excels in any field over time has found the place where their unique combination of skills, interests, and passions/enthusiasm intersect. As Karen Moratz, Principal Flute of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra says, “If you’re fulfilling that inner voice, that voice that you know truly is talking to you, you’ll do OK, no matter what it is.”

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relocation, a cut in income (or possibly an increase), volunteer work, and so on. Seeking to do your Calling will require persistence, patience, and faith. There are no guarantees but I and others who have followed their Calling feel the costs and risks are worth it. As one of my PD coaches puts it “I am honored and privileged to help people face up to PD and fight back.” HCBM

The finding process may take a while and, when found, may require investment in more education and training, changing employers, going out on your own,

Charles Waldo, Ph.D. is Professor of Marketing (ret.) at Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. Contact him at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

-Laurance Boldt, How to Find the Work You Love, Penguin Paperbacks. -Richard Bolles, Annual Edition of What Color Is Your Parachute, Ten Speed Press Paperbacks. Also by Bolles How To Find Your Mission In Life, Ten Speed Press.

Can You Do Your Calling as a Part-timer, Volunteer, or Retiree? Absolutely. Many people feel stuck in “day jobs” that are boring, frustrating, and don’t use their skills but from which, for one reason or another, they cannot escape. Part-time volunteer work might save their souls and, possibly, provide exposure and entrance into a field that would be more satisfying.

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Space does not permit me to delve into this question. But I don’t have to. Shown below are three books (there are others) that can help you figure out your future. But, if you aren’t willing to invest and dig into them, you aren’t serious about finding and doing your Calling. There are also career counselors in private practice, with public agencies, on college campuses, and so on. But start with the books and go from there.


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What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You Tips for “doing social well” The case has been made for the importance of businesses, even micro businesses, to have a social media presence in every business savvy circle. Statistics galore support the point that it is necessary by either manpower or outsourcing to pay attention to social media marketing. To those who reluctantly go kicking and screaming into this “murky” subset of today’s marketing endeavors, here are some tips to help you not just “do social” but “do social well.”

DO Provide what adds value to your customer. Funny viral pictures are great sprinkled in a content feed but what else can you provide that would enhance the customer experience? As an example if you are a veterinarian, seasonal information on parasites, links to purchase preventative treatments and personal stories of pets that had complications from not treating for those parasites. Well-rounded content appeals to a broader audience.

an article, or posts a blog, share your thoughts. If a connection sends a good link, thank them. It is, after all, about being social.

DO WELL When you connect, share content. If it is valuable to you, more than likely it will be valuable to your peers. Link to other’s pages, and be a social media “giver.” Trust me on this; it will pay off in more than just a monetary ROI.


DO Have a presence on only the platforms that make sense for your business. If you sell industrial fittings to a mostly male, B2B clientele, Pinterest is probably not where you are going to get business! LinkedIn and Twitter are probably going to be a better fit.

DO WELL Brand all of the platforms to be consistent with similar graphics, professional artwork or photos and use the same company name in all of your headers. I know this seems like a given but you would be surprised at how many companies fail to do this, which makes it confusing for the customer.

DO Plan your content out for the week or the month. Try not to rely on being “creative” every day. Planned content also flows better and works more cohesively with your other marketing.

DO WELL Plan your content out and schedule BUT be aware of trending hashtags or current events that are applicable to your business. This tells the audience that you are paying attention; you are current and aware of what is happening in your industry. 10

DO WELL When planning the content and providing well-rounded appeal, think of where a campaign could work to target paid ads or post boosts that would enhance the content you are providing. Using the above example a campaign could be done on a spring check up that comes with a free packet of preventative treatments. Timed after the personal story segment, there is likely to be a greater interest in setting an appointment.

DO Connect and engage with other business followers on whatever platform you use. If you only push outbound content and don’t engage with your connections you will gain a quick reputation as someone that doesn’t “give back.” If someone writes

Provide exemplary customer service online. Over 50% of customers expect a customer service response on social media and only about 23% of businesses are providing “social care” in a timely, responsive way. “Someone” needs to be paying attention to social media most of the time. Whoever is responding also has to be trained in the proper return response. Many small customer service issues can go south quickly with the wrong customer service response.

DO WELL Craft a social media policy that outlines the customer service strategy. Thinking about the types of complaints or comments that need response and drafting a log with the appropriate responses can keep your “social care” consistent and in the proper voice.

DO Do more than just have good content, a good social presence and advertising. Put into place a strategy to “social listen.” There are tools that allow you to search for mentions and hash tags and

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some tools that even allow you to geo tag searches.

DO WELL You need to respond to mentions with a personalized message, not an auto-responder. Social listening is great but social awareness and immediate response with a personalized message is even better. With the abundance of opportunities to reach your customer in today’s marketing stratosphere, it is crucial that you learn to maximize and make the most of the social marketing at your fingertips. We understand that the learning curve can be steep and frankly is getting steeper with each new platform that emerges. It might feel overwhelming to stay ahead of the curve but commit to learning about at least one social platform and putting it to use for you and your business. Learn how to not only “do” social but also “Do it Well.” HCBM Kristin Fettig is CEO of Social Order, Inc., a social media marketing and management company specializing in small business.

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Noblesville educator offers unique class for aspiring entrepreneurs By Rosalyn Demaree, Photos by John Wright ared Costa is like many entrepreneurs. He courts prospective investors daily, files LLC paperwork with his lawyer, hustles business ideas and does a lot of marketing. He rarely stops percolating business venture ideas, whether he’s holding meetings in an office in Noblesville City Hall, hanging with friends or finding alone time. Unlike most entrepreneurs, Costa is 18. His big break came last year when he was a junior and among the first 60 students in Don Wettrick’s Innovation and Open Source Learning classes at Noblesville High School. Costa is frank about his struggle with traditional school—he dropped out this year—and the empowerment he found in Wettrick’s class.

Someday, your house or business might be solar heated through the building’s external coating, courtesy of Costa. Car windshields could incorporate his invention, allowing them to defrost using solar energy, similar to how embedded wires defrost rear windows. Due to patenting process regulations, Costa can’t discuss product details. He hopes it will be on the market within five months and that it will be manufactured in his adopted hometown. “Noblesville is where I started it. Noblesville is where I hope to keep it,” he said.


It’s What You do with What You Know “Students are taking real-life problems and tackling them. That’s community service at its best. That’s school service at its best,” said NHS Principal Jeff Bryant, who recruited Wettrick from Franklin Community High School to create the innovation program.

“He’s the smartest kid I ever had,” said Wettrick. “He’s going to be wealthy.” Using class time to research transparent conductivity material, Costa has developed a liquid-phased solar panel that can be applied like paint.

If Costa’s was the only story to come out of Wettrick’s class in the three semesters it has been offered, the program would be considered a success. Instead, his story is one of many. Three of his classmates are working to patent, fund or develop their products—a language-development toy, an app several school districts are using to replace paper hall passes, and a measuring scoop calibrated for adding protein powder or baby formula to bottled water.

Josh Eger and Blake Hepker discuss their projects with Don Wettrick.

Students are engaging with leaders that they wouldn’t ordinarily meet in high school, Bryant added, urging businesses to allow students to explore ideas and proposals with them.

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“It’s not what you know anymore,” said Wettrick. “It’s what you do with what you know.” He wants them to discover, to solve problems in manageable bites through collaboration and brainstorming. Wettrick, the class and NHS have attracted attention around the world from teachers, administrators and business leaders as he works to make central Indiana relevant in the innovation economy. More than 30,000 follow him on Twitter, and his calendar resembles an airline schedule. Listeners often are surprised to learn an Indiana school district gave birth to his innovation in education. When he spoke at Google headquarters, many in the audience said they wished they could have his experience.

Discovering How to Solve Problems Senior Hunter Johnson didn’t know what autocad was when he entered the Innovation Center last fall.

nesses don’t care if a worker can take an SAT or a Scantron test. They want employees that can create solutions.” Discovering how to solve problems is key to his students’ experience. Wettrick calls a whiteboard on wheels the most important piece of technology in his Media Center classroom. Students use it for Walk and Talks, where they brainstorm ideas as they push the board through William Anderson is working on drone video production. the school’s halls because “when you’re in motion, you they’re finding success or disappointthink better.” ments. “It’s OK if they don’t meet their There are no books or homework, a congoals” while discovering, Wettrick said. cept some students, who are largely male, “We celebrate failure in here.”

“Businesses don’t care if a worker can take an SAT…They want employees that can create solutions.”

“I do now,” said Johnson, who plans to study CNC Machining at Lincoln Tech and earn his master electrician degree at Gaylor Electric following graduation. “I always wanted to know how an engine works, and I needed a visual orientation.”

~ Don Wettrick, teacher find difficult to grasp early on. Their focus is on their projects, communicating about them through self-branded blogs and social media, and constant conferencing with Wettrick about their work, whether

He opted not to dismantle his car, instead finding a V8 engine on the Internet, creating a model to study using the 3D printer in the classroom, and is now developing his own engine. His original model from the 3D printer was not perfect but like Edison’s first 1,000 attempts at inventing the light bulb, Johnson is using his failures to forge success.

The student entrepreneurs needed space to conduct their business, and the city offered it. Whenever City Hall is open, up to five students can use the space to make phone calls, work on their business plans, or meet with mentors, potential investors and prospective clients. They have the equipment they need and the amenities that make office space more productive, including a kitchenette. “In economic development, we’re always talking with entrepreneurs about opportunities,” said Judi Johnson, the city’s director of economic development. The office is similar to Launch Fishers, the celebrated co-working space in that city, but is unique to Noblesville because it is student-focused. Students immediately started using the space the day after the city hosted an Innovation Summit this year.

He speaks with confidence beyond his years, a trait he credits to Wettrick’s class. “I understand more about myself and the creativity around me. There were limits on what I could do in my engineering class. The innovation class has made me a better student. It frees my creativity.”

Johnson said there is talk and interest in finding bigger space that could serve not only Wettrick’s class—which he hopes will expand to more sections with additional teachers—but, eventually, students from throughout Hamilton County. Neither funding nor a site has been identified.

The Innovation Center is proving to work well for kids that don’t do well in traditional settings, yet it attracts students from the full academic performance spectrum. Wettrick isn’t trying to replace traditional classes but he does feel some things being taught aren’t relevant anymore. “Busi-

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If a countywide co-working space for student entrepreneurs is put in the hands of problem-solvers like Costa, Hunter Johnson and others in the innovation class, hold on. It’s going to be a very fun ride. HCBM



Thinking Small Museum of Miniatures celebrates craftsmanship on a tiny scale By Mike Corbett Photos provided by Museum of Miniatures

hen you’re a kid, miniatures are second nature. Model cars, trains, dollhouses, action figures all spark our imaginations and help us learn about how the world works. Though we outgrow the toys, a miniature world is still a fascinating thing. There’s an art to creating miniatures, and that art is on display at Carmel’s Museum of Miniatures and Other Collections, nestled into a small corner of the Arts and Design District, and one of only five

museums in the nation dedicated exclusively to the art form. Located in a 125-year-old farmhouse with a recent addition on the front, the museum is a non-profit created when three women combined their collections. Suzie Moffett, Suzanne Landshof and Nancy Lesh had seen other collections disappear when their creators had died or sold their work. They wanted to preserve their treasures in a space open to the public. The museum opened in 1993 and has been located on the southeast corner Ceramics stoneware by Jane Graber

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of 1st Ave SE and Main St. ever since. Though Lesh has died, Moffett is still active as President of the Board of Directors. Landshof is Treasurer and will retire this year after working at the museum as a volunteer since it opened.

Levi Coffin House with secret hiding space


Attention to Detail Though most of the miniatures are dollhouses, the museum has also featured collections of miniature glasswear and crystal, model cars and trucks, dolls and miniature tools. Many

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 12 Dancing Princesses detail by Suzie Moffett  House by Lucina Ball Moxley  Ceramics salt glaze stoneware by Jane Graber  Depression glass case  Elaine Mancini and Suzanne Landshof  Suzie Moffett  Dorothy Stickles' Georgian on display  Display in Collections room

of the painstakingly crafted objects furnish the dollhouses. A temporary exhibit on Hoosier History features incredibly detailed miniature artifacts and a model of Levi Coffin’s home. Coffin was an abolitionist and conductor on the Underground Railroad who lived in Fountain City, near the Ohio border. The model shows the secret hiding places common in underground railroad homes used to hide slaves on their journey to freedom.

Carmel’s Museum of Miniatures and Other Collections

Elaine Mancini is the museum’s first Executive Director and only its second paid employee. She’s been on the job for a little over a year and is working to raise its profile. She’s launching programs that celebrate creativity and craftsmanship, increasing participation in Arts &

Design District events, cultivating corporate partners and expanding children’s programming. “We frequently have three generations in a visiting group,” she says. “Miniatures seem to lend themselves to intergenerational learning and sharing.” Expansion is in the works. Mancini plans to hire a Collections Manager in the next few months, she’s applying for grants and seeking sponsorships. Attendance was up 18% last year and she has plans to grow it even more. But, of course, no matter how much Carmel’s Museum of Miniatures grows, in one regard it will always remain small. Because on the corner of 1st Ave. SE and Main St., it really is a small world, after all. HCBM

The standard scale for building miniatures is 1 foot = 1 inch, so a six foot tall grandfather clock would be six inches tall in the miniature world. Becoming increasingly popular are ½" to 1' scale (making that clock three inches) and ¼" to 1'scale (making that clock 1 ½").

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Small, Independent Grocers: A Model in Futility? Sheridan learns to live without a grocery store By Shari Held

Family-owned Kenley’s Supermarket in Noblesville closed in 1998 after 58 years in the business. Last year saw the closing of all five Double 8 Foods neighborhood stores in northern Indianapolis, and in Hamilton County, the closing of the Sheridan IGA.

Railer’s Main Street Market: The Last Survivor “When I came to Sheridan in 1977 there were three other grocery stores in this town,” says Dave Railer, former owner of the Sheridan IGA. “And all were doing welI.” Over the years the others closed, making Railer’s 5,500-square-foot IGA the only place in town where residents could buy fresh meat and produce. But in November, 2015, “the last survivor” closed its doors.

An Outdated Business Model “IGA’s closure in Sheridan shouldn’t surprise anyone,” says Dr. Michael Hicks, director of Ball State University’s Center for Business and Economic Research. “IGA has had a difficult business model for some time. Store profits are always low, so the savings are in supply chains. And only chain stores can pull that off.” In the 1940s and 1950s, IGA (Independent Grocers Alliance} operated about 8,000 stores in the U.S. Today, it operates 1,750. IGA declined to comment for this story. It’s not just competition from huge chain grocers such as Kroger or Meijer, that supplement food items with everything from clothing to appliances, that are killing independent grocers. They’re taking hits in every direction—from gas stations to drugstores. “It seems everyone wants to get into the grocery business,” Railer says. Photo provided by The Times

eople who live in small towns or close-knit communities know what it’s like to go into the locally owned grocery store and have the owners greet them by name. Ask about their families. Maybe even special order something for them. But all indications are that the small, independent grocery store is rapidly becoming an anachronism.

And stores that offer groceries as a sideline such as Dollar General, drug stores and gas stations typically don’t carry fresh fruits and veggies and fresh meat. Which makes it a problem for the residents of towns like Sheridan.

The loss of Railer’s store is an Dave and Tina Railer, former owners of the Sheridan IGA inconvenience to many Sheridan In Sheridan, Railer was residents, but to some—particularly competing against the Dollar older residents and ones who don’t drive—it represents a real General, which is housed in a newer, nicer building. And Dollar hardship. Take Barb Douglas, age 73, and her two sisters, ages General’s price points are hard to beat. A recent study by retail 78 and 63. specialist Kantar Retail, found Dollar General’s overall prices were even lower than Walmart Supercenters and Aldi. “We used to do a lot of our grocery shopping at the Sheridan IGA,” Douglas says. “It was close to where we lived, and we could walk there to get our exercise.” In the winter months they depended on Railer’s home delivery service. Every Thursday Railer’s made home deliveries to senior citizens. Now Douglas, her sisters and others in that demographic will have to hitch a ride out of town to buy fresh produce and fresh meat. “The IGA was such a blessing,” Douglas says. “We really miss it, we do.” 16

Not Just About Lower Prices Consumers don’t always go for the lower prices, however. A recent study by Progressive Grocer shows personal interaction trumps everything else when it comes to shopper satisfaction and loyalty. And you get those qualities in spades at community grocery stores. Besides home delivery services to the elderly and homebound, Dave and Tina Railer and their employees called their customers by name. They carried customer’s groceries to their car and special ordered off-the-shelf items. Railer’s

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IGA also supported local school teams and donated to local causes. But even that wasn’t enough to keep it open.

grocery stores are a dying breed. He does note the recent trend for specialty shops such as butcher shops and says they seem to be doing well.

“There’s a lot of different things that forced me to close the store,” Railer says, “It remains to be seen if that’s just a temporary thing or if it’s sustainable,” he says.

“It seems everyone wants to get into the grocery business.” ~ Dave Railer

One huge factor is the changing buying habits of customers today. When Railer first opened his doors most of his customers would stock up on groceries every payday. And most meals were prepared at home. “Today people buy groceries meal-tomeal,” Railer says. “They never know where they’re going to be for the next meal. They don’t have time to plan. And they want convenience, so they eat out a lot.” And as more and more people began working in towns and cities outside Sheridan, they began to purchase their groceries on their way home from work. Not only that, but Railer’s customer base changed. A lot of his loyal weekly shoppers have passed on. “Those people are hard to replace,” he says. “It’s hard for a small store to appeal to younger generations other than for convenience.” At the same time, the government was demanding more and more from grocers, requiring them to conduct research and keep extensive records. It is difficult and costly for small businesses to comply.

Hicks thinks there are still opportunities for young entrepreneurs to enter the grocery business, but those opportunities will look very different. “I think the big innovation looming on the horizon is shopping services where you order your groceries on the computer and they’re delivered by truck or UBER driver to your home,” Hicks says. “This is already happening in more urban places, and over time Hamilton County will see this.” Meanwhile Douglas still hasn’t given up on attracting a “nice independent grocery store” to Sheridan. “The town can really use it,” she says. “I don’t see how it can’t go.” HCBM

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For three years Railer tried to find a buyer for the Sheridan IGA, but it didn’t work out. Finally, Railer reached the point all small business owners dread. “I felt I didn’t have any choice but to close the store,” he says.

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Book Review


Review by Jane Willis Gardner

omen looking for a careerboosting adrenaline shot will find just that in Grace Killelea’s recently released book, The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success. Drawing from her 35 years of climbing corporate ladders to the top of a Fortune 500 company and then founding her own women’s leadership institute, Killelea outlines hard-earned, well-tested principles in an easy-to-read format. The book features the author’s four “R”s of success: relationships, reputation, results and resilience. Spelling out what each of these principles looks like for women operating in a “man’s world,” the book underscores the right combination of competence and confidence as paramount to the journey. National statistics show that the female workforce now holds nearly 52 percent of professional-level jobs across all fields and outnumber men in earning college degrees, both undergraduate and advanced. But among America’s Fortune 500 companies, women now claim only about 25 percent of senior management positions and comprise less than 5 percent of CEOs. In the Confidence Effect Killelea illustrates the solution to this gender disparity not only through the lens of her own defeats and triumphs, but through brief biographies from noted female entrepreneurs, CEOs, authors, and even the first AfricanAmerican female fighter pilot.

RELATIONSHIPS The first step toward confidence is to relentlessly harness the magic of relationships, the key to ever-expanding 18

networks of information, power, and opportunity. From this pool come lifetime colleagues, team members, mentors, and fellow business owners, the people who give back in return as you invest in them. In one of her “Take Aways,” a great feature that ends each chapter, the author emphasizes to women, “It’s a mistake to think that you can do it all alone. The more you have to draw on, the more you can accomplish.” The book’s confidence-through-relationship section also includes mustread advice regarding the buzzword of delegation. A female leader must develop strong and trusted members as she moves into less tactical (operational) and more strategic (high-level leadership) roles. Killelea also stresses the relational importance of “executive presence,” the unspoken weight you carry when you enter a room or hold a conversation. Ines Temple, CEO of Lee Hecht Harrison, offers some simple but powerful advice: “We [women] should walk straight, occupy all the space that truly belongs to us, and learn to smile while speaking. Confidence is about generating trust more than trying to impress other by our knowledge.”

REPUTATION At the outset of this chapter, Killelea states that once a woman learns to consciously blend equal parts competence and confidence, a sought after “aha moment” occurs. It’s a phenomenon she calls the “Click,” her ultimate goal for readers. As steps on the journey, women must build their reputation by leading courageously, recognizing their own abilities, and building their personal brand. Moving forward as a leader can be as “simple”

as speaking up at a meeting where you usually sit quietly. If you see a problem in your organization you might ask the right person at the right time, “Could we think about this differently?” Showing passion about where you work by volunteering for a new initiative can also prove a powerful asset. About creating a personal brand, Sophia Nelson, author of The Woman Code says, “Make sure you are surrounded by people who speak positive things to and about who you are, what your gifts are, and how to manage them. The second way you build confidence is you love yourself, respect yourself, and know your value.”

RESULTS While relationships and reputation can get you closer to the proverbial corner office, the author contends that “flash, sizzle, and hoopla are great, but leaders prefer hard, fast, measurable results.” Time management, delegation, teamwork, personal accountability, and on-time quality deliverables serve as the trademarks of women who “get” the bottom line. Killelea also found over the years that one weak link in her own and other women’s toolkits was the need to collect, organize, and communicate crucial hard data to stake-holders and decision makers. Women heading to higher places must rely on the validity of metrics—facts, figures, pie charts, statistics, and research—as a necessary ally. Instinct, emotion, and even gut feelings belong in the boardroom, but numbers usually rule.

RESILIENCE The fine art of bouncing back is best illustrated by the author fulfilling her life-long

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dream to sky dive despite being emphatically told by an instructor, “That’s it. You can’t jump.” She did, but with a bit of an unconventional technique and landing.


In her view, resilience is the “very heart of leadership,” exhibited by how women learn from challenges, adversity, failures, and even lack of opportunity. Focus must be on progress, not perfection. Learning to lead when change is the only constant also rates high on the resilience scale, as does stamina. Killelea also encourages women to develop and use their EQ, or Emotional Quotient, the complex understanding of “playing well with others.”


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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

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CARMEL Koto Japanese Steakhouse – Sushi, Grill and Bar is open in the former Fox and Hound, 14490 Lowes Way. Pearson Ford at 10650 N. Michigan Road is undergoing a complete remodel. Weston Shoppes Sushi is moving into former salon space at 4000 W. 106th Street. The Bridges development near Springmill Road and 116th Street is now home to a new McDonald’s and a Potbelly Sandwich Shop. Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions, located at 11590 N. Meridian Street, is expanding its presence in the city with plans to open a second facility. Dr. Erik Barrett is opening an ophthalmology clinic on the first floor of Fidelity on Meridian at 11450 N. Meridian Street. Vertical Edge Consulting is moving into 11595 N. Meridian Street. First American Title is opening a new office at 11711 N. Meridian Street. A new 61,000 SF building that will be home to law office Wagner Reese and tech company Blue Horseshoe is slated for construction at 11939 N. Meridian Street. Retail boutique Endeavor is opening its doors in the Nash Building at 846 S. Range Line Road. In April, KBSO Consulting will relocate from its north Indy office to a new suite at 1344 S. Range Line Road. Surroundings by Natureworks moved down the street to the Indiana Design Center. The Paint Cellar held its grand opening in January at 720 Adams Street. Carmel Drive Self Storage is under construction on its four-acre site at 765 W. Carmel Drive. A new 85,000 SF parking garage is slated for construction northeast of the intersection of Pennsylvania Street and City Center Drive. Allied Solutions is relocating its corporate headquarters from this site to a new, larger building that is part of the Midtown project. 20

A new multi-tenant retail structure dubbed Carmel Lakeside Retail is planned for a six-acre site on Guilford Road just south of City Center Drive. MidContinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is expanding its corporate headquarters at 720 City Center Drive. In Clay Terrace shopping mall, sports clothing and equipment retailer Orvis has moved into the former Delia’s location, Sola Salon opened at 14179 Clay Terrace Boulevard, and Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa opened in December.

Amanda's The former Eclipse Fitness Center space at 2325 Pointe Parkway has been converted into a new location for Carmel salon The Beauty Lounge. A recently opened consignment shop, Amanda’s Exchange at 715 E. Carmel Drive, is a consolidation of three former Carmel locations: Amanda’s City-Chic Consignment, The District Exhange and Carmel Consignment. In January, Maui Whitening celebrated the grand opening of its new Carmel location at 969 Keystone Way. National fitness franchise I Love Kickboxing (ILKB) is opening a studio at 14570 River Road. Joining them in this new retail development is restaurant Japanese Express.

larger three-story building at Fishers Point Business Park near I-69 and 106th Street. Republic is planning construction of a 68,000 SF regional center just off 1-69. Topgolf is coming to Indiana with a new 65,000 SF facility slated for construction on 116th Street near Cumberland Road. Fishers Sports Academy held its grand opening in January at its new indoor training facility at 12910 Ford Drive. Launch Fishers moved into its new 52,000 SF co-working space at 12175 Visionary Way. Fishers Marketplace is gaining two new restaurants, Wild Eggs and Jimmy John’s, which will be opening soon at the development’s newest building at 13272 Market Square Drive. LG Nails has replaced an Allstate office at 9243 E. 141st Street. International Foods Halal Super Market is opening a new location at 14029 Mundy Drive. Comfort Foot Spa has moved into the former Slim & Fit of Fishers space at 14093 Mundy Drive. Mezza Mediterranean Grille at 9775 E. 116th Street has opened a Hookah bar next door called Casablanca Lounge. Towne Center at Geist shopping center is adding a new multi-tenant building at 116th Street and Olio Road. St. Vincent Fishers has opened a new state-of-the-art Infusion Center at its campus at 13861 Olio Road. LumenCache is planning to invest in manufacturing operations in Fishers.

FISHERS Xtreme Graphics is moving into 7998 Centerpoint Drive. Athlete Packs, headquartered at 9715 Kincaid Drive, is preparing for an expansion. Enterprise Rental Car is opening a new location at 7263 Fishers Landing Drive. Braden Business Solutions is coming to downtown Fishers at 7 Municipal Drive. The Nickel Plate District continues to grow with the relocation of Ginovus from Indy to The Switch. Stanley Security is preparing for an expansion that will move its headquarters from 9998 Crosspoint Boulevard to a

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NOBLESVILLE The Noblesville Chamber of Commerce is moving to the Hamilton East Public Library-Noblesville in April. Tenth Street Photography, formerly known as Pictures and Posters, opened a new studio in March at 255 S. 10th Street. Little Gypsy Boutique held its

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grand opening at the end of January at 914 Maple Street. Bolden’s Dry Cleaners reopened in January, ten months after fire destroyed the business at 151 N. 8th Street. Indy seafood favorite Caplinger’s Fresh Catch is opening a second location this summer at 15009 Gray Road, where it will partner with existing tenant Broccoli Bills. IU Heath is building a new 23,700 SF medical office building at 14735 Hazel Dell Road. Smith Legal LLC is opening in April at the Smith House, 444 Lafayette Road. The HAND apartment development, Roper Capstone, is officially open in its renovated historic building at 8th and Division streets. The Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville is expanding with the construction of a new 34,000 SF building adjacent to its downtown Community Center. American Vapor Distribution is moving into 1700 Pleasant Street. Kahlo Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is adding a new 11,000 SF auto parts building to its campus at 9900 Pleasant Street. Retail space is under construction at 17535 Terry Lee Crossing by Terry Lee Hyundai.

A Giant Eagle GetGo Store and a gas station are slated for construction just east of SR 37 at 9350 E. 146th Street. Software firm Imavex is growing its Noblesville headquarters at 9615 E. 148th Street. Interactive Digital Solutions is also planning an expansion of its headquarters at 14701 Cumberland Road. National chain BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse is coming to Hamilton County with a new location slated for construction at 13003 Campus Parkway near I-69’s Exit 210. Noodles & Company opened at 17015 Mercantile Blvd.

WESTFIELD Spa 32 is set to open in June at 17409 Wheeler Road just south of the Grand Park Sports Campus. A new Stacked Pickle restaurant is in the works at 17473 Wheeler Road. Bub's Burgers in Westfield is now open at 960 Tournament Trail. Grand Style Station, a hair salon, is open at 203 Jersey St. in the building that formerly housed Abuelitos Day Care. Teacher’s Credit Union is opening in the former Community Bank building on Main St.

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Grand Style Salon Jimmy John’s is coming to 17473 Westfield Park Road just southwest of US 31 and SR 32. Indiana’s first franchise location for The File Depot opened in March at 17406 Tiller Court. A new 190,000 SF Meijer store with a gas station has been proposed for construction on the southeast corner of SR 32 and Springmill Road. Legacy Stone Church has found a new home in the Creekside Centre at 725 E. Main Street. The Kroger at 17447 Carey Road is undergoing a complete remodel. ICC Paints & Décor is moving into 3245 E. SR 32 and Little Caesars is opening soon at 3221 E. SR 32. Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics recently opened at 16407 Southpark Drive. A new Re/Max Ascent brokerage office is opening this spring at 147 Oak Road just north of Cool Creek Commons. HCBM

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More than a dozen city and town councilors from across Hamilton County gathered Saturday, March 5th at the Market District supermarket in Carmel for a county-wide City Council Summit—the first in nearly a decade. Presented by the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, discussions included active listening, conflict negotiation as well as opportunities and issues facing Hamilton County. Travis Cohron joined Campbell Kyle Proffitt as an associate attorney.

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    -     -    - 

        

  


    


  


   

 

  

 

 


   


Helen Metken












 --      -


           -                

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 2016 Tuesday, April 19 / 12:00pm ALL-COUNTY CHAMBER LUNCHEON Ritz Charles Friday, April 22 / 7:30am LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST The Bridgewater Club

MAY 2016

Thursday, May 12 / 7:30am ALL-COUNTY NETWORKING BREAKFAST Prairie View Golf Club

Holiday Luncheon: The Holiday Luncheon featured the choirs from both Sheridan High School and the Hamilton Heights High School.

Thursday, May 19 / 5:30pm TASTE OF NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Blackhawk Winery/Sheridan Thursday, May 26 / 11:30am NHCCC LUNCHEON Sheridan Library Red Bridge Real Estate: Red Bridge Real Estate celebrated the opening of their Cicero business with a ribbon cutting during the holidays.

NEW MEMBERS SunSeeker Travels Cyndi Kanaly Cate, Terry & Gookins, LLC Stephenie Gookins Fox Prairie Golf Club Gary Deakyne

January Luncheon:

Booker Realty Kris Elliott

Jim Hogle, Chamber President, leads a member focus group at the January luncheon to solicit feedback from members.

Taste of Chocolate: Jane Hunter, Executive Director, represents the Chamber at the Taste of Chocolate event presented by Our Town Cicero, a Main Street organization.

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Tuesday, 19th Ritz Charles All-County Luncheon

Members from all Hamilton County chambers rode the route of the proposed Red Line Bus Rapid Transit to the first Statewide Chamber Day at the Statehouse. Along for the ride was the Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization and IndyGo to explain the route details.

Photos by Anna Skinner, Current in Westfield

Thursday, 19th Wood Wind Golf Club

2016 Additional Upcoming Events April 7 April 21 April 22 April 27 April 28 April 29 May 5 May 11 May 12 May 19 June 6 Aug. 5 Sept. 23

Westfield Young Professionals Tim’s Shooting Academy New Member Recognition Breakfast The Bridgewater Club Legislative Breakfast (rescheduled from March), The Bridgewater Club White Belt Certification Course, Ivy Tech Business After Hours, Beazer Homes Economic Development Breakfast Charleston’s Restaurant Westfield Young Professionals Check website for details Lean Certification, Ivy Tech All-County Networking Breakfast Business After Hours, Copper Trace Westfield Chamber Classic Golf Outing The Bridgewater Club All-County Women’s Luncheon 502 Event Centre Lantern Awards, Palomino Ballroom

Also: First Thursdays Westfield Young Professionals Third Thursdays Westfield Chamber Luncheons For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org or call 317.804.3030

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Westfield Young Professionals had a great networking evening at Rail Epicurean Market on February 4!

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Mayor Pence addressed the attendees at the State Library and offered a recap from 2015 along with plans for 2016.

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Noah Herron Urban Farmer 120 E. 161st St. Westfield, IN 46074 317.600.2807 www.ufseeds.com Samantha D’Eramo The Little Clinic 150 W. 161st St. Westfield, IN 46074 317.896.5405 www.thelittleclinic.com Helen Metken RE/MAX Ascent 600 E. Carmel Dr., Suite 264 Carmel, IN 46032 317.315.1015 www.ascentindiana.com

ALL-COUNTY LUNCHEON, RITZ CHARLES Tuesday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Workforce 2020:

Building a Strategic Workforce for the Future Presented by: Ed Cone, Deputy Director in the Thought Leadership Group at Oxford Economics Learn how the world thinks and how Hamilton County looks to address the changing needs of workplace and workforce. Edward Cone, Deputy Director in the Thought Leadership group at Oxford Economics, joins us to share results of research on Workforce 2020: Building a Strategic Workforce for the Future. For detailed information, please visit www.westfield-chamber.org

Presenting Sponsors: Westfield Works Available jobs! www.westfieldworks.org

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2016 Membership Luncheons



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Hamilton County History By David Heighway

he story of John and Louann Rhodes, the escaped slave family members who were saved from recapture when the town of Westfield rose up to protect them, is well known. But the story of their son, John, and his impact on Hamilton County law enforcement, is lesser known. The Rhodes family settled in Hamilton County and had five children. Their only son, John, was born in 1845. John Rhodes, Sr. wrote his will in 1850, but before he died he added an interesting marginal comment: “After my departure, I give to my son John Rhodes, one gun and one horse.” It’s not known exactly when he died, but the will was probated in January of 1857. The census record for 1870 shows only one member of the family left in Hamilton County: John, Jr., who was a farmhand. Soon after, he made a dramatic reappearance in the historic record.

The Posse At this time, Adams Township was something of a troubled area. It was not as well settled as other parts of the county and the largest town was Boxley. The county newspaper of the time gave the impression that church meetings were about the only social activity other than drinking. The drunks found it entertaining to disrupt the church meetings by shooting through the windows. Frank and Cass Harbaugh were the leaders of such a group, which was also noted for committing robberies. They met their match in the county sheriff, David W. Patty. He had served in the cavalry during the Civil War, been a prisoner of war, and was reading to become a lawyer. This is how the Hamilton County Register reported a confrontation in a church north of Cicero between the Harbaughs and Patty on February 15, 1871: …“Mr. Harbaugh and Mr. Bennett…had been eluding the officers for some time and had talked of shooting and other foolishness. The Sheriff and his deputies walked in quietly and the Sheriff invited the preacher to stop his discourse for a minute or two, he then told the congregation to remain quiet and keep seated, that he had a warrant for a couple of young men and should arrest 28

them. Mr. H. and Mr. B were soon ornamented with bracelets, the latter making some resistance. The Sheriff then said that if there was anyone who would go their bail, he would wait, but if not he would travel.“… The next day some of their friends bailed them out. However, the sheriff had some problems the next time he was in the area. Noblesville Register, March 8, 1871. “Sheriff Patty met with a serious accident last Friday. He was up near Boxley on business, his horse fell on him putting his arm out of place. He was brought down on Saturday, and is doing duty in Court this week. These old soldiers take a terrible sight of killing.” So with the sheriff out of commission, the only way to deal with the Harbaugh gang was to form a group of special deputies—a “posse”. One member of the group was Dr. Cyrus Burrows, the town doctor of Boxley. The only other two we know of for certain were two black men: Henry White, 23 years old, unmarried, and whose father, Dennison White, was one of the early settlers of Robert’s Settlement. And John Rhodes, 25 and unmarried. It’s obvious from a news story the following week that the posse was effective in bringing the suspects in. Incidentally, the newspaper uses various slang terms, some of which are inappropriate today, to describe the African American members of the party. The phrase “Fifteenth Amendments” was a reference to the newly-passed amendment to the constitution giving the right of citizenship to former slaves. Noblesville Register March 15, 1871, p. 3. Column 3: “On Monday night a party composed partly of Fifteenth Amendments, made a raid in Adams township capturing Cass Harbaugh and Frank Harbaugh, at the residence of Daniel Lane, five miles northwest of Boxley; they also captured Lemuel Haines at the residence of Vic Haines. These are the gentlemen who have been eluding the Sheriff for some time.” April • May 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Column 1: “The Harbaugh boys and Lew Haines have come to grief. They were taken up by a party of the Fifteenth Amendment. They say they would not have cared so much to be taken if the d----d [n-----s] had not done it.” Column 2: “Circuit Court Case of the State vs. Harbaugh was nolie pros’d (voluntarily dismissed) and the defendant gave security for his appearance to answer any indictment that may be found.” So the Harbaugh boys were at large again. This was obviously too much for one of the residents of Boxley, who then wrote an outraged letter to the paper on March 22. Unfortunately, the historic record dries up here except for the history of the individuals.

Wrong Side of the Law Among the “desperados”, Lemuel “Lew” Haines died in 1873, Cass Harbaugh died in 1878, and the identity of Frank Harbaugh may never be clearly known, since there were at least three men by that name. Sheriff Patty became a lawyer and eventually county prosecutor. Dr. Burrows moved to Iowa in 1875. Henry White stayed in the county, farmed, and raised a family. He died around 1926. As for John Rhodes, he and his sister Elizabeth sold the last of their father’s land in 1873. The next time John appears, he is on the wrong side of the law. He was courting the Sheriff’s cook in May of 1875 when the two of them went to a social event that turned into a fight. It happened again in September. John was

“…he then told the congregation to remain quiet and keep seated, that he had a warrant for a couple of young men and should arrest them. Mr. H. and Mr. B were soon ornamented with bracelets, the latter making some resistance.” ~ newspaper article,1871 brought before the judge and fined $15. The newspaper, which described John as being physically big and handsome, said that the judge told John that he hoped he would settle down and become an asset to the community. It seems Rhodes was popular when he wasn’t being rambunctious. We don’t know if John Rhodes ever settled down. There is no more mention of him after 1875 and he is not in the 1880 Hamilton County census. So while there are still questions to answer, the parts of the story we do know are a proud part of local history. An African American serving as a law enforcement officer in a country barely out of slavery speak well for the ideals of this area and offers a fascinating look at Black history in Hamilton County. HCBM

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Hamilton County Business Magazine April/May 2016  

A bi-monthly review of business news and features in Hamilton County, Indiana, USA

Hamilton County Business Magazine April/May 2016  

A bi-monthly review of business news and features in Hamilton County, Indiana, USA

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