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June / July 2014

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Letter from the Editor June • July 2014

Change is good. It keeps us fresh, brings on new ideas, shakes things up. We’ve been seeing a bit of it around the county lately. We’ve welcomed two new chamber presidents in the past few months. Meet Kimberly Coveney from Sheridan and Bob DuBois (he says you can pronounce it any way you like) from Noblesville on page 11. We will have some new faces in our political offices following May’s primary and November’s election. Both the Hamilton County Alliance and Hamilton County Convention and Visitors Bureau have changed their names recently. The Alliance is now the Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation (which actually was its original name) and HCCVB is now Hamilton County Tourism. Find lots more changes in both the Roundabout and Pitch In sections of this edition.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

Reporting change is what we’re all about here at the HCBM, so it’s only right we do a little changing ourselves from time to time. We’re delighted that others are interested in tackling the topic of entrepreneurship since Emmett Dulaney ended his regular column after 5 years. This month Jeff Bell takes a swing at it. We also bid good bye to Bill Wilhelm. He’s been writing on business ethics for the past three years and wanted to give someone else a shot at it. So Charles Giesting takes over in this edition. Let us (and them) know what you think. Contact info is at the end of their columns (and this one). Feedback is always appreciated and Charles Waldo took some of it and ran with it. In fact, he ran and ran until his column reached three pages. In the interest of space and your time, I convinced him to wield the virtual scalpel and bring it in at two pages max. Like a true academic, he has a lot to say, and it is interesting reading, so we offer in this edition the longest column we’ve ever run, as professor Waldo condenses research from 25 books into two pages. Stick with it…you will learn a lot from him.

Welcome to Hamilton County Although the Hamilton County Business Magazine is considered our flagship publication, we have been publishing a companion piece for years. Welcome to Hamilton County is an annual Community and Relocation Guide distributed to REALTORS ©, hotels, Visitors Centers, Chambers, etc. This year we’re including some highlights from the past year’s Business Magazine as editorial to change it up a bit. Change is good. If you welcome visitors or newcomers to the county, please call or write and request a stack of these informative magazines. We’ll be happy to supply some. See you around the county,

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Entrepreneur

Jeff Bell

8 Entrepreneurial Ideas Simple ideas can lead to big profits Becoming an entrepreneur, quitting your day job and starting your own business can be a big change in your career. You want to take the step but don’t know how to keep one foot on the dock while you step into the proverbial “business owner” boat. If you have talent, are skilled or have an idea but no stack of cash to get you started, here are 8 strategies & business models that take little or no money. Plus you can do them during nights & weekends without telling the boss hasta la vista baby. Don’t scoff at my first couple examples as many a 6-figure and multi-million dollar businesses started these ways, 1. If you like manual work and have some tools, you’re in luck. A paint brush makes you a painter. Have a lawn mower? You can cut lawns for the neighborhood. Lots of people need things washed if you have a power washer. To advertise for free you can go door-to-door or run inexpensive classified ads in local papers. 2. If you have a lot of stuff you can sell it online. eBay and Craigslist are low and no cost ways to get started. If you hand-make things or grow food, for small booth fees you can sell them at weekend craft shows and farmer markets. Have a computer? Sell your handmade items on etsy.com or other sites that charge minimal fees. 3. If you have a pickup truck you can haul away other people’s junk for a fee. Brian Scudamore drove the alleys in college looking for clients and started 1-800-Got-Junk that way and now sells franchises, 8

generating him millions. 4. If you have a smartphone, some talent and are funny, make a video and post it on YouTube for free. You can monetize videos when people click on the ads on your videos. Shay Carl of Shaytards fame was a part-time disc jockey and granite cutter while he made his first video blog (vlog) and began posting funny videos.

on Amazon’s Kindle program. As a frustrated writer, Amanda Hocking did this hoping to raise $300 for gas for a trip to Chicago. Her vampire romance novel sold 150,000 copies generating $20,000 in commissions to her, all done from her sparsely furnished apartment. Today she’s sold millions of her ‘paranormal romance’ novels on Kindle making millions for herself.

Shay now has several YouTube Channels with millions of subscrib7. If you are good with copywriting, ers and his videos regularly attract software or graphics you can ad500,000 views. The revenue genervertise yourself and bid for projects ated from his videos allowed Shay on freelance websites like oDesk to call into Dave Ramsey’s radio and Elance. They take up to a 10% show and do their “debt free scream.” cut of your fee but it costs nothing In fact YouTube’s top 1000 program to get started. “partners” each make more than $20,000/month on average! 8. If you are an engineer, programmer, inventor or creative type with a great idea but you lack the cash to create or manufacture your product, “crowdfunding” is a path you can take. Sites like Kickstarter. com allow you to explain your project so people will pledge different amounts of money to fund it. Hamilton County’s own Alexandra (Lexxy) Douglass had a goal of $7,500 to raise for her fantasy ad5. Let’s say you can sing but can’t venture webcomic but exceed that make the cut to get on American with 1,700+ backers pledging over Idol.You can still sing other people’s $80,000 for her project. songs and post them on YouTube (again for free) and make money. So you see it doesn’t take a huge bank That’s what the 5 sisters of the Cimo- account to become an entrepreneur. relli family did, singing covers songs. But a good idea, some courage and People liked them, watched their willpower to take the first step is critivideos which led to their own record cal. These approaches can get you godeal, moving to LA and releasing ing without quitting your 9-5 job, just their own original song.

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6. Have a idea for a book in your head? Type it out on your computer then upload (for free) and sell it

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Ethics

Charles Giesting

Staying Out of Trouble An E&C program lets others know where you stand As I address the topic of ethics in this magazine, I will approach the issue from a slightly different perspective than Dr. Wilhelm, who has been writing this column for the past three years. Though I have academic experience as an adjunct professor, I have been a business ethics practitioner for the past twelve years and view the issue through a framework of ethics and compliance (E&C) programs. I believe the best way for a business to ensure it is conducting itself ethically is to adopt a set of guidelines to help establish and maintain a sound ethical culture that helps to direct the behavior of its employees.

besides, I wouldn’t really know where to start as far as how to develop a formal E & C program! These all sound reasonable. However, at the end of the day, if an unethical and/ or non-compliant act is discovered, the responsible organization will likely be held liable and forced to defend itself, possibly arguing that the malicious act was not a failed result of any company culture or policy, but merely the individual act of a rogue employee.

Assessing your risk

Without going through a litany of all the organizations which have been in the Furthermore, unethical conduct is often news over just the last six months for illegal conduct. By running your business potential or proven ethics or compliance ethically and complying with current violations, it should be clear that no laws and codes of conduct, you not only matter what type of organization you are are doing right by your customers and in, no matter what reputation you have vendors, you are avoiding the legal risks had in the past, or what measures you associated with questionable behavior. have taken, no organization is immune

ing a structural foundation from which an organization may self-police its own conduct through an effective compliance and ethics program,” Further: “Today, C & E programs find their primary value in the role they play for organizations found to have violated federal law. Federal prosecution for violation of federal laws is a real risk to organizations of all sizes….having an effective C & E program reduces an organization’s level of culpability and allows for mitigation of punishment if the organization is found in violation of federal law.” In other words, if you get into ethics and compliance trouble, the feds may go lighter on you if you can show that you at least try to enforce an ethics program.

Protecting Yourself

There is no federal mandate to install effective E & C programs to stay out the feds may go lighter on you if you can show that you of jail or avoid potentially hefty fines. The FSGs are set up to help give at least try to enforce an ethics program. organizations “reasons” for doing what they should be doing all the Like many other important decisions to potential major losses of revenue, time anyway, assuring an ethical and it’s easy to put this one off. Some reputation and future business. With this compliant culture exists within their organization leaders have rationally in mind, how can an organization begin organization. But it is clear that guilty reasoned: to assess their current situation and find organizations can be rewarded with less • We’re just not big enough to be able out what needs to be done? severe punishments if they can prove to afford spending much time on this, to the government prosecutors that an • As the owner, I personally know all One of the most valuable sets of effective E & C program existed at the my employees,…. uh, or at least I tools that can be used to evaluate an time the criminal act was committed. used to, and they would never organization’s current situation is the In some cases, organizational fines have behave in a way that would hurt Federal Sentencing Guidelines (FSGs) for been reduced by up to 90 percent! HCBM my company, Organizations. Melvin Oden-Orr, Esq, in • I believe we operate pretty ethically, his April 2014 article in the magazine Charles Giesting is Senior Business we treat our employees well, and we Compliance & Ethics Professional, states: Consultant with Integrity Leadership contribute to the local community, “These guidelines offer incentives to Partners, a business consulting and • I haven’t heard of any companies organizations to reduce and ultimately management services firm. Reach him like ours getting in trouble, and eliminate criminal conduct by providat Charles.giesting@ilpartners.com. 10

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Interview

Chris McGrath

Both the Sheridan and Noblesville Chambers are under new leadership this year. Sheridan hired Kimberly Coveney late last year and Bob Dubois started in Noblesville in May. Coveney most recently served in the Carmel Chamber’s development position and DuBois spent more than 20 years leading a chamber in Yarmouth, Mass. These email interviews were edited slightly for space. Hamilton County Business Magazine You bring a wealth of Chamber experience to this job. You’ve been in Noblesville for a while now. How does Noblesville compare with Yarmouth? Bob DuBois: The quick answer… they are both communities I love… for how they are different, for how they are the same. Noblesville is quite different than my previous community. The city here is a youthful, vibrant, year round community that is growing. The mix of businesses is much more diverse here giving residents a multitude of career path Hamilton County Business Magazine You have been in your position for several months now. Give me your impression of Sheridan’s business climate. Kimberly Coveney: Sheridan has a small, thriving business community today and a number of assets that hold promise for our future. … We have an authentic, historic downtown – the kind of Main Street that many cities and towns are recreating to add charm and walkability to their communities. Sheridan lies on the Monon Trail, a natural asset which brings increased property values and adds to quality of life. And Sheridan has a thriving agri-business sector

opportunities right here in Noblesville and Hamilton County. The communitywide commitment to quality education - cradle to career - here is impressive… Where characteristics are similar between the communities (Yarmouth & Noblesville) is in their hospitality and commitment to recreation… HCBM: Of course, Yarmouth has an ocean. Do you see Noblesville as a tourist destination? DuBois: Noblesville has a number of assets that draw folks into the community. Klipsch Center, the “Hipstoric’ Noblesville Main Street, Hamilton Town Center, Nickel Plate Arts Trail, 4 H Fairgrounds, golf courses, and Morse Lake all come to mind as lending to the characteristics of a destination. So although mountains and oceans may be miles away, this community has its own high quality attractions that serve well and established manufacturing businesses that support the overall community and offer a base for future growth. Drive down Sheridan’s Main Street on a work day and you’ll find a steady flow of traffic in and out of shops and restaurants. But Sheridan, like many small, rural communities, struggles with fiscal challenges which have only been made worse by the property tax caps. Our challenge is to maintain and improve our assets and infrastructure while creating the quality community that tomorrow’s workforce will seek…. HCBM: Tell me a little more about your agri-business. Coveney: Sheridan has strong agricultural roots. In addition to JBS United’s global market, we have a number of businesses that support the agricultural community. In town, Waitt Grain and Wallace Grain both offer support beyond grain elevator services such as offering feed supplies and transportation

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visitors and residents alike. As the county seat we are also fortunate to have some great public architecture that creates a feel of authenticity on the square. .. HCBM: Name one thing you want to do right away. DuBois: Listen! I have support from our Board of Directors to engage in a 90 day listening & learning tour. The businesses community is so diverse by type, geography, and scale. The tour is helping me to understand how they operate, how they view the chamber and the community, and how we can help them grow...The long-term ultimate goal is to evolve the Chamber into a 21st century chamber that is prepared to meet the business leadership needs of the millennial generation and the community they serve. The Chamber will remain the proud voice and advocate for business and employers in Noblesville. HCBM services. Stine Seeds is right down the road and Reynolds Farm Equipment just opened a new facility in northern Adams Township. And with so many successful farms, agri-tourism is an area of opportunity for Sheridan’s future. HCBM: What are your aspirations for the Chamber? Coveney: …We are working to create an environment where businesses can begin, grow, and thrive. (Strategies include) providing advocacy efforts, educational resources, and marketing and networking opportunities for our members…We need to grow our membership both in numbers and in the level of investment of individual members… I’m pleased that the Chamber is recognized as an organization that can assist with bringing progress to the community and hope those doing business in Sheridan will support us in all our efforts through membership and involvement. HCBM 11


Ethics

Dr. Charles Waldo

Develop Your Pareto Potential 12 tips to becoming an uncommonly high achiever My article “Take Good Care Of Your Paretos” in the April/May issue of the HCBM discussed the findings of early 1900’s Italian economist Vilifredo Pareto that 80% of Italy’s total wealth was held by only 20% of the population. Subsequent research revealed this same phenomenon in many other areas of life: a relatively few of any population usually account for a disproportionate amount of the results…good or bad. This came to be known as “Pareto’s Law” or “Pareto’s Principle” and I gave these relatively few top achievers the label of “Paretos” with the top gun the “Alpha Pareto.” Almost every organization has them, such as the very few salespeople who make a “President’s Roundtable” or the one employee out of many chosen as “Employee of the Year.” A reader asked: “Recognizing there are high achievers/top producers (the Paretos) in just about every organization, how do they get that way? Is it a matter of being born to be a star (nature) or being raised a certain way (nurtured) or just sheer luck? If people are not born with the “it factor,” is there hope for their futures? Can they develop their own Pareto capabilities? Who can be a Pareto?” These are good questions. For guidance I reviewed twenty-five books on leadership, achievement, and human development authored by well-known academics and practitioners to see if there are common threads on “developing Paretos.” While each book takes a slightly different tack, 90% of the principles are more or less the same.

age, and they carry their achievements right on through adulthood, sometimes against what seem very steep odds. However, you probably know some kids who are blazing along the success trail when they seem to “flame out,” with causes too numerous to list here. All child Paretos do not become adult Paretos. And some young adult Paretos peak out early and drift into mediocrity….or worse. And some Paretos don’t bloom until later in life….such as painter Grandma Moses.

Nature-The Born Pareto

Who knows the number of babies born with high natural abilities who simply do not get the right support, encouragement, love and nurturing at home and school to develop their potential and go on to be Paretos? It must be staggering.

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Who knows the number of babies who do not get the right support to go on to be Paretos? It must be staggering. Nurture The life stories of virtually all Paretos show they were given a “boost” (encouragement, acceptance, discipline, training, and so on) somewhere during their maturation process that gave them the motivation and incentive to excel. Maybe it was a parent or parents. Maybe a teacher. Maybe a coach. Maybe an early boss. One successful friend gives a lot of credit to his Marine drill sergeant many years ago for instilling self-discipline and pride in doing things right and not quitting….although he didn’t appreciate what he got until some years later. Some studies show a positive correlation between having two years of pre-K exposure and doing well in high school, going to college, and succeeding in life.

The Lucky Pareto Some people are born into families where learning is stressed; reading starts at an early age; parents sacrifice time and money for the best schooling, tutoring, and coaching; there is plenty of food, shelter, and safety; medical needs are met; and so on. The child was simply lucky to be born into a nurturing, enabling environment and flourishes. But, as above, you probably know of other kids, maybe from the same family and circumstances, who, for a variety of reasons, including creating their own bad luck through foolish or risky lifestyles and behaviors, sloth, and so on, never get off the ground. And you no doubt also know extremely successful adults who started out in the most humble of environments and through sheer grit and determination (probably coupled with some lucky breaks) do exceedingly well in life. Being born into a nurturing home doesn’t guarantee future success. Being born into a very poor or difficult family situation doesn’t guarantee future failure. “Luck” and circumstances are a mixed bag and run in both directions.

Developing your Inner Pareto We can’t adjust our past, today is today, and we can’t know the future for sure. But one thing is for certain – we can greatly influence what happens to us in the future by being responsible for what we do today, tomorrow, and the days after. To a large extent, we must “pack our own parachutes.” Here are some common principles described in most of the twenty-five books I read for developing your “inner Pareto.” Each is doable by the average person and which, if done right, will make them (and you) the uncommon person. 1. Per the above paragraph, take 100%

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there seems to be a future. The old ownership of your future. The old adage “A rising tide lifts all boats” is axiom “If it’s to be it’s up to me” is so, also true in career development. so true. Keep your resume growing and cur2. Make up your mind and heart to rent and don’t be afraid to make a always do your best and try your move for a better opportunity. hardest on whatever you are work10. Consciously develop your “EQ” ing, even if it’s exceptionally chal(Emotional Intelligence) skills. lenging, unpleasant or boring. New While most successful people have York Times author Paul Tough in an average or above IQ (Intelligence HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED defines Quotient), the evidence is in that EQ this attitude as “grit” or “pluck” – skills such as empathy, self-awarehaving the undeterable, internal ness, communications, conflict mandrive to see tasks through to compleagement, and so on are even more tion. “Paratoism” is a mind and important in working with and heartgame. motivating others. These “soft skills” 3. Apply the limited time you have can be learned. A classic book in the towards goals, problems, and opporEQ field is Dr. Daniel Goleman’s tunities where you get the biggest WORKING WITH EMOTIONAL bang for your buck. Dr. Peter Drucker INTELLIGENCE. in his classic, THE EFFECTIVE EX11. Try to find a boss or mentor who is ECUTIVE, and Dr. Stephen Covey in a respected Pareto and who will take his best-seller THE SEVEN HABITS the time to help you succeed OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE call throughencouragement; giving chalthis strategy “Putting first things first.” lenging and meaningful assignments; Not letting the “urgent” get in the way and providing frequent, honest of the “important.” performance feedback, both good 4. Be totally honest, virtuous, and transparent. Hold to high ethical standards and don’t take shortcuts. Minimize “political gaming.” 5. Work hard. The 8–5r seldom goes very far. One president of a very large insurance company who was a regular guest speaker to my Anderson University business classes told students “Around my company you justify your salary between 8 and 5 but earn promotions and bonuses before 8 and after 5.” This attitude was reinforced by CEO after CEO. 6. While some goals will probably be set for you, set your own quantifiable, “stretching,” professional goals with time lines and means of measuring. Then achieve them. 7. Never stop learning, which can include college classes and degrees; taking new assignments; becoming certified or licensed; going to short term seminars; reading; and many other options. 8. Try to get into jobs that naturally fit “who you are” and for which you have high interest. Identify and play to your strengths and interests. 9. Do your best to work for an organization that is growing and where June • July 2014 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

and bad. Having this kind of boss or mentor is especially critical early in one’s career. 12. Finally, persistence, tenacity, and “finishing the race” figured in the stories of EVERY Pareto in the twentyfive books, regardless of field of endeavor. Grit. Pluck. Hang in there and don’t give up in spite of inevitable problems, road blocks, and set backs. Thomas Edison said that during his pursuit of inventing the incandescent light bulb he discovered 10,000 ways NOT to make one. That’s a lot of failures and a very tiny success ratio. But what a success! If you are encountering hurdles (like all of us), hang in there and keep running. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. HCBM Today better than yesterday. Tomorrow better than today. Charles Waldo is Professor of Marketing (ret.) from Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

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ew could have dreamed the future fields that Francis Beck was sowing when he planted 3 acres of hybrid corn in 1937.

variety of positions employees hold and the things that they do.”

Beck’s ranks among the county’s top 35 employers. Its Indiana workforce is 270 – half of whom were hired in the Not all of the rocket science concentrates past 4 3/4 years. When dirt is turned this summer on a $60 million expansion, on what goes in the ground, however. the ground will be laid for an additional In 2012, 75 years after Francis used a The company and the family have had 100 jobs. two-row, horse-drawn planter, Beck’s an impact on agriculture, the seed built a prototype multi-hybrid planter industry and the community, though “not Rocket science that lets farmers plant two types of seed many people realize what an operation Francis’ 3 acres are now part of a in the same pass for each soil type in an (Beck’s) is and what they do,” said Tim 1 million-square-foot campus that individual field. Kinze Manufacturing is Monger, president and CEO of Hamilton encompasses much more than developing it for the market. County Economic Development Corp. farm fields. A 40-person research (formerly the Hamilton County Alliance). department works in molecular marker “Beck’s invests significant resources in “The rural part of Hamilton County is an and biotechnology labs, singling out their on-farm research studies . . . on area for high technology, due to Beck’s unwanted genes and finding ways to production practices and concerns that and JBS United in Sheridan.” make seed more resistant to weather, the farmer faces every season,” said Alan disease, insects and weeds. Galbreth, Indiana Crop Improvement “A farmer can still talk to Association CEO. “They share that “This is rocket science with all Sonny Beck if he has a complaint. the technology that’s involved,” You can’t do that with the Monger said.

multinationals in our industry.” - Alan Galbreth, Indiana Crop Improvement Association

He called Beck’s very significant for the community. “It’s so multi-faceted from an economic development stand- point. Look at the land mass involved, the

High-tech labs, state-of-the-art greenhouses and test fields at one site are an attractive trifecta for venture capitalists and biotech companies that rent space for their research, allowing Beck’s to grow other ag companies in its business incubator. Keith Rufener, corn breeder

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It was the birth of Beck’s Hybrids, now the sixth largest seed company in the nation and the largest family owned one. Headquartered in Atlanta, the company has averaged 20 percent growth annually for the past 40 years. Its largest customers plant 30,000-50,000 acres; the smallest, a backyard garden.


Atlanta headquarters

But the president isn’t the only person that takes those calls.

Customer service to go

More than 100 employees can be dispatched when crop problems are reported. Keeping the company regional means responders can be standing in a farmer’s fields within two hours of a phone call.

Everything has to live up to the company’s guarantee, a promise first made by Francis: If anything goes wrong with planting Beck’s Hybrids for any reason, free seed is provided for replanting. “They have done a great job of providing customer service,” Galbreth added. “A farmer can still talk to (Sonny Beck, president) if he has a complaint. You can’t do that with a Monsanto or DuPont or the other multinationals in our industry.”

Customer service is a primary reason Beck’s remains regional, housing operations in eight states. “We want products to work in environments where we’ve researched and tested them to perform well,” said VP Scott Beck, Sonny’s son. “We can truck seed to Nebraska and it might perform well, but we don’t know that without testing in Nebraska.”

Photo by Mark Lee

information with their customers, which is another way they add value to their products and marketing strategies.”

solely by the biotechnology giants in the seed industry,” said Galbreth. Thinking outside the fence “The good Lord has blessed us tremendously over the years,” Sonny Beck said in a 2010 video when the Legacy Fund named his family a Living Legacy for its philanthropy. They think outside their fence, finding ways to improve their communities and world. Good Samaritan Network Director Nancy Chance called people like the

Beck’s proves that an independent seed company can still thrive, even though a number of small, family seed companies have closed. “As long as they can access the technology of the multinationals, Beck’s has proven the industry does not need to be controlled Curtis Wiltse, research manager

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Becks “the backbone of the existence of not-for-profit agencies.” The family’s donations are generous and they “roll up their sleeves to work at job sites like Habitat for Humanity.” The Becks also quietly support Meals on Wheels, missions and missionaries, FFA and 4-H, rec sports leagues, and untold other groups and institutions.

Custom Beck’s motorcycle built by Orange County Choppers

“Sonny and Scott Beck, and the entire Beck’s organization, are terrific supporters of the Purdue College of Agriculture, said Dean Jay Akridge.

Thousands attend educational programming annually at the university’s Beck Agricultural Center, built through the family’s financial gift. They fund student scholarships and support student clubs and organizations. Additionally, Beck’s employees serve on the Dean’s Advisory Council, and Sonny is on Purdue’s Board of Trustees.

So far, 115 kids have found families with the organization’s financial assistance.

“We are very proud of the many Purdue Agriculture alumni who are part of the Beck family and organization and deeply appreciate the relationship we enjoy with them,” Akridge added.

If he were to come back and see Beck’s Hybrid’s today, “he probably would be amazed at the size of it and wonder, ’How are you going to pay for it all,’” Scott laughed, “He’d know that the people we have care and we’re a family that cares for our customers. It would make him proud.”

To commemorate its 75th anniversary, Beck’s had Orange County Choppers (a California custom motorcycle shop made famous in the Discovery Channel’s reality TV show American Choppers) build two custom motorcycles. One greets people in the headquarters lobby, the other was used as a fundraiser to create We Care for Orphans, an organization Scott and his wife, Shantel, established to provide grants and nointerest loans to couples wanting to adopt.

Attitudes and actions Six words summarize Beck’s attitudes and actions: teamwork, integrity, innovation, adaptability, commitment, passion. Francis lived by those words and passed down their importance.

While Beck’s has become known for its ability to forecast trends and act proactively, Scott said it’s difficult to look further ahead than five years. He hopes, though, that when his children might be running the company in 30 years, the values that Francis implanted in his family will still be central to every decision. HCBM

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The Pitch-In

Notes from all over the county The City of Westfield selected Land Collective, based in Philadephia, as the lead design group for its Grand Junction Plaza project, citing its work on Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis as impressive. The city also announced a deal with the school district and private investors to move Westfield High School football stadium and develop the land where it currently sits, a prime commercial lot on the northeast corner of SR32 and US31. And Urick Concessions will be the exclusive concessionaire for Grand Park Sports Campus, operating seven concession stands planned for Grand Park. 32% of sales will go to the city. Riverview Hospital changed its name to Riverview Health.

Deb Clark joined Salin Bank as a Mortgage Consultant for Hamilton County and surrounding Central Indiana communities. Clark

Indy IT Professionals purchased Indiana Technology Professionals, LLC (dba IT Professionals). First Farmers Bank & Trust, is acquiring the deposits at nine BMO Harris Bank branches in Marion, Logansport, Terre Haute, Farmersburg, Sullivan, Clay City, Brazil, Carlisle and Shelburn, Indiana. First Farmers will acquire seven of the nine branches and retain the employees from all nine locations.

Klausing Baumgartner

Mehl

Kurtis Baumgartner was named the Monon Community Center Director for Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation. Eric Mehl was named Assistant Director.

Hensley Poindexter

Kevin G. Klausing and Russell B. Cate were elected to partnership in Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP. Anne Hensley Poindexter was elected to a 3-year term as Managing Partner. Fifth Third Bank promoted Natalie Guzman to Group Affiliate Marketing Director for the North Region, which includes Indiana.

The Hamilton County Economic Development Corporation (formerly Hamilton County Alliance) announced the election of three new officers of the board of directors. The new Chairman is Bruce Kettler, Director of Public Relations at Beck’s Hybrids. Tom Dickey, Director of Community Development with the Town of Fishers will serve as Vice Chairman. Ray Vallillo Regional Vice President & GM at Expedient Data Centers will serve as Secretary. And, Brenda Myers, Executive Director of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. will continue in the Treasurer role. Certified Urban Planner Corrie Meyer is the new Executive Director of the Carmel Redevelopment Commission (CRC), the commission responsible for overseeing the City’s redevelopment projects.

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Eric Richards was named President and CEO of Cancer Support Community of Central Indiana. Gary Warren, owner of Greensketch Concepts, a Noblesville landscape design company, designed and managed the installation of the new Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Noblesville’s Forest Park. It is the 123rd Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in the United States and is meant to comfort parents, friends and relatives of deceased children. Maryellen Keen was named Lifestyles Director for The Barrington of Carmel. Keen

Karen Miller, President and CEO of The Farmers Bank, was named to the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Miller

Jae Ebert has returned to V&J Consulting, a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), providing project management services to architects and building owners after Grimes Dial several years at CMTA Consulting Engineers in George Grimes was hired as Controller Houston (Texas). for UN Communications. Joe Dial is the new Customer Service Manager. HCBM 17


Profile

By Deb Buehler

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s a super-sized clock counts the minutes and seconds in the background, central Indiana business leaders and entrepreneurs step to the microphone to share ideas, special interests and stories with a curious crowd. The once a month evening event takes place at Moon Dog Tavern on 96th street where friends, colleagues and acquaintances gather to hear three SparksTalk speakers.

“We all hear and see things differently,” Reed added. After the talks, attendees converse –considering together what they’ve heard from each speaker. “The talks take networking to another level bringing people together in a shared experience.”

Once a month since 2012 SparksTalks has featured speakers from all walks of business and life. At first Reed and his collaborators connected with people they knew about speaking. Because Inspired speeches talks were not intended to be business Under the leadership of Chris Reed and marketing they searched for people inspired by TED Talks, the event features three timed (two four minute and one ten willing to develop special content for minute) talks during which select speakers their SparksTalk. share their personal and professional Reed said they wanted to attract attendees passions. After careful listening, those who may have heard the speaker before in attendance have an opportunity to but knew from experience that their consider what’s been said; to share their SparksTalk would be one-of-a-kind. The own ideas with those around them. SparksTalk space has a capacity of 150 with an average of 75-85 people attending “I had been hosting an afterhours neteach month. working event for about four years when I had the idea for SparksTalks,” said Chris SparksTalk has grown so much that now Reed. Reed said he led the charge for Reed and his team look for speaker talent creating the event so that people could do more than meet and greet over cocktails. He over content. Reed explained that TED wanted to challenge business professionals talks are recorded and the average TED speaker spends about 80 hours preparing to learn something new. To grow. their talk with a coach. Reed only spends 18

about an hour with each speaker with the understanding that the results are focused on the live and organic nature of the event.

Keeping it free One of the main features of SparksTalk is the free admission. Sponsored through organizational, corporate and individual contributions, Reed is committed to building that support network. He would like to see further sponsorships in order to not only grow the on-site event but to build a bigger web presence. “We are always looking for the sponsorship brands that make sense – businesses that have a passion for supporting continuous learning,” Reed explained. “We are looking for partners, including local chambers, to keep this event open to the public for free.” Reed has a vision for SparksTalks that includes the inspired energy of the speakers with a packed room. Engaging everyone in the month’s process also includes an emphasis on hospitality. Reed says they go above and beyond to make sure that guests feel welcome. New attendees are introduced to people in the room by the 6 original sponsors of the

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event. They are distinguishable by the gold beads and flashing medallions – and help people connect when they arrive.

networking event models involve networking with people you know in order to further the relationship, SparksTalk includes the opportunity to meet new people. And, they aren’t just about furthering one’s business – talks are thought provoking on the personal, life, family and business levels. “

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Hayes said he thinks one of the big accomplishments besides having great speakers is attracting new people. He finds SparksTalk to be an event on steroids compared to other networking opportunities.

Moon Dog Tavern does a great job as the host site, too. Everyone who attends gets a piece of pizza or two and can enjoy the live show as well as the networking opportunities. People generally begin arriving around 5:00 p.m. and talks start at 6:00.

Rarely absent Jim Hayes, owner of Interface Financial Group and member of the Fishers Chamber has only missed three SparksTalk events since its inception. What brings Hayes back each month is the motivation he gets from the talks. He also appreciates networking with people he knows and meeting new business owners too. “At least 25 percent of the attendees are first time people,” Hayes said. “Other

To Hayes, topics are wide ranging – from information about charitable organizations to sports topics the content is interesting and challenging. And, Hayes appreciates the conversations among attendees afterwards because it isn’t just limited to the business realm. “We find that speakers that talk about things furthest from their business often make the biggest impact,” Reed concluded. While Reed didn’t want to name names in terms of his favorites, he did mention the impact of speaker Tim Roberts. Roberts is a sales training guru who loves public speaking. He appeared in October 2012 and gave a talk about the final 27 days leading up to the national election. “He took the opportunity to bring word art to the stage,” Reed explained. “He stabbed both sides of the aisle equally, called out people on what they were doing and creating. He took his talk very seriously and it may be my all time favorite.” HCBM

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Learn…Connect…Lead

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy

2014 HCLA class with Congresswoman Susan Brooks

Story and photos by Jeff Curts

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n a clear, spring day the tour bus rolled into the parking lot of Becks Hybrids, the Hamilton Countybased company nestled in rural Atlanta (see page 14). Off stepped approximately 30 local businessmen and women, ready to discover and learn more about the area’s agricultural heritage and one of Hamilton County’s best kept secrets. Such is a day in the life of this year’s Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) participants, who have been on a ten month “journey” through the area, experiencing community based leadership through a broad-based curriculum that seeks to heighten not only their awareness and recognition of community resources, but also alert them to unmet needs. On the day I attended, program participants received an added bonus when Congresswoman Susan Brooks, who was taking part in a nearby activity, dropped in to speak to the class and answer constituents’ questions on a variety of local and regional topics.

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Community Snapshot HCLA was created in 1991 to establish a pool of knowledgeable community leaders to apply their skills to government, business and civic activities and positively shape the future of Hamilton County.

Doyle is the chief organizer and behindthe-scenes orchestrator who brings the program to life, a one-employee dynamo who serves as part meeting planner/part marketer/part cheerleader for the local group. She interacts with five volunteer committees to ensure each annual class receives a mixture of governmental, business, and community-oriented information through day-long visits throughout Hamilton County.

Fourth-year Executive Director Jill Doyle, who describes herself as “naturally curious about her community”, believes the HCLA program provides Graduation requirements include ateach participant with a broader view tendance at an opening retreat in late of the area than they might normally encounter. “A really clear snapshot of the entire county,” she offers. Doyle adds that “we all tend to focus on the area in which we live, work, and play. And while that’s all well and good, our county as a whole is a great community with a lot of tremendous things occurring. I hope that participants also get a sense of how we interact both regionally and within the state, as well as gain a perspective that there are still areas for improvement, untapped resources and needs.”

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August/early September, and at least seven of the nine regularly scheduled monthly meetings that conclude in June. In addition, each class member is expected to attend two community meetings or volunteer for a non-profit organization for 4 hours during the course of the year. Completion of a group class project brings the session to a close and offers participants an outlet to rally around a potential cause or offer possible solutions to community needs. While many of the proposals are well-received by municipalities and non-profit organizations, Doyle admits getting them implemented is sometimes a source of frustration due to funding or staffing concerns. One idea that did gain momentum though, through the efforts of HCLA attendees, was the program of supervised visitation for families to maintain relationships once one of the parents had been removed from the household.

has endured because of its commitment and challenge to create positive change locally. “We feel that many of the participants in the program are already leaders in some capacity, so we devote our time and focus to community-based learning and the opportunities available.”

those efforts, the association is hosting its inaugural Leadership Summit on June 13 at the Woodland Country Club in Carmel. Allison Melangton, President of Indiana Sports Corp and Super Bowl Leader, will discuss community leadership through sports.

To learn more about the Hamilton With over 550 alumni, the HCLA hopes County Leadership Academy, including to continue to raise awareness and dehow to apply for next fall’s class (deadvelop future leaders. In conjunction with line June 30), visit www.hcla.net. HCBM

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Positive Change Paul Hensel, Vice-President and Manager of Community Bank’s Westfield location and a 2006 HCLA graduate, serves as the current board chair and reflected back on his experience. “I feel that HCLA tells a great story to all of its class participants. I got the most out of the networking. If I ever need information about something it seems that I know someone from HCLA in that organization.” Toby Stark, Executive Director of Chaucie’s Place, an agency dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse and a 2012 program grad, added. “I think the most profound thing I learned from participating in HCLA is how fortunate we are here in Hamilton County. We have committed leaders – both elected and civic, and we have resources that other communities don’t always have. This understanding has impacted how I lead – it’s important to me that our prevention programs are of the highest quality and meet the community’s needs in a meaningful and valuable way.” And while there are over 750 such leadership academies throughout the nation, Doyle feels the Hamilton County version June • July 2014 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

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Ideas

Getting a Kick out of G lf! County’s first FootGolf course opens in Fishers Story and photos by Stephanie Carlson

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foot wedge* is legal in this new game of golf. Yes, you can actually use your foot to kick or putt your ball without incurring a penalty or being called a cheater. How can that be? Through the merging of two popular sports, soccer+golf=FootGolf, a unique game that is changing the way some golf courses do business, keeping them in the green and introducing new golfers to the links.

“Instead of teeing up a golf ball you tee up a soccer ball,” explained Sam Foley, director of golf at Balmoral Golf Club in Fishers. “In theory, traditional golfers and foot golfers walk side by side playing the game together aiming for different targets.” Foley is introducing FootGolf to Hamilton County and he believes this creative use of the course will help his bottom line and become a game the whole family can get kick out of, literally.

tunity for additional revenue. “We present FootGolf as a business proposal for the golf industry. We noticed many golf courses fighting to keep the doors open and having trouble getting kids and young people on the course. Two to three decades from now, who will be playing golf if kids are not on the course now?” AFGL accreditation is free, valid for 9- and 18-hole golf courses and FootGolf tracks cannot be operated outside of actual golf club facilities. In 26 months, the AFGL has certified 110 golf courses and established FootGolf programs. “We want to support the golf industry and the courses which have average of 100 acres of real estate that requires watering, mowing and maintenance,” said Balestrini. “Soccer is growing at a rate of 8-percent while the golf industry is experiencing decline.”

Now with the two sports married, “We hope this combination of soccer and golf will bring the family to the course,” said Balestrini. “On Saturday mornings, soccer fields

Juergen Sommer, director of soccer and head coach of Indy Eleven North American Soccer League (left) and Sam Foley, director of golf, Balmoral Golf Club

The National Golf Foundation reports 157 course closings in 2013 and shut downs are outpacing openings for the 8th year in a row. A majority of the closures were in public courses with green fees under $40.

Golf is difficult, expensive and takes a lot of time. An interesting note: according to the International Golf Foundation, golf originated in Scotland in the 15th century, but in 1457 “the Scottish Parliament banned Recruiting the Next Generation the game of golf, along with football (socRoberto and Laura Balestrini established the American FootGolf League in California cer), because the two sports were interfering with archery practice which was necesin 2011 and the courses that have welsary for national defense.” comed foot golfers are realizing an oppor*for non-golfers, a foot wedge refers to the practice of using your foot to nudge a poor-lying ball into a better position

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are packed with kids and families. I worked with Ted Bishop, the president of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to bring the sport to Indiana and he asked, ‘how can we get those kids to the golf course?’” According to Bishop, also director of golf at The

with course layout, marketing and business practices. Foley has teamed up with the head coach of the Indianapolis-based Indy Eleven soccer team, Juergen Sommer, to design a layout

Foley described the set up for Balmoral’s FootGolf game as 9-holes featuring six par 4s and three par 3s, at a cost of $1 per hole and it will take less than an hour to play 9 holes. Tee times for footgolfers will be spread out during the day sprinkled into

“not everyone…wants to play golf but everyone can kick a ball regardless of their age.” - Sam Foley, Balmoral Golf Director Legends Golf Course in Franklin, Indiana, golf is losing a core of players aged 18-34 years old.

and place holes consisting of a 21-inch cup and flag stick in locations that challenge players and allow footgolfers to play alongside traditional golfers.

A Family Sport Bishop formed the Indiana FootGolf Association partnering with former Carmel High School soccer player and coach, Dan Kapsalis, in 2014. The IFGA is based at the Legends Golf Club, which was the first certified FootGolf facility in the state. The course is designed with 27 holes for golf and 18 holes for FootGolf. The IFGA offers free advice to owners who are interested in adding this sport to their course assisting

“We are looking at yardage and hole placement so play challenges people but is also youth friendly. There will be a variety of lengths and pin locations,” explained Sommer. “This will be a good family activity, for exercise or a way for soccer players to work on kicking skills in a different setting. Instead of aiming for a goal on the soccer field, players aim at a flag stick on the golf course.”

golf tee times. Balmoral is a private estate course in Fishers located on Rick and Diane Eaton’s property. In 2013, the Eatons hired Foley to encourage prospective members to join their golf club and Foley suggested FootGolf. “The game gets people on the course that would not otherwise step foot on the links and it will spark interest possibly leading to conversions from non-golfers inspiring a desire to learn to golf,” said Foley. “It is important to keep in mind not everyone can or wants to play golf but everyone can kick a ball regardless of their age. HCBM

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Retail Roundabout

A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

Northern Hamilton County

Tasting Room has opened in the former Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia is location of Chaos boutique at 37 W. Main building an addition for its media center. In Street. Inspire Gallery is now open at 15 E. Main Street and in May the Hoosier Atlanta, the new Reynolds Farm Equip-

Reynolds Farm Equipment

ment headquarters at 1451 E. 276th Street has opened the Combine Café for breakfast and lunch. Just down the road, Beck’s Hybrids has plans to expand its Atlanta headquarters, adding six buildings over the next four years.

Carmel

Zounds Hearing Northwest Indianapolis is coming to West Carmel Marketplace at 9873 N. Michigan Road. James Props, CPA is moving into 10335 Commerce Drive. Bastian Solutions is opening a new office at 10585 N. Meridian Street. Coalition Pizza + Wine opened May 12 at 365 W. 116th Street. Across the street, the new Cancer Resource Center at IU Health North Hospital opened its doors on March 18. Ruoff Home Mortgage is moving into 11711 N. Meridian Street, the former location of Meridian Design Group, which changed its name to MDG Salon Studio last year and moved to 116th Street. This spring, Chrome Fitness joined other businesses at the 116th Street Center just west of Guilford Road. Point Blank Range and Gun Shop is scheduled to open at 1250 City Center Drive this fall. Bridal consignment and redesign shop Beloved Brides recently opened at 726 Adams Street. After 16 years in business, Mangia! closed at Carmel City Center. A Formal Affair and Authentic Sports have also recently closed their storefronts. Polleo Systems, a cloud computing company, is expanding to a larger facility within City Center. Huntington Bank is opening a new branch in Sophia Square Shoppes at 110 W. Main Street. Peace Water Winery 24

Meyer Jewelers. ADT Indianapolis is opening an office at 11900 Exit Five Parkway. Crider Electrical & Mechanical is moving into 12574 Promise Creek Lane. Brooks School Self Storage is constructing more units at 11775 Brooks School Road.

Hoosier Salon

Salon gallery moved from Broad Ripple to 22 N. Range Line Road. Midwest School of Voice is converting warehouse space at 254 First Avenue Southwest into a musical and theatrical production studio. Kroger at 1217 S. Range Line Road is undergoing a remodel. A new Jack’s Donuts is coming to 516 E. Carmel Drive. York Risk Services Group and Watson CPA have leased office space at Fidelity Keystone Office Tower at 650 E. Carmel Drive. Bethlehem Lutheran Church is constructing a 9,300 SF addition to its building at 13225 N. Illinois Street.

Fishers

The former Bennigan’s restaurant that is attached to the Holiday Inn Express at I-69 and 96th Street is going to be demolished to make room for a new freestanding restaurant, Bubba’s 33. Fairway Mortgage is opening an office at 10194 Crosspoint Boulevard. McAlister’s is reopenig its restaurant on 116th St. after a remodel. Collision Cure Body Werks is moving into the old Tire Barn shop at 11175 Allisonville Road. Exercise center 1 & Only Fitness is opening in the previous Academy of Dance Arts space at 8607 E. 116th Street. Upscale resale clothing store Clothes Mentor opened its third Indiana location at 11670 Commercial Drive in March. Vapor Trails E-Cigs & Accessories also opened in March at 8779 E. 116th Street. Kroger has plans to replace the existing store at 116th Street and Olio Road with a Kroger Marketplace, the first of its kind in Central Indiana. The new store would include more household goods and a Fred

9Round Fitness

9Round Fitness & Kickboxing held its grand opening at The Shoppes at 141st Street on April 19.

Noblesville

Paxxal Inc. is opening a new office at 146th Street and Olio Road. A new Anytime Fitness and a Hot Box Pizza are coming to the Prairie Lakes shopping center at 14300 Mundy Drive. Jaggers, a new restaurant concept by Texas Roadhouse, is being built on an outlot at 14570 Mundy Drive. Trinity Ballpark & Indoor Facility will reopen its newly renovated indoor space at 6835 E. 161st Street in August after repairing damage from a fire on January 31. Ling’s Martial Arts Studio is opening at 5715 Pebble Village Lane. Godby Home Furnishings is renovating the former home of Ace Hardware at 130 W. Logan Street for use as a clearance furniture shop. In September, Fishers-based Life Church is planning a public grand opening for its new campus at 2200 Sheridan Road. Mulch company GreenCycle of Indiana is building a new office at its 2695 Cicero Road location. In April, waxing salon Naked Monkey opened its fourth Indiana location, which is in downtown Noblesville at 930 Logan Street above hg Studios. Popular children’s bookstore The Wild is under new ownership. IDCastings has moved into the old Noblesville Foundry property at 1600 S. 8th Street with plans to demolish three

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The Wild

of the existing buildings and build a new 260,000 SF factory. Shelter Distribution opened its new facility at 15425 Herriman Boulevard in March. Aldi at 17011 Clover Road us undergoing a complete remodel. Cabela’s announced plans to build a new store just west of the IMAX theater at the Saxony Corporate Campus, and is scheduled to open it in fall 2015. A new Perkins Restaurant & Bakery is coming to Exit 210 at 13316 Tegler Drive. Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Bachrach, both at Hamilton Town Center, have recently closed. Indiana Diving Academy is relocating its operations from Bloomington to Noblesville, with plans to build an indoor training center and cabins for athletes on 13 acres in the Noblesville Corporate Campus.

Westfield

My Father’s Garden Health & Wellness opened on March 15 downtown at 106 N.

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My Father’s Garden

Union Street. CarDon Development Company has plans for a 16-acre senior living facility to be built at the northeast corner of 146th Street and Ditch Road. Tween clothing store Justice & Brothers is coming to Village Park Plaza on East Greyhound Pass. Blend Frozen Treats is moving into a remodeled space at 1030 E. 169th Street.

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New Members

June Luncheon | The Bridgewater Club | 12 to 1:30 p.m. Arrows YP After Hours | Penn Circle Apartments | 5 to 7 p.m. Golf Classic | Woodland Country Club Business After Hours | AthletiCo Physical Therapy | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

New York Life Insurance Company

July Luncheon | The Mansion at Oak Hill | 12 to 1:30 p.m. Arrows YP After Hours | MacKenzie River Pizza | 5 to 7 p.m.

The Voice Clinic of Indiana

Reservations required. Information subject to change - visit carmelchamber.com for details.

Ribbon Cuttings The Applied Behavior Center 13431 Old Meridian St.

Kolache Factory 890 E. 116th St.

BELLOMO STUDIOS LLC Carmel Fountain Square Committee Century 21 Scheetz Jennifer McLean Edmonds International Fresh Figs Marketing Hollis Adams Foundation Indiana Wind Symphony Kolache Factory North Indy Mosquito Squad The Original Pancake House Professional Business Referrals, Inc. RDS Furniture Schuler Consulting LLC

All-County Chamber Event Women in Business Luncheon: Leadership Lessons from Wise Women Friday, August 1 The FORUM Keynote Speaker: Caroline Dowd-Higgins, author of This Is Not the Career I Ordered

About the Carmel Chamber The Carmel Chamber • • • •

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Serves 750 members located primarily in Hamilton, Marion and Boone counties. Represents diversity of business from corporate headquarters to sole proprietorships. Has been working for businesses for 43 years.

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UPCOMING EVENTS JUNE

JULY

Ironwood Golf Club 10955 Fall Rd. Reservations Required

Fishers Farmers Market Six Municipal Dr. No Fee

6th – Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 23rd Annual Golf Outing

14th – Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Wellness Day

Fishers Farmers Market Six Municipal Dr. No Fee                                                           

18th - Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chamber Luncheon

TBD FORUM Conference Center $20 Members, $25 Guests Reservations Required                                                           

19th - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Navigating the Chamber Informational session for new members, new & current contacts (No fee; please RSVP) Location TBD

25th - Wednesday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Business After Hours

RIBBON CUTTINGS

12th - Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pet Day

Any Lab Test Now! 7818 E. 96th St. Fishers, IN 46037

16th - Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Chamber Luncheon

“Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellsperman” FORUM Conference Center $20 Members, $25 Guests Reservations Required

Living With Intention, LLC 11979 Fishers Crossing Dr. Fishers, IN 46038

17th - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Navigating the Chamber Informational session for new members, new & current contacts (No fee; please RSVP) Location TBD

Seniors Helping Seniors Fishers, IN

23rd – Wednesday 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Business After Hours

Hilton Indianapolis North 8181 Shadeland Ave. Indianapolis, 46250 (No fee)

Prairie Guest House 13805 Allisonville Rd. (No fee)

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FRESH FACES Advocare Ambrose Property Group American Laser Skincare Balanced Living Balmoral Golf Club- Home of Sam Foley Golf Academy Bangs Laboratories

Cameron Financial Services Cast A Bigger Net Cecilia Coble-Candidate for Fishers City Council at Large Compass Commercial Construction Crown Senior Living of Indianapolis Dunkin Donuts Fadely Home Design Gaylor Electric Greenview, Inc Liberty Tax Service Living Well Magazine Peacock Family Chiropractic Pinnacle Chiropractic & Wellness Shirley Brothers Mortuaries and Crematory Vine Healthcare Vision Center at Meijer Wilson Wealth Solutions, LLC Yeager Properties 27


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HAMILTON NORTH

Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE 2014

Tuesday, June 3, 11:30am HNCC Luncheon Red Bridge Park Community Building

Saturday, June 7, 8:00am 31st Annual Cicero Triathlon

Craig Penwell, Penwell Insurance accepts the Bell of Recognition for 2nd Quarter 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 12:00pm Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation Golf Outing

March Chamber Luncheon

Bear Slide Golf Club

JULY 2014 Thursday, July 24, 11:30am Joint Chamber Luncheon with Sheridan Chamber

New members

Marci Ripberger, Character Council of Indiana was our speaker at the March Luncheon

Ameriana Bank

Charisse Johnson

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

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31st Annual Cicero Triathlon

Saturday, June 7 at Red Bridge Park, register at www.getmeregistered.com. Great race for beginners and experienced triathletes training for longer races later in the season!

Shelter Distribution

Donna Zumbrunn

Heron Real Estate

Doug Heron

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20th – Friday – 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. YPG NETWORKING BREAKFAST Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

250 Noble Creek Drive, Noblesville, IN Coffee/Breakfast is on you, the networking is on us! Young professional group

25th – Wednesday – 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP BREAKFAST Featuring Dan Miller, Founder & President of Historical Solutions LLC Houlihan’s Restaurant Hamilton Town Center 14065 Town Center Blvd. Noblesville, IN $18 Members/$22 Non-Members

JULY 2014

23rd – Wednesday – 11:30a.m. to 1:00p.m. JULY MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON Harbour Trees Golf Club 333 Regent Park Lane, Noblesville, IN $18 Members/$22 Non-Members

23rd – Wednesday – 4:30p.m. to 6:30p.m. YPG BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Cambria Hotel & Suites (on the patio) Hamilton Town Center 13500 Tegler Drive, Noblesville, IN Young professional group and free

A Taste of Business in Noblesville winners

March Community Pride Award

Winners include, from left to right:

Best of Show – Adriene’s Flowers & Gifts Spotlight (Most Creative) – Cambria Hotel & Suites Bistro – Tucanos Brazilian Grill People’s Choice – The Ville Restaurant

NOBLESVILLE

JUNE 2014

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Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS

Grand Reopening/New Location Dr. Brad Dahlager Noblesville Family Chiropractic 953 Maple Avenue, Noblesville, IN (317) 214-7218 www.noblesvillefamilychiropractic.com

June 5th @ 4p.m. Angie Sutton State Farm Insurance 5540 Pebble Village Lane, Suite 400 Noblesville, IN 46062

APRIL Community Pride Award

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

Russell Burns Chuy’s Tex-Mex Restaurant Hamilton Town Center 14150 Town Center Blvd., Noblesville, IN 1-888-HEY-CHUY www.chuys.com

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Elizabeth Azhar Crossroads Chiropractic and Rehabilitation 3008 State Rd. 32 East, Westfield, IN 46074 (317) 867-0123 www.indycrossroadschiro.com

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Pictured on stairs left to right: Anthony Lauck, Alex Sosangelis, Phil Lillge, Jill Schriver, Parker the dog, Tawnee & Michael Partin Parker Mortgage Group a Branch of Gateway Funding 802 Mulberry St., Suite AB, Noblesville, IN (317) 399-9168

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SHERIDAN

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.

Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS CHAMBER EVENTS The Sheridan Chamber of Commerce holds monthly luncheons on the fourth Thursday of each month

JUNE 2014

26th – Thursday 11:30am - 1:00pm

Monthly Luncheon

Gold Members: IU Health North Hospital

Dr. Lawrence DeBoer, professor of Agriculture Economics with Purdue University will discuss farmland annexation and taxation.

Silver Members:

Church Church Hittle & Antrim Integrity Network Solutions

16th - Wednesday 10:45am registration begins 11:00am lunch Noon Shotgun start

Bronze Members:

Beck’s Hybrids Duke Energy First Christian Church of Sheridan Hamilton County Business Magazine Sheridan Public Library Sheridan Rotary Club Vantage Group Visit Hamilton County Webster Law Office

Cool Lake Golf Club, Lebanon

Welcome to our newest members, pictured with Sheridan Chamber Board President, Erin Merrill of Creekside Chiropractic:

Sheridan Public Library

JULY 2014

7th Annual Sheridan Chamber Golf Classic presented by JBS United Foursomes and individual golfers welcome to join us for this fun day of golf and business networking on the links. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and longest putt.

24h – Thursday 11:30am - 1:00pm

Joint Monthly Luncheon with Hamilton North Chamber of Commerce

Location: TBA

Annual joint luncheon event offering opportunity to hear interesting speaker and network with northern Hamilton County professionals

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

Blackhawk Winery Sheridan John Miller

Hamilton County Television Noblesville Perry Williams

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The Sheridan Chamber would like to thank the following members for renewing their support of the Chamber and our efforts to create an environment where business can begin, grow and thrive: Platinum Members:

Would you like to promote your business to the Sheridan business community? Want to introduce a new line of business? A new professional in your office? An upcoming event you need to promote? Consider purchasing a Spotlight Table at the Sheridan Chamber Monthly Luncheon. Tables are available for $25 ($15 for not for profit organizations). The table allows you to share material with attendees, share your brief message with the crowd and marketing in all luncheon announcements. Tables are available for all upcoming luncheons. Contact the office to schedule yours at 317-758-1311. June • July 2014 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


Monday, June 2 The Bridgewater Club 3535 E. 161st Street, Westfield 46033 Eagle Sponsors:

Questions? Call the Chamber office at 317.804.3030

Registration & Lunch: 10:30 a.m.—Noon Shotgun Start: Noon Dinner & Raffle: 5:00 p.m. Register online at www.westfield-chamber.org

NEW MEMBERS Sonja McHugh American Standard LED Lighting P.O. Box 407 Fishers, IN 46037 317.476.3604 www.americanstandardled.com

JUNE 2014

11th Annual Golf Outing 2nd – Monday Shotgun Start at 12:00 Noon

Lindsay Thayer Marketing Director Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern 2740 E. 146th Street Carmel, IN 46033 317.581.9129 www.baggerdaves.com

The Bridgewater Club 3535 East 161st Street Westfield 46033

JUNE CHAMBER LUNCHEON 19th – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Bridgewater Club 3535 East 161st Street Westfield 46033 Details and registration: www.westfield-chamber.org

Bierman ABA Autism Center Ribbon Cutting, Saturday, April 19 Photo courtesy of Zach Burton

July Chamber Luncheon 17th – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Cheryl Hunter & Erika Flanders Co-Owners Erika’s Place 102 S. Union Street Westfield, IN 46074 317.804.7001

The Bridgewater Club 3535 E. 161st Street Westfield 46033

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Colleen Brashear Director of Operations The Original Pancake House 14631 N. Gray Road Noblesville, IN 46062 317.804.9162 www.ophindy.com John Perazzo Owner J. Razzo’s 2 3150 East State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317.804.2051 www.jrazzos2.com

JULY 2014

New Member Recognition Breakfast 24th – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

WESTFIELD

11th Annual Chamber Golf Outing

www.westfield-chamber.org

Upcoming Events & HAPPENINGS

Grand Junction Brewing Company Ribbon Cutting, Saturday, April 19 Photo courtesy of Grand Junction Brewing Company

Jon Knight, General Partner Molly Nagy, General Manager Grand Junction Brewing Company 110 S. Union Street Westfield, IN 46074 317.804.5168 www.grandjunctionbrewing.com

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

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Dining Out

Because We’re

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Craft Breweries are poppin’ up all over the county By Chris Bavender

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hen it comes to craft beer it seems the reasons more and more people are enjoying a pint or two are as varied as the beers themselves. And, it could also explain why breweries/pubs continue to open around Hamilton County. Grand Junction Brewing in Westfield opened its doors Easter weekend. It proved to be such a hit that on the second day of business they ran out of food with six hours left before closing.

The duo brought in Luke Kazmierski – who has been home brewing since the ‘90s – as master brewer. Grand Junction currently offers five of its own craft beers, with three guest taps. Growlers are also available. “We are a little more specialized compared to other Indiana micro breweries,” Nagy said. “Typically beers are a 70 percent to 30 percent carbon dioxide and nitrogen blend but we have a nitro pour so that ratio is flipped and that makes a creamier beer.” And there’s plenty of seating between the seven tables in the family dining area and 16 in the brewpub itself, with another 10 seats at the bar.

Union Brewing Company

Down the street in Carmel, Union Brewing tends to draw the majority of its customers from the Monon Trail.

“Obviously we did not fully anticipate as many people turning out as they did,” said general manager, Molly Nagy. “When we made the announcement we’d run out of food they (customers) actually cheered for us!” Not to worry, neighboring business - Jan’s Pizza – stepped in to help. That sense of community is just one of the factors playing a part in owners Jon Knight and Charlie Wood’s decision to open the brewery in the heart of Westfield.

“We are 30 feet from the Monon so we joke we are a biker bar - just not in the traditional sense,” said co-owner Cameron Fila. “I would say we get 75 percent of our customers off the trail. We have people who have been to our location that did not know we had a front door.” Fila opened the brewery at 126th and Rangeline Road in the Monon Square Shopping Center in December 2012 with partners Nathan Doyle and Jay Snider. His wife, Justine, manages daily operations, while he acts as brewer.

“I fell in love with good beer in college when I drank a Bells two hearted ale and realized there was something better out there than what I had been drinking,” the 34-year-old said. “I wanted a hobby I could do at home when my oldest daughter was born so I started home brewing.”

“We are 30 feet from the Monon so we joke we are a biker bar - just not in the traditional sense,” - Cameron Fila, Union Brewing Company Union Brewing offers five staple beers of its own and rotates 4-10 guest beers through as well. Fila said they are known for their cask-conditioned ale. “We are one of the few places in the country that do it,” Fila said. “I had an absolute amazing trip to the UK and that is how beer is still served and I fell in love with it. It’s more complex and brings out more of the flavors.” It’s not an easy way to do beer, however, Fila said. “It’s a lot more complicated to brew, cask and serve so we aren’t seeing too many jump on it yet,” he said. “Our beers, from the day we brew them to the time they get poured can be three to four weeks. Some will age in barrels up to a year.” They must be doing something right – Union Brewing supplies The Local and Matt the Millers in Carmel with their craft

“Jon is from England originally and it’s always been his dream to own and operate a proper brew pub,” Nagy said. “Charlie’s been home brewing the last 40 years and has a strong interest in beer and loves the brew pub atmosphere and they wanted to have a community gathering place in Westfield because there is a lot of history in the downtown area.” 32

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beer. They’ve also partnered with the Tomlinson Tap Room at the City Market in downtown Indianapolis, as well as the Sinking Ship and Twenty Tap in Broad Ripple.

Barley Island

They aren’t the only ones distributing their craft beer. Noblesville’s Barley Island, which opened in December of 1999, not only serves 12 of its beers on site, but began bottling its product about six years ago. They supply draft and bottled craft beer around Indiana, as well as in the Chicago area.

summer in the Village of West Clay, while Four Day Ray Brewing is slated to open in the fall in Westfield.

ably shorten it to FDR, and he was responsible for ending prohibition so it works on several levels.”

Danny Boy Beer Exchange will be housed in the same area as Danny Boy Beer Works (a commercial nano-brewery) - which was founded in 2011 by Kevin and Lainie Paul, who also own Carmel’s Brockway Pub.

Graham thinks Indiana is behind the curve when it comes to craft beer.

“I think there is some genuine excitement because I think there is a cool vibe around breweries. The industry has been revitalized since the early ‘90s,” Paul said “This is a very pedestrian, active neighborhood and I think in the summer it should do well. We’ve been getting a tremendous response – people are stopping me and asking about it.” The tap house and restaurant will feature eight to 12 different beers rotating on a regular basis, Paul said, as well as four to five staples. There will be seating for about 100 between the bar and table.

Owner Jeff Eaton believes craft beer has become so popular because people like to support local businesses. And he doesn’t see the new breweries as competition. “I think it’s a case of the more the merrier, especially out in the suburbs,” he said. “It only helps us – we welcome it. It gets more people drinking craft beer and visiting Hamilton County establishments.” Fila agrees. “There is just a tremendous sense of community – people want to eat and drink and shop locally,” Fila said. “People are just becoming more aware and that just helps the small craft breweries like myself and has really opened the doors.”

Danny Boy and Four Day Ray

And, soon, there will be even more options to relax and enjoy a good beer. Danny Boy Beer Exchange is expected to open in late

“The idea is not pack it like a restaurant. It’s a brewery first, a tap house second and then a restaurant,” Paul said. “We have an obligation to put out a good product and if we don’t do that they won’t come. So, we have to make sure our beer tastes good and we have good service.” Part of that, according to Brian Graham – who will open Four Day Ray this fall – is educating customers on what they’re drinking. To that end, the Boiler Room – or tasting room – will have iPads with a description of each beer. “It will be a library of all that we brew and they can consume as much of that information as they want,” Graham said. “There are those who don’t care how the baby is born – they just want the baby. But those who want more can consume that information while at the brewery. We have an opportunity to deliver a better experience and help people understand why they like certain styles and why not others. It helps them become better consumers.” The name of the 75-seat brewery – to be located at 1746 Tiller Court in Westfield (in the business park behind the Post Office) is a nod to the railroad heritage of the area. “Four day ray is a slang railroad term for a rail employee who habitually calls off one day a week,” Graham said. “And, then people like to abbreviate so they will prob-

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“One area that needs attention is flavor profile,” he said. “There is a lot of good beer being brewed but it tends to be safe in its flavor profile but I think there is room to bring more variety in that regard to this market. The consumer is not being given enough credit right now.” All agree, however, that their customers appreciate the specialized nature of their products. “A ‘craft’ beer usually means that it has come from a place nearby. I think folks are taking more ownership over their community and all businesses within that community, including craft breweries,” Nagy said. “Which is, of course, a good thing.” HCBM

Hamilton County Pubs and Restaurants Serving Craft Beer Boombozz Pizza & Taphouse - Carmel Britton Tavern – Fishers Brockway Public House – Carmel Chatham Tap – Fishers Copper Still – Noblesville C. R. Hero’s Family Pub – Fishers Divvy – Carmel Dooley O’Toole’s – Carmel Flix Brewhouse - Carmel – Fall 2014 Fox and Hound – Carmel Granite City Food – Carmel Harbour Trees Golf Club- Noblesville MacKenzie River Pizza Co - Carmel Matt the Millers – Carmel Mellow Mushroom - Carmel Mitchell’s Fish Market – Carmel Muldoon’s – Carmel Nickel Plate Bar and Grill – Fishers Petite Chou Bistro – Carmel Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub – Carmel Purgatory Golf Club – Noblesville Rockstone Pizza - Fishers Simeri’s Italian Restaurant – Fishers Stacked Pickle – Carmel and Fishers Syd’s Bar and Grill – Noblesville The Local - Westfield The Ram – Fishers The Pint Room – Carmel Three D’s Pub and Café – Carmel Upland’s Carmel Tap House – Carmel Wolfie’s Grill – Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville Woody’s - Carmel

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Hamilton County History

David Heighway

The Original Networking Groups Fraternal organizations were the business connectors of their day

Fraternal lodge connection could be very strong. This saved the life of a Noblesville man, William Wainwright, just after the Civil War. Wainwright was a Major in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corp

24, 1914, so it will have its centennial this year. Other fraternal orders in Hamilton County included the Odd Fellows – started in 1853, the Knights of Pythias – 1884, the Red Men – 1890, and the Modern Woodmen – 1899. The individual Knights of Pythias lodges were known as “castles”, which is probably why the K. of P. building at the Iconic Buildings corner of Jackson The lodge buildings themselves were integral parts Street and Highway of the community and would often be used by 19 in Cicero has a other groups. The Masonic building in Westfield turret. The K. of P. was the meeting place for the first women’s suflodge in the third floor of the Lacy building in NoblesKnights of Pythias mem- ville doesn’t have at bership from late 1800’s. turret, but it does (photo courtesy Hamilton have an ornate inteCounty Historical Society) rior made largely of stamped tin panels. courtesy Hamilton County Historical Society

While some lodges, like the Odd Fellows and Red Men, have their roots in social groups in England in the 1700’s, most of the ones in the United States began appearing Front of former Noblesville in the 1800’s. The Redmen’s Lodge oldest and most famous group is the Masons. Hamilton County’s first Masonic lodge was organized in 1828 and William Conner was one of the founders. Eventually there were lodges in Noblesville, Deming, Sheridan, Cicero, Clarksville, Westfield, Carmel, and Boxley. At one time in Noblesville, there was a separate lodge for African Americans. The Masons conducted the ceremony for the laying of the cornerstone of the courthouse in 1878.

that he was wearing a Masonic ring. A Mason in the crowd spoke up and Wainwright was let go. Eventually more U.S. troops came into the area and restored order. While it was tragic that a Black soldier was murdered, Wainwright was grateful that his Masonic connection had helped him survive.

courtesy Hamilton County Historical Society

How did a person do a “cold call” in the days before telephones? Simple – find a lodge brother. In the late nineteenth century, fraternal lodges were a key social network for people doing business in an area. Knowing a “secret handshake” could open doors all over town. Although many Hamilton County fraternal organizations are now defunct, they were a crucial part of the community in their heyday.

former Westfield Masonic Lodge

frage group in the county in 1869. The structure itself is still standing. The Red Man’s lodge in Noblesville was used as a meeting spot by the Ku Klux Klan during the 1920’s, although there is no known connection between the two groups. The Clarksville Masonic building was built as a school

interior of the Noblesville Knights of Pythias lodge 1904

Lasting Legacy

Building stones marking the lodge halls can be seen throughout Hamilton County. This would have simplified things for traveling members lookKnowing a “secret handshake” ing to present their crecould open doors all over town. dentials (and make local Former Clarksville Masonic Lodge connections). Many during the Reconstruction era in Tennessee and was and later adapted to the lodge. The Noblesville people belonged to two working with African American troops when some Masons met at the Odd Fellow’s lodge until their or more fraternal orNoblesville clothier local people became angry at their presence. The new Temple was built, which is now one of the ganizations to increase N.D. Levinson was an locals lynched one of the Black soldiers and were outstanding architectural features of the city. The important member of their network. People about to lynch Wainwright when someone noticed cornerstone of the structure was laid on September both the Masons and also would have carried the Odd Fellows.

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insurance through the lodges. There are applications for life insurance in the records for the Noblesville Odd Fellows Lodge which are now at the Hamilton County Historical Society and they show, among other things, the waistline measurement for most of the important men of turn-of-thecentury Hamilton County. With changes in society in the 20th century, many of these organizations ceased to exist in Hamilton County. People now do their social networking in other ways. But, in their time, fraternal organizations had a large impact on the county that is still visible today. David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian

Noblesville Lodge

Celebrates 100 years

While their buildings are often the only reminder of many fraternal organizations, the Noblesville Masons continue to thrive in their iconic building at Ninth and Hannibal Sts. In fact, Masonic Lodge #57 is celebrating its building’s centennial this year and next. The cornerstone of the limestone Temple was laid on

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