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Stonycreek Farm At 40 Plus‌

Sales ethics managing your Social media reputation Coxhall gardens: a gift to the county

Stonycreek Farm owner Loren Schmierer

This year’s Home Show was a great success‌ so we are building on it next year.

We are now taking vendor reservations for our second annual event, scheduled for January. Meet hundreds of prospective customers who are in the market for your products and services. Two-day week-end, mid-winter show at the attractive and accessible Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds Aggressive marketing plan targeted at local homeowners Locally sponsored and produced We are moving into the large exhibition hall to better accommodate vendors and visitors

Affordable exhibitor Space

Check out our website for info and updates: www.hchomeshow.com

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Letter from the Editor December 2012 • January 2013

Whether or not you have ever spent time on a farm, the idea of the farming life has a bucolic appeal for many of us raised in the suburbs. I only spent a few weeks over a couple of summers at my uncle’s blueberry farm in Michigan when I was a kid, yet those summers were special for a city kid unaccustomed to that degree of freedom and hard work. And even though “farmer” registered #1 on one of those high school interest inventories that are meant to give us direction when deciding on a career, I never really considered farming as a full time job. Still, the country life does hold a certain romance, especially as more and more of Hamilton County’s farmland is turned into housing developments. I confess that it’s most appealing when I can experience it on my own terms and when the weather is nice.

mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

Which is exactly what Loren Schmierer had in mind when he conceived Stonycreek Farm some forty years ago. Loren grew up on a farm in California, and though his career led him away from the farm, he recognized the enduring appeal of the country experience, especially at certain times of the year. So he used his marketing knowledge and scientific training to build a farm that would appeal to Hamilton County’s burgeoning population. The result is a great example of how a local man turned his passion into a thriving business. Those are the kinds of stories we love to tell.

Good Reading We are also delighted to debut a new feature in this edition we’re calling Retail Roundabout (see page 24). As the economy starts to pick up steam I expect we will be seeing a lot more retail activity around the county and we want to document it here. If you know of openings or closings in the retail sector, please let us know about them: news@hamiltoncountybusiness.com. We’ll do our best to report them all.

Home Show We diversified our offerings this year with the Hamilton County Home Show last May. As many have observed, a home show is kind of a no-brainer in Hamilton County. Still, we had modest expectations as these efforts take time to grow. As it turned out we sold out our inventory of 45 booths and about 500 people attended. That was enough to encourage us to continue, so the second annual Hamilton County Home Show (of the modern era; there was an original one back in the 60’s) is scheduled for January 19 and 20, 2013 at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Our vendors requested the earlier date, noting that many spring home projects are already underway by May, so we moved it up. We also have larger venue at the fairgrounds, permitting more and larger booths. Our booth prices remain the lowest around, so please consider joining us as a vendor if your business is home-oriented. If not, please be sure to attend in January. You can find more info at www.hchomeshow.com. See you around the county.

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Emmett Dulaney

what makes your Business different? Six Factors That Will Impact Your Potential PROFIT To survive in the marketplace in the long run, a business has to fulfill some real need. It can be based on a differentiation in convenience, price, or any of a number of other factors but it has to be a genuine need in the market. Far too often, entrepreneurs will start businesses to satisfy their own desires — as opposed to their customers’ — only to find success elusive. Identifying that differentiation can be tricky. In his book Entrepreneurship: Strategies and Resources, Marc J. Dollinger identifies six types of strategic resources. I like to think of them as potential points of differentiation. If executed properly, each one of these can provide a competitive advantage and an economic profit. The initials of the six resource possibilities spell the acronym PROFIT. While keeping the list and Dollinger’s acronym, I am going to redefine and describe them in terms of their possible competitive advantages.



Sometimes the advantage can reside 100% in the location of the business. If yours is the only coffee shop for miles and you’re located in the lobby of the busiest library around, then you could have a fair amount of business even if your product is not the best tasting coffee. That advantage could disappear if the library begins to lose patrons, competition moves in right across the street, or the library renegotiates the lease to require a substantial percentage of your sales.



There are any number of business transactions where you worry about dealing only with someone of the highest caliber and ask for references, speak to former clients, listen to word of mouth, and so on. A good reputation is difficult to obtain and very easy to lose. With a business, an impeccable reputa8

tion can be based on the management team, the policies of the company, or any of a number of other factors. New businesses are often at a distinct disadvantage since they haven’t had time to build a reputation. The best way to accelerate creating it is to import top managers, directors, and advisors who already have a reputation of value. To keep that reputation, the business has to also be willing to sever connections on the spot to anything (vendors, directors, policies) which can negatively affect it.



This encompasses the firm’s structure, routines, and systems. You can create a product more efficiently, more cost effectively, or more suited to the customer’s demands than anyone else. Patents, copyrights, and other forms of legal protection may be able to protect organizational resources, but tend to have limited lives. The only way to keep this as a competitive advantage is to continue to improve and cultivate it.



There is a saying attributed to Guy Kawasaki that capital is the life blood of a business and many die from oxygen deprivation. There is a distinct advantage in having the financial resources to weather bad times, to be able to invest in research and development, and

In a 2011 Harvard Business Review article, Martin Reeves and Mike Deimler (both from the Boston Consulting Group) proposed adaptability as a possible competitive advantage in times of uncertainty and instability. Their article can be found at: http://hbr.org/2011/07/ adaptability-the-new-competitiveadvantage/ar/1.

…often, entrepreneurs will start businesses to satisfy their own desires— as opposed to their customers’ — only to find success elusive. to be able to attract top talent. As tricky as it may be to prepare for, sometimes the best advantage to have is more reserves than the competition.


intellectual and human

Knowledge, training, and experience are all elements of intellectual property, along with wisdom and common sense. Human capital enhances this by including relationship capital — the ability to connect to those who can provide funding and other resources when a business is in need.



A technological advantage can come in several forms, including economies of scale (Google can compete far cheaper than smaller companies), innovations (particularly if protected by patents), and design. It can be difficult to use technology as an advantage, but the absence of it, Nicholas Carr quipped several years ago, will still put you at a distinct disadvantage if others are using something that you do not have. These six categories offer opportunities for competitive advantages and thus reasons for a business to exist. If an entrepreneur is considering starting a new venture and that business does not have an offering that fits into any of these groups, then one has to wonder if there is really a need for it in the market. HCBM Emmett Dulaney teaches entrepreneurship and business at Anderson University.

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Bill Wilhelm

Sales ethics: A Confession Early in my career I took a job as a communications consultant at Ohio Bell. After completing a training program on our hardware and service offerings, and additional training in effective selling techniques, I launched my career in communications systems consulting and sales. Our sales training taught us to thoroughly interview our clients to uncover all of their current and potential future communications needs and to then recommend our company’s products and services to satisfy those needs. This is basic sales theory taught in all sales courses and text books. After four successful years at Ohio Bell, I had a chance to sell some products that were a bit more “fun” than communications systems. I took a position as a district sales manager for Kawasaki motorcycles, Jet Skis and snowmobiles. Kawasaki dealers were naturally expected to represent the entire product line, but there was no legal contract establishing what that meant. Since I was paid commissions based on the volume of product my dealers purchased, I was motivated to ensure that they represented the entire product line. My company and I provided a great deal of direct sales training, advertising support, point-ofpurchase marketing materials and sales incentives to our dealers to support them in their own marketing efforts. I prided myself on my ability to motivate my dealers to purchase good quantities of product from my company and to themselves make good profits through successful sales and servicing efforts.

Then one day… On one occasion, one of my dealers was quite resistant to accepting a floorplan package that I was recommending. I was sure he could sell the merchandise even if some of the models were harder to sell than others. After I exhausted attempts to convince him he would be able to sell the merchandise, I succumbed to a pressure tactic 10

that in hindsight I feel was unethical. I pressured him to buy something that he was not convinced in his own mind was a prudent decision. Using a tactic that could be construed as nothing less than intimidation, I stated that if he wasn’t willing to fairly represent our entire motorcycle product line, that I couldn’t force him to do so. However, I cautioned him that there was another businessman in the next county — not too far from my dealer’s

…I succumbed to a pressure tactic that in hindsight I feel was unethical. present location — who had contacted my company about the possibility of taking on the Kawasaki line and becoming a dealer. I explained that this potential future competitor was well capitalized to fairly represent our line and, if given a dealership, there was no law that said he couldn’t compete for my present dealer’s customers. That closed the deal. My dealer begrudgingly signed the order and the products were soon shipped to him.

The Rationalization I justified my actions by telling myself that this dealer was obligated to take the products and quantities that I recommended because he needed to represent our entire product line. I felt he was just trying instead to “cherry pick” our product mix for only those models that he could easily sell. Finally, I justified my tactic on the basis of my confidence that he would eventually sell even all the slow moving merchandise. In effect, my powers of rationalization allowed me to justify an unethical pressure tactic that is used all too often in the business of selling.

But why is that tactic unethical? It is unethical from the duty-rights perspective because I was using the dealer as a means to my own selfish ends — my commission. I was not recognizing his right to be treated in such a way that he too felt that he was benefiting from the decision. I did not treat him with the dignity that he deserved as a human being and that I certainly would want in any transaction to which I was party. I did not treat him as a partner so that he also clearly saw how he would gain. Duty-rights ethics posits that we have an inherent duty to others to treat them with respect and dignity, and not to use them to accomplish our own selfish ends. We may certainly gain personal rewards in our dealings, but only when others also see gains that they themselves find beneficial. The gains on both sides do not necessarily have to equal each other. One side can gain more than the other and that disequilibrium can still be ethical as long as both parties know of the disparity and willingly accept those differences. In that instance, one party cannot be accused of using the other party for selfish personal gain. You may not agree with this ethical assessment of high-pressure selling tactics, but I can assure you of one thing: you are not likely to see highpressure selling tactics taught in any reputable school, selling workshop or publication about selling theory. Integrity in selling teaches good sales people to effectively match their products’ and services’ features and benefits to their customers’ needs and wants in order to make the sale. Sales integrity does not teach “do whatever it takes to make the sale.” That approach is indeed an unethical approach that selfishly uses others. HCBM Dr. William J. Wilhelm teaches business ethics and social responsibility management at the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. Reach him at wwilhelm@indstate.edu.

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Charles Waldo, Ph.D

6 Qualities of the Highly Promotable Develop these skills to enhance your career What are the hallmarks of a Highly Promotable Person (HPP)? Recently, we put this question to students in a Seminar in Professional Issues course at Anderson University. The exercise was designed to get these adult students to understand what executives commonly look for in HPP’s, then evaluate themselves, and — this is the key — alter their behaviors if they came up short. In addition to reading, students got their answers by interviewing executives and sharing feedback. Four executives graciously came to the classroom for presentations.

the six Qualities Thirty-one executives contributed. Their organizations varied widely, but their answers didn’t. While they identified a total of 143 HPP qualities, just six accounted for about half of their answers (after combining similar qualities). These six qualities got double digit “votes,” with no others getting more than three: 15: Takes initiative - self-motivated, confident, persistent, courageous. 13: Communication skills - especially oral and persuasive 13: Integrity - character, values authenticity 13: Continual learner -formal, informal, experiential 11: Adaptable - versatile, able to multi-task 11: Innovative - creative, curious, thinks outside the box. While any good MBA program will talk about their importance, none of these qualities are really “taught,” except, possibly, communications. However, during a two year MBA stint these HPP qualities are certainly being demonstrated. Any professor who has been around for awhile can spot the future stars not only by their grades, but by the way they

perform in class discussions and group activities, how they interact with other class members and whether they demonstrate that elusive quality of “bearing.” We want the students to recognize that these highly-valued hallmarks are mostly not intellectual qualities; being “IQ smart” seems to be a given. These are Emotional Intelligence (EI)* competencies — “soft skills.” For example, if a student wants to get ahead and knows “Taking Initiative” is a competency so important in the eyes of most executives, she cannot just sit back and wait for orders and directions…she better Take Initiative, even with the risks that might go with it.

wOrking them intO yOur culture One strategy to develop more HPP’s is to honestly identify the HPP qualities that count most in your organization. Let everyone know what they are, then manage towards them. For example, if Integrity is high on the list, managers at all levels must always act with integrity. As a former management consultant, I (Waldo) can’t tell you how many times in surveys employees lamented, “Managers say they want one kind of behavior but then they act differently.” What productivity and morale killers! Try to hire employees who bring the desired HPP qualities with them as part

*For a thorough explanation of emotional intelligence and the twenty-five competencies generally considered to compose eQ, see dr. daniel goleman’s ground-breaking book, working with emotional intelligence

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of “who they are.” Factor the organization’s most highly valued HPP competencies into annual performance reviews and discussions of professional development and promotion potential. For employees, managers, and business owners there can be no doubts that IQ and knowledge-smart employees are vital to an organization’s success. But these findings mimic those of similar studies: the Highly Promotable Person is a “bundle” of qualities that includes knowledge (IQ) but an even bigger set of “soft skills” (EQ). Both kinds are needed, day in and day out.

what wasn’t mentiOned When we looked at the many HPP qualities mentioned we were struck by what seemed to be missing: job knowledge and technical competencies. When we asked the students about that, they said the executives probably just assumed their employees would have the requisite knowledge and technical skills to perform well or they wouldn’t be on the payroll. It’s effective use of soft skills that elevate an employee from Average or Acceptable into the Highly Promotable Person ranks. As one president said, “Employees earn their basic paycheck between 8 AM and 5 PM. They earn their raises and promotions by what they do before 8 and after 5…and how they do it. Initiative and extra effort are everything around here.” A fair observation? Most would agree. What about you? HCBM Chris Dellen is Director of Marketing for Communications Products, Inc., Indianapolis. He can be reached at cdellen@commprod.com. Dr. Charles Waldo is retired from Anderson University’s MBA program and can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net. 11

Stonycreek Farm n any given Saturday in October you may find a steady stream of cars headed east on State Road 32 out of Noblesville. You may even notice that the returning stream of cars are filled with the joyful faces of children who have been on a hayride, picked their own pumpkin and fulfilled another year of family Halloween tradition. 12

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Giving suburban families a taste of the rural life By Deb Buehler, Photos by Mark Lee

vision in Colombia and Mexico. Eventually, he left Lilly and moved into farm operation full time.

Listening to the future Schmierer said that clients had an influence on what was offered at Stonycreek. The more people visited, the more they expressed ideas about what they were looking for. For example, clients articulated an interest in doing more rural-oriented things such as cutting down their own Christmas tree. As suburban housing grew closer to the farm, people looked for landscaping resources too. “Soon people wanted to dig their own landscaping trees,” Schmierer explained. “So, we added the landscaping and design services to our business. For 19 years in a row, we’ve had one of the main gardens at the Flower and Patio Show spring where we showcase what we can do.” Operating for forty years means that second and third generations of families have added farm visits to the Halloween and Christmas traditions. While the

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Forty-some years ago, Loren Schmierer had a vision for a pumpkin patch project he and his children could tackle together. Being an international marketing expert for Eli Lilly and Company, Schmierer put his research skills to use to determine where and how to make the dream come true. “We tested the market in four quadrants of the city [of Indianapolis],” Schmierer said of his farming idea. “We learned that people on the northeast side of the city were most likely to visit an active farm as long as it was within a 45 minute drive time. So, we drew a circle on the map and started looking for a farm within the circle.” Schmierer explained that their criteria included land that had good terrain, was picturesque and available to people who had the money and interest to visit. The property they eventually found wasn’t even for sale; he approached the owner and made an offer. At the beginning investors helped Schmierer develop Stonycreek Farm’s pumpkin patch operations while he continued to work for Lilly’s Elanco di-


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popular hayrides continue, Schmierer added a zip line (before the downtown Indianapolis zip line appeared for the Super Bowl) that crosses Christmas tree fields, a pond and provides a birds-eye view of the hayride wagons rolling by. The ride is 400 feet long and reaches heights of 40 feet in some places. There is also a cave slide that takes sliders through an underground tube.

Something for everyone Stonycreek Farms offers a variety of adult friendly activities like the high striker and the cob cannon; however, there has always been something for children of all ages. Children can play in an inflatable haunted house, make candles, play on a jumping pillow or play chess on giant chess boards. On the weekends through Halloween there are also pony rides available. The Christmas season brings different farm activities like taking a wagon ride to cutting and purchasing a Norway spruce, Canadian fir or Scotch or White Pine. “Each family is equipped with a yard stick marked with prices,” Schmierer said. “Trees are brought back by wagon and put through our mechanical shaker which removes loose needles. A special stand can be added and the tree can be netted and transported home on top of a car.” The farm’s greenhouse also features pre-cut trees such as Frazier firs from North Carolina that can’t be grown on the farm. Fresh wreaths and garlands

as well as poinsettias are also available along with custom grave blankets and kissing balls. Kissing balls used to be made of mistletoe but are now made from evergreen into big round balls and are used for decorating. Schmierer explained that after one of their hayride drivers died, the driver’s family wanted to do something for his gravesite. This began the requests for the one foot by four foot grave blankets that can be decorated to taste and customized with treasured symbols of the loved one’s life.

In addition to the seasonal offerings the farm has been the site of wedding receptions, birthday gatherings and private hayrides. The farm’s 47 acres includes 20 acres in Christmas trees, 10 more in pumpkins, a large parking area and a wooded area where hayrides are taken. A Country Market is open daily during the Pumpkin Harvest Festival (typically from the end of September through October) and offers turkey legs, pulled pork, smoked ribs and kettle corn for those who get hungry while on their outdoor adventure. The Gift Shop also offers local handmade gift products through the fall and holiday season. The farm sits on the creek for which it’s named; and is the site of an old grist mill. Its original farmhouse, large barn, blacksmith shop, buggy barn and

I’m thrilled to see families coming out and having fun on the farm,” Schmierer said. “We’ve got the third generation coming out now and that gives me a lot of satisfaction. — Loren Schmierer Owner, Stonycreek Farm courtesy Stonycreek Farm


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remnants of a maple sugaring camp are also on the property that is visited by nearly 50,000 people through the October season including evening events such as parties, campfires and barn dances. School groups have also found Stonycreek Farm to be a popular place to visit. And over the Christmas season the farm anticipates visits by another couple thousand people. Visitors come from as far away as Muncie, Lafayette and a few other communities across central Indiana.

Hamilton County Influences “Hamilton County has played into our success,” Schmierer stated. “We could see that it was an area that was going to go based on our original survey. The atmosphere, continued growth and the whole structure here have worked well for our business. It was the growth that brought us here and is keeping us here.” Overall the farm turned out like Schmierer envisioned it would, although

he says he has always wanted to have a little country-style restaurant on the farm. While that hasn’t materialized yet, it still continues to be part of the Stonycreek dream. “I’m thrilled to see families coming out and having fun on the farm,” Schmierer said. “We’ve got the third generation coming out now and that gives me a lot of satisfaction.” HCBM

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Putting your money to work at home Here are some options for investing locally By Shari Held

oday’s economic environment of a volatile stock market in combination with historically low interest rates — which the Federal Reserve will likely keep low until mid-2015 —has investors wondering what to do. Should you take a risk on vehicles offering a potential higher return or stick with safer, but lower-return investments? “This environment has made investing somewhat difficult for investors who are focused on interest for income,” says Bryce Adam, CPF and financial advisor for Edward Jones in Noblesville. “But low interest rates don’t mean there aren’t good investment opportunities available. “I have always been a believer in the advantages of tax-free municipal bonds.”

Opting for municipal bonds Municipal bonds are issued by local or state governments to fund public projects such as schools, airports, libraries, hospitals, government buildings, highways or sewers. Their advantage is that they are a federal tax-free investment. “In addition, if you buy an Indiana municipal bond you will also be exempt from Indiana state and local taxes,” Adam says. A tax-free municipal bond may have a lower interest rate than a taxable corporate bond or a U.S. Treasury note, but you must look beyond that. To calculate the taxable-equivalent yield, divide the tax-free bond rate by one minus the federal tax rate. For example, a tax-free municipal bond with a 4.0% coupon rate would have a taxable equivalent yield of 5.33% for people in the 25-percent tax bracket and 6.15% for people in the 35-percent tax bracket. The exemption for state and local

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taxes drives the rate up even more. “If you are in a higher tax bracket, you can potentially have a significant advantage by keeping all that interest instead of having to pay taxes on it,” Adam says. Another advantage of local municipal bonds is that you’re investing in the community, and you can see the impact your loan made. “Almost all the local schools have issued municipal bonds in the past several years,” Adam says. “Another project was the Noblesville library expansion. Many of my clients prefer to own local bonds. But each investor needs to consider their own situation and whether that would be an appropriate investment for their situation based upon their financial goals.”

Going the safe route Like municipal bonds, certificates of deposit (CDs) have a specific interest rate and term or time period. They can also be issued for both short and long terms. The big difference is that CDs are taxable and FDIC-insured. “If a customer is stating that they are interested in having money that is put into the bank that would be FDIC-insured, I’d recommend a CD,” says Roberta Salway, banking center manager, First Merchants Bank in Carmel. “They can get shorter-term CDs or ladder their CDs to where they have different maturity dates.” Not all CDs are created equal. With traditional CDs, you place your money in the account up-front, then cash it in at its December 2012 • January 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

maturity date. First Merchants also has a Smart Saver CD, which you can open with a minimum deposit of $25 and deposit additional funds in $25-dollar increments for a one-year term. “Some customers utilize it as a systematic savings program or for holiday savings or a trip—something that is a year down the road,” Salway says. CDs typically earn more than traditional savings accounts, but don’t count savings accounts out just because of the lower return. “They have a place for people who need to have the discipline of keeping money set aside that’s not in their checking account,” Salway says. “Sometimes their checking account doesn’t earn interest or it earns less than their savings account.”

Taking ownership Many people consider putting their money in public or private stock — especially when interest rates are low. Many Indiana-based companies or companies with Indiana ties are traded publically. Think Lilly, Roche, Finish Line, Interactive Intelligence, Cummins Engine or Hillenbrand Industries. “As long as you have an investment account with a brokerage firm you are able to purchase shares in a public company,” Adam says. “If you want to buy or sell shares of Lilly stock you can do that any business day and, because it’s a publically traded company, there’s no barrier.” On the downside, there’s no guarantee you’ll make money. “Our customers are looking for more of the consistent 6 percent, 7 percent or 8 percent on average year-after-year return versus what an individual stock or bond may yield,” says Kyle Sweet, PrimeVest Investment Consultant at First Merchants Bank in Carmel. “The amount of holdings in a mutual fund may smooth the ups and downs of the market a bit more than an individual stock or bond would.” If you have big bucks to spare, consider venture funds. Periodically they have “open windows” where qualified investors can participate. In most cases, investors must be considered accredited

Many of my clients prefer to own local bonds. — Bryce Adam Financial Advisor Edward Jones

investors and meet specific personal net worth and annual income criteria, as defined by the FCC. “To invest, you need to identify when a local venture fund has one of those open windows,” says Jean Wojtowicz, president Cambridge Ventures LP in Indianapolis, a small business investment company with 85-percent of its investments in Indiana. Cambridge

Ventures has an open window for accredited investors now, through December 31st. “I think it’s important when people make those kinds of investments that they understand that they’re not liquid,” Wojtowicz says. “You should only put that kind of money at risk if it’s money you don’t need to have for living expenses or that you don’t need to have easy access to, because once it’s invested, you need to be fairly patient.” Another option is to invest directly in private companies. The Venture Club of Indiana has monthly lunch forums that bring together companies seeking capital with potential investors. Again, owning a piece of a private company is a long-term investment. “If you buy it you may not be able to sell it easily to another investor, whereas a public company like Lilly you can buy it or sell it all day long,” Adam says. HCBM

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Managing Your Reputation Social Media makes it hard to hide from your “cyber trail” By Robert Annis

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t seems everyone has a social media account nowadays. Facebook isn’t just a place to share cat videos with friends or keep up with those cousins from Des Moines you haven’t seen in a decade; it can also have a negative impact on your career or business if you’re not careful. Consider KitchenAid. The Whirlpool subsidiary has been known for its fashionable kitchen appliances for years, but after the first presidential debate between Barak Obama and Mitt Romney, it came under fire for an off-color tweet sent by an employee. “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad!” read the tweet from @ KitchenAidUSA’s account to more than 25,000 followers that night. “She died 3 days b4 he became president.” The tweet referred to Madelyn Dunham, Obama’s grandmother, who died days before the 2008 election and was mentioned by the president during the debate. It’s believed the employee had intended to send the offending tweet from his personal Twitter handle, but was still signed into the KitchenAid account. KitchenAid quickly deleted the tweet, but it was too late. The comment went viral, hitting the mainstream media and prompting the company to send out a hasty apology. The unnamed employee had his social media privileges immediately revoked by the company, and it’s not known if he was able to keep his job.

career cOnseQuences Fat Atom Marketing owner Todd Muffley said it would be a difficult decision to keep an employee after a disastrous 18

mistake like that. “It would depend on how detrimental it was to business,” Muffley said. “I believe in second chances, but if a client says, ‘it’s him or us,” you’re going to have to make a tough decision.” The Carmel-based Fat Atom does quite a bit of social media marketing, so the company routinely reviews a prospective employee’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. “We want to see who a person really is, what their maturity level is,” Muffley said, adding that he’s yet to pass on a potential candidate because of skeletons in their social media closet. Jeff Gilbert, who heads Carmel’s Software Engineering Professionals, mentioned to one new hire that he might

…it’s too easy for a mistake to go viral and your brand to become compromised. — Todd Muffley Fat Atom

want to remove a post “for the sake of his professional reputation,” but said social media hasn’t been a factor in not offering a candidate a job. Muffley suggests having just one person in charge of a Facebook or Twitter account to lessen the chances of a KitchenAid scenario happening. “The employee doing our Facebook page is pretty strict and has good judgment (about what to or not to post),” Muffley said. “If you don’t want something seen by 10,000 people or more, don’t put it online. With everyone owning a smart phone now, it’s too easy for a mistake to go viral and your brand to become compromised.” For employees or job seekers, a common sense approach to social media might be best. Never post anything when you’re angry or intoxicated. Never write something you wouldn’t say at a dinner

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party sitting next to your mother and your boss. Unfortunately, too many people neglect that advice and pay the price.

Anonymity not guaranteed You can always post anonymously, but given the nature of the Internet, you can never bank on your identity remaining secret. Two years ago, Kendra Holliday was abruptly fired from her St. Louis non-profit job after a routine Google search uncovered her anonymous sex blog and Twitter feed. Apparently a glitch with Twitter allowed some search engines to display her real name next to her anonymous Twitter handle. Despite it being an extracurricular affair, so to speak, the organization “couldn’t be associated with anyone who was posting graphic images or erotica,” according to Inc. Magazine. On the web, you can find dozens of stories about people being fired for posting complaints about customers, co-workers and even their bosses. Even compliments can result in a firing, as one North Carolina food server found out last May. He lost his job after he sent a photo of Peyton Manning’s signed credit card receipt to the sports blog Deadspin, bragging about the former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning being a tremendous tipper. A quick search for the phrase “I hate my job” on Twitter brings thousands of responses, many of them from teenagers complaining about their afterschool jobs, but some from adults blowing off steam about their chosen profession. Comments can make both the company and the employee look bad. “If you have something negative to say, go to the person who needs to hear it,” Gilbert said. “Don’t post something online for the whole world to see. Think about the potential consequences. “You may change jobs after two months, but what if your new employer sees that post? They might think you’re a malcontent.” If Muffley saw a similar post from one of his employees? “It would be time for an immediate employee review,” he said. HCBM

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Lights, Camera, Action Free movie nights help build community

By Jeff Curts

ongtime Noblesville businessman Jim Wafford combines his love of films with his penchant for civic involvement. For the past two summers, he’s coordinated and largely underwritten free movie nights at Forest Park in Noblesville and at the Hamilton County 4-H Fairgrounds. The movies are displayed on Wafford’s inflatable 20ft. x 11ft. screen in the park, and on a slightly smaller screen indoors.

shOwing the classics The idea for the free family event sprang up during conversations at a planning meeting for the city’s annual July 4th celebration. As a film buff, Wafford relished the idea of providing a new audience for “classic” black and white movies from a bygone era. He also wanted to give area residents another entertainment option that wouldn’t break their budget. “It helps connect generations too. Our younger folks have no idea who Bob Hope was,” Wafford admits in an amused tone. “This educates them about some of the great actors/actresses and movies they 20

might not be exposed to otherwise.” Now in its second year, attendance ranges from around 70 people to up to 300. The concept has grown from just showing black and white classics to featuring recently released films such as “Battleship” and Marvel Comics’ “The Avengers.” “Some people come for the experience, some come for the show that’s playing,” Wafford suggests. During the outdoor season, the crowds are usually comprised of couples, families, and those who just enjoy the outdoor theater experience, congregating with their lawn chairs, picnic baskets and coolers to enjoy the fun. With the help of several area businesses, Wafford tries to complete the movie experience, whether it’s under the summer stars or

We’re fortunate enough to have some toys; we might as well share them. — Jim Wafford

inside, by offering popcorn and water. On occasions, he’s even invited local bands to play as a prelude to the films.

affOrdable entertainment Organizing the movie nights is a labor of love for Wafford, but requires a substantial commitment in terms of time and expense. He gives up his Friday nights, provides the equipment and manpower to staff the event, and pays the majority of the film rental cost (typically ranging from $225-$400 depending on the movie). Asked why, he simply states. “Our local people need this. It’s difficult in today’s economy to take a family out to the cinema. We provide an outlet for a family or individuals to enjoy the movie experience without the ticket prices. We’re fortunate enough to have some toys; we might as well share them.” He adds, “I have a lot of fun with it as well. Movies are my hobby, and when you have a hobby, you find time for it. It’s a great stress reliever from running a business.” Reviewing the films is the enjoyable part, and Wafford screens each to make

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Wafford also donated a movie to Noblesville’s Hinkle Creek school this year.

sure they pass muster. His office at Logan Street Sign and Banners contains shelves full of movie classics. “I watch them first, and if I’m ready to turn it off after ten minutes, it gets marked off the list.” He works with various account reps to determine what films are available for purchase, and just as important, available to show under movie licensing rights. “It has to be done legally, most people aren’t aware of that aspect. You just can’t share your home DVD with the neighborhood.”

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activity self-sustaining. He has some creative ideas on both growing the event and raising funds to defray costs. Key to those efforts is increased local business support. “For 2013 it’s important to get more companies on the bandwagon. It’s a great way to generate brand awareness, and the people who attend really appreciate it. In the end, this isn’t about advertising dollars; it’s about the community dollar and giving back.” Wafford offers several options for sponsorship and involvement. He sees it as an ultimate “win-win” scenario. “It’s good for Noblesville, good for a company in terms of being a great neighbor and supporting the area, and good for those of us involved who can feel positive about helping others and raising the quality of life.” For more information on “Classic Movie Events” or to get involved, visit www.classicmovieevents.com or contact Jim Wafford at Logan Street Signs & Banners, Jim@LoganStreetSigns.com. HCBM

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Coxhall Gardens: Hamilton County’s Oasis By Mark Robbins

his fall represents a major milestone in the history of Carmel’s Coxhall Gardens. The renovation of Jesse and Beulah Cox’s mansion, built as a replica of the Virginia Governor’s mansion, is complete and soon to be open to the public. In recent years, an amphitheater, bell towers, and landscaping have popped up. When they gave 125 acres of prime real estate as a gift to the county, Jesse said he wanted the park to be an “oasis amidst a sea of homes.” Let’s reflect on one of Hamilton County’s most generous gifts and prized assets.

it all started with a phOne call Jesse and Beulah lived in Clay Township on 125 acres of farmland. Though geographically close to Carmel, the city’s expansion had not yet reached that far west. But Jesse, a successful businessman with vision, peered into the future and saw the need for green space, knowing that homes would someday sprout around his land. Jesse and Beulah had amassed significant wealth through their ventures in draperies, furniture, farming, and citrus farms. But they had no children, and they knew that Beulah’s health was failing. So in April, 1999, Jesse spoke with his attorney and decided to leave the property to the county as a community park. Decision made. Now, Jesse had to find an organization to help them carry out their wishes. He picked up the phone and talked to the county commission22

Jesse, an Indiana University alumnus, said no IU alumnus could allow Ohio State to have a taller tower. So not only did we build a bigger one; Jesse built two. — Terry Prather HC Parks & Recreation Board Member

ers’ office who suggested that he speak with Hamilton County Parks and Recreation. At that time, HCPR was not a new organization, but their total land holdings were small. Jesse worked with Al Patterson, HCPR executive director, as well as Terry Prather and Bob Campbell, HCPR board members. “I was so excited to get that call,” reflected Terry. “We were looking to do a formal garden but did not have the project picked out. When we drove up their driveway, we just knew this was it.” Discussions progressed quickly, and a partnership was formed between the Cox’s, HCPR, and Legacy Fund, Hamilton County’s community foundation. Jesse and Beulah’s primary goal was to create a park for community use. Their only requirement was that they be able to live in their house for the remainder of their lives. In July 1999, a press conference was held announcing the gift of 125 acres. It is at that time that Jesse

uttered his prophetic words of the property being an “oasis.”

Just the beginning Unfortunately, Beulah passed away that December, just months after the gift of land was completed. After time, Jesse invested his energy with HCPR on the development of the property. Just as important, he made additional financial gifts. “Jesse was very involved during each step of the transformation,” recounted Al Patterson. “We would discuss an idea, and once Jesse bought in, he would give money to help make it happen.” Transformation can seem slow. The property was farmed until 2001, and the infrastructure had to be installed first. The selection of the first project was easy for Al Patterson. He wanted to build the amphitheater with fountains which would house the statue of Jesse and Beulah, the first governmentally commissioned piece of art in the county. Other pieces of the puzzle followed, including a bridge connecting the two lakes, a children’s park, and two 90-foot bell towers. “One day, Jesse asked me what I thought the park needed,” reflected Terry Prather. “I said that I thought we could use a bell tower. We visited several college campuses to get a sense of what we wanted.” After visiting Ohio State University, Jesse, an Indiana University alumnus, made a decision. “He said that no IU alumnus could allow Ohio State to have a taller tower. So not only did we build a bigger one; Jesse

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built two.” Though amusing in their origin, the two bell towers add height, symmetry, and music to the park.

the gift keeps grOwing Jesse passed away in May of 2008. After having given so much of his fortune and his energy, he also left a generous gift through his estate to help complete the renovations and maintain the park. This gift has provided most of the funds needed for the mansion, which includes meeting spaces, a room for wedding or event rentals, and the refurbishment of the Cox’s living area, decorated in its original style. Future park projects include the renovation of the original Williams homestead on the property, additional landscaping, and a conservatory with a large meeting room. Al Patterson noted, “Jesse and Beulah’s gift was a catapult. It really made people consider how a gift of real estate can make a big impact.” Since the Cox’s gift,

Hamilton County Parks and Recreation and Legacy Fund have been instrumental in several real estate gifts in Hamilton County, totaling over 1,000 acres. Coxhall Gardens is a jewel in central Indiana, offering guests a haven for entertainment, picnics, and reflection. With its status as a formal garden, the closest comparable property is the 128 acre Garfield Park in Indianapolis. With the mansion renovation nearly complete, plan to take some time to visit this wonderful amenity and stroll the grounds. “If Jesse were alive today, I know he would feel a great sense of satisfaction. Jesse walked every day in the park. People would stop him and thank him for what he had done. He was very appreciative of their comments,” shared Al Patterson. Sometimes words are not enough to express gratitude. But perhaps heartfelt thankfulness along with imagining how we can be generous with our own assets is the best way we can say thank you to Jesse and Beulah Cox and pay their example forward. HCBM Mark Robbins is Vice President of the Legacy Fund. Contact him at markr@cicf.org

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Retail Roundabout

A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

Northern Hamilton County


The Brick House Grill opened on Main Street in Arcadia back in late April and continues to serve lunch and dinner. In October SugarBean Cupcakes moved from Arcadia to 129 S. Peru Street in Cicero. This is the former site of Cicero Nails, which moved to the old Booker Realty space at 109 S. Peru Street in May. Also new to Cicero are RDK Photography at 120 S. Peru Street, TJ’s Family Thrift at 50 N. Peru Street and Homestead Country Store at 30 W. Jackson Street. Reynolds Farm Equipment is starting construction of a new 62,700 sq. ft. facility at 1451 E. 276th Street in Atlanta, slated to open in late summer 2013. It will replace the current Sheridan operation and act as new Reynolds headquarters. In June Creekside Chiropractic and WildFlower BodyWoRx opened at 306 S. Main Street in Sheridan and Spicewood Garden Apartments Phase II brought 52 new senior-living units to town courtesy of Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development. Sheridan Skin Therapy and Western Ruby Boutique opened at 3901 W. SR 47 in August.

Krieg DeVault relocated from the Huntington Bank building in downtown Noblesville to the west side at 161 Lakeview Drive. In September Whimzy, a new antique mall with over 40 vendors, moved into part of the former Spent Saturdays space at 940 Logan Street. Medley Portraits, located in the Judge Stone House at 17 S. 8th Street, also opened in September. Blue Angel Antiques recently opened at 30 S. 9th Street, while Artist on the Square closed its doors in late summer. Sweet Home Cupcakes, at 937 Logan Street, began baking in May and YoGoLand Self Serve Frozen Yogurt opened at 988 N. 10th Street in October. Hamilton Town Center at I-69’s Exit 10 has recently added several new tenants, including Sprint, Ovation, Earth Fare health food supermarket and clothing store Torrid. In August Saxony Corporate Campus welcomed Famous Dave’s BBQ and hair salon Shear Organix opened at The District at Saxony. Prime Car Wash opened a new facility in September on Mundy Drive just south of 146th Street and SR 37.

Medley Portraits, opened in the Judge Stone House in September.


Fishers The 104-acre mixed use project on the grounds of the former Britton Golf Course (closed 2005) at SR 37 and 131st Street is undergoing the first phase of construction. Addison Landing at Fishers Marketplace will be a 294unit apartment complex and is scheduled to wrap up construction in the 4th quarter of 2013. Across SR37, the new construction just south of Pinheads is the new Fishers Honda, set to open in the Spring. St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast has set its grand opening for April 8, 2013, and is the process of adding 30 medical/surgical and ten

Fishers Honda is set to open in the Spring.

LDRP rooms to its existing emergency department. Jack in the Box opened at 116th Street & Allisonville Road in June, while July openings included Get in Shape for Women at 11720 Olio Road and Indiana Vein and Laser Center at 11481 Olio Road. Clothing store Vardagen joined other retailers on 116th Street in downtown Fishers in August. Brand changes on North by Northeast Blvd.: the former Indigo Hotel is now Holiday Inn Express and the former Holiday Inn Express is now Baymont Inn & Suites.

Carmel Carmel City Center at Range Line Road and City Center Drive welcomed several new tenants recently, including The Bike Line in May and Hubbard & Cravens Coffee Company in June. Bath Junkie and Matt the Miller’s Tavern launched their first Indiana locations in August and September. Two local businesses relocated in August and October, Carmel Tailoring & Alterations from 1364 Range Line Road and Century 21 from its location of 31 years at 116th and Meridian streets. Major changes are coming to 116th and Range Line Road, where The Centre and The Corner are being revitalized. Among those slated to open in the

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Simply Sweet Shoppe, 30 N. Range Line Rd recently added a new patio and dining menu.

next several months are Earth Fare supermarket, City Barbeque, Walgreens, MacKenzie River Pizza Co., Einstein Bagels, Panera Bread and Verizon Wireless. In the Carmel Arts & Design District Donatello’s Italian Restaurant expanded into the adjacent space after La Mie Emilie closed its doors in July (see page 26). The new addition, Donatello’s Coffee Lounge, opened in September. The Indiana Design Center will welcome Re/Max Ability Plus and Reese Kitchens in early 2013. Edge Guys (HVAC, spas and grills), located just south of the Palladium on 290 Gradle Drive, opened in July. Simply Sweet Shoppe at 30 N. Range Line Road recently expanded and has a new patio and dining menu. In August the Law Offices of Guy A. Relford moved from Zionsville to 1 S. Range Line Road. In September Clay Terrace welcomed Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, which replaced Red Star Tavern and expanded into Jimmy John’s previous location (now one space north). Other new tenants include Mo’s A Place for Steaks, Christian clothing store Altar’d State and Maurices. Union Brewing Company recently opened at 622 S. Range Line Road and Carmel residents will also soon have an Olive Garden at 10206 N. Michigan Road and First Watch Restaurant on Greyhound Pass. Mickey’s Irish Pub closed in July after 18 years, but Three D’s Pub and Café promptly took over the space at 13644 N. Meridian Street. DC Designers Tux Shop moved from Merchants Plaza to Cool Creek Village on 146th Street in late summer. Indiana Ballet Conservatory opened its new studios at 849 W. Carmel Drive in June. In August Adamson’s Karate

moved from Merchants Square to 1307 S. Range Line Road in the building formerly occupied by Grape Inspirations Winery. The area’s first Five Below store opened in October in Village Park Plaza on Greyhound Pass. Franciscan St. Francis’ new Immediate Care–Village Park Plaza at 14641 N. US 31 began treating walk-ins on August 1st. Carmel has recently picked up other new services like College Nannies + Tutors and TLC Personal Flight Companion. Penn Circle Apartments welcomed its first residents this summer with 193 units on a 7-acre site near US 31 and Carmel Drive. After 48 years in business Tutwiler closed its auto dealership at 10101 N. Meridian Street.

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Five Below, Village Park Plaza on Greyhound Pass

westfield Downtown Westfield has seen a recent influx of new businesses. 206 W. Main Street is now home to The Blank Space (nonprofit art studio), Such Great Heights (photography studio)

and Imagine Church administration offices. June openings included Adagio Dance Academy at 108-A E. Main Street (above Good Life Café), Erika’s Place restaurant at 102 S. Union Street and Cinderella’s Closet at 120 N. Union Street. In June Craze Boutique returned to Westfield, relocating to 120 E. Main Street and in July children’s clothing resale store The Dotted Lime moved into the old Masonic building at 230 E. Main Street. Wandering Peacock art studio and gallery also opened its door over the summer at 141 S. Union Street. The 237-unit apartment complex Union Street Flats at Grand Junction broke ground in August at 500 S. Union Street. Send your retail announcements to news@hamiltoncountybusiness.com HCBM


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Dining Out

A Family Affair in the Arts & Design District Donatello’s

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It was a Tuesday post-lunch shift when I visited Donatello’s Italian Restaurant at 9 West Main Street in the Carmel Arts & Design District. The place was quiet, the vibe was relaxed, and having limited information about the establishment meant I was in for a surprise. I met Adam Aasen (pronounced ahsen) and we walked through the restaurant, past the bar, and into their newly opened coffee lounge. Armed with a list of questions for which I eventually found little use, we began to talk about what makes them unique.

Unexpected Career Path Adam shares the pleasure of owning Donatello’s with his Mother, Beth and Father, Patrick. Though their skills and backgrounds vary, they’ve all transitioned well into their unique roles. Adam handles marketing and promotion as well as any task that may arise with normal service. Beth runs the front of the house, serves, and bakes many of the items found in the coffee lounge. You’ll find Patrick in the kitchen where he’s a stickler for consistency and quality. Patrick got his start at The Italian Village several years ago. He honed his cooking skills at Rudy and Rosa’s and later moved to his first ownership opportunity at Arturo’s in 1991. His second round of restaurant ownership launched when Donatello’s, named for the famed Italian artist, first opened for business December 30th, 2010. Adam grew up in the restaurant industry washing dishes among other

Owners Beth, Patrick and Adam Aasen

tasks, but had other career plans. “I didn’t expect to be in the restaurant business. In fact I’m a journalist. I went to Indiana University and was editor of the Daily Student. I then moved to Jacksonville, Florida but the newspaper industry has it’s own challenges and a lot of hoops to jump through. What I like about working with my family is that if you have an idea you can implement it immediately and almost instantly see the results of your decision.” The decision to open a restaurant seemed natural, and they family knew they’d have their hands full. “When we started this place we began with maybe twenty to thirty thousand dollars which is not a lot of money,” said Adam. “Formerly this place housed an antique shop and adding our vent hood was the largest expense. My Dad and I started out doing all the construction ourselves and some nights we wanted to pull our hair out, but thankfully we had a nice strong start.”

Recent Expansion The original location had a seating capacity of only 32 and often patrons found it difficult to get a reservation. But it seems that the small-scale start helped 26

because it simultaneously built demand for the growing family business. Since the beginning the Aasen family has focused on molding the restaurant to be a special place for dining, where the pace of life slows and guests are encouraged to savor the food and drink. To encourage guests to relax and remember a simpler time, the bar features beer, wine, and a variety of classic cocktails like Martinis, Manhattans, Sidecars, and the classic Rob Roy. When the adjoining building became available, the family jumped at the chance to expand. In mid-September they turned the original small location into a coffee lounge and expanded their seating into the space immediately west of the coffee lounge, previously occupied by La Mie Emilie. The expansion more than doubled the seating capacity and provided a full service coffee expe-

rience offering espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, frappes, pastries and more. The menu Patrick prepares at Donatello’s features made-to-order sauces along with appetizers, soups, salads, pizza, traditional Italian pastas, entrees, and specialty desserts. “We are thankful for people that support the locally owned businesses” Adam said, “Every step of our meals are done with care.” HCBM You can find Donatello’s on-line at donatellositalian.com, on Facebook, and you can follow them on Twitter @EatAtDonatellos.

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Pitch In Notes from all Over the County…

The Town of Fishers opened its new amphitheater in the Municipal Complex. The venue will be the new home for the annual Summer Concert Series and is open to applications for events by any Fishers organization. It’s part of the Nickel Plate Arts Trail, which extends north from Fishers along the old Nickel Plate railroad line.

Unemployment Rate Carmel Fishers Noblesville Westfield Hamilton County Indiana


2012 2011 % chg 5.0% 5.9% -15% 4.7% 5.8% -19% 5.9% 7.0% -16% 4.6% 6.1% -25% 5.3% 6.4% -17% 7.5% 8.9% -16%

source: hoosierdata.in.gov

Clare Bridge of Carmel celebrated a community renovation project with a rededication/re-grand opening celebration. Clare Bridge is an assisted living community dedicated to the Alzheimer’s/Dementia population.

Duke Energy issued a grant of $10,000 to the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, the largest grant the nonprofit has received since 2009. Duke also awarded $5000 to Chaucie’s Place to support its Body Safety program, which educates schoolchildren on protecting themselves from unwanted touches. Planned Parenthood of Indiana moved its Castleton office to Technology Drive in Fishers. The move was prompted by a desire to follow population trends. It’s Planned Parenthood’s first Hamilton County office since its Westfield facility closed several years ago. HCBM December 2012 • January 2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


News & Updates December 2012 & January 2013 Events December 2012 December 6:

January 2013

Arrows Young Professionals After Hours 5 to 7 p.m. | TBA

December 12: Luncheon: Images of Excellence Awards 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Ritz Charles December 13: Business After Hours 5 to 6:30 p.m. | TBA

January 9:

Monthly Luncheon 12 to 1:30 p.m. | TBA

January 17: Taste of the Chamber Business Expo 4:30 to 7 p.m. | Ritz Charles Events are subject to change. Visit carmelchamber.com for updates and to register for events.

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Franklin University  Health Source of Carmel Indianapolis Power & Light  Simply Sweet Shoppe Prairie View Golf Club  Salsbery Brothers Landscaping

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New Members Advanced Engineering Systems Ambrose Property Group Connor Fine Painting Corporate Housing Systems Crush & Brew GMG Architects LLC Guilford Commons, LLC Carmel Cottages Hokanson Companies, Inc. Home Care Assistance Little Star Center, Inc. Merchant Rewards International Neighborhood Pizza Paramount School of Excellence Tel Tec Inc. The Law Office of Guy A. Relford TLC Personal Flight Companions Toastmasters International District 11

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12th/Wed Monthly Luncheon “HSE Show Choirs Perform Holiday Music” 11:30am-1:00pm ($20 pre-paid members; $25 non-members & at door) FORUM Conference Center 11313 USA Pkwy.

10th/Thurs Navigating the Chamber 3:00pm-4:00pm (no fee; please RSVP) Informational session for new members, and new and current contacts Fishers Train Station 11601 Municipal Dr.

12th/Wed Business After Hours (no fee) 4:30pm-6:30pm Reynolds Farm Equipment 12501 Reynolds Dr.

11th/Fri Legislative Breakfast 7:30am-9:00am ($15 Members/$20 Non-members) The Mansion at Oak Hill 5802 E. 116th St.

13th/Thurs Navigating the Chamber 3:00pm-4:00pm (no fee; please RSVP) Informational session for new members,and new and current contacts Fishers Train Station 11601 Municipal Dr.

16th/Wed Monthly Luncheon Pillar Awards Celebration Celebrating Business Excellence 11:30am-1:00pm ($20 pre-paid members; $25 non-members & at door) FORUM Conference Center 11313 USA Pkwy.

Click Now and Register REGISTRATION:

Chamber Members

Sonya Beckley Edna Lucille Public Relations

Joe Chitwood Workone Fishers

Kim Dickson Ameriana Bank

Maria De Los Angeles Mireles-Delgado Arturo Salazar Mireles

Andy Miller Pro Martial Arts

Rick Cooper Touch of Life Church

Ann Craig-Cinnamon and John Cinnamon

Todd LeMere Blue Key Technology

Josh Delucia nFrame

La Fuente Mexican Grill & Cantina

23rd/Wed Business After Hours 4:30pm-6:30pm No Fee The Farmers Bank 7126 E. 116th St.

To register, please visit www.FishersChamber.com or call 317.578.0700. *Pre-pay for lunch by 10:00am Friday prior to the luncheon for reduced price.


Membership Matters! “Not having on site catering and meeting space at our hotel I was told upon my hiring we could not host groups who needed catering/meeting space as well as overnight rooms for their out-of-town guests. Of course, I was disappointed to turn away more than a few groups because who wants to say, “no, I don’t want more customers”? However, after meeting fellow chamber members from Buca di Beppo, The Historic Ambassador House and The Forum Conference Center, I quickly established a referral program and we’ve been able to “share” customers and refer business back and forth…a financial winwin for all of us and I’ve developed great friendships that are priceless! “ Robin Richardson, CHA Sales Manager Residence Inn by Marriott


Click to view the Fishers Chamber Member Directory

Lauren Schultz Incrediplex

Not pictured: Robin DeTrude Elaine’s Salon Stephanie Lonski Jason’s Deli Michael Biagiotti Latitude 39

Erick Mitchell Mitchell Professional Window Cleaning Josh Gronberg Tiger Construction Enterprises



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4th – tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm hOliday celebratiOn luncheOn Red Bridge Park Community Building $12 members; $15 non-members

JAnuAry 2013

8th – tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm mOnthly luncheOn

Red Bridge Park Community Building $12 members; $15 non-members

11th – Friday 7:30am-9:00am legislative breakfast

The Mansion at Oak Hill $15 members; $20 non-members

Celebrating a new business in Cicero with a ribbon cutting: Kay Hartley, Cicero Town Council, Debbie Beaudin, HNCC President, Brian and Keri Reddick, owners of RDK Photography, Larry Christman, HNCC board member and Jane Hunter, HNCC Executive Director

A ribbon cutting at the new location of Cicero Market: Jim Hogle, HNCC Board Member, Jane HNCC Exec. Director, Debbie Beaudin, HNCC President, Brett Morrow, owner of Cicero Market, and Dave Galt, HNCC Board Member

Jim Hogle, Ambassador Committee member presents the 3rd Quarter Bell of Recognition to Maureen Price, Advantage Tax Services

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


new member: Jane Hunter, HNCC Executive Director presents membership plaque to Melissa Chandler and Kim Haag from Aseracare Hospice

Baker-Peterson, LLC 99 W. Buckeye St. Cicero, IN 46034 855-756-2283

rdK Photography 120 S. Peru St. Cicero, IN 46034 317-606-8111

garage doors of indianapolis 5041 W. 96th St. Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-875-4577

mcCrumbs mechanical 2489 Cape Henry Ct. Cicero, IN 46034 765-432-5295

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23rd – Friday 7:00pm annual tree lighting ceremOny

Hamilton County Judicial Center on the Square in Noblesville Free and Open to the Public

new members

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5th – wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm hOliday membership luncheOn

Purgatory Golf Club Featuring the Noblesville High School Singers The Chamber will be collecting new, unwrapped toys on behalf of the Noblesville Fire Department’s Annual Christmas Toy Drive $18 Members, $22 Non-Members

6th – thursday 11:30am-1:00pm lunch & learn

Ashley Martin Beazer Homes 7774 Pacific Summit Dr. Noblesville, IN 46062 317-770-3743 ashley.martin@beazer.com beazerhomes.com

Paul Dickos Edward Jones 15887 Cumberland Rd. Ste. #110 Noblesville, IN 46060 317-770-6967 paul.dickos@edwardjones.com edwardjones.com

Taylored Systems Community Room Kristen Boice will present “Managing Holiday Stress” $18 Members, $22 Non-Members

JAnuAry 2013

23rd – wednesday 11:30am-1:00pm January membership luncheOn

State of The County Address with Commissioner Steve Dillinger The Mansion at Oak Hill $18 Members, $22 Non-Members

31st – thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm business after hOurs

Community Health Network at the Hamilton Health Care Campus

Dr. Adam Huff Complete Chiropractic 255 S. 10th St. Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-3313 adamhuffdc@gmail.com completechiroclinic.com Stephanie and Wade Carignan (not pictured) Square Mouth Studios 17437 Trailview Cr. Noblesville, IN 46062 765-620-6599 hello@squaremouthstudios.com squaremouthstudios.com

Kristi Arpasi Greene Florist 1091 Conner St. Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-4793 greeneflorist@yahoo.com greeneflorist.com


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Todd Williamson (not pictured) Thrivent Financial 19176 Fox Chase Dr. Noblesville, IN 46062 317-457-6954 todd.williamson@thrivent.com thrivent.com

September Ribbon Cuttings September 6th Koko FitClub of noblesville 14350 Mundy Dr. Noblesville, IN noblesville.kokofitclub.com

october Community Pride Award winner Congratulations Nickel Plate Arts Campus which recently opened in the newly renovated Judge Stone House. Pictured above is Aili McGill, executive director of Nickel Plate Arts, Headquartered in Noblesville with locations in Fishers, Cicero, Arcadia and Atlanta. For more information, contact Nickel Plate Arts at 317-848-3181 or www.Nickelplatearts.org Contact: Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau (317) 848-3181 • 8greattowns.com December • January 2012/2013 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

September 25th greene Florist 1091 Conner St. Noblesville, IN greeneflorist.com

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




UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS CHAmBer eVentS The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce holds monthly member luncheons on the fourth Thursday of each month with a few exceptions. This March we’ll be having a luncheon on Tuesday to welcome a very special guest. In November, 2013 we will not have a luncheon due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Keep reading for more details about our first quarter luncheons.

deCemBer 2012 6th - thursday 11:30am-1:00pm

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

Community eVentS FeBruAry 2013

mOnthly member luncheOn

Sheridan Community Center Sheridan Community School Choir will perform and we’ll have some Christmas surprises Bring a toy for the Sheridan Police Christmas Toy Drive Members $15 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

JAnuAry 2013

22nd/Friday 5:00pm-7:00pm

mOnthly member luncheOn

Sheridan High School Benefiting the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce More information coming soon!

24th - thursday 11:30am-1:00pm

chicken nOOdle dinner

Sheridan Public Library Speaker: Derek Arrowood, Superintendent, Sheridan Community Schools Members $12 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

APriL 2013

FeBruAry 2013 28th - thursday 1:30am-1:00pm

mOnthly member luncheOn

13th/Saturday Indiana Blood Center Blood Drive Six Points Wesleyan Church, Sheridan More information coming soon!

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

mArCH 2013 Sheridan Chamber 407 S. Main St. PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

SAVe tHe dAte!

26th/tuesday 11:30am-1:00pm SPeCiAL tueSdAy dAte!

mOnthly member luncheOn

Sheridan Public Library Speaker: Gerry Dick, Creator and Host, Inside INdiana Business Members $12 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

Annual golf outing Wednesday, July 10, 2013 More information coming this Spring!

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


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20th/thursday 11:00am-1:00pm hOliday luncheOn

new members Axiom Human Resource Solutions Inc. Andrew Zelt Payroll and Human Resource Services 1528 E Greyhound Pass Carmel, IN 46032 317-587-1019 www.axiomhrs.com

Deborah Minth, Realtor Carpenter Realtors 302 West Main St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-867-1100 deborahminth.callcarpenter.com

Extreme Heating & Cooling II Residential Heating and Cooling 515 East Main St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-414-0345 extremeheatingcooling2.com Private Banking

Old National Bank 17447 Carey Rd. Westfield, IN 46074 317-867-7562 www.oldnational.com

O’Reilly Auto Parts 3002 State Rd. 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317-804-7590 www.oreillyauto.com

Westfield Friends Church 324 South Union St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-896-9233 www.westfieldfriendschurch.org

The Bridgewater Club 3535 East 161st St. $15 members with reservations, $20 all others Register by Fri 12/7/12 online at westfield-chamber.org

JAnuAry 2013 Bed & Biscuit Kennels, Inc. Dog Grooming/Doggie Daycare 3209 State Rd. 32 West Westfield, IN 46074 317-867-2663 www.bednbiscuit.us

Intersect, Inc. 5 East 12th St. Anderson, IN 46016 765-683-0452 www.intersectinc.org

CitySpring Church PO BOX 580 Noblesville, IN 46061 317-804-1113 www.cityspring.org

11th/Friday 7:30am-9:00am legislative breakfast

organized & Presented by the Hamilton County Business issues Committee Sponsored by Krieg deVault The Mansion at Oak Hill 5801 East 116th St. $15 members with reservations, $20 all others RSVP by Mon12/7/12 to info@westfield-chamber.org

17th/thursday 11:00am-1:00pm membership luncheOn

The Bridgewater Club 3535 East 161st St. $15 members with reservations, $20 all others Register by Fri 1/11/13 online at westfield-chamber.org

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

HealthSource Chiropractic of Westfield 785 East Main St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-399-5695 www.healthsourcechiro.com

CoLiance Risk Advisors, LLC A.J. Meehan 429 N. Pennsylvania, Suite 202 Indianapolis, IN 46204 317-236-6145 www.colianceadvisors.com

Los Toros Mexican Restaurant 14639 North Gray Rd. Noblesville, IN 46062 317-660-0216


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Check out all of the Westfield Chamber events online at www.westfield-chamber.org

WKRP Indy Real Estate Professionals Curt Whitesell 17814 Gasparilla Ct. Westfield, IN 46062 317-698-2700 www.wkrpindy.com

Franciscan Immediate Care 14641 US 31 North E01 Carmel, IN 46032 317-564-7025 www.thedoctorisin.biz

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Centennial KinderCare 15401 Clearbrook St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-569-5150 www.kindercare.com

Stuart’s Steak House 3901 State Road 47 West Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-0406 www.stuartssteakhouse.com

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


Hamilton County History

David Heighway

Atlanta’s tin Plate industry One tumultuous decade in the county’s northernmost town he rural countryside around Atlanta in northern Hamilton County seems like an odd place for heavy industry, but for around twenty years, a tin plating mill was a central part of the economy of the town. The first company was organized in 1891 as the Indiana Tin Plate Manufacturing Company. It was created primarily to take advantage of natural gas — there were no other raw materials available nearby and would all have to be shipped in. There was a local market for tinplate in places like the Arcadia and Westfield canning factories, so the citizens were optimistic. However, the Noblesville Ledger said “weeds grew” for the first two years. Ground was broken November 1892 for the “largest factory in United States,” (according to the Warsaw, Indiana, Daily Times), which was to be built along the south side of Monroe Street on the east side of the railroad. Actual manufacturing didn’t start until spring of 1893. Then, after a disagreement among the management, the company was reorganized in 1894 as the Atlanta Steel and Tin Plate Company. Enormous machinery was being shipped from places like Pittsburg by January 1895. The company built several factory buildings. The main one was 80 feet by 300 feet and supposedly constructed of brick and iron, although the only photo that exists of workers by a building doesn’t show that. An 1895 injury lawsuit gives a description of the inside of the main building: it had a 30 foot wide aisle, and four

stalls along either wall called “stacks” that held the tin plating machines and had chimneys to carry off fumes. Things were proceeding fine until 1898. In October, there was a strike over a cut in pay and 85 workers walked out. Notices were posted around the town saying: “The employees of the Tin House of the Atlanta Tin Plate Works are out on strike on account of a reduction of wages. Keep away. By order of the committee.” The Indiana Labor Commission was consulted and a settlement was reached in about a week. The Ledger treated it as something humorous and said that most of the idle workers immediately went rabbit hunting. The other newspa-

…The New York Times alleged that American Tin Plate was the center of the “Tin Trust” and was creating a monopoly.” per in Noblesville, the Noblesville Democrat, had a peculiarly alliterative headline, “Tart Tale — Touching Tin Truly Told”, and quoted statistics about foreign protectionism issues.

the tin trust Of larger impact was the December merger into the American Tin Plate Company, a national corporation based

Atlanta Tin Company workers

in Chicago. Newspapers like the New York Times alleged that American Tin Plate was the center of the “Tin Trust” and was creating a monopoly. At first there wasn’t much interest locally. They had other problems — like a fire that swept through the main building in August of 1899. Although the machinery could be rebuilt, there was a great deal of finished stock that was ruined and the damages were estimated at $6,000. At that time there were 520 workers on the payroll. They were soon back at work and their production capacity in 1901 was 12,000 gross tons. There was a greater problem that no one seemed to see coming — failing natural gas supplies. Many area businesses began to shut down as the gas was burned away and the pressure in the wells dropped. It’s not known exactly when the tin mill closed, but it was not in operation by March of 1902. The Ledger would later claim that the Tin Trust was the cause. Whatever the reason, the Monroe Street building never reopened and was eventually demolished.

a secOnd try Still, local optimism had not faded and a new company organized in 1903 calling itself The Atlanta Rolling Mills and Tin Plate Company. They set out to build 34

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a second factory south of town on the west side of the railroad tracks (just below where Highway 19 crosses the tracks today). However, this went into receivership by 1906 and the building was unfinished. A local consortium of businesses made a bid of $60,000 for the company, but unfortunately couldn’t raise the working capital, and the project collapsed in 1907. There was one more attempt to open it in 1908 when they found outside investors and were able to complete the building. The company was again renamed  —  this time it was The Atlanta Tin Plate and Sheet Mill — and hired 236 workers. While the building was closed for a time in March of 1909, it continued to run until it went into receivership again in 1911. It took a long time for interest to completely die out. By 1922, the site of the factory was in the possession of the Mahoning Valley Steel Company, perhaps simply as an investment. However, aerial photos from 1936 show that the land was clear of large buildings. The property is now in private hands. Atlanta’s efforts at heavy industry were based on the notion of unlimited fuel, but brought short by reality. The business was fortunate to survive as long as it did. So, the next time you’re driving through northern Hamilton County and enjoying the rural scenery, recall that there was a time when tin was more important than corn. HCBM David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian.

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David Heighway isBusiness the Hamilton County historian Technology

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We are serious about improving our clients businesses by updating office technology, managing office printing and streamlining critical business processes.  Sharp Business Systems of Indiana, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, can increase your company’s bottom line. 

River Edge Professional Center and River Edge Market Place Noblesville, IN Call John Landy at 317-289-7662 landyfortune@gmail.com

65,000 square feet of flexible floor plans. Design and build to your specifications. Time Share space available. Retail space also available from 1,600 square feet up. Easy access and abundant parking! High speed internet. 3 minutes from Riverview Hospital.

Graduate Education University of Indianapolis 1400 E Hanna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 317-788-3340 www.mba.uindy.edu

The University of Indianapolis MBA Program offers a wide range of options to help secure your future. Our programs include on-campus programs in the evenings and on Saturday, off-campus programs including Carmel and Fishers, and we are the largest provider of on-site MBA programs in the area.

Service Club Rotary International

The Noblesville Midday Rotary Club is one of 32,000 local Rotary clubs throughout the world and six in Hamilton County. Open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed or political preference, 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. Call Mike Corbett at 774-7747

THE PROFESSIONAL BARBERS Dave Snider - Owner - Master Barber

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2462 East 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032

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