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Letter from the Editor October • November 2016

“Deadlines and commitments What to leave in…what to leave out…” Those lines from the Bob Seger classic Against the Wind have been running through my mind for the past several days. Editing is all about choices and we had to make some tough ones for this edition. The seed for our cover story was sown by Shauna Metzger, owner of Lil Bloomers in Noblesville. Lil Bloomers has been open about a year and the beauty of talking to new business owners is hearing their new perspectives.

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It seemed to Shauna that more businesses in Noblesville’s downtown were owned by women than you might expect. I started doing an informal inventory in my mind and I had to agree with her. There are lots of them. Sounds like a story, I said to myself. So she and I agreed to collaborate on the story and find out if our perceptions were true. That’s where the choices come in. Does downtown include more than the Courthouse Square? How far off the square do we count? Are we talking just retail or services businesses that may not have storefronts? Does “woman-owned” mean owned solely by a woman or do partnerships with husbands, siblings and significant others count? There’s a lot to consider and we quickly realized we couldn’t conduct a totally inclusive inventory of woman-owned businesses. So I’d like to offer a framework for this edition’s cover story: it’s a feature about the preponderance of woman-owned businesses in downtown Noblesville, but it’s not meant to be exhaustive. We couldn’t possibly cover every woman-owned business so we didn’t try. We took a sampling and provide some insights. We did try to invite as many women as we could think of to the cover photo shoot (thank you Shauna!). However, some couldn’t make it, some didn’t get the memo and no doubt we just missed some. To those we missed, I apologize. But it doesn’t change the gist of this edition’s cover story, which is that women are having a huge impact on business in downtown Noblesville. That is worth celebrating, especially in October, which is national Women in Business Month. Cheers!

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What Qualities Move Employees Up? These “Common Core” attributes will improve your career prospects hat are the qualities exhibited by “employees on the move,” especially managers? Those who “make things happen.” Those always in the right place at the right time doing the right things. Your “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” people. Those who get frequent calls from headhunters. Are those qualities—if they can be identified—common to all “shakers and movers” or are only some qualities needed for success in some organizations or under certain conditions but not in others? This is not an academic question since finding the answer(s) can lead to better hiring practices, better human resource development practices, better placement and promotion decisions, and better individual and group performance. The answers can also serve as your self-development checklist since no one will be more interested in your professional development than yourself. If you don’t take your development seriously, who should—or will? While every job and organization has its unique culture, needs, and attributes, there does seem to be a “common core” of qualities or dimensions that are found in most managers on the move. The following qualities were gleaned from a variety of well-respected professional resources such as prominent executive search firms Korn Ferry, Russell Reynolds, and Heidrick & Struggles; McKinsey & Company Consulting; The Harvard Business Review; Fortune Magazine; The Center for Creative Leadership; the 8

International Consortium for Executive Development; Challenger, Grey, Christmas Outplacement; and noted authors such as Dr. Peter Drucker, Dr. Jack Welch, Dr. Stephen Covey, Dr. Ram Charan, and Dr. Daniel Goldman. These qualities are not in any order of importance since they are all important, although some will be more important than others in any given situation.

3. Seeks opportunities to learn and grow. Looks for opportunities to try out and do new things. Willingly takes on “stretch assignments.” Seeks broad business knowledge that goes beyond the scope of her present job. 4. Knows the technical aspects of his job and his operation inside and out. Simply cannot be fooled. 5. Has a knack for bringing out the best in her people. Can pull people together into highly effective teams and work with a wide variety of people. 6. Seeks and uses feedback on both his performance and that of his operation. Learns from mistakes. Doesn’t take criticism personally. Has changed as a result of that feedback. 7. Is a calculated risk-taker. Able to go against the flow and stand firm against opposition. But knows when to back off and “live to fight another day.”

“Common Core” Performance Qualities 1. Always acts with integrity and exhibits the highest ethical behavior. Tells the truth and takes responsibility for his or her actions. Is transparent. What you see is what you get. 2. Is committed to making a difference. Makes personal sacrifices to contribute to the success of the organization. Has a strong drive to achieve targeted results and infects her team likewise. Is persistent and doesn’t give up easily when facing obstacles. Is dependable and always comes through.

8. Is insightful and creative. Asks good questions; gets others involved in problem solving; sees things from a different perspective. Not generally satisfied with the status quo. Adapts to changing conditions. Is generally an optimist and “glass half full” person. 9. Puts first things first and prioritizes activities according to their overall impact. Isn’t easily drawn into “brush fires.” Can separate the urgent from the important…..they’re often not the same. Remains calm under fire. 10. Can communicate effectively in a variety of ways with a variety of people. Is an excellent listener and receiver. Reads people well and “connects” easily. 11. Can be tough and demanding when the situation calls for it. While generally friendly with her team mem-

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bers, she is not their friend. Is very careful attack and go for it. Perhaps you have a mentor you can tap into. Since everyone about how and when she socializes with has a boss, hopefully you can get wise and team members. objective feedback and thoughts on im12. Doesn’t play favorites. Treats all provements from her. Be courageous and team members fairly but not necessarily seek feedback from your direct reports. equally…..“different strokes for different The state of your relationship with them folks.” Gives input and feedback that can will be reflected by how honest they are help them get better. Known for getting with you. people promoted. Your organization might already have 13. Exhibits good critical thinking a performance grading system which and problem solving skills. Uses logic, may or may not include some or all of “crunches the numbers” and uses analytics in decision making, but also utilizes experience, intuition, and input from others.

the above qualities. You will probably have to use it, too, but that’s OK. Build on strengths and shore up weaknesses. Good luck. HCBM

Charles Waldo, Ph.D. is Professor of Marketing (ret.) of Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He lives in Indianapolis and can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

14. Most resources mentioned the importance of having a trusted mentor, especially in the early stages of one’s career. This might be a college prof, an older boss, or a relative. Don’t wait for the mentor to find you.

Takeaways While each of these qualities can be talked about in an academic environment, they are generally learned through the fires of experience. Reading, classes, seminars, an MBA, and so on can be helpful but the “rubber meets the road” on the day-to-day job.

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Keeping an Eye on Social Media Good trends to embrace…bad trends to avoid ocial sharing and personal publishing with blogs and new media have led to a virtual stream of information noise. It’s important to filter out the negative and hone in on the positive. Learning what adds value to your life instead of just wasting your time is best practice. On the other hand, learning about things to be wary of will help you and your family avoid falling victim to unscrupulous cyber creeps.

pocket or purse for dinner or have a basket on the table at home for everyone to put their phones in during dinner. This is a good habit to get started early with our kids who are born into the mobile age.

for social connection among older adults (average age about 68). The researcher looked at email, Facebook, Twitter, online instant messaging and video conferencing.

Social media fraud is increasing daily. One of the latest examples is the hijacking of big brands. Proofpoint did a study on the top 10 global brands. Of the 4,840

He found that online social technology use among older adults is linked to better health perception, fewer chronic illnesses and better mental health scores. “Older adults think the benefits of social technology greatly outweigh the costs and challenges of technology,” said the assistant professor of psychology. “And the use of this technology could benefit their mental and physical health over time.”

Be Wary of These New Trends There is a new app that is very popular with tweens called Musical.ly and a spinoff, Live.ly (which aims to compete with Facebook Live and Twitter’s Periscope). It’s a creative venue to post and share music and perform live lip-syncing with other “Musers”, but there is a dark side. It has been criticized for overtly sexual overtones in dress and music, making it a place for sexual predators to find fresh prey. Kids have access to all songs, including inappropriate ones for tweens. There is also a location feature that can pose a safety hazard if it is enabled. To make sure this is safe for your tween, keep tabs on their “friend” list, and only accept other kids they personally know, hide the location settings and make the account Private. Andreas Kaplan, a European Business School professor that specializes in social media, contends that excessive use of social media is linked to social isolation, loneliness, depression and anxiety. Other research has shown similar links. Just go to your local restaurant and look around. You will see many people on their mobile devices instead of speaking to one another. It is just a matter of time before we see serious societal breakdowns because of the misuse of something that, in it’s good form, is supposed to make us closer. Make it a habit of leaving your mobile device in your 10

social media accounts associated with those brands, an astounding 19% were fraudulent. 30% of those were used for counterfeit products and 4% were used for phishing, obtaining customer information or installing malware. Cyber criminals are finding new ways to obtain sensitive customer information as well as company/brand proprietary information. Be careful of the types of information that you leave with companies, like social security numbers and credit card info. When you are on a brand social site look for verified pages, and if a site doesn’t look well-structured or professional you are probably not on the correct site.

The Good News Despite its dangers, social media provides a great opportunity to enhance the “greater good” of society. Here are some positive social media stats to renew your faith in technology. A Michigan State University study examined the benefits of technology use

Forbes recently touted all of the good things about social media. One positive feature is the ease of delivering news alerts in the timeliest manner. News events often break on Twitter first. News outlets have their own social sites and can quickly and effectively get the word out when necessary. Instant notification alerts on social media make this is an effective way to be alerted of emergent breaking news. Finally, although some may see this as invasive, law enforcement is using social media to detect and prosecute criminals. With tracking software and links to IP addresses as well as new communication technologies, they are learning that social media is a robust source of intelligence and information to help track down criminals and illicit activity. Proper use, vigilance and staying abreast of the latest and greatest social media will help you enhance your life. Stay alert, unplug every once in awhile, monitor your kids and family use and be socially savvy! HCBM Kristin Fettig is CEO of Social Order, Inc., a social media marketing and management company specializing in small business.

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Women Mean Business in Downtown Noblesville Feminine touch helps draw customers By Rosalyn Demaree Photos by John Wright owntown Noblesville brands itself “hipstoric.” Another apt description might be “chick magnet.” Women-owned businesses are prolific around the historic Courthouse Square, strengthening its appeal to shoppers as well as clients of professional or medical services. “Everyone has read the stories about vibrant downtowns serving as attractors for the young and the empty-nester for quality of life—and that trend follows for women-owned businesses,” said Brenda Myers, president and CEO of Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. Noblesville’s downtown is everything a business owner wants. It’s “active, safe, accessible and affordable.” 12

In a 2010 report, the Indiana Commission for Women said 129,559—nearly 27 percent—of the state’s 483,242 businesses were owned by women. They produced $20 billion in annual sales and receipts, averaging 9.6 employees each. Two Hamilton County firms, Avant Healthcare of Carmel and Hare Chevrolet of Noblesville, ranked fourth and fifth among the state’s largest businesses owned by women.

Collegial Environment Shauna Metzger was convinced downtown Noblesville’s ambiance and activity would give Lil Bloomers the infrastructure her childrens’ boutique needed when it opened a year ago on Logan Street. October • November 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


The first-time retailer didn’t foresee a lot of competition for her clothing, accessories and gifts, some made by local companies. She discovered a much-appreciated surprise: a support network and mentors among women business owners surrounding the Square. Although maybe she shouldn’t have been surprised. “Statistics show that professional and technical services and retail establishments are key businesses owned by women and also mesh well with downtown Noblesville’s mix of space,” Myers explained. “Likewise, women especially are drawn to areas where they feel welcome and part of a healthy and collaborative environment—both traits offered by the downtown area.” Neighboring retailers have helped Metzger grow as a savvy business woman and offered advice that has led to making Lil Bloomers a hometown success story. In return, the former secretary in the Noblesville Township Trustee’s office has become their biggest advocate. continues on next page

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They meet intentionally at meetings or coincidentally at the several women-owned eateries in the area to exchange ideas about sales, promotions, special events and common concerns, such as the need for signage to direct more people downtown. Metzger feels strongly that the public needs to know “business is more than a hobby (for women). It’s our livelihood. It’s how we feed our families, how we give our kids ballet lessons or soccer cleats.”

Downtown Marketability Shannon Loomis has contributed to those mentoring relationships and has found value from them in the growth of Kiln Creations on Ninth Street. She has turned often to Peggy Kumler, owner of A Corner Cottage and one of the deans of women retailers around the Emily Wasonga, Owner, Love’s Hangover Creations Square, for advice and brainstorming. Kumler has been the spark for many Square-centered promotions such as Diva Night and the Chocolate Trail, which use fun activities to draw new people and frequent shoppers to various restaurants and shops. “These two nights always prove to be successful thanks to the time, effort and attention our merchants direct toward each event,” said Chris Owens, executive director of Noblesville Main Street.

“Business is more than a hobby (for women). It’s our livelihood.” – Shauna Metzger

Owner, Lil Bloomers

When Loomis was looking for a home for Kiln Creations, “I knew It would be nowhere else in Noblesville other than downtown. I like the area. I like the feel.” She had owned a similar and similarly successful customerpainted pottery studio in Broad Ripple for five years when Kiln Creations opened 10 years ago. The one-time Proctor & Gamble researcher is quite content in her Ninth Street location. She owns the building, renting secondfloor space to other women entrepreneurs.

“I’m glad all these little shops are here,” Loomis said. “Business owners seem to be happy with the way things are going. I’m glad that it hasn’t turned into a mega shopping area. They’re still mom and pops.” Loomis’ typical customer is a woman, but Kiln Creations also attracts families, particularly on Sundays, and many dads wanting a creative outing with their children. A mother and daughter recently connected there, having been separated by adoption 40 years and wanting a getaway to make conversation easier. One couple comes every Valentine’s Day.

Shauna Metzger, Owner, Lil Bloomers

Loomis and her three part-time employees welcome every person who steps across the threshold, facilitate where needed, and know when to step back to let artistic flair and bonding flow. “Part of the marketability of the downtown merchants is that friendly, one-on-one relationship and service so many of them provide to their customers,” added Owens, who has led Main Street for two years. “It’s a different feeling and type of transaction than in a larger or chain store.” Whether they visit for sports, business or leisure, tourists enjoy shopping while visiting Hamilton County. The 2016 Tourism Profile Survey says they spend $400 million while here.

Shannon Loomis, Owner, Kiln Creations

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“Some of our downtown businesses most certainly serve as draws for ‘girlfriend travelers,’ who tend to come in clusters for day or overnight trips,” commented Myers, whose staff often promotes packages for women. “There is likely some spillover effect to these successful women in business who know how to attract the woman traveler.” HCBM October • November 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


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By Karen Kennedy Photos courtesy Fishers Music Works

Indiana (The Musical)

There’s a joyful noise coming from Fishers. As Hamilton County’s newest city continues to spread its wings, there’s a burgeoning cultural Renaissance going on as well—an explosion of festivals, art fairs, and so, so many live music and theatre that there’s absolutely no excuse for not having something to do on any given night out and about the town. Fishers has always been a musical place, but there’s a driving force to organize that music scene to a point that Fishers could quite easily become a formidable regional performing arts destination. Given that Fishers’ population is under 80,000 people, the diversity and quality of the local music and performing arts offerings is even more impressive. Such organizations as: Fishers Chamber Orchestra, Mudsock Jazz Combo, Indiana Heartland Brass Quintet, Fishers Community Chorus, Projekt Opera and the theatre group Nickel Plate Players all call Fishers home. And all of these organizations have coalesced under the umbrella of a not-for-profit called Fishers Music Works. Fishers Music Works was founded in 2013 by Doug Whisman, Rob Lawyer, Dr. Keith Kunda and Todd McCready. It’s headquartered in the business that Whisman owns with his wife, J’eun Lee, also an accomplished musician and teacher, the J’eun Lee Music Academy. The mission of Fishers Music Works is to provide high quality performance opportunities to local performing Fishers Community Chorus at Geist Christian church artists as well as music education to the general public. Currently, nearly 250 performers are affiliated with the organization and it continues to grow.

Original Works The most recent addition to Fishers Music Works is Nickel Plate Players, a theatre company which was created in 2014 by husband and wife producing, writing and performing duo Ashton Wolf and Sandy Thorne. They’ve garnered a lot of headlines lately with their newest project, “Indiana (The Musical)” which is a celebration of the bicentennial.

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The project started out as just a single song and is a great example of how a community can come together to bring a vision to life. Wolf had penned a song called “It’s Still America to Me,” and included it in a show he’d written called “Heartlight.” The song was incredibly well received. On a whim, Wolf sent a video of the song’s performance to Brenda Myers at Hamilton County Tourism. She encouraged him to build a bicentennial-themed project around it and apply for a grant from the state. In order to qualify for the highest level of grant available, Nickel Plate Players needed to team up with two other notfor-profit agencies, so they formed an alliance

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with the Ambassador House and Fishers Music Works and submitted a proposal to create a new musical celebrating Indiana’s history. They won the grant and then began the task of building a team to bring the musical to life. Wolf brought on nine additional writers and contacted historian David Heighway to assist with research. Heighway created a detailed timeline of historic Indiana events from 1816 to 2016. From that timeline, Wolf selected events of significance and also events that he thought would make for good theatre. “Some events were significant, but not necessarily dramatic, so we had to pick and choose,” said Wolf. “And we needed to pick and choose to fit 200 years of history into a show that wasn’t going to end up being eight hours long! But certain things, like a gunfight on Main Street in Carmel in 1900? That was a definite yes.”

Fishers Wind Symphony at Nickel Plate District Ampitheater

towns and city centers have been revived by music, art and theatre. As Fishers strives to find its way and establish its niche in Hamilton County and beyond, As he worked on the play, he would take informal surveys around town, testing the the efforts of all of the groups within the waters about residents’ general knowledge Fishers Music Works alliance bring paid positions for artists, tourism dollars and of Indiana history. “It blew my mind that national press to the city. Unlike most nine out of ten Fishers residents I talked to didn’t know who Hoagie Carmichael is,” community theatres, Nickel Plate Players pays all of its actors and pit musicians, and said Wolf. “It made the project feel even recently received a nod from the National more important.” Endowment for the Arts for creating new, original material. Most of the other groups within Fishers Music Works also pay their musicians. Fishers Chamber Orchestra employs thirty-three musicians, Fishers Wind Symphony employs forty-five musicians and the Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra employs twenty musicians. In a sharp contrast to other cities with thriving performing arts organizations and line items in the budget to support them, none of the organizations within

Fishers Music Works receive any funding from the city. They instead rely solely on ticket sales, private donors and state and regional tourism grants to fund an annual operating budget of nearly $50,000. As the group looks to the future, they dream of a time when Fishers might have a municipal building devoted to the performing arts in which all of these groups might have a permanent home. Until then, they continue to innovate, create and produce as much joyful noise as the wonderful community of performing artists can. “Indiana (the Musical)” is now getting calls to bring the show to other cities and towns across the state, and the Fishers Chamber Orchestra will perform a “Christmas Extravaganza” at Christ the Savior on December 9. More information and performance schedules can be found at www.fishersmusicworks.org. HCBM

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The show, which featured twenty actors and seven musicians, opened in July to sold-out crowds, with performances at the Ambassador House, Balmoral Golf Club and J’eun Lee Music Academy, which boasts a nearly 200-seat auditorium. A free performance was also presented in the Fishers Amphitheatre.

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Of the 36 local torchbearers chosen by a committee for their efforts in making Hamilton County and Indiana a better place to live, the business community is represented by these individuals:

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the nation’s largest selections of 18th-19th century European antique furniture, accessories, lighting and garden pieces.

James Neal: third generation family publisher began his newspaper career as a paper carrier before going on to lead the Noblesville Daily Ledger as editor.

Mic Mead: owns Acorn Farm Country Store in Westfield with his wife, Jill. Mic served the Westfield Town Council, the Grand Junction Task Group and was Westfield’s Chamber Citizen of the year in 2013. HCBM

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

CARMEL The Learning Center is moving into 11145 N. Michigan Road. Tia Walker State Farm is moving from Indianapolis to the Village of West Clay at 2169 Glebe Street. Café Patachou is moving from the shopping center at 126th and Gray Rd. to the shopping center at Hazel Dell Parkway and Main St.

Meridian & Main The Hamilton Crossing Centre on Meridian Street has plans for a Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille, an entertainment complex that would include a cinema, restaurant, and bowling. The Meridian & Main development is welcoming two new tenants, Fresh Indian Grill and Fresh Cayenne. Carmel Comprehensive Dental Care is moving into a suite at 200 Medical Drive. The former Arby’s restaurant at the corner of Range Line Road and Carmel Drive has been demolished to make way for a new roundabout. The Lash Lounge, an eyelash extension spa, opened in the Boardwalk Shoppes on Adams St. Harrison and Moberly LLP is renovating the eastern half of the former Mangia restaurant at 760 Third Avenue SW for a new office. The Antique Emporium of Carmel, located in Monon Square Shopping Center at City Center Drive and Range Line Road, is the new home of vinyl record vendor Steve’s Stuff. The owner of Ristorante Roma in Monon Square has opened a gelato stand facing the Monon Trail called Mamma Mia. Langston’s Pub & Grille at the corner of 126th Street and Range Line Road has closed, but the space is being renovated to expand next door neighbor Matt the Miller’s Tavern. The new space will 20

include additional dining and private party space on the ground level and Matt’s Wine Bar on the second floor. Megan Danielle Skincare opened in the Drewry Simmons Vornehm building in Carmel City Center.

new 11,500 SF office building at 9761 Crosspoint Boulevard. Construction on a new Fairfield Inn & Suites on the southwest corner of 106th Street and Crosspoint Boulevard will begin this fall with a target open date of May 2017.

A custom t-shirt business, Your Tees, has opened at 25 W. Main Street. A new Domino’s Pizza is coming to 1441 S. Guilford Road. Ed Martin Acura is undergoing a full remodel at 3800 E. 96th Street. Indiana’s first Joella’s Hot Chicken is opening at 4715 E. 96th Street, in the former 96th Street Steakburger location. Firebirds restaurant is open in the lot in front fo the new Drury Plaza Hotel at 96th and Meridian.

TelaCare Health Solutions, currently set up in Launch Fishers, is preparing to shift its headquarters from Toledo, OH to a new office in Fishers. Deveau School of Gymnastics is undergoing a big expansion, adding over 24,000 SF to its facility at 9032 Technology Drive.

Allied Solutions broke ground for their new headquarters building in Midtown Carmel. FC Tucker will also move its Carmel office to the five story building. Indiana Members Credit Union is opening a new office on Old Meridian St.

Fishers Imports at 12655 Parkside Drive is building a new 9,500 SF auto showroom. Honda of Fishers is adding a new 15,000 SF building for detailing on its campus at 13830 Britton Park Drive.

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FISHERS Kite Realty Group Trust has plans to demolish and rebuild the Fishers Station shopping center on the northeast corner of 116th Street and Allisonville Road. A new Great Clips is coming to Fishers Crossing on the northwest corner of the same intersection. The Wine Guy at Grapevine Cottage has moved from its 96th Street location to 8235 E. 116th Street. Pediatric Care Fishers is opening soon on the first floor of 11650 Lantern Road. In late 2016 Citizens State Bank plans to open its first Fishers location in The Switch development at 116th Street and Municipal Drive. Crosspoint Commons continues to grow with the construction of a

DetailXperts recently opened at 11650 Olio Road. Storage Depot is building almost 98,000 SF of self-storage space on 118th Street just west of Olio Road. Green House Cottages of Saxony, a new 63,000 SF skilled nursing facility, is slated for construction just south of IU Health Saxony on Tablick Street.

NOBLESVILLE In downtown, 950 & 960 Logan Street are being renovated before becoming the new home of three Noblesville businesses: Parker Mortgage Team, Parker Media Group, and Finance of America Mortgage. The businesses are moving from the Mill Top Banquet & Conference Center south of downtown. Bill’s Dirty Dog Spaw opened this summer at 1106 S. 8th Street. BlueSky is building its 42,000 SF corporate headquarters at 123 John Street, just across the street from Riverview Health.

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Plans are underway for the construction of the new 19,000 SF Promenade Hospital at 2602 Westfield Road. Metro Plastics Technologies is planning to move from its long-time manufacturing facilities at 9175 E. 146th Street. Its new 72,000 SF headquarters will be built just west of Union Chapel Road on Pleasant Street on a 34.6-acre property that will include space for future commercial development. Packing Materials, Inc. (PMI) is undergoing a major expansion, adding another 6,000 SF to its facility at 525 Herriman Court. Endeavor Self Storage at 15385 Cumberland Drive and Community Storage at 14515 SR 32 E are both expanding storage space with the construction of new buildings totaling 14,500 SF on each property. Popular chain restaurant Chipotle is coming to Hamilton Town Center at 12831 Campus Parkway. Embassy Suites broke ground for its new hotel and conference center at Exit 10. RE/MAX Legacy opened a new office at 17160 Dragonfly Drive. Janus Developmental Services, Inc. on SR 32 purchased adjoining Noblesville Golf and Batting Center and has plans to expand onto the property.

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members, including publisher Current in Westfield, Rob Knight with WebLink International, and gluten-free bakery Bee Free. You Move Me has successfully opened its own location at 1030 Westfield Park Road after previously setting up shop in The Union. Dunkin Donuts opened at 950 Tournament Trail. Central Indiana is getting its first location of the national chain Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, which will open in the former Bagger Dave’s location at 2740 E. 146th Street. The former Cardinal Fitness at 2480 E. 146th Street is now home to Club Pilates. Verizon Wireless has opened its doors at a new location at 1950 E. Greyhound Pass. HCBM

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Pitch-In Notes from all over the county The Hamilton County Leadership Academy selected a new class, which runs from August 2016 through June 2017. The 26th class includes: Heather Brownell, Executive Director, Heart and Soul Clinic, Inc.; Janelle Bunnell, Mortgage Loan Officer, Community First Bank of Indiana; Steve Cooke, Deputy Mayor, City of Noblesville; Nicholas Duvall, VP of Development and Communication, Little Red Door Cancer Agency; Erin Escoffery, Attorney, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister; Doug Gebhardt, Business Development Manager, F.A. Wilhelm Construction; Thomas Gehlhausen, Chief Deputy, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Jonathan Haggarty, Project Manager, Meyer Najem Construction; Joel Heavner, Firefighter/EMT, City of Carmel Fire Department; Judah Holland, Sr. Director & Chief of Staff to the Pres., Navient; Sarah Jones, Associate Attorney, Krieg DeVault LLP; Thomas King, Operations Administrative Specialist, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital; Alison Krupski, Bridge Program Engineer, Hamilton County Highway Department; Jess Lawhead, Vice President, Mohawk Management; Courtney Lloyd, VP, Private Banker, STAR Financial Bank; Jeremy Lollar, Director of Public Works, City of Westfield; Katie Lorton, Deputy Director - Noblesville, Hamilton East Public Library; Katelyn Neary, Portfolio Analyst, Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.; Maggie Owens, Manager of Community Outreach, Humane Society for Hamilton County; Adam Peat, Internal Account Manager, Stratosphere Quality; Lindsey Phipps, Operations Manager, Mainstreet; Bonnie Riley, AVP& Asst. Banking Center Manager, The National Bank of Indianapolis; Amanda Rubadue, Associate Planner, City of Westfield; Julia Saltsgaver, Executive Director, Quality Connection of Central Indiana; Greg Schrage, Associate Attorney, Church Church Hittle + Antrim; Norm Tate, Lieutenant, Fishers Police Department; Larissa Warne, RN/School Nurse, Riverview Health; Evans Wells, Sr. Business Development Manager, Messer Construction, Co.; Brian White, Lead Pastor, St. Mark’s United Methodist Church; Wade Wiley, Licensing Lead, Beck’s Hybrids; Jacob Woodason, Benefits Consultant, USI Insurance Services. Corby Thompson, Thompson Land Co, Inc., will serve as the Curriculum Dean for the 2016-2017 class. Beck’s Hybrids opened a new private 19,000 square-foot airplane hangar at Indianapolis Executive Airport. Beck’s Aviation Hangar is the first corporate hangar at IEA and offers 12,000 square feet of aircraft storage and 7,000 square feet of office space for pilots, aircraft mechanics, and other support staff. Beck’s is the third largest corporate user of aviation fuel in the Indianapolis area.

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Austin Hammel joined The Farmers Bank as an Assistant Branch Manager at the Fishers Office. Beck’s Hybrids Hangar Austin Hammel

Attorney Jeanette Kassebaum is celebrating 25 years of practicing law in downtown Fishers. She specializes in estate planning, probate and estate administration, wills and trusts, small business, real Jeannette Kassebaum estate and municipal law. Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President and CEO of The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is leaving to lead the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago after 4 years at the helm. Jeffrey C. McDermott will serve as interim President and CEO. 22

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SteadyServ Technologies, which offers the hospitality industry a high-tech way to manage their beer inventory, has agreed to lease the top floor of the Spur Building in downtown Fishers. Four Day Ray Brewery occupies the rest of the building. SteadyServ is moving from Carmel and employs some 45 people with plans to double that. Citimark, an Indiana based real estate developer, has agreed to purchase the old vacant Schwab building and the adjacent Launch Fishers in Fishers’ Technology Park, and renovate them into a tech campus. The $32.7 million deal is meant to improve Fishers’ attractiveness to tech companies. A requested tax abatement is under consideration but wasn’t approved by presstime.

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Westfield Welcomes Persians (the donut) Titus Bakery brings its signature donut east from Lebanon By Chris Bavender Photos by John Wright

ife is a little sweeter in Westfield these days since Titus Bakery opened in the Monon Marketplace. We believe that high visibility was worth the investment,” co-owner Terry Rake said. “Being at the point of the intersection of the Monon Trail, US 31 and State Road 32, and an entrance to Grand Park seemed to bode well for attracting an entirely new clientele and seemed to position us well in the center of things.” Rake said several factors made Westfield the ideal location for another shop. “Obviously the appeal of proximity to Grand Park was important, but also the anticipated growth in the surrounding community,” she said. “We were already seeing a good number of customers from Westfield at our Lebanon location and we hoped our good reputation would carry over by word-of-mouth. The location is far enough away from Lebanon to be a distinct market, yet close enough for us to service well on a daily basis.”

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“If we told you all the in’s and out’s we’d have to fry you!” – Terry Rake, Co-Owner he got out of the business. Rake’s father bought an existing bakery in Lebanon and changed the name to Titus Pastry Shop. After 32 years of running the business, Rake and her husband, Tom, purchased the bakery in Dec. 2012 and renamed it Titus Bakery. The Westfield location opened this summer.

When it comes to the range of products offered, the two locations are mostly identical. The two big differences, Rake said, are the lattes offered in Westfield and the fact it’s open on Sunday, unlike Lebanon. Not to mention the Westfield location can accommodate more than twice the sit-down customers as Lebanon and is a brand new building, which gave the Rake the chance to “spruce things up a bit.” “My main focus was to showcase our product by the use of glass cases with lots of lights,” she said. “Lebanon has a larger production area and is obviously in a

Top sellers include the Maple Bacon (real bacon on a Long John) and Apple Fritters the “size of Texas.” And, then there are the Persian donuts. “We have my father to thank for developing the way in which we make Persians (or Pershings). They are a very fluffy large donut with a cinnamon swirl inside, topped with a special maple icing he created,” Rake said. “It is definitely our most popular item and is probably the most labor-intensive. If we told you all the in’s and out’s we’d have to fry you!” But don’t expect to see a long tunnel or machine where dough is fed in the front end and finished donuts pop out the back end. At Titus Bakery they are made the “oldfashioned” way. “Every single donut is processed by a human, one-at-a-time. This may seem old-fashioned, and it prob-

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much older building, so it has a somewhat different feel, but hopefully both are considered warm and inviting.” “We also wanted to provide a party room that could be reserved by various groups. We anticipate not-for-profits, business groups, teams, or those planning birthday parties may find this a nice option that can be customized for the occasion,” Rake said. The Westfield location is open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. HCBM


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        

  

  

 

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 

  

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      -    

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          

 

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


 

 

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 

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  

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        

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                   

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS OCTOBER 2016 Thursday, Oct. 13 / 11:30am NHCCC JOINT LUNCHEON WITH TIPTON COUNTY CHAMBER Beck’s Hybrids

July Luncheon: Trent Torrance, Vice President of Animal Nutrition & Health at JBS United educated chamber members about JBS United, its history and the current international organization headquartered in Sheridan. August Luncheon: Mark Heirbrandt, Hamilton County Commissioner, updated chamber members on the many projects being worked on by the county including several infrastructure improvements in Northern Hamilton County.

Thursday, Oct. 27 / 4:30pm ALL COUNTY BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Grand Park

NOVEMBER 2016

Thursday, Nov 3 / 7:30am ALL COUNTY CHAMBER NETWORKING BREAKFAST Wellington Fishers Banquet & Conference Center Tuesday, Nov. 15 / 5:30pm TASTE OF THE HOLIDAYS

Hamilton County Women in Business Luncheon:

NEW MEMBERS

GiGi Butler, entrepreneur and owner of GiGi’s Cupcakes, talked of the failures she encountered and learned from on her way to founding her multinational cupcake business.

Lolly Shop Lane Laura Kreger 99 W. Buckeye St. Cicero, IN 46034 317-606-8782

Hot Topic Lunch Mark Roger, business consultant and trainer with the Indiana Small Business Development Center, spoke to chamber members about Business Trends in Entrepreneurship.

Cicero Triathalon: The 33rd Annual Cicero Triathlon Weekend welcomed Triathletes (adults AND youth) and 5K runners/walkers. Top local finisher was Brian Bear who finished 2nd overall. Brian owns Main Street Mortgage in Cicero.

Montgomery Aviation Sean White 11329 E. State Rd. 32 Zionsville, IN 46077 317-769-4487 Teachers Credit Union Cody Hargis 144 W. Main St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-399-8009

B&C Engine: Congratulations to B&C Engine in Cicero on their 70th Anniversary!

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Sheridan PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS

October

Thursday, 20th 11am-1pm Member Luncheon

November

Thursday, 17th 11am-1pm Member Luncheon State of the City Address with Andy Cook

2016 Business After Hours October

Thursday, 27th 4:30pm-6:30pm All County Business After Hours

2016 Breakfast Events October

Thursday, 27th, 7:30am-9:30am New Member Breakfast

October

Friday, 28th, 7:30am-9:30am Economic Development Breakfast

November

Thursday, 3rd, 7:30am-9:30am All County Networking Breakfast

November

Friday, 18th, 7:30am-9:00am Legislative Breakfast Series For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org or call 317.804.3030

NEW MEMBERS Liz Geeslin Better Lifestyle Solutions 16616 Brownstone Court Westfield, IN 46074 317.727.9999 Heather Cramer Board & Brush 100 N. Union Street Westfield, IN 46074 317.331.6296 www.boardandbrush.com Trevor Totten Critical Achievement P.O. Box 4405 Carmel, IN 46082 650.353.7783 www.criticalachievement.co

Brian Bragg Bragg Insurance Agency 3901 W. State Road 47, Suite 14 Sheridan, IN 46069 317.758.5828 www.bragginsurance.com

On September 23, deserving businesses and individuals were honored at Westfield’s annual community awards night called The Lantern Awards hosted by the Westfield Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at The Palomino Ballroom. This year’s presenting sponsor was Centier Bank. Nominations are taken from the public and recipients are selected by the chamber’s board of directors. The municipal recipients are chosen by their respective organizations. The following awards given out were: The Lantern Award Wittler Orthodontics Business of the Year The Spark Award Jonathan Byrd’s Hospitality & Restaurant Group New Westfield Business The Globe Award Stilts Spirit – A Giving Tree Outstanding Service Organization

Shamrock Excellence Award Glenn Hunsucker Westfield Washington Schools Exemplary Employee Award Dennis Hays City of Westfield STAR Award Zach Davis Westfield Public Works

The Beacon Award Bruce Watson Citizen of the Year

Above and Beyond Award Billy Adams Westfield Police Department

The Wick Award Courtney Nichols, Angie Edwards Volunteer(s) of the Year

Leading with an Attitude of Servitude Award Michael Sherley Westfield Fire Department

The Westfield Chamber congratulates all of these outstanding recipients!

Karen Saylor Harmony Club 1414 W. 151st Street Westfield, IN 46074 317.669.6250 www.theharmonyclub.net

Kolton Blickenstaff State Farm Insurance 516 E. State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 764.413.5739 www.statefarm.com

Ranj Puthran All State Insurance & Workplace Benefits 718 Adams Street, Suite B Carmel, IN 46032 317.844.4683 https://agents.allstat.com/ r-j-puthran-carmel-in.html

Karl Krohn Noble Audio & Video 744 Roxbury Lane Noblesville, IN 46062 317.877.3333 www.noble-av.com

Jordan McBride Gerber Collision & Glass 17549 Gunther Boulevard Westfield, IN 46074 317.399.5540 www.gerbercollision.com

Shane Stille Winsupply of Westfield 22 E. State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317.896.5822 www.winsupplyofwestfield.com

Hannah Martin Second Banana Creative Solutions 7207 Burlat Lane Noblesville, IN 46062 765.432.2600 www.secondbanana.co Harrison Painter Hamilton County Voice 220 Lakeview Drive Noblesville, IN 46060 317.871.1000 www.hamiltoncountyvoice.com

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Hamilton County History David Heighway

Historic Mythbusters

Though often untrue, myths have their place tell people that my job as a historian is to prove myths or shoot them down. I want things to be fact-based and there are a lot of bad or ridiculous myths out there. However, occasionally a myth will come in handy to help prove a point. Myths can have a value in creating an identity (branding, if you will). With the Indiana Bicentennial going on, there are a lot of myths being discussed, most notably the myth of the source of the nickname “Hoosier”. Right now, the best guess by most historians is that it probably was the name of an early minister in the area. Nevertheless, you still hear the story of someone knocking at a cabin door and having the occupant say “Who’s there?” (There is a livelier version from the rough towns along Ohio River, in which a tavern keeper is cleaning up after fight and asks “Who’s ear?”)

Allisonville Road Tunnels

named. He even has a monument that was built in his honor in the 1920’s. Unfortunately, there are no Native Americans by that name in the early records of the area. The name doesn’t appear in any documents until the 1880’s—sixty years after the Delaware Indians had left.

The Strawtown Story As I said though, occasionally myths do serve a purpose. The one that I’m thinking of in particular is the myth that Strawtown just missed out on being the state capitol by one vote and that the vote was missed because the committee member was out fishing. It’s a cute story, but completely untrue. There are very good records from the commission that was created in 1820 and which met at William Conner’s cabin to decide the site of the capitol. Strawtown may have been discussed, but it was not central enough and it was too rough a town.

I’ve had to deal with many HamilThis myth is actually useful to me in explaining that ton County myths over the years, Strawtown was a significant community in early central some of which are quite well Indiana history. When people ask about this, it’s an opknown. For example, there is the portunity to discuss why the myth would have grown up story about Josiah Polk naming the in the first place. It helps to make the “sale” that a nowtown of Noblesville for his sweetobscure little town was once a crucial crossroads and heart, Lavina Noble, and how she an important jumping-off point for travelers. Strawtown broke the engagement after she was a thriving community when Indianapolis was just saw his garden in which had her a word. I’ve covered this before, (“Strawtown: the Times name spelled out in vegetables. Square of pioneer Hamilton County”, HCBM, Feb.-Mar., (Paula Dunn has done quite a bit of 2009). Being at the intersection of the Lafayette Trace and the research on this in the Noblesville Daily Times.) Of course, the road to Kekionga (Fort Wayne) meant that the town saw a huge most likely explanation is that the town was named for Senaamount of traffic for the very early 19th-century time period. tor James Noble. Then there is the myth about the Germantown church steeple that can supposedly be So, while myths are problemseen when Geist Reservoir gets low. As atic to historians, the roots I explained in an earlier article, (“Fall “Myths can enhance your brand.” of a myth may be helpful. I Creek Atlantis”, HCBM, Feb.-Mar., 2012), try to never dismiss anyone Germantown never had a church. who brings a myth to me. I Other Hamilton County myths include the tunnels that run under Allisonville Road which were allegedly used for the Underground Railroad. These tunnels do exist, but are connected to houses that were built decades after the Civil War and the end of the Underground Railroad. In reality, the tunnels were possibly built as a form of ventilation or even for bootleggers in the 1920’s. Finally, there is the myth of Chief Straw or Strawbridge for whom it’s claimed that Strawtown was

do what I can to point them towards the facts, but I make sure to acknowledge that there is probably a reason why the myth exists. People may be misinterpreting the past, but at least they are misinterpreting it in the right direction. The fact that people are exploring their history is valuable in and of itself. HCBM David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian.


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