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Letter from the Editor April • May 2015 My political campaign is in full swing as we approach the May 5 primary election. Although I don’t make a habit of writing about it much in this magazine (which is, after all, a business magazine), I have been thinking of little else since declaring my candidacy for the Republican nomination for Mayor of Noblesville back in January. The challenge, of course, is that I already have a full time job publishing and editing this magazine. So since the two are mashing up in my mind, here are some thoughts about running for office as a businessman. I am grateful to be self-employed. I spent many years working in large corporations, and though I never seriously considered running for office then, the thought did occur to me from time to time as I covered other office holders as a news reporter. The conflict of interest as a reporter is obvious but as I moved into advertising management, the conflict seemed less obvious to me. Regardless of what I thought, most large media companies have policies against any employee holding public office, so it was never really a possibility until I opened my own business. Those restrictive policies may be shortsighted, but in this era of ethical lapses frequently in the news, I don’t think the environment is right to try to loosen them right now.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

However, we should eventually have that discussion because I think government needs more of the kind of critical thinking and competitive spirit that business breeds in people. I realize the missions are different, but many of the disciplines required for business: sales, management, budgeting, strategizing, negotiation, are useful in the public sector as well. To the extent that business people are able to look beyond their own interests and work as hard for the community’s benefit as they do for their own, I think many would make excellent public servants. Of course, that service should be temporary. Elected public service shouldn’t be a career. The same skills that make business people successful can lead them to overreach when given political power. That’s one area where government is quite different from business…political leaders only need to justify their performance at election time, whereas businesses are in the marketplace all the time. Because we give our elected leaders so much power, we need to change them every now and then to generate fresh ideas and keep them from getting too entrenched. So, considering the time and resources commitment, is it really worth the effort to run? I think so. What I know is that I have a passion for this city that drives me to want to do more. I think Noblesville has so much potential and I want to help us reach it. It’s not unlike running a business: you see a problem, you want to fix it. It’s that desire to fix things that motivates me. Win or lose, it is a privilege just to be able to run. I am eternally grateful to be living in a nation with free and open elections and free enterprise. We are all very fortunate to have the opportunity to build our businesses and influence our political process. We all need to acknowledge that good fortune by respecting the process and casting our vote on May 5.

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Leadership Development in 611 Pages Two books to help develop your leadership skills In 1973, famous management professor and international consulting guru Dr. Peter Drucker published his 611 page “encyclopedia” on all-things management -- Management: Task, Responsibilities, Practices.1 Certainly not a quick read, page after page of Management contains gem after gem of wisdom that can help any manager become more effective. While many of Dr. Drucker’s examples might seem dated now, the observations and recommendations he made are timeless. This is also the case with a more recent tome on the principles and practices of Leadership – The Complete 101 Collection: What Every Leader Needs To Know.2 Written by former mega-church pastor and now prolific writer, speaker, and leadership consultant, Dr. John C. Maxwell, this book also contains practical principles and advice on leadership but is written in a much easier style to understand, appreciate, and adopt than Drucker. To get a personal feel for the author in action, go to Youtube, type in “John C. Maxwell,” then enjoy some visual time with him. He is entertaining as well as extremely knowledgeable. Originally published as a series of stand-alone “101 books” covering eight key leadership traits and practices -- Attitude, Self-Improvement, Leadership, Relationships, Success, Teamwork, Equipping, and Mentoring – The Complete 101 Collection conveniently packages all eight books between two covers. Because of the length of The Complete 101 and the 8

space limits of this article, I will only attempt to cover briefly the main sections of Maxwell’s first 101 book, Attitudes, in the hope you will want to get the complete volume. If you want to be a more effective leader and develop others as well, you can’t go wrong with John Maxwell. Attitude 101 + “Attitude” defined – “An inward feeling (good or bad) expressed in or by behavior.”

C) Who you associate with and, especially, those who influence you for good or bad; D) How we think we physically look to others vs. how we are actually perceived by others; E) Our parents and siblings, how we were raised, our education, by one’s spouse, by one’s job, and so on. All factors count but their impacts differ greatly among individuals.

+ You can change negative attitudes: #1 Evaluate your present attitude. What’s causing you problems? (See “rotten attitudes” above.) What’s + Great talent alone is not enough to make a winning team. But great tal- holding you back? #2 You must believe you can change and have the desire to ent + good attitudes = a great team do so; #3 Write a Statement of Purpose and define specific, desired Outcomes. + Six common, rotten attitudes: Share with a friend who might serve An inability to admit wrongdoing as your “conscience;” #4 Break your or mistakes; failure to forgive; petty jealousy; the disease of me (the Big I); Purpose and Outcomes into small bits a critical spirit; and a desire to hog all and live them out one day at a time; #5 Avoid sources of negative thoughts the credit. (There are others.) and influence as much as possible (certain people, TV shows, movies, and + Attitude Axioms -- #1 Our atso on); #6 Stay with the program. Life titude determines our approach to life; is a marathon, not a sprint. #2 Our attitude determines our relationship with people; #3 Often one’s + On overcoming the inevitable attitude is the only difference between setbacks in life – “fail forward”: A) success and failure; #4 Our attitude at Take responsibility for your actions the beginning of a task will affect its but try not to internalize failings (don’t outcome more than anything else; #5 Our attitude can turn our problems into take personally); B) See a failure as only temporary. Take a different apblessings; #6 Our attitude can give us proach. Keep trying; C) Keep expectaan uncommonly positive perspective. tions realistic but with “stretch.” D) Know your strengths and weaknesses + Attitudes (positive or negative) and concentrate your efforts on usare formed by: A) How you “see” ing your strengths. This is also true yourself; B) Past experiences plus of your people if you are a manager. exposing yourself to new experiences Peter Drucker calls it “Staffing from and opportunities for growth; April • May 2015 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

strengths, not personalities”; E) Perhaps the hardest principle of all – Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again….and again. Thomas Edison is purported as saying he found 10,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb before he found a way that did work. + What is “success?” Here is John Maxwell’s definition. What’s yours? “Success is…Knowing your purpose in life,Growing to your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” + How can a leader (you?) keep climbing? Recognize that “the higher level of leadership you want to reach, the greater the sacrifices you will have to make.” Gerald Brooks, founding pastor of the mega Grace Outreach Center, Plano, TX, said “When you become a leader you lose the right to think only about yourself.” Sacrifices in some cases can even mean death –

J.F. Kennedy, M.L. King, Robert Kennedy, Lincoln, policemen, soldiers, and many others. Admittedly, all the above factors are easier said than done. But each 101 Book gives such proven, practical advice that a person can’t help but improve….if one will only read and try. No one is perfect but we can all improve bit by bit, day by day: Today better than yesterday. Tomorrow better than today.

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Using Facebook to Enhance Networking Be persistent but sensitive So everyone is using social media to connect, right? Especially after networking events like the Chamber of Commerce, Sparks or Rainmakers, right? Are you? If you say no, why aren’t you? You are missing out on a great way to keep your name in front of those you have recently met. Studies show that if you don’t keep yourself in front of your contacts within 3-4 months they will forget you entirely. I have A.D.D. so with me it’s even sooner.

ensure that you not only see their posts but maybe even get notified of their posts so that you will have a chance to LIKE them and maybe even comment on them? Well there is a way. Tell Facebook a lie. Tell Facebook that this new friend is a CLOSE FRIEND. Here’s a screen shot showing how to do that.

If you change this setting to “Close So let me give you a couple of Friends” you networking tips on how to keep your will get a name in front of those you meet while notification networking. for each post the 1 - Be sure to send an email within 24person 48 hours from the time you met. The makes. Why sooner the better. This email needs to do this? be short so folks will remember who Because you are. Remember this is marketing, the more not selling. you interact 2 - 24 hours after that send a LinkedIn with connection request. someone on 3 - 24 hours after that send a Facebook Facebook connection request. the more likely it is they will see the things you The concept here is you are making 3 post. I am not suggesting that you do marketing touches over several days. this for everyone. Nor should you keep Each touch reminds them that they them in this setting forever. If you do shook your hand at the networking this for 30-60 days you will continue event. This strategy will increase the to see most of their posts and they will number of people who connect with see yours as well. you on social media.

Quick Tip for Facebook You may not realize this, but Facebook has implemented an algorithm that is designed to limit whose posts you see to only those that you have the most interaction with. Why? So they can sell ads. So let’s say that you meet someone who really has the potential to be influential towards your success. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily 10

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Let’s talk briefly about the etiquette of this tactic. Once you flip the switch don’t LIKE every single thing that the person posts. Seriously, that would be creepy. Actually LIKE things that you appreciate. Maybe once a day or every other day for the first week. Then the 2nd week start by commenting on a few posts, while still liking other posts. Always be super short, be positive,

affirming and NEVER critical. Also don’t tell them your life story or in any way hijack their post by getting into a lengthy conversation with their friends. The absolute worst is to get into an argument with one of their friends. Remember you are marketing here. On the 3rd week step up the number of LIKEs and comments. Be helpful to what they are trying to convey. You might even find an article or a website that helps them, share it with them. Never join in any type of drama even if it is in their defense. For projects at work or volunteer groups see the selection “Add to another list...” (in the bottom screen shot left). This is great because you can create lists of people. It allows you to quickly see the things everyone on the list is posting. Why? Because you will be able to quickly go through and like or comment on their posts. The name you give the list will provide a reminder as to why you are interacting with them. Afraid this could take a lot of time? Not really. Think 5-10 minutes 2 days a week. Would you give up this time to speed up the establishment of a relationship with a future referral source for your business? Remember, always use your social media super powers for good and not evil. These tools can bring people together or push them apart. It is all up to us in how we set our intention. More social media strategy tips in the future so stay tuned. HCBM

Chris Reed is an internet marketing expert, owner of Cast a Bigger Net and founder of Sparks, a TED-type networking event. Reach him at chris@ castabigger.net

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What Public Relations Cannot Do for Your Business Debunking Three Myths of PR I am often surprised at the perceived, somewhat-magical powers of public relations professionals. Poof! Call a news conference and have every station attend! Poof! Make that ugly legal issue disappear! And while you’re at it, can you write something that doubles my earnings this year? Granted there are a number of things with which a public relations professional can assist a business or nonprofit organization. But there are also a number of things that they cannot do. And the key, my friends, is the “wisdom to know the difference,” to quote the Serenity Prayer. So, allow me to bestow some of that wisdom on you by taking you through these three myths of public relations. 1) All we have to do is call a news conference or pitch this story to the media! Yeah, not so much. First of all, the days of “calling a news conference,” unless you are some one of high profile with something interesting to say, are over. I’m not sure if they were really even there to begin with. Nonetheless, the press cannot/will not/should not be summoned to hear about your awesome new product, award, tremendous accomplishment, etc. Secondly, let me make one thing really clear … and if you remember nothing else from this article, please remember this: It is not the news media’s job to provide you with free advertising or a forum from which to tout your organization. Today, the media is looking for content that will engage audiences who have many, many more choices than ever 12

before. It may be hard news or an investigative piece; it may be soft news or a feature. They are walking a delicate balance of being objective reporters who must adhere to management’s call for bottom-line results. The key to making a connection with a reporter is to make your business or organization a subject matter expert and offer interesting and timely topics and opinions over the course of time. It’s a relationship. And that’s where a PR person comes in handy. 2) Make that issue disappear! Okay, really? Ever see a dog working frantically to cover up his mess in the backyard? There’s no real disappearing, and I don’t care how much you pay for “reputation management,” that stink is going to linger. A crisis is never a matter of “if” but “when.” Be prepared with solid messaging and proactive crisis management – again, this is where a PR person can really help you work through potential crises and what you want to say. Tell the truth, tell the truth, tell the truth. And tell the truth. Quickly. The issue won’t disappear, but it won’t be quite as stinky for quite so long. 3) Show me the money (and the ROI)! Do I look like Jerry McGuire? Nevermind. But it’s sometimes difficult to connect the dots between a company’s return on investment on public relations, but it’s not impossible. It’s also not cheap. It starts with a strategic public relations plan that includes research, planning (including defining measurable objectives), implementation (the strategies and

tactics) and evaluation. It’s important to obtain initial research like customer surveys (of all your clients, not just the happy ones), communications audits, etc. before the PR fun begins. No, that survey you did three years ago won’t work. You think you know your clients and don’t need to ask them what they think? Good luck with that. Another important thing research provides is the information necessary to create messaging that will resonate with your audience – potential customers, donors and, yes, the media. This messaging should also be reflected in all of your marketing efforts, from website, social media and presentations to collateral materials (which is how a lot of us PR pros end up overseeing marketing ef-

…they aren’t there to tell you how wonderful your business is… forts or working in tandem with marketing as well). And you should be willing to use as many evaluation tools as you can, from Google Analytics to Facebook Insights to paid monitoring services that not only track where your company appeared in the press, but the perceived value of that placement. Another survey after 12 months helps measure your progress as well. It may seem like unnecessary minutia, but (trust me, here) it’s the difference between success and disappointment. (next page)

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Kindling the creative Flame Launch Fishers empowers entrepreneurs By Deb Buehler Photos by Mark Lee


fter traversing coffee shops and bakeries for business meetings, entrepreneur John Wechsler knows what it takes to do the work of creating a startup. Visiting accelerator settings and co-working situations in other parts of the U.S. inspired Wechsler to bring this trend home to Fishers. Collaborating with community leaders, Wechsler developed Launch Fishers to provide the opportunity for entrepreneurs working to start

and build high-potential enterprises. From tech startups to health information, life sciences, biotech to consumer products and agri-tech, Launch Fishers has exceeded initial expectations and grown to include 438 members.

Launching innovation Located in the lower level of the Fishers Library, Launch Fishers is in the center of the Nickel Plate district. For a $500 annual membership, startups gain access to shared work space that includes a large common area, chairs, tables, desks and meeting rooms. Extra charges beyond the annual membership cover the cost of shared assets such as mail service and printing. “Members are fostering a culture of collaboration,” Wechsler explained. “There is a lot of collaboration; soft-


ware developers find a designer to work with or a resource for having their website built. There are bright people here with great attitudes.”

“…we are surrounded by ambitious, enterprising and thought-provoking people. It doesn’t allow the downer part of being an entrepreneur.” -Matt Wyatt, Recovery Force Wechsler said Launch Fishers is really an organic instrument for economic development in Hamilton County. It is a strong entrepreneurial community that Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness sees as an important

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infrastructural investment. Launch Fishers is enabling commerce and having a significant economic impact. For example, in 2014, investors committed $4.2 million to Launch Fishers companies. “We’ve created an environment where entrepreneurship and innovation can flourish,” Wechsler said. “There is a lot of buzz and energy around the whole experience of our members. And we are improving their chances for success.”

Launching beyond the basement The spirit of entrepreneurialism permeates the spaces Launch Fishers has created. And business founders really relish the high energy and healthy support. “I recommend that anyone considering a co-working space spend time at Launch Fishers,” said George Klein, founder of Peoplocity. “I was attracted to the quality and caliber of the people here as well as the close

alignment to technology. It is a great location and a lot of my customers and potential customers are on the north side. That’s why I’m here.” Klein called Launch Fishers is an ecosystem of business support; from app developers to potential advisors and investors to vendors and potential employees the community is dynamic and fruitful. Members also have access to programs that provide valuable information; accounting, legal, human resources seminars to name a few.

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is a community that is very helpful in bouncing ideas around, backboarding and helping members connect with others who have a multitude of experiences in different areas.”

mutually beneficial for both businesses. “As leaders and entrepreneurs we get in our own way,” Wyatt said. “We can sabotage our success. But here we are surrounded by ambitious, enterprising and thought-provoking people. It doesn’t allow for the downer part of being an entrepreneur.”

Wyatt added that Launch Fishers isn’t just for start-ups. There are a handful of CEO’s of small to medium sized businesses with memberships. They use their membership to come in and “We’ve been here get work done without interruption. a little over a year,” Launch Fishers is such a productive, Wyatt explained. creative and renewing environment “We are the only that it is re-energizing for individuals group with a needing a stimulating space for their locked, dedicated work. office space inside Launch FishLaunch Fishers is proud of the starters. It’s unique to ups and “graduates” of the entrepretheir model. We’ve neurial community. Logos representcommandeered a ing members are displayed on a wall former small con- in the main work area of the space. ference room for our company.” “Any number of these companies in the pipeline are on the way to success.” Wechsler said. “Companies like Stimulating Bluebridge Digital, LLC have moved Space out into a 9,000 square foot space Wyatt originally – they were member number one. did product deHaven is another company that has velopment in his home. He outgrew moved out and now supports 9 or 10 that and found not employees.” only the space he According to Wyatt, Launch Fishers needs at Launch is a no brainer in terms of creating Fishers but also momentum and building success in the high level of community. And, he believes, its part “Launch Fishers brings people in who intellect and experience to support other aspects of his business growth. of a larger trend in business – where can help – a law firm might present companies grow in a healthy, collabLike Klein, Wyatt has collaborated and give you help on the legalities orative environment while maintainwith other creative entrepreneurs to of starting a small tech company ing their independence. HCBM meet needs for programming, softwith the hope that one day you’ll be ware development and media – all a client,” Klein said. “Launch Fishers Matt Wyatt, cofounder of Recovery Force agrees.


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Three start ups that found a home at Launch Fishers

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Founder: Jennifer Riley Simone Fresh Figs is one of the newest members at Launch Fishers. Riley Simone founded the company on a part time basis in 2011 and officially launched as a full time enterprise in November, 2013. Fresh Figs Marketing offers multi-channel marketing services for clients. Simone supports clients who are building their brand with websites, social media print marketing and publications. She also offers graphic design, website and content development. Simone represents a variety of small businesses across the nation helping them build their business strategy and implement their marketing plan.

Co-Founders: Matt Wyatt and Brian Stasey Recovery Force is building on-body, mechanical compression gear for medical, military and professional athletic endurance use. Using game-changing technology, Recovery Force has embedded mechanical compression into passive compression gear. Wyatt explained that his experience in the orthopedic industry helped him understand what patients’ needs are in in terms of reducing the risk of blood clots. During product development it became clear that on-body mobile mechanical compression also had medical and military applications related to endurance.

Peoplocity is a people-powered customer service mobile app that allows customers a private resource for sharing their thoughts. It gives business and organizations a direct, private connection to their clients so customer service issues can be resolved easily and promptly. Today, people use their mobile device to communicate. It can be challenging to use social media or review sites to provide feedback about services or experiences. With the Peoplocity app, clients send messages to any business or organization in a private format. Business managers can get valuable, direct feedback from consumers rather than having to wait on responses to surveys or market research. In February, Noblesville Parks & Recreation joined forces with Peoplocity. The Parks Department is always interested in feedback from park, program and event participants.

Simone said that one of the perks of owning your own business is working from home. While she appreciates her designated office space at home, she sometimes finds it difficult to focus on her own business. At Launch Fishers she can work on her business while having the ability to meet with clients. “I like Launch Fishers because part of owning a business is building relationships,” Simone explained. “The relaxed atmosphere here provides the time and space to sit back and get to know clients. I know a lot of business gets done in coffee shops but it’s nice to be able to grow my business and support the local business community at the same time.”

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Long Live the Barbershop Barbering remains a time-honored tradition By Rosalyn Demaree Photos by Mark Lee


aircuts were $3 when Kurt Hoffman began barbering in 1976. “But you could get a new car for $5,000 then,” said Hoffman, who followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and uncle after a 10-year foray in semiconductor computer sales. He’s owned Fishers Barber Shop for 21 years.

While salons offer services from head to toe, Hoffman believes his customers prefer simplicity. “They want a good, basic haircut at a good, decent price without all the bells and whistles,” Here, a haircut is $15. Indiana allows anyone to own a barber shop or salon, though they must have a barber or a combination barber and cosmetology license to work there. Cosmetologists outnumber barbers, Hoffman said. He went to school and worked simultaneously for nine months, cut hair for two years, and then earned a degree in computers from Indiana State University.

The shop at 8666 E. 116th Street looks like it has been there forever. Inside, five barber chairs, the newest of which is from the 1940s, beckon customers to settle in. This is a place where men and boys go for a traditional haircut from Hoffman or one of three other barbers, all women. Dave Snider, Classic Barber Shop, Carmel


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Not too many decades ago, there were at least four barber colleges in Downtown Indianapolis. Google “Indiana barber schools” or click on the barbering board’s website link and you’ll find one, Success Barber School in Merrillville. Snider recalls a time when some barber shops were considwho’s 50 and older to one that’s 25 to 30 ered shady places. As a kid, he heard of – “fathers who like to bring their sons to a real barber shop.” Men who like a well-blended, tapered cut they’re not getting at trendy shops.

Duff opened Sunshine less than 18 months ago at 208 E. Main St. in Westfield. A men’s cut or a woman’s short cut is $18. Her collection of old barber tools accents the one-chair shop, which she hopes to expand to a second room soon and hire a full-time cosmetologist to do specialty services. For centuries, a town’s barber doubled as its dentist and doctor, Duff explains, showing a mean-looking pair of 100-year-old tooth extractors that were used sans Novocain. One of her

“Barbering is not the art of beauticianing or cosmetology,” he added. “We’re an old school barber shop. I went to an old school barber college.” Snider thinks the biggest misunderstanding about barber shops is that they offer limited styles. “As a boy, I remember hearing that barber shops have two cuts: short and shorter,” he laughs. Today’s barbers offer many styles.

“You make a decent living. You’re never going to get rich from it.” -Kurt Hoffman, Fishers Barber Shop Snider isn’t fond of antiques; his eight chairs are more modern than the old leather and porcelain ones you might picture when you hear “barber shop.” There’s an open, airy feel at Classic, where cuts are $18.

ones that were covers for horse betting. The state barber board regulates and inspects shops now. There are also health department inspections, plus the customary business ones for zoning and safety.

Men want real barbers It’s no surprise that Pam Duff specializes in precision cuts for men, women and children at Sunshine Barber Shop. She started barbering 35 years ago at Eglin Air Force Base.

grandfather’s razor strops is part of the collection, as are very early hand clippers and a blow dryer – both still work – and a curling iron that was heated on a stove. A spinning barber’s pole on her storefront draws new customers inside. “It’s our trademark,” said Duff. “Men see it and come in. They want a real barber.” HCBM

He and Hoffman agree that one of the most difficult aspects of the business is finding skilled, reliable workers. Becoming a barber in Indiana requires 1500 hours before getting a four-year license, according to the Indiana Board of Barbering. Continuing education is recommended but not mandated. If a license expires for more than three years, the barber must re-take the practical exam. 20

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Focus: Health & Wellness

Philanthropy through Fitness Heartland Endurance Sports By Stephanie Carlson Curtis Hot chocolate, Gigi’s cupcakes and beautiful flowers made for a winning combination on this chilly February morning. First or last, all competitors in the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Scoot felt the love and a sense of accomplishment upon crossing the finish line at Forest Park in Noblesville. This 5k run/10k relay is just one of many diverse fitness events organized by Heartland Endurance Sports (HES). However, putting on races is just part of the HES mission, charitable organizations will also benefit from these “races with purpose.”

due to lack of training, and realizing there was not a program available that could better prepare triathletes for the swim portion of the race, he established Indy Endurance Sports in 2005. “Over the last few years, I have met some amazing people,” T.J. reflects. “I cannot believe the amount of time and training people put into getting ready for these races. They are very inspiring. Even though some people know they cannot finish a race, they still try.”

As he helped athletes conquer the challenge of triathlons, T.J. faced challenge HES founders, T.J. Tryon and Greg Nunnel- in his personal life. Laid off from his IT ly, met about 25 years ago in college and job, he obtained his teaching license and went on to become engineers in the Army. taught middle school math until his eightEventually, they both moved to different year old son, Thomas, moved in with him states to start their individual careers. full time. “Thomas is autistic and needs T.J. worked as an IT engineer and Greg a lot of support,” T.J. explains. “Being a chose a path that took him to Florida. A teacher gave me the skills I needed to deal decade later, the two reconnected, sharing with a child with special needs.” T.J. took a mutual enjoyment of fitness. They never time off from teaching to take care of his imagined at the time that their hobby son. During this time, he had an epiphany. could become a business.

Meeting Challenges As a youngster, T.J. was a competitive swimmer. He and his younger sister spent weekends at the pool and traveled to swim meets with his family. He ran cross-country and spent time biking in groups. “It was just kind of natural to put all three sports together and participate in triathlons.” And it was natural for T.J. to share his knowledge with other athletes through coaching and conducting open water swims—training that takes place in large bodies of water like Morse Reservoir in Noblesville. After witnessing several people pulled from the water during early season races

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“T.J. and I were out for a training run tossing around various ideas for helping athletes,” Greg recalled. “We put our heads together and decided we could treat athletes well, use our experience to put on great races, and do what we love for the greater good.” Like T.J., helping others is important to Greg, who works as a dietary aid in the kitchen of a nursing home where he serves elderly people on a daily basis. Hence, Indy Endurance Sports became a full-fledged race promotion company newly named Heartland Endurance Sports. The two friends became business partners operating their fitness-focused

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Hamilton County based business out of their homes with mission of providing a positive experience for participants, supporting Hamilton Country business and contributing a portion of proceeds to charity. “We want to outsource everything we need for our races locally,” Greg says. “We have partnered with local charities, the Lupus Foundation and Tatum’s Bags of Fun and we are committed to hosting safe races at a good value.”

Eyes on the Finish Line Events are designed to promote healthy living for athletes of any ability and age and range from walking and running to multi-sport and trail races. Entry fees depend on the type of race, distance and time of entry, but events are reasonably priced. A 5k such as the “Bolt for Autism” may cost about $20, while for the “Sweetwater Triathlon,” early registration costs $45 and late entries are priced at $75. Heartland Endurance Sports is on track to organize 35-40 races and possibly become profitable this year. They hope to make a living off something they love to do. Starting a new business can be as painful as running a triathlon for the first time, but both Greg and T.J. agree the end reward will be worth it. As Greg says, “Pain is temporary but when you cross that finish line that winning feel is forever.” To learn more or to register for races visit http://www.heartlandendurance.com/. Volunteers are essential to the success of the races HES appreciates any helping hands. HCBM


Welcome to

Dan Canan

Carmel and Fishers Chambers merge

Mo Merhoff

By Mike Corbett


he county’s two largest chambers of commerce joined forces in February to form OneZone, a mega chamber that covers the entire southern border of Hamilton County, our major population center. The new organization combines the resources of both. The board of directors of both chambers will become the 25 member board of OneZone. Mo Merhoff, former President of the Carmel Chamber, becomes President of OneZone. Dan Canan, former President of the Fishers Chamber becomes Executive Vice President. Here are excerpts from an email interview.

has been beneficial for our members, therefore the natural progression for this collaboration is to merge into one organization. As one of our corporate members told us as we were talking with him about the merger, “Change can happen because of aspiration or because of desperation”, this merger is the result of the Fishers and Carmel boards and staffs aspirating to be the best and deliver the greatest value to our membership.

Mo Merhoff: The time to make bold moves is when you’re strong, and not when you feel forced to make change. The Fishers and Carmel Chambers are Hamilton County Business Magazine: coming off their best two years in their Both of you say that this idea has respective histories. We could certainly been discussed for many years. Why have taken the position that there’s no is now the right time to do it? need for change when things are this good. But we both believe that together, Dan Canan: As a business organization we can provide a stronger value propowe constantly look for opportunities sition for our members, and create that will strengthen and improve our more opportunities for our business voice for the business community in the community. That community doesn’t area. The Fishers and Carmel chambers see municipal boundaries; they see have a history of collaborating which business opportunities. 22

HCBM: Let’s talk a little about mechanics. You are combining boards and staffs. Do you expect to have a single location? Website? Are luncheons going to be combined? Seems like there are some devils in those details. Merhoff: Finding all those devils is what took us almost two years! Neither of our current locations can absorb the rest of our combined staff, so we will locate in the short term someplace in between. To work best, we need to be together. We’ll be looking in a couple years for long-term office space. Our staff has been working on the new website. We will combine many of our committees; however, we will each retain our respective committees that deal with local business issues. Ours is called the Business Issues Committee; Dan’s is the Advocacy Council, but we want to make certain that businesses in our respective communities have a group dealing with issues specific to that

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community, e.g., sign help; backing of a particular ordinance or development, etc. At the State legislative level, we are already a part of the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee that has representative from all of the chambers in the county. We have two very successful golf outings and taste events and they will stay. We’ll combine our luncheons; however, there will be some specific to each community, e.g., we’ll both have a state of the city event. Most of our networking events are already jointly held with other chambers in the county and those should continue too. After Hours events will be open to anyone who wants to attend from either community, and again, several of those are already held with other chambers or with the entire county. If there are members who want to attend events only in their city, they’ll be able to do that. Eventually, we’re excited about creating some not-to-be-missed luncheons, and there’s already evidence that our business people have no trouble driving a bit further when there’s an interesting speaker. At our all-county luncheon last year, for example, well over 100 Fishers businesses drove to the Ritz Charles to hear Patricia Martin. HCBM: You have spent a couple of years studying the best practices of chamber mergers across the country. Can you give us the highlights of successful ones? And, what to avoid? Canan: We did look at other chamber mergers as part of the process such as One Southern Indiana, Greater Lafayette Commerce and Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Carmel and Fishers Boards examined the pros and cons of merging and it always came back to, what is our value proposition for the membership of a merged chamber. OneZone offers the strength of two separate organizations in terms of expanded member benefits, events, impact, access and more for the cost of one membership, a very strong value proposition. If I was going to add a word of caution, I would suggest to not approach a merger too quickly. Both chambers embraced the concept early on but much time and effort was needed making sure that the merged organization was the best outcome for both communities.

Merhoff: Chamber mergers really are becoming more common across the country. The advice we got from those we contacted was 1. Be patient and take the time to let not just the overall concept but some of the details be discussed at the board table. Encourage debate and questions, and 2. Don’t try to handle all the aspects by yourself. Hire professionals in areas crucial to success, like communication, branding and the legal aspects of the action. HCBM: This will naturally lead to speculation about the other Hamilton County chambers and whether a county-wide chamber is in the plans. Have you had that conversation with each other or with the other chamber directors? Merhoff: That conversation is 20 years old, and I can’t recall a joint gathering of the Hamilton County chambers when that topic didn’t arise. My predecessor worked very hard on that – I still have a folder with the notes from the task force that was put together to work on this. I’ve always been a huge proponent, believing that the businesses of Hamilton County together could be a very strong force. That said, the last two years have taught me that a merger of those proportions would be DOA - virtually impossible. Dan and I met with all of the other chamber executives prior to our announcement. I don’t think either of us would feel comfortable gauging their response; that’s a question for each of them and their respective boards. In the future, however, we’d certainly be open to those discussions. HCBM (email sent to respective chamber leaders) So, what do each of you think are the prospects for a county-wide chamber in the future and would you be in favor of it? Jane Hunter, Executive Director of the Hamilton North Chamber of Commerce: The Hamilton North Chamber of Commerce serves a much different group of communities with a different business environment than what you will find south of us. Our chamber works to provide our local businesses opportunities to succeed in Cicero, Arcadia, Atlanta and beyond. We are glad to work with the other

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Hamilton County chambers on collaborative events to provide additional networking opportunities and exposure for our members, but a county-wide chamber is not a prospect we find appealing at this time. Julie Sole, Executive Director of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce: The discussion of how to best serve the business community through unified business advocacy has been taking place among Hamilton County chamber and business leaders for over twenty years. Several great collaborations have been born of these discussions such as the Hamilton County Leadership Academy and the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee. Our belief is that the merger between Carmel and Fishers chambers, which resulted in the formation of OneZone, will create additional value for the Hamilton County business community, including the members of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. Areas that will be enhanced include legislative engagement with the Indiana General Assembly as well as regional business advocacy issues such as transit and workforce development. The Westfield Chamber of Commerce Board looks forward to continuing its collaboration with the other chambers within the county and, at this time, does not feel compelled to make any major changes in the structure of their organization. Bob DuBois, President and CEO of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce: Our mission here with the Noblesville Chamber is to ensure our business community has all the resources they need to grow in a supportive business friendly environment. We are confident in our growing ability, through stronger partnerships and sharing of resources, to meet that mission. The prospects for the future? We have no crystal ball. But our business community here in Noblesville can rest assured that we will do whatever is necessary to meet our mission on their behalf.       The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce currently is without an executive director. HCBM



A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

Northern Hamilton County

Center. Stratice Healthcare is expanding its operations center at Carmel City Center, adding another 2,000 SF to its offices by the end of the year. Comic store Fanboys! closed in January just ten months after setting up shop at 620 S. Range Line Road.

Atlanta-based Beck’s Hybrids is building Indy Executive Airport’s first private corporate hangar.

Paris Salon at 104 E. Carmel Drive celebrated its grand re-opening in January under new ownership.

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both recently relocated to a newly renovated office building at 550 Congressional Boulevard. The Lazy Frogg Restaurant & Bar held its grand opening in March at 409 W. Jackson Street in Cicero, filling a longvacant waterfront property at the east end of the Morse Reservoir bridge. West of the reservoir, Mid-Indiana Marine is expanding operations with a new 3,200 SF watercraft storage facility. A new, larger Dollar General is under construction at 3888 W. SR 47 in Sheridan, just 50 feet east of the current store, and is slated to open later this summer. Agricultural manufacturer Pumps and Meters is planning a new facility on the west side of Sheridan.


A new 11,000 SF Nike Indianapolis Showroom is coming to Parkwood Crossing at 900 E. 96th Street. Locally owned and operated shoe store, The Runners Forum, opened its 7th location at 4335 W. 106th Street. Chiropractor office The Joint is opening a new location at 10679 N. Michigan Road. A new Great Clips franchise is opening in the same retail strip at 10689 N. Michigan Road. Jersey Mike’s Subs is moving into the new Gateway Shops at 10725 N. Michigan Road. Indiana’s first Mormon Temple is preparing to open at 116th Street and Spring Mill Road. Cognizant Technology Solutions is moving into 1289 City Center Drive. The office’s former tenant, Fuzion Analytics, and Carmel-based PolicyStat 24

Caliente Restaurant is opening at 1400 S. Guilford Avenue. Three single-story buildings at Carmel Corporate Center on the southeast corner of Carmel Drive and Guilford Avenue are scheduled for demolition as Atapco Properties prepares to build a new 62,500 SF office building, due to open in 2016. Atapco is also planning two additional mixed-use buildings on Guilford just north of Carmel Drive. The Meijer store at 1424 W. Carmel Drive is undergoing a remodel and adding more than 3,600 square feet to its current building. The former home of upscale restaurant The Glass Chimney is set to be demolished after standing vacant since 2011. A replacement building will house Bru Burger Bar, the second location for the popular Mass Avenue restaurant in Indy. Carmel Veterinary Clinic is taking over the former Seabreeze Tanning storefront at 828 W. Main Street. Jersey’s Café has closed at 13710 N. Meridian Street, but its owner is seeking to reopen in Westfield. Retail store Junqtique has opened at 931 N. Range Line Road. The former Shiraz wine bar at 404 W. Main Street is now the home of two new businesses: Balance Yoga and Fitness and girls’ athletic clothing store Iviva. Julie O’Brien Design Group at the Indiana Design Center is relocating to Suite 228. Christopher Scott Homes has opened at 736 Hanover Place in Carmel City


Allisonville Self Storage is building over 66,000 SF of storage units at 10986 Allisonville Road. This spring Re/Max Ability Plus will be constructing new headquarters at

11634 Maple Street in downtown Fishers. Across the street, Twigs Tea Room is open. The Switch has announced that Another Broken Egg Café is opening there in early 2016. Specialty athletic retailer Endurance House opened in February at 9778 E. 116th Street. Snappy Tomato Pizza is opening soon at the former location of Yogi Frozen Yogurt at 12660 E. 116th Street. After an unsuccessful bid last year to build a new indoor go-kart track at Noblesville’s Saxony Corporate Campus, K1 Speed chose to open a new facility at 9998 E. 121st Street in Fishers. Construction at the Flats of Fishers at Cumberland Road & 131st Street has been set back a year after a massive fire in January caused millions of dollars in damage to the unfinished project.

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A 12,000 SF multi-use retail building is going up at 13500 Britton Park Road by Butler Kia of Fishers. Pinheads Recreational Center has undergone a complete remodel, replacing the indoor kids play area with a banquet hall and rebranding Louie’s as a “casual upscale” restaurant aimed at adults.


Hare Auto Group has purchased the former Goeke dealership property at 3477 Conner Street and has opened Hare Truck Center, an Isuzu truck dealership. Roudebush Grading, Inc. is expanding its facility a half mile east of SR 37 & Pleasant Street. The new H & R Block at 168 W. Logan Street held its ribbon cutting in January. Boden’s Bakery is opening a storefront in May at 185 Sheridan Road in Western Plaza.

Construction firm ProClad has expanded its offices at 15255 Endeavor Drive. The new Goodwill store at 16650 Mercantile Boulevard held its grand opening Darlington Cookie Company has purin February. Just up the street, Mooyah Burgers Fries & Steaks will open its first chased the former Americare Medical Transport building east of Hague Road Indiana location in Stony Creek Marketon 196th Street. Harbourtown Shoppes is welcoming a new bar and grill, Jumpers, to the former location of the Sandpiper at 5855 E. 211th Street.

place by the end of the summer. The newly constructed Terry Lee Hyundai at SR 37 & SR 32/38 is open.

The Saxony development at I-69’s Exit 210 will soon have several new dining options. Ultra Steak is building Indiana’s first Aspen Creek Grill at 13489 Tegler Drive. A new Chick-fil-A is being built down the road at 14098 Bergen Boulevard.

Pitch-In Notes from all over the county The Hamilton County Economic Development Corp. announced positive economic numbers for 2014. Announced projects grew 78% from 18 in 2013 to 32 in 2014. Proposed jobs rose 16%, from 3,065 in 2013 to 3,555 in 2014, and capital investment topped out at $230 million, an increase of 44 percent over 2013. Fishers-based Meyer Najem moved its headquarters within Fishers to the Nickel Plate Redevelopment District, building a new 41,000 square foot eco-friendly building. The City of Fishers kicked in $1.4 million for a parking lot and other infrastructure. The lot will be available for public use after hours. The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) received a $9,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the academy’s community leadership development program, which makes Duke a Platinum Leadership Partner for 2015.

Kenton Ward received The Hamilton County Leadership Academy’s 14th Distinguished Alumnus HCLA chair Liz Tate, award. Ward has Kenton Ward been the Hamilton County Surveyor since 1977 and is a 1995 graduate of HCLA.

Westfield Another dining option in Downtown Westfield as Amici’s Italian Bistro prepares to open on Park Street. Springmill Pet Wellness Clinic opened in January at 224 W. 161st Street. Westfield Washington Schools is selling to EdgeRock Development 20 acres on 161st Street just east of Shamrock Springs Elementary. The land is currently being used by local soccer clubs, so development of the property will not start until after the soccer season ends in November. A new 15,000 SF retail development, dubbed Grand Park Shoppes, is planned for 950 Tournament Trail. Indiana Sports Property has been chosen to manage the planned 370,000 SF indoor soccer facilities at Grand Park. HCBM

company Gradex, Inc., joined the board as a director.

Janus Developmental Services, operator of Hamilton County Express Public Transit (HCE), acquired four new buses. Each new bus can transport up to twelve passengers, including one using a wheelchair. Janus was also awarded a $5000 grant from TJX Kenneth Alexander was named Westfield’s Grand Park Companies and TJX Foundation to initiate a new therapeutic pottery program. Director, moving from Director of Public Works. Westfield Redevelopment Commission approved the installation of city-wide Elizabeth Hamilton is the fiber optic network by Metronet, using new director of The Carmel Clay Public Library Founda- tax increment financing. The fiber network is capable of internet speeds of one tion. Gigabit per second. Westfield is the 22nd Michael Daugherty, assistant vice presi- Metronet Gigabit City in Indiana. dent of Key Private Bank, replaced Corby The City of Westfield is partnering with Thompson as board chair of Legacy local seat belt manufacturer IMMI to Fund. Thomas Dapp, Chairman & CEO of Indianapolis-based heavy-highway install seat belts on its school buses. HCBM

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Dining Out

It’s Tea Time in Carmel

Tina’s Traditional Old English Tea Kitchen By Chris Bavender, Photos by Mark Lee

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Traditional with a side of quirky that’s what Tina Jesson was going for when she decided to open a tea shop in Carmel. From tea pots and mismatched teacups, to teacup chandeliers and British accents such as the London scene screen, flags, floral bunting, pictures of the royal family and lace table cloths, Tina’s Traditional Old English Tea Kitchen is “all very English – naturally.” “I wanted to create a calm safe place for women to reconnect with the important people in their lives, to remember past memories and create new ones,” said owner Tina Jesson. “We wanted it to be free from the TV, sophisticated but not stuffy. A calm place to visit, that is something very different from the norm here in the States.”

Jesson, who is from Derbyshire, England, moved to Carmel in 2008 when her husband was relocated with Rolls Royce. She thought the area would be ideal for a tearoom but didn’t think she could afford to open one in Carmel. She’d been looking for a location for two years when a mutual friend told her The Simply Sweet Shop was looking to share space. The dream to own a tea shop started when Jesson was 28 and visited an “amazing” tearoom in Yorkshire, called Betty’s. “I vowed then that one day I would own my own business – something like Betty’s - before I was 50. But I never dreamed it would be in America,” Jesson said. “But after moving stateside and not finding some of the familiar foods I was starting to miss from back home, I started baking and selling at farmers markets back in 2011.” That led to hosting tea parties in people’s homes and then, in 2012, Jesson started running pop-up tearooms where she partnered with other business and shared their space running afternoon tea services. She opened her first location in Carmel in 2014. “I had great problems coming up with the name, but Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen seemed to describe exactly what we do. At the time I came up with it, I knew I wanted to evolve the brand,” she said. “It’s a traditional old English Kitchen which makes Tra-


ditional Old English recipes. Adding my name in there just added to the alliteration. We are known as Tina’s Traditional and that’s the name of the website.”

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types of loose leaf teas and blends. Jesson works with an Indiana-based tea merchant who imports the tea from the country of origin. “People tell us they can really taste the difference and that the tea is exceptionally good,” she said. You’ll also find pastries - traditional English scones served with clotted cream and home made preserves from Jesson’s grandmother’s recipes. Tina’s Traditional also offers a range of finger sandwiches and serves High Tea and lunch daily. And, along with the dish, a history and the stories behind the food. A full afternoon - or High Tea - is served on a three-tiered cake stand. It features a selection of finger sandwiches, fresh baked scones, clotted cream and homemade preserves, seasonal pastries and as much tea as you can drink.

The lunch menu includes toasted sandwiches, homemade from scratch soups, a sandwich selection and side, and ploughman’s lunch, which is a cheese and ham board. Tina’s Traditional can seat 34 but Jesson will soon add another 1-12 seats with her expansion into The Sweet Shop area. In the summer the tea terrace will seat another 20.

Indy Connection In January Jesson took over the tearoom operation at the Propylaeum in Indianapolis and moved the baking operation to the kitchen there. The same lunch and afternoon tea menu is served, as well as dinner services for groups and tea party based events for bridal shows, weddings and baby showers. “When you come to Tina’s Traditional, you don’t just get authentic British food and great service, but a unique dining experience,” she said. “You will

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learn some of the history of the food and some of the British culture and etiquette and nothing is too much trouble to make you want to share the experience with your friends and family again and again.” And, if that weren’t enough to keep Jesson busy, she’s also been a professional speaker for more than 15 years - speaking at libraries, conventions and associations on a number of tea related topics including the history of afternoon tea and the health benefits of tea. “My most popular talk at the moment is Life at the Time of Downton Abbey – which tells the personal family story of my great grandmother, who was a scullery maid at the time that Downton Abbey was set,” she said. HCBM Tina’s Traditional 30 N Range Line Rd. Carmel Hours: Tues. - Sun. - 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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A stronger voice. A significant presence. A new business advocate in an ever-changing marketplace. The Carmel and Fishers Chambers have joined to become OneZone. With OneZone, businesses get an organization that reaches across municipal boundaries - just the way business does to deliver more impact and more opportunities more efficiently. As the organization resulting from the merger of the Carmel and Fishers chambers, OneZone offers the advantages of two organizations - in terms of expanded member benefits, events, impact, access and more - for the cost of one membership.

As a member of OneZone, you get: The networking, collaboration, exposure and business growth opportunities that come from being part of a 1,200-member organization. The advocacy and business-promotion power that comes from a single, larger organization. Business connections across a broader geographic area. Access to more than 50 business events, including monthly luncheons, business after hours, business expos, golf outings, legislative breakfasts and more. A vibrant young professionals’ group.

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Upcoming Events - April & May Friday, April 10 - 7:30 to 9 AM Legislative Breakfast The Mansion at Oak Hill 5801 E. 116th St. - Carmel

Tuesday, May 12 - 7:30 to 9 AM All-County Network Breakfast Conner Prairie Interactive History Park 13600 Allisonville Rd. - Fishers

Tuesday, April 21 - 11:30 AM to 1 PM All-County Luncheon featuring Pete the Planner Ritz Charles 12156 N. Meridian St. - Carmel

Wednesday, May [date tba] - 12 to 1:30 PM Young Professionals Lunch & Learn Eddie Merlot’s 3645 E. 96th St. - Indianapolis

Thursday, April 23 - 5 to 7 PM Young Professionals After Hours Redemption Alewerks 7035 E. 96th St. - Indianapolis

Wednesday, May 20 - 11:30 AM to 1 PM May Luncheon FORUM Conference Center 11313 USA Pkwy. - Fishers

Thursday, April 30 - 4:30 to 6:30 PM Business After Hours Flanner & Buchanan Funeral Center 9700 Allisonville Rd. - Fishers

Thursday, May [date tba] - 5 to 7 PM Young Professionals After Hours w/Noblesville YP Chuy’s 14150 Town Center Blvd. - Noblesville

Saturday, May 2 - 8 AM to 12 PM Opening Day Fishers Farmers Market Fishers Amphitheater 6 Municipal Dr. - Fishers

Thursday, May 28 - 4:30 to 6:30 PM All-County Business After Hours 10 West 10 W. Jackson St. - Cicero

Reservations are required for all events. This information is subject to change. Visit OneZoneCommerce.com for details. 28

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New Members A Step Ahead Management Advanced Family Dentistry the ame group American Specialty Health Inc. Apex Benefits Group Avenir Innovations Beyond Payroll Bub’s Cafe Cancer Support Community Central Indiana Carplex, Inc. Chef Suzanne Catering Collision Cure Body Werks Connect Hearing Creating Pathways & Solutions CSI Signs Dan McFeely Communications Densborn Blachly LLP Durbin Jungbauer LLC Edwin the Duck by pi lab EmbroidMe Endurance House Farmers Insurance District 22 Fast Park & Relax Five Seasons Family Sports Club Fleming Family Dentistry Flix Brewhouse Foster, Pike & Associates FranNet of Indiana Geist Half Marathon Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar Gravie The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club Helen Wells Agency Indy Craft Painting Corporation Indy Fuel Inspire Studio and Gallery June Palms Property Management K1 Speed KinderCare Learning Center Kroger Lasting Impressions Family Dental Care Perfect Image Technologies The Range Pet Lodge Resource Planning Group RevLocal Ristorante Roma Simons Bitzer & Associates Stacked Pickle Studio M Architecture and Planning Sweeney Commercial Maintenance Services, Inc. TCR Caregiving Tilly’s Tea Room Vee Kimbrell - F.C. Tucker Wellbrooke of Carmel

Ribbon Cuttings

Redemption Alewerks

Goldfish Swim School

7035 E. 96th St., Ste. K Indianapolis

11580 Geist Pavilion Dr. Fishers

Beauvoir Aesthetics 9247 E. 141st St. Fishers

K1 Speed

The Range Pet Lodge

9998 E. 121st St. Fishers

1045 N. Range Line Rd. Carmel

H&R Block 2334 E. 116th St. Carmel

Fully Armored Family Health & Fitness

The Urban Chalkboard 452 E. Carmel Dr. Carmel

755 W. Carmel Dr. - Carmel

Horizon Bank 1216 W. Carmel Dr. Carmel

Comprehensive Retirement Solutions 11595 N. Meridian St. - Carmel

Mathnasium of Carmel 365 W. 116th St. Carmel

Interested in celebrating your new or renovated business with a ribbon cutting? Let’s talk. Contact us at info@onezonecommerce.com

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Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS January Membership Luncheon


Tim Monger, Hamilton County Economic Development Committee, speaks to members about attracting businesses to Hamilton County

April 10 7:30 am Legislative Breakfast The Mansion at Oak Hill

April 22 12:00 pm Hamilton County Collaborative Luncheon Ritz Charles

April 30 4:30 pm All-County Business After Hours

February Membership Luncheon

Flanner & Buchanan Memorial Gardens

MAY 2015

May 12 11:30 am HNCC Luncheon/NonProfit Showcase Red Bridge Park Community Building

May 21 5:30 - 8:00 pm Taste on the Lake

Jack Klemeyer, Grow Your Business Coaching presents how the Mind Frame Factor affects your success

May 28 5:00 pm All-County Business After Hours 10 West, Cicero


Cicero Underground, LLC Mark Kiefer

Cicero Farm Market Karen Carlisle

Hamilton North Chamber 70 N. Byron St. Cicero, IN 46034 317-984-4079

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Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS All County Legislative Breakfast Series

The Mansion at Oak Hill

April 15 – 11:30am to 1:00pm

Member Luncheon State of the Schools

Superintendent Dr Beth Niedermeyer Purgatory Golf Club April 21 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

All County Chambers Luncheon

Featuring - Pete The Planner The Ritz Charles

April 30 – 4:30pm to 6:30pm

All County Chambers Business After Hours

Flanner and Buchanan

MAY 2015

May 12 – 7:30am– 9:00am

After 6 year years of service (the maximum allowed under the chamber’s bylaws) to the Chamber Board of Directors, Monica Peck has retired. The Chamber is indebted to Monica for sharing her leaderships skills and keen business insights. During  Monica’s service to the Board she held nearly every leadership position–golf outing chair, corporate challenge chair, Secretary, President search team, and of course Chairman of the Board. In 2010 she received the Chamber’s Businessman of the Year Award. She has also served in leadership roles for several other community organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and the Riverview Hospital Foundation. Monica and her sister Courtney are co-owners of Hare Chevrolet, one of the nation’s oldest family owned businesses. Upon her retirement from the Chamber’s Board Monica offered these thoughts– “I believe the Noblesville Chamber plays an integral role in uniting business leaders from around Noblesville area through networking and business advocacy. The relationships I’ve built through my years of involvement with the Chamber are invaluable, and I look forward to creating new relationships as well as building on old ones through continued engagement.”

All County Chambers Networking Breakfast

Conner Prairie

May 12 – 10:30am check-in – Noon shotgun

Tee-ki Time Golf Outing

Purgatory Golf Club

May 28 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

All County Chambers Business After Hours

10 West

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Ranked as #1 Course in Indiana One of America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses One of America’s Top 50 Courses for Women

Join us for a great day of networking, fundraising and friend-raising! Register by April 3rd and save $50. To discuss sponsorship opportunities contact Mary Noble mary@noblesvillechamber.com


April 10 – 7:30am to 9:00am

Chamber Offers Thanks to Retiring Board Member Monica Peck


APRIL 2015

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NEW MEMBERS Terry Lee Hyundai • 17665 Terry Lee Crossing, Noblesville, IN 46060 317-688-1215 • www.terryleehyundai.com

PINHEADS 13825 Britton Park Road, Fishers, IN 46038 (317) 773-9988 Www.bowlatpinheads.com NOBLESVILLE YOUNG LIFE 4631 Lisbon Drive, Carmel, IN 46033 www.noblesvilleYL.com Tracy Wells AFLAC 9780 William Drive, Noblesville, IN 46062 (716) 560-6528 www.aflac.com

Moore Restoration • 15325 Herriman Blvd. , Noblesville, IN 46060 (317) 791-3862 • www.moorerestoration.com

Visit Our Website for Upcoming Tech Tuesday Workshops

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THE FARMERS INSURANCE GROUP 10330 Pleasant Street , Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-6900 www.farmersagent.com/boburn SOMERSET CPAS & ADVISORS 3925 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis IN 46240 317-472-2100 www.somersetcpas.com

VAN DYCK BROWN & ASSOCIATES 5974 Dado Drive, Noblesville, IN 46062 818-500-0128 www.vandyck-brown.com MOORE RESTORATION 15325 Herriman Blvd, Noblesville, IN 46060 310-791-3862 www.moorerestoration.com PEOPLOCITY 8856 Classic Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46217 317-328-8989 www.peoplocity.com

Noblesville Chamber 601 E. Conner St. Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-0086 Follow us at:

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SPREAD THE WORD Are there others in your business who would like to know what’s happening at the Chamber? Add them to our distribution list by sending their contact information to chambermail@ sheridanchamber. org or calling the office at 758-1311.

Be sure to visit www.sheridanchamber.org for information on all upcoming events!

Sheridan Chamber 101 E. Second St. PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS APRIL 2015

10th - Friday - 7:30-9am

Legislative Breakfast

Mansion at Oak Hill, Carmel

Cost $15 for members of any Hamilton County Chamber, $20 for guests Join us for a discussion with our legislators about items and issues that are important to the business community. Legislative Breakfast Series Sponsor: The Legislative Breakfast series is presented by the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee, which includes representatives from the six Hamilton County Chambers and advocates on issues of importance to local businesses and the community

21st - Tuesday - 11:00am -1:00pm

While the answer to that question will vary from community to community, the local chamber of commerce typically serves as the voice of the local business community. If local decision-makers, the media or persons outside the local area are looking for information about local businesses, they most often contact the local chamber to get information. Those inquiries include requests for statistical information, opinions on business issues or community programs and referrals to local merchants.

Ritz Charles, Carmel

If you aren’t a member of the chamber, your voice may not be reflected in the focus of your local chamber, and you may not receive business referrals because the chamber won’t be familiar with your business and the services you offer.

30th - Thursday - 4:30-6:30pm

The chamber also offers a valuable network for meeting new customers, sharing information with your peers and getting support from business mentors. Maybe most importantly to the day to day operations of a business, the chamber offers opportunities to market your business, fill job openings and promote events, employees or new products. Studies have found that consumers are 67% more likely to do business with a company that supports it’s local chamber, so join your local chamber today and display your membership proudly.

All County Luncheon

Pete the Planner - How Financial Stress Affects Productivity Peter Dunn, a.k.a. as Pete the Planner, is an award-winning comedian and an award-winning financial mind. He is the author of 10 books, host of The Pete the Planner Show on WIBC, a columnist for the Indianapolis Star and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs. $20 for members who prepay; $25 for non-members and ALL walkins

All County Business After Hours

Flanner & Buchanan Memorial Gardens

Connect with businesses from throughout the county after hours while enjoying drinks and appetizers at a member business.

12th - Tuesday - 7:30-9am

If you’d like to understand how your local chamber can assist you in promoting your business specifically, contact the chamber of commerce in your community today. In Sheridan, the chamber office may be reached at 317-758-1311.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers

*For source information, contact the Sheridan Chamber office.

MAY 2015

All County Network Breakfast

Make contacts with businesses from throughout the county as you connect and do business over breakfast. This is a structured networking event. $15 for members; $20 for guests

28th - Thursday - 11:30am-1pm

Sheridan Monthly Luncheon

Sheridan Public Library

Cost $14 for members, $18 for prospective members Each month the Chamber hosts a speaker to discuss topics of interest or helpful to the business community.

28th - Thursday - 5:00-6:30pm

All County Business After Hours

10 West, Cicero

Connect with businesses from throughout the county after hours while enjoying drinks and appetizers at a member business. To make reservations for any of these events, pleasecontact the office at 317-758-1311 or chambermail@sheridanchamber.org, or online at www.sheridanchamber.org. 32

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Monday, June 1st The Bridgewater Club, 3535 E. 161st Street, Westfield

Registration: 10:30am Lunch: 11:00am Shotgun Start: 12:00pm 19th Hole Reception: 5:00pm Dinner: 6:00pm Eagle Sponsors:

Register online at www.westfield-chamber.org. Event is open to the public. Questions? Call the Chamber Office at 317.804.3030.

APRIL 2015


Legislative BreakfasT

Heather Mullett


14616 Deerwood Drive Carmel 46033 317.319.6453

10th – Friday

21st – Tuesday

New Member Recognition Breakfast

23rd – Thursday


24th – Friday

All-County Business After Hours

30th – Thursday

Amuse Bouche

www.amusebouchewestfield.com Chad & Laura Gray

Lifestyle Integrations Inc. 120 N. Union Street Westfield 46074 317.844.4030


MAY 2015

Tim & Faith Tomich

12th – Tuesday

17777 Commerce Drive Westfield 46074 317.399.7918

All-County Networking Breakfast Chamber Luncheon

21st – Thursday

All-County Business After Hours

28th – Thursday

Economic Development Series #2 of 4

29th – Friday

For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org




Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS

Tim’s Shooting Academy

www.timsshootingacademy.com Megan Coors

Village Park Plaza 2001 E. 151st Street Carmel 46033 317.818.0725

www.washingtonprime.com Robby Phillips

One Stop Marketing 7002 N. Graham Road Indianapolis 46220 317.863.2151


2015 Westfield Chamber President Tom Dooley addresses those in attendance at the January luncheon at The Bridgewater Club. Attendees were introduced to the incoming Board and given an overview of the Chamber and a preview of events planned for the coming year.

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

Jerry Torr and Brian Bosma are part of a discussion panel at the February 13th Legislative Breakfast at Oak Hill Mansion. This series is hosted by the Hamilton County Business Issues Committee.

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David Heighway

Refueling in Arcadia Early railroads took advantage of its strategic location

eight from Tipton. (Incidentally, the distance from Fishers to Noblesville is also about eight miles.) This made the spacing just about right for resupply. For Arcadia, the railroad created a wood storage area on the north side of town, probably not long after the railroad had been built. This was known as a wood-yard.

Railroads to the Rescue

When the Peru and Indianapolis Railroad connected those two cities in 1854, the town of Arcadia had a geographic advantage over other communities along the line. The tracks had reached Noblesville in March of 1851 and Arcadia soon after. In the earliest days of railroading, the amount of railroad activity in a town depended on the fact that locomotives needed water every 7 to 10 miles. Stopping that often was perfectly acceptable to people used to traveling in stagecoaches that had to change and water horses. Soon larger tenders were designed that could hold both wood and water, so locomotives could go 100 miles or more before having to fill up. The supply of wood in the tender would last longer than the water, but eventually it also needed to be refilled. In other areas, railroad crews desperate for wood had been known to steal fence rails from fields along the track. If wood was purchased directly from a farmer, he would receive metal tokens for payment which could be redeemed at the local station. To keep a regular supply along the line, sites would have to be designated to store the stacks of wood. It turned out that, on the railroad line, Arcadia is around nine miles from Noblesville and around 34

Thieves would occasionally raid the easily accessible stacks of cord wood, especially during bad winters, but during the Civil War these woodyards actually came to the rescue. In the severe winter of 1862-3, firewood for the use of the various military camps at Indianapolis, including the prisoner of war camp called Camp Morton, was nearly exhausted. The weather was so bad that the roads were blocked or ice-covered and more wood could not be brought in by horses and wagons. The wood was being rationed, which caused the soldiers and prisoners to become very agitated and there were worries that a riot would break out. The city authorities asked the managers of the Terre Haute & Indianapolis railroad if they could help, and the line promptly furnished We don’t know what engines were being used an abundant supply of fuel from their wood-yards on the Peru and Indianapolis line prior to the 1880’s. Images like the one from the 1830’s were in the country outside of Indianapolis. After the war, more and more railroads began using coal. It burned better and could be transported much easier. Because the supplies of fuel didn’t need to be so close together, large coaling yards were established in places like Indianapolis and Frankfort, complete with coaling towers to simplify loading. The old wood-yards were abandoned and largely forgotten. Fortunately, in later years, the Arcadia Study Club collected and organized the early history of the community, keeping scrapbooks of important material and producing a book in 1972. There are no known photos of the Arcadia wood-yard. So, while the physical evidence is gone, the memory is still there.

being used in local advertisements in the 1850’s. The locomotives were probably smaller, earlier styles because until our rail lines were connected to eastern lines sometime in the 1850’s, all of the equipment had to be brought by water. As a matter of fact, the first locomotive destined for Indiana is somewhere on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It had been built in Philadelphia in the 1840’s and was being transported tied to the deck of a ship sailing down the east coast to New Orleans, where it would be put aboard a barge to go up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The ship ran into a severe storm and had to cut the engine loose to save itself. The locomotive went overboard and the railroad company had to get another to run on the line out of Madison. So who knows what would have been running in Hamilton County

David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian

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Service Club

Rotary International

Rotary brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Each club meets weekly. For more information on the Noblesville Midday Rotary Club, contact President Scott Smith, 773-2090

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Canal Place On Olio Rd just north of 104th St

116th St

Sail Place

Olio Rd

Adjacent to the Indianapolis Sailing Club

Marina Village Townhomes Access from the Geist Marina

96th St

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Carroll Rd

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Springs of Cambridge Across the bridge from the Geist Marina on East 96th St

Hampton Cove Across from the Geist Marina


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