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Restoring St. Bart’s Arcadia company rehabs historic New York cathedral dome


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Letter from the Editor/October/November 2012

I’ve been doing some home renovations and recently was waiting in the lobby of Carter-Lee Lumber in Indianapolis. Carter-Lee is more than 100 years old and they have a timeline of their company’s growth over the years. One item in particular caught my attention: during one year of the Great Depression, it says, only three new homes were built in Indianapolis. Now we’ve been through some tough times during this Great Recession but, as bad as the real estate market has been, it didn’t get that bad. I realize Indianapolis is larger now and the industry is better developed. But, three homes in a year? Now, those were some tough times.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

These days hammers are swinging all over the county. Home building permits are up 8% this year over last and, as usual, Hamilton County leads the metro area in new home construction. Deb Buehler takes a look at some of the activity as we focus on residential real estate in this edition, including some interesting construction in Old Town Carmel. Some of the most interesting business stories result when people find a unique niche and thrive by working within it. That’s the case with the subject of our cover story. If you’ve been north on State Road 19 past Cicero lately you may have seen their building across the road from Hamilton Heights Schools. It’s sided with different colors of terra cotta, certainly a unique material for Hamilton County buildings. It turns out Jim Yeary and his company, RAM North America, are among the best in the world at custom cutting terra cotta for commercial buildings, and they do the cutting right there in Arcadia. Who knew? It’s a great story about how work done here in Hamilton County shows up all over the world. Here’s another example. I mentioned before in this space that I’m a Rotarian. Last year I got a call from a member of a Rotary Club in Hamilton, New Zealand. He was compiling a book of all the places in the world with the name Hamilton in them, and wanted a contribution from our club. So I sent him some pictures and a write-up and waited to see what would happen. I’ll be darned if he didn’t publish it. If you’re looking for a unique coffee table book for your office or home, check out the ad on page 23. You will also be supporting Rotary, which does some very good work around the world. And, speaking of philanthropy, I will also direct your attention to the ad on page 11 for the Legacy Fund’s Celebration of Philanthropy. For the past three years, Legacy has been reminding us, through this event, of the importance of sharing the abundance with which we are blessed here in Hamilton County. No matter how much or little you have, you increase its value when you share it. Their fourth annual celebration is in November and I encourage you consider attending. You will hear some inspiring stories and meet some great people. See you around the county Editor and Publisher


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Entrepreneur Beware the Slippery Slope

Emmett Dulaney

Sometimes, the biggest problems can be traced back to the smallest beginnings. Once you make what at first glance seems to be a minor mistake, whether intentional or unintentional, it can create an environment in which problems can snowball or even avalanche. The following case is based on an actual example with several details changed to protect the parties involved:

bookkeeping, in reality these individuals functioned under the legal definition of “employees” for six years and were in violation of tax law the whole time. Because they were contractors, they weren’t held to the same rules (such as non-compete) as employees and they, by definition, had to be able to seek and accept other work. Over time, new jobs that came in often came because of a recommendation from a current client for a particular programmer other than Talon, thus setting the foundation for a strong argument that those new clients could have belonged to the contractor from the start and not H&C.

Poor Decisions Early Can Have Dire Consequences Later

A Thriving Business

In year one, Talon started his own technology company, specializing in a programming language not known by many but used by a sizable portion of the healthcare industry. Workers who are proficient with it can be hard to find and are thus well-compensated. By the beginning of year two, the quality of work and reputation was such that Talon and his company (H&C, LLC) had all the clients he could manage. Very few clients needed something simple on a one-time basis; the majority needed regular help and wanted to lock in contracts with him so there would not be a learning curve with a new vendor every time something needed to be done. Rather than turn away the new business that seemed to keep cropping up, Talon decided to hire others to work for H&C. He carefully selected individuals he believed had great potential and then taught them the intricacies of the programming language. Once he was comfortable with their abilities, he assigned them to new clients with the understanding that each account would stay with them for the life of the relationship. Clients were billed by H&C at $100/hour and the programmers were reimbursed at half that rate as independent contractors since it made paperwork so much easier. As years passed, H&C became a staple of the industry - the company to turn to when you needed a programmer who specialized in this field.


The old clients continued to work directly with Talon, while newer clients would hear his name (or see it on the bill) but had a relationship with their programmer only and were generally pleased with the quality of the work delivered.

An Expensive Vacation

In year seven, Talon took some time off to spend two weeks on an overseas vacation with family. The moment he left, two of the original programmers sent an email to each of their accounts announcing that they were no longer working for H&C, but had now started their own company: NewCompany, LLC. The email assured the clients that the transition would be seamless, all work underway would continue,

…these individuals were in violation of tax law the whole time. all scheduled appointments would remain the same, and the only difference was that the bills would no longer say H&C, but would now have the NewCompany name and address on them. Needless to say, Talon, when he discovered what happened, was furious and immediately wanted legal recourse. To his thinking, the programmers stole clients of H&C (using contact information from the company database) and took with them future business that was booked with his company. While the actions the NewCompany crew took violate a number of standards (ethical as well as principal/ agent and otherwise), Talon would indeed have much more of a potentially litigable issue were it not for the slippery slope that began the moment he decided to “hire” them as contract workers. While the initial reason was to simplify paperwork and

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A Lesson Learned

Talon eventually decided not to seek legal action against the contractors. Once NewCompany was off the hook, most of the other programmers left H&C and went to work with their old comrades, bringing their existing clients in tow. With a solid staff and reputation, NewCompany began acquiring other accounts – taking many that once were Talon’s. H&C’s income shriveled, and the company essentially went away. While your company may not be involved in specialized programming, the lesson remains the same. By taking one shortcut, you open the door that makes a company vulnerable and, in the end, could lead to its demise. Beware the slippery slope.

If you are not sure of the differences between employees and independent contractors, visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/ article/0,,id=99921,00.html to find some basic information as well as links that delve deeper into the topic. Emmett Dulaney teaches entrepreneurship and business at Anderson University.




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Ethics The Tragedy of the Commons

How unchecked free markets can lead to disaster

William Wilhelm

As I write this column I am at my summer home in Alaska, a land of immense beauty and wondrous natural resources. One of the many natural resources that attracts me (and innumerable others) is the salmon. All five species of wild Pacific salmon return to the rivers and streams where my cabin is located on the Kenai Peninsula, about 130 miles south of Anchorage.

the Tragedy of the Commons is a counter argument to Adam Smith’s classic economic concept of the “invisible hand” which advocates that free-market self-interest will always result in economic improvement. Smith’s invisible hand notion is that of a self-regulating marketplace based on the claim that by trying to maximize our own gains in a free market, individual ambition benefits society, even if the ambitious have no benevolent intentions. In essence it is competition between buyers and sellers for their own profit that channels benefits to the marketplace through constantly improved products and services and increasingly lower costs. According to Smith’s theory, this process channels personal and self-serving ambition toward socially desirable ends.

Competition for the salmon is fierce. Commercial fishing boats and shore-based set-netters suspend their nets in the Gulf of Alaska and Cook Inlet to reap the monetary rewards that these prized fish provide. Native Americans depend on the fish for their subsistence lifestyles, and resident Alaskans

tions as happened less than one hundred years ago when the salmon cannery companies based in Seattle set up shop on wild rivers and wiped out many local salmon populations; their only aim was profit. During the establishment of state governance during Alaskan statehood, the Alaskan government established strict controls through numerous regulations to protect their remaining salmon populations and to re-establish populations in many of the devastated rivers and streams in the state. It is man’s self-serving motivation that almost wiped out many of the salmon populations in Alaska, as it had in many rivers in the lower forty-eight states. This tendency

Less than one hundred years ago the salmon cannery companies set up shop on wild rivers and wiped out many local salmon populations; their only aim was profit. have the privilege of dip-netting a significant number of salmon for their freezers. Hundreds of commercial river guides take boatloads of fishermen from “outside” (the lower 48 states) to catch the salmon as they swim upstream to their natal spawning grounds. Thousands of shore fishermen, bears, eagles, and other wilderness creatures also depend on these protein-rich fish for sustenance. Even the decaying remains of these noble fish feed trout, salmon fry, and other species as bits of decaying salmon flesh flow down river. It’s no wonder that the Native Americans that have inhabited this wilderness for thousands of years hold the salmon sacred.

The Human Factor

While the animal species in this environment co-exist with all other species in a balanced cycle of life that has pulsed in this great land for eons, humans do not. The competition for marginal gain of one more salmon for pure self-interest could, if left unchecked, wipe out the salmon popula-


to devastate a shared natural resource is embodied in the classic ethical dilemma, The Tragedy of the Commons. First articulated by the nineteenth-century Oxford political economist William Forster Lloyd, the Tragedy of the Commons described the use of a common parcel of grazing land by medieval herders. While sharing the common land on which each herder is entitled to let his cows graze, it is in each herder’s best interest to put the next (and succeeding) cow he acquires onto the land, even if the quality of the common is damaged for all as a result through overgrazing. The herder receives all of the benefits from grazing each additional cow, while the overgrazing damage to the common is shared by the entire group. When all herders make this individually rational economic decision, the common will eventually be destroyed.

The Ethical Implication

Lloyd’s economic argument embedded in

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While there are clear examples of commercial as well as social benefits from a competitive free marketplace guided by the invisible hand of individual rights, there is also no doubt that many of our natural resources are being plundered and destroyed as a result of the Tragedy of the Commons. Witness the diminishing global ocean fish and whale populations and pristine marine habitat, timber clear cutting, and polluted air and water. The degradation of many of these commons in our own country has been stopped only through controls that have been put in place by governmental bodies to protect these resources for the common good well into the future. Otherwise, they would vanish. In other words, when natural resources that are shared in common are at stake, a complete laissez-faire economic philosophy that advocates totally free and uncontrolled markets is foolhardy and unethical.

Dr. William J. Wilhelm teaches business ethics and social responsibility management courses at the Scott College of Business at Indiana State University. Reach him at wwilhelm@indstate.edu

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RAM CARVING OUT A NICHE IN CUSTOM EXTERIORS RAM North America recently won the bid for the terra cotta exterior on the new Big 10 Conference headquarters in Chicago

By Shari Held


hen you think of Arcadia, smalltown America with friendly neighbors and a casual environment might come to mind. But terra cotta? Not so much. Not unless you run in the same circles as Jim Yeary. His company, RAM North America, Inc., recently began providing engineering expertise and fabrication of custom-fit pieces for Terreal exterior terra cotta wall systems and sunshades all over the U.S.

I think Jim is on the leading edge of design and fabrication of a product that is just coming into its realm as far as design construction,... - Mike Pedarre, Shelter Distribution

It’s a David and Goliath pairing for RAM—a six-employee company based in a modest building along S.R. 19—and Terreal, a $600-million-dollar international manufacturer of clay building products with 26 factories worldwide.


“We needed a smaller company that had the ability to custom-make every part and piece specifically for our orders,” says Rob Wehr, general manager for Terreal North America. “That’s exactly what Jim’s company can do. It’s a really nice fit.” All this keeps Yeary hopping. The projects are as diverse as fashioning roof tiles for the century-old dome on St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in New York City or creating custom parts for Duke University’s Research Drive Parking Garage. Currently Yeary is working on Terreal projects in California, New York, North Carolina, Iowa, Utah and Kansas. He’s even fielded calls from as far away as London—that’s London, England—from folks seeking his expertise. RAM also has its own projects as distributor and installer of choice for Terreal products in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky

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The Big 10 logo on the wall consists of thousands of holes. RAM made prototypes at their facility to determine the proper size.

The journey to a national presence

After a five-year stint in the Army, Yeary worked in the commercial roofing business, serving as project manager for companies such as Midland Engineering, W. R. Kelso and CRG Roofing. He learned a lot from them that prepared him for starting his own business.

Main St. and the Monon Trail before

On October 1, 2003, Yeary and his wife Leanne opened RAM. Yeary was the company’s sole employee. RAM focused on a niche business: exterior wall systems for high-end institutional and municipal buildings, universities and schools. Royalton composite panels, a line RAM still carries, was the company’s main line. He became a distributor for Terreal in 2006. “Even though my background is metal roofing I didn’t want to go into that business,” Yeary says. He did purchase a machine that makes metal roofing, however. “It helps pay the bills,” he jokes.

RAM prototyped the lower left corner of one section of the St. Bart’s cathedral dome.

The biggest challenge the company faced early on was brand recognition. “We needed to complete some projects to have the references to be able to walk through people’s doors,” Yeary says. To differentiate RAM from its competition, Yeary offered more services. He personally measured jobs and guaranteed those measurements. He also traveled to the jobsites and worked with the contractors. He purchased a water-jet system that gave RAM the capability to design and fabricate custom parts—which ultimately helped To demonstrate its ability to make exact RAM land the national contract joints, RAM inlaid this terra cotta cross into a terra cotta tile with Terreal. “Other suppliers don’t provide these behind-thescenes services,” says Jim Dorsa, who heads up inside operations and manages RAM’s sales force. “That’s RAM’s forte.”

A diagram showing each individual piece of one section

RAM had several locations over the years, but settled in Arcadia in 2009. Lower property prices RAMs waterjet and taxes were important; so was close proximity to Yeary’s Noblesville home and the laid-back atmosphere that provided a counterbalance to his hectic travel schedule.

and Illinois, such as the IUPUI Sports Complex Parking Garage, the Evansville Museum and the project that Yeary says “separates them from the herd”—the Big 10 Headquarters Building in Chicago.

“We are very happy to be in Arcadia,” Yeary says. “The people are great, and it’s just like being in the country.” He enjoys inviting vendors and clients to the office and rustling something up for them in the outdoor kitchen. It’s also where he holds his annual fundraiser for local food banks. “We bring out our smoker, supply the food and pop and hire a band,” Yeary says. “We invite Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


sister company to Terreal, to recreate the glazed tile inlay for the dome of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church. The dome has eight sections, each 33-feet by 10-feet. Within each section are 1,200 custom-cut tiles, and every single one will be customcut on RAM’s water-jet machine. “We’ll spend the better part of this winter cutting all those tiles and shipping them to New York,” Dorsa says. The company recently completed two major parking garage projects. The IUPUI Sports Complex Parking Garage, which was finished this spring, featured 1,368 10foot vertical sunshades—the largest Terreal terra cotta sunshade job in the U.S. and RAM uses various colors and sizes of terra cotta tiles on the outside of its Arcadia headquarters.

Jim Yeary

the whole neighborhood to drop off some food and stay and enjoy the afternoon. It’s a lot of fun!”

Making milestones

In 2010 RAM won bids for two large composite panel jobs—Ben Davis High School and Anderson High School—and the $1 million Duke University terra cotta job all in one year. Yeary considered that the company’s first milestone. Mike Pedarre, commercial manager for Indianapolis-based Shelter Distribution, has known Yeary for 30 years. “I think Jim is on the leading edge of design and fabrication of a product that is just coming into its realm as far as design construction,” he says. “I see tremendous growth for the company nationwide.”

IUPUI Sports Complex Parking Garage

possibly the world—and RAM customfabricated the thousands of parts needed for the $800,000 job. Duke University’s Research Drive Parking Garage received a 2012 International Parking Institute Award of Excellence for RATIO Architects.


Yeary’s work ethic impressed Mitch Davison, project manager on the IUPUI parking garage project for general contractor Wilhelm Construction. “He wants to make sure everything goes correctly,” he says. “He’s willing to go the extra step to make that happen.” Although Yeary’s certainly earned bragging rights, he’s a very modest kind of guy. “He’s not big on tooting his own horn,” Dorsa says. “He’d rather bring everybody over and show them what we do and feed them. That’s how Jim does things.”

Pedarre thinks it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. “Jim is one of the few people, that if he tells me something, I know it’s true to the best of his ability,” he says. “His word is his bond. That’s not prevalent in today’s business environment.” RAM has landed some prestigious projects that fit its niche. The company is partnering with manufacturer Ludowici, a

Jeff Milliken, an architect with Indianapolis-based RATIO Architects, worked with Yeary on the parking garage projects. “On both projects RAM went out of the way to help design assist,” he says. “Multiple times they’ve helped us by doing mock-ups and testing early on. It’s a risk on their part because they are helping the process without any guarantee that they are going to get the job. It’s really nice to have someone local we can work with.”

He’d better stock up on food, because growth is in the cards for RAM. “People are asking us for our whole package now—terra cotta and composite,” Yeary says. “We’re packaging more of our products. We are going to have to have more warehouse space and more people. That will probably happen in the next year or so.” HCBM Duke University’s Research Drive Parking Garage

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Building Momentum Real estate construction is on the upswing By Deb Buehler


or the past three years, Hamilton County cities have ranked among the best places in the nation to live, according to CNN’s Money Magazine. (See The Pitch-in, page 24). So it should come as no surprise that Hamilton County real estate is showing steady, continued growth as the economy recovers. According to the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors® (MIBOR), the county saw an 8% increase in single family building permits between January and July 2012 as compared to the same period last year. There were 967 single family home construction permits granted this year compared to 897 permits last year. By comparison, the next closest county in numbers of permits is Marion – with 380 permits to date this year and 395 permits in 2011.

Groundbreaking for Union St. Flats in Westfield, which will include 19 buildings and 237 units.

It is numbers like these that influence decisions makers who are actively choosing Hamilton County as the place to invest in real estate development projects.

Apartment development

“We look at Hamilton County as a whole,” said Mark Juleen vice president of marketing at J.C. Hart Company. “We’ve seen Hamilton County continue to grow and we are looking ahead at the generations to come out of high school and college that are entering our demographic; 22 – 35 year olds.” Juleen said because buying a home is a little more challenging today, renting is an option that has made J.C. Hart optimistic about apartment complex construction. Based in Carmel, J.C. Hart Company has a

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vested interest in seeing Hamilton County continue to be an exciting place to live and work. To that end, the company has recently broken ground for a new development called Union Street Flats in Westfield. Part of the downtown redevelopment efforts in Westfield, the project is financed by First Merchants Bank, N.A. and has an

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Economic Development Bond issued by the city. Located just north of 171st Street, and nestled among historical homes and community landmarks, the complex has a unique in-fill design for garden style apartment homes.

efficiency and open floor plans where kitchens are combined with family areas. Gershman Brown Crowley and Milhaus Development are building Penn Circle in Carmel, a $20 million apartment complex with nearly 200 units in the triangular lot surrounded by Pennsylvania St., Old Meridian and Carmel Drive.

“Hamilton County is the growth corridor of Indianapolis,” Juleen added. “From our perspective it is where people want to be on the north side. There is a good demand and we have other developments in our pipeline for the county.

Single family home construction

Last year, Ryland Homes averaged 10 new single family home construction permits per month. This year, the company has seen that number almost double to an average of 19 permits per month.

Ryland Homes offers the opportunity to purchase homes from their available inventory with just 30 days to closing or buyers can opt to build new which takes 4-5 months to complete.

An innovative strategy

In Carmel, Justin Moffett and his business partner Jeff Langston started The Old Town Design Group at the peak of the residential recession. Each has prior real estate development experience and together they focus on custom home construction opportunities. Their first project was Blackwell Park in downtown Carmel. They purchased land that had been owned by one family and never

“Hamilton County is a preferred area to build,” said Alan Goldsticker, president of Ryland Homes. “It is a desirable place and we continue to find communities to offer.” Ryland Homes is currently working on 10 Hamilton County communities; with today’s interest rates at 3.5 to 4 percent and homes priced lower than they were seven years ago. Goldsticker explained that new homes offer advantages such as greater energy

Wareham’s Pond, Cicero

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Driving forces

New development at the Monon Trail and 136th St.

Downtown Carmel

developed. Over the next year and a half, they sold out 17 homes on the property. That downtown project led to the purchase of another 15 -20 individual lots for the construction of custom homes. Most recently, The Old Town Design Group purchased 12 lots along the Monon Trail off 136th Street. Essentially, they bought a bunch of older homes in poor condition, tore them down and plan to build a new subdivision. They just started the project but already have 3 reservations and will eventually finish 16 homes. Moffett explained that their architectural style is a mix of craftsman and cottage which has been popular with buyers. It is a unique style that has appeal in Carmel’s diverse downtown where there are also apartments and townhouses. While Moffett and Langston were identifying their niche, buyers were rethinking what they wanted and needed in a custom home. “A lot of our buyers are affluent homeowners,” Moffett said. “They want more efficient planning, a smaller package changing how we build homes.”


Carmel has played a significant role in leading the rethinking of downtown development in Hamilton County. Now, other cities are starting to follow their lead using similar strategies to cultivate revitalization. For instance, Westfield is focusing on downtown redevelopment while introducing Grand Park. Presently under construction, the new facilities represent a 400 acre sports complex geared toward youth sport tournaments. Carrie Cason, director of communications for Westfield, said research prior to con-

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ranging from senior living to single family homes and apartment complexes. The park will feature indoor and outdoor athletic facilities along with nine lakes – making it a destination for Hamilton County residents who can arrive by car or on the Monon Trail.

Cicero’s Main Street Property Group is developing The Wellbrooke of Westfield senior living facility at Grand Park, Westfield

struction revealed that Grand Park will attract as many as 1.5 million visitors a year. From soccer fields to baseball diamonds to lacrosse facilities, the park will bring economic development and hopefully attract further real estate development too. Cason anticipates that Grand Park will attract construction for new ventures

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All in all, Hamilton County is headed in hopeful directions. Single and multifamily real estate development mirrors all of the other positive aspects of living and working in Hamilton County. Enthusiasm and creativity are high among those who seek to bring even more real estate opportunities to cities across the county. HCBM

Dining Out Home Style Cooking in Cicero and Westfield Erika’s Place

Story and photos by Chris Owens

am a breakfast junkie. Frankly, I don’t understand people who don’t eat breakfast and perhaps I never will.

twenty years that began at Snyder’s Truck Stop in Westfield, owned by Cheryl’s parents. Both Erika and Cheryl are longtime Hamilton County residents that have worked around the restaurant industry in several capacities now as owners. They’ve reunited to open the two restaurants where it’s all about the family feel along with the food. After only a few months in business, there is a unique sense of teamwork and family interaction between not only the staff, but their customers as well.

Cheryl (L) and Erika (R)

our restaurants, everyone can sit down and you’ll probably know someone sitting next to you. If you don’t, I hope by the end of your meal you will. All of our regulars make everyone feel welcome” said Flanders.

Emphasis on Employees

Erika’s - Cicero

Many times in my mid-twenties I could be found at six a.m. on a weekend in a diner or little restaurant enjoying a hearty meal to start the day, reading the sports page, and likely bringing down the average age of said establishment’s clientele. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of biscuits and gravy or eggs and bacon around Central Indiana. This summer I found not one, but two new places at which to spend a few early mornings. Erika’s Place is fortunate to call both Cicero and Westfield home. The Cicero location opened in June, 2011, followed by Westfield opening this past June.

Second Generation

Owners Erika Flanders and Cheryl HunterPettijohn have a history dating back nearly

The menu at Erika’s place is filled with options to please the masses. Highlights include a Chopped Steak for breakfast, which is a signature item along with Monster Spuds, the Big Manhattan, the Classic Club, the Taco Salad, and the homemade handbreaded tenderloin, which both owners list as their favorite item. Currently, they offer Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in Cicero, but only Breakfast and Lunch in Westfield.

The owners have a history dating back nearly twenty years that began at Snyder’s Truck Stop in Westfield, owned by Cheryl’s parents. Like at most establishments, you can generally pick out one of “the regulars”. They typically are called by a first name or nickname; they generally make a few more jokes, and interact differently with the staff. Erika’s goal is to make everyone a regular. “We are all like one big family at Erika’s Place. At

As I began to research Erika’s place, I found their Facebook page to be unique. Most businesses understandably feature their products. Erika’s place features their employees. All employees receive recognition,

from both locations. “We need to recognize all of our staff. They are awesome. We have all been working together for years here locally and we could not do it without them.” Good food, friendly faces, and consistency will help Erika’s place be successful and both Flanders and Hunter-Pettijohn are committed “We take a lot of pride in what we do and who we are. We will strive to keep things this way and people coming back” said Erika. You can find Erika’s place in Westfield at 102 South Union Street, or in Cicero at 40 West Jackson Street. HCBM

Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


Employee Benefits

Doctor is in at Employee Health Clinics On-site offices aim to improve health and lower costs By Rosalyn Demaree, Photos by Mark Lee


hen Amy Shankland’s son had a bad case of poison ivy two years ago, she didn’t have to call in sick from work to take him to the doctor. Instead, she got care for the 9-year-old a few steps from her Noblesville City Hall office.

On-site clinics that provide services comparable to a family care practice are becoming a popular and affordable solution to municipalities and companies trying to tame health care costs.

Shankland, the city’s grant writer, and her family use the Novia Care Clinic that Noblesville opened for its employees about three years ago.

Onsite clinics are coming back into favor again. And it’s able to come down to smaller companies, which gives some employers hope.

“The pediatrician’s office was busy,” she said, adding that clinic appointments are readily available. “My family likes one doctor there so much, we list her as our primary physician.”


- Bryan Brenner, FirstPerson

Hamilton County and Noblesville Schools also have employee clinics, both in partnership with Riverview Hospital.

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“It was once very popular for employers to have onsite clinics, but that fell by the wayside as managed care took hold,” said Bryan Brenner, CEO and advisor for FirstPerson, an Indianapolis company that helps companies coordinate employee benefits. “Now it is coming back into favor again. And it’s able to come down to smaller companies, which gives some employers hope. It’s a pretty significant commitment, and I think it works best in the blue-collar arena.”

Fishers’ Experience

Fishers opened a Novia Care Clinic about the same time as Noblesville. It is voluntary and open to all employees and their depen-

dents on the town’s health insurance plan. According to Cici Hendrix, Fishers human resources director, 76 percent of eligible employees use the clinic, which is in the train station at the municipal complex. The clinic is not intended to be the sole health care provider for employees. They still carry insurance for specialty care and hospitalization. But it does provide many wellness services, including physicals, care for acute illnesses, blood work, annual exams, a variety of laboratory services and prescriptions, many for free. Fishers was in a fortunate situation when it decided to open the clinic. It had builtout space available so renovating it for the clinic cost approximately $25,000. Start-up costs for items such as exam tables, lighting, initial stocking of medical supplies, etc. can range from $25,000-$100,000, according to Todd Foushee, Novia Care Clinics chief operating officer.

• The clinic’s appointment-only system and convenient location limit how much time employees spend away from work. Therefore, less productivity is lost. • Because the office visits are free, employees are more likely to take care of their health, she added. Employers see current and future savings when health issues are detected early, care is provided regularly and wellness goals are achieved, as all of stvincent.org

those contribute to a healthy and productive workforce. Shankland says saving time is the clinic’s top benefit. “It’s great. You go there for a 10:20 appointment, you’re seen at 10:20 and you’re done by 10:40. You may be at a doctor’s office for an hour or more. It’s just so convenient. It helps you be more productive.”



Hendrix says projected savings for the town are $1 million in three years. Projected potential savings for Hamilton county is $800,000 per year, said Sheena Randall, human resources director. Hendrix doesn’t have firm statistics yet but says the town’s health insurance premiums haven’t increased for the last two years, which she attributes to the opening of the clinic and other measures put in place in 2009. “Some things won’t be quantifiable,” she noted. “Like how many heart attacks didn’t happen. Productivity numbers are also hard to articulate.” Hendrix points out that the employee clinic saves money in several ways. • Through Novia, the town buys clinic services and supplies wholesale. When it pays for those through a health insurance plan, it pays retail. “The wholesale cost of a single generic medication can be nearly $180 less than the retail cost of the equivalent brand name medication,” Hendrix said.

Text “CARE” to 41411 or visit stvincent.org to see how quickly you can see a doctor at St.Vincent ER and Immediate Care locations in Hamilton County. In an emergency, every second is critical. Now St.Vincent can tell you which ER and Immediate Care locations are able to provide the fastest care when it’s needed most. So the next time you need medical assistance quickly, don’t wait. Text “CARE” to 41411 or visit stvincent.org.* AVAILABLE FOR THE FOLLOWING ST.VINCENT LOCATIONS: St.Vincent Carmel Hospital Emergency Department 13500 North Meridian Street, Carmel St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast Emergency Department 13914 Southeastern Parkway, Fishers St.Vincent Immediate Care Centers 9795 East 116th Street, Fishers • 13250 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel 10801 North Michigan Road, Zionsville *For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.

Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


saved that city 92 percent on laboratory services, an average 62 percent for prescriptions filled and 18 percent on office visit services. She notes additional benefits: 24-hour online appointment scheduling, on-time 20-minute appointments, health-care coaching, 24-hour nurse hotline, online medical information and an online history of employees’ wellness/lab results. “In addition, Novia provides a dedicated employee who answers questions from me or my department,” she says.

Cost Comparison Leanne Fortner, MD checking height of Cara Snedeker

According to Holly Ramon, human resources director for Noblesville, RE Sutton & Associates found positive results when it analyzed the clinic’s 2011 costs. The clinic

When a patient is seen at a primary care practice, an employer typically is charged $100-$125 for the doctor’s time, lab services and supplies, said Novia’s Foushee. If a private practice sees three patients per hour, an employer’s third party claims payer or insurer could be billed up to $375 for the care rendered.

Entrance to Novia Care Clinic, Fishers

The same three patients at an on-site Novia clinic would be billed a sum total of approximately $125-$150 versus the $375. Still, the costs can seem daunting for small businesses.

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is hoping to find a way to piggyback off an established employee clinic to get relief from rising health insurance costs which impact his bottom line and the paychecks of his employees. “Trying to find a way to give employees proper health care while simultaneously controlling costs is a never-ending battle,” he says. “Whether we accomplish anything or not by investigating this, I will always think it was a great idea.”

April McLaughlin, RN , checking blood pressure of patient, Maria Harding

Bill Taylor, owner of Taylored Systems, a Noblesville-based communications technology company with 33 employees,

Hubs may be an answer

Novia Care Clinics, which Foushee calls a thought-leader in employee health care, says companies with as few as 50 employees can benefit from on-site clinics.

partner with businesses, buying into the municipal clinics for their employees. Hendrix and Ramon, however, say there has been no discussion about doing this with any company.

Instead of opening their own clinic, small businesses can pool their employees and have a clinic that is conveniently located to their work site. The clinics that Fishers and Noblesville fund, for instance, could

By expanding the number of patients who would use the services, the clinic can be open more hours, Foushee added. “Roughly 1,000 employees are needed to have a clinic open 40 hours a week,” he said. HCBM

Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


Pitch In

Notes from all over the county After showing in the top 25 in years past, Carmel made it to very top this year in Money Magazine’s ranking of best places in the nation to live. The Patterson family is featured walking the boardwalk of Central Park on the cover of the September issue. The magazine listed

Fishers was named one of the top 10 best towns nationwide for raising families by Family Circle magazine. The Dept of Transportation is renumbering the exits on I-69 to reflect the additional miles added by extending the highway south of Indianapolis. Conveniently, the new system simply adds 200 to the original exit number. So Exit 5 becomes Exit 205, Exit 10 becomes 210, etc. The state is changing the way business taxpayers remit sales and withholding taxes. The biggest change is the requirement to register and file electronically. The state will send out the traditional coupons for the first six months of 2013 to those who haven’t switched but as of July 2013, everyone will be required to file electronically. More info at www.in.gov/dor/4336.htm Noblesville and Arcadia are two of eight communities state-wide to receive assistance from the Indiana Arts Commission for arts development. It’s the second phase of a project called Vibrant Communities. In Noblesville it funds a consultant to convene a citizens committee exploring options for creating a Cultural District. Arcadia is focusing on a traditional arts and crafts community of instruction. Sheridan is soliciting ideas, information and opinions from residents as part of visioning process to guide economic development and community building. The Town Council is working with Ball State


as Pros: Booming economy, affordable homes, low taxes, great schools, bike paths everywhere, plenty of arts. Cons: No public transportation and not much racial diversity. The ranking is based on data from cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.

University though a contract funded by the Hamilton County Convention Center, the Sheridan Chamber of Commerce, AT&T, JBS United and the Sheridan Rotary Club. The process began with a public form in late September. The Town of Fishers announced Launch Fishers, a 16,000 sq. ft. space in the Hamilton East Library with a coffeehouse atmosphere, offering a common area for co-working combined with workstations, conference rooms, a mailbox service and locker space. We are making it easier for people to get started in business” says John Wechsler. “We hope to increase not only the number of startups in the area but also the success rate.” More info at www.launchfishers.com. Bath Junkie, a bathing products store with 30 locations throughout the country, opened its first Indiana store in Carmel City Center. The local franchise is owned by Melissa Farmer. Carmel Tailoring and Alterations, owned by Kay Zaidi, has also opened in Carmel City Center.

Cicero Market moved from Jackson St. to a new facility on SR19 that formerly housed a gun shop. The new space gives the market better visibility and more space.

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The Smith’s Jewelers staff attending Prevail’s Once Upon a Time Gala: Lisa Bartley, Odell Lakes, Esther Lakes, Elizabeth Elliot, Emily Silveus, Erika Pearson, Ashley Hammond

Prevail, the county’s crime victim advocacy organization, unveiled a new theme for its annual fundraiser this year. The previous Reds Whites and Blues became the Once Upon A Time gala. It was Prevail’s 11th annual fundraiser, drew more than 400 people to Carmel’s Renaissance Hotel and raised more than $136,000. Aaron Atlas and Elizabeth Childers joined Chaucie’s Place Board of Directors. Atlas is the director of Youth Services & camp director at the Jewish Community Center Indianapolis. Childers is a senior manager, Marketing at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Nate Lichti joined HAND (Hamilton County Area neighborhood Development, Inc) as its new Executive Director. Lichti was Assistant Director of the Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corporation in Indianapolis. Conner Prairie received a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to research ways to integrate science into their history exhibits. The effort will include a small prototype exhibit at Conner Prairie and is meant to be a model for other history parks and museums around the nation.

Janet Hatmaker, owner of the Old Picket Fence in Noblesville, received a Hoosier Hospitality Award from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman. The award recognizes high level of service in tourism-related businesses. After nine years in downtown Westfield, Kelties Restaurant has closed. Owner Keltie Domina cited a tough economy and a lack of family time as the major reasons for her decision. Kelties was recognized earlier this year as one of the top 100 restaurants in the nation.

Noblesville’s Kyle Rasnake, 25, has developed and is marketing a device to help improve basketball handling skills. Called the Power Dribble, it’s a series of connected rubber straps that fasten to a player’s wrist, knee and foot, and is designed to encourage proper dribbling technique. The Power Dribble is manufactured locally. More at www.powerdribble.com Brant Kercheval has joined Engledow Group as a project manager in the construction division.

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Off The Clock

By Jeff Curts Founded by Ironman triathlete Molly Barker in 1996, the organization has more than 200 chapters in North America. The 10 week program teaches life skills and self-esteem by incorporating running and walking activities with curriculum based principles. The sessions conclude with the opportunity to run a 5K race and take part in a community service project. Susan Tibbs, coaches Kelley Stokesbary and Kellie Miller, and Madison Stokesbary


amilton County based Realtor Susan Tibbs is no stranger to community involvement. As the daughter of parents who modeled civic participation, Tibbs began understanding the benefits of volunteering at an early age as a hospital “candy striper”. Her devotion to philanthropy also

time, and I soon realized after becoming involved, it’s really true.”

Meeting the Challenges

Although GOTR is gaining momentum around the county, like most non-profits the volunteer driven organization is not

Launching the Local Council

When Tibbs found out no local council existed in Hamilton County, she dug in, with the assistance of her friend, Coach Hollie Nicholson, and began organizing and coordinating the application process, which included a financial commitment and extensive training in Charlotte. She recruited three friends and set out to establish the Hamilton County council. “It’s really true: we get back what we give,” says Susan,

These girls give us back so much…it’s an interactive learning experience for everyone. included stints with Meals on Wheels, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Special Olympics, among others. “I’ve always had a high energy capacity and desire to contribute,” she says. Tibbs found a new passion when her love of running led to a life-altering experience. In 2009, she stumbled onto an article in Runner’s World magazine that introduced her to “Girls on the Run (GOTR),” a Charlotte, North Carolina based agency that combines exercise with character development education for girls in the third-to eighth grades.


“I knew it was time to get involved in this. These girls give us back so much…it’s an interactive learning experience for everyone.” The busy professional, recently married, has become the driving force for the local council, enlisting both volunteers and corporate donors. Now entering its third year, Girls on the Run has three schools participating in 2012, and Tibbs envisions future growth as word spreads. “This has become part of me, and it’s such an amazing program,” she says, “The motto of the founder, Molly Barker, is changing the world one girl at a

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without its share of daily challenges. Tibbs says the after school program is always looking for volunteers and corporate donors. Fund-raising is an ongoing challenge. Program registration runs $125, but Tibbs says the organization ensures that no interested girl is turned away because of financial need. GOTR simply raises the money and secures sponsors to cover the program fees. Restaurant nights, where a portion of an evening’s overall sales are donated to the group, have become an important staple

of GOTR’s development efforts, and Tibbs is appreciative of the local merchants. “We’ve had support from a number of them, including Sahm’s, Chick-Fil-A, Texas Roadhouse, and Scotty’s.” In turn for the support, corporate sponsors are recognized by having their logos printed on the girls’ program shirts. For the second year in a row, GOTR was selected as the charity partner for the Women’s 5K and Half-marathon race

in downtown Indianapolis. As charity partner, GOTR receives a percentage of every race entry. “It’s great exposure for us, and we’ve seen our website numbers jump, which has led to a couple of additional volunteers and donors.”

Inspired by the Girls

Mixing a full-time job in real estate with the demands of directing a growing non-profit certainly can make for long days. Tibbs draws her motivation and inspiration from her trusted friends and volunteers who direct the program, as well as from smiles of young girls. Occasionally, she’ll receive a random thank you that makes all the hard work worthwhile. Tibbs hopes that the community understands and embraces the impact her agency can provide. “There are a lot of great causes and worthwhile organizations. I just know this has touched me personally in a way I couldn’t imagine,” she says. “When I see the look on these girls’ faces, and watch them reach a goal, it’s just very rewarding.” HCBM

Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


News & Updates October & November Events October


October 10:

Monthly Luncheon Mayor’s State of the City Address 12 to 1:30 p.m. | Ritz Charles

October 25:

Arrows Young Professionals After Hours 5 to 7 p.m. | Hubbard & Cravens

Events are subject to change. Visit carmelchamber.com for updates and to register for events.

November 1: Member Orientation 12 to 1 p.m. | Residence Inn November 8: Network Breakfast with Noblesville & Westfield 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Mudsocks Grill November 10: Monthly Luncheon 12 to 1:30 p.m. | The Bridgewater November 15: Business After Hours 5 to 6:30 p.m. | TBA

Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses & Grand Openings

New Members

Simply Sweet Shoppe 30 N. Range Line Rd.

Automated Payroll Service 12315 Hancock St.

Alerding & Co., LLC Apple Core Healthy Eating, LLC Bath Junkie Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano The Brightworks Group LLC Carmel Artomobilia College Nannies and Tutors David A. Noyes & Company Dynamark Graphics Group, Inc. Ed Martin Acura Ed Martin Buick GMC Experis Latitude 39 Matt the Miller’s Tavern Max & Erma’s Restaurant Pierce Jewelers Severns & Stinson, P.C. TLC Promotions, LLC tw telecom Wells Fargo Advisors Wells Fargo Mortgage Zoup! The Fresh Soup Company

Carmel Tailoring 730 S. Range Line Rd.

Carmel Clay Parks Central Park Eastside Trails

carmelchamber.com  317.846.1049  21 S. Range Line Rd., #300A  Carmel


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Welcome New


2nd/Tues Hamilton County Job Fair 10:00am – 4:00pm Hamilton County Fairgrounds 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville 8th/Mon SBDC Workshop Business Taxes Kevin Jones 9:00am – 4:00pm ($40 pre-paid members*/ $60 non-members, at door) Fishers Train Station 11601 Municipal Dr. 11th/Thurs Navigating the Chamber 3:00pm – 4:00pm (no fee; please RSVP) Informational Session New Members New & Current Contacts Fishers Train Station 11601 Municipal Dr. 17th/Wed Monthly Luncheon City vs Town Panel Discussion 11:30am – 1:00pm ($20 pre-paid members*/ $25 non-members, at door) FORUM Conference Center 11313 USA Pkwy. 24th/Wed Business After Hours 4:30pm – 6:30pm (no fee) St.Vincent Medical Center Northeast 13914 Southeastern Pkwy. (I-69/Exit 10)

Chamber Members


7th/Wed Morning Motivator 7:45am – 9:30am ($10 members/$15 non-members) AmericInn Hotels & Suites 9780 North by Northeast Blvd. 8th/Thurs Navigating the Chamber 3:00pm – 4:00pm (no fee; please RSVP) Informational Session New Members New & Current Contacts Fishers Train Station 11601 Municipal Dr.

Danielle Fogus Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers

14th/Wed Monthly Luncheon Rafael Sanchez Investigative Reporter 11:30am – 1:00pm ($20 pre-paid members*/ $25 non-members, at door) FORUM Conference Center 11313 USA Pkwy.

Marilyn Hamerstadt Intersect, Inc.

28th/Wed Business After Hours 4:30pm – 6:30pm (no fee) M & I Bank 2620 E. 116th St.

Stacy Dieckman

Veteran Construction

May Ehresman

The Hearth at Windermere

Rick Cooper

Touch of Life Church

Tom McCord

Tom Wood Aviation

MORNING MOTIVATOR: Networking & More Breakfast The 5 Essentials to Health

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Presented by Dr. Peter Lopat, Olio Chiropractic, LLC

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


Sullivan’s Steakhouse

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29th/Thurs Fishers Annual Tree Lighting 6:30pm – 8:00pm (No Fee) Fishers Town Hall One Municipal Dr.

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Wednesday, November 7th • 7:45am – 9:30am 9780 North by Northeast Blvd. Sponsored by AmericInn Hotels & Suites $10 members/ $15 non-members To get registered, visit us online at www.FishersChamber.com (events calendar) or scan the quick response code below with your smartphone:

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


Upcoming Events! OCTOBER 2012


Red Bridge Park Community Building Speaker: Steve Holt, Hamilton County Commissioner

The Mansion at Oak Hill

Tuesday, October 2 HNCC Luncheon ~ 11:30 am

Tuesday, October 25 HNCC Business Showcase ~ 4:30 - 7:30 pm Red Bridge Park


Tuesday, November 5 Legislative Breakfast Fall Forum - 7:30 am Tuesday, November 13 HNCC Luncheon ~ 11:30 am

Speakers: Tonya Cassell and Mark Rodriguez, United States Postal Service Red Bridge Park Community Building


Carmen Clift, Ambassador Committee chair awards the 3rd Quarter Bell of Recognition to David Beaudin, dpb Inspections and Consulting

Members of the Hamilton North and Sheridan Chamber network around magnificent aircraft

2012 DUATHALON RDK Photography, Cicero

Door prizes at the July Chamber Luncheon included a plane ride for 4!


Marcy Ripberger, Character Council of Indiana, tells Chamber members about implementing character initiatives at the workplace

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NEW MEMBERS Printing Technologies, Inc. Susan Glover 6366 Morenci Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46268 (317) 299-2292


October 10 – 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM YPG Networking Event Stone Creek Dining

October 24 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Membership Luncheon


(Sponsored by Community Health Network – Speaker Hazel M. Walker)

November 8 – 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM Network Breakfast (Noblesville, Carmel & Westfield)

Mudsocks Grill

November 15 – 6:00 PM 9th Annual Enterprise Award Banquet Purgatory Golf Club

November 23 – 7:00 PM Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Hamilton County Judicial Center

MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON AUGUST 22ND Governor Daniels with Elected Officials (Mayor Ditslear, Kathy Richardson and Luke Kenley) along with Dave Cox of Hare Chevrolet

SEPTEMBER 2012 COMMUNITY PRIDE AWARD WINNER Dick & Margaret Gordon, Owners Gordon Marketing 20240 Hague Road Noblesville, IN 46062

Chuck Crow and Larry Riggs of Community Bank with Purdue Pete

RIBBON CUTTINGS August 15th G Michael Salon 16095 Prospertiy Drive Suite 400 Noblesville, IN



Donna Kinney, Manager Harbour Trees Beach Club 333 Regents Park Noblesville, IN 46062

November 2 – 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Women Empowering Women Luncheon


Harbour Trees Golf Club (Sponsored by Riverview Hospital – Speaker: Noblesville High School Head Football Coach, Lance Scheib)


Noblesville Chamber 601 Conner Street Noblesville, IN 46060 317-773-0086

August 27th Famous Dave’s BBQ        13455 Tegler Drive Noblesville, IN

Kevin Atchley Pat Holloway Andrew Jahn Culligan Water John P. Holloway, CPA, PC Asian Grill 6901 E. 38th St. Noblesville, IN 46062 74 N. 9th Street Indianapolis, IN  46226 Noblesville, IN  46060 Hamilton County Business Magazine/October • November 2012


Sheridan Chamber 407 S. Main Street P.O. Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

Community Events

Chamber Events





Dixieland Jazz Motorcoach Tour

Sponsored by Sheridan Rotary Club October 3rd, 2012 Contact: connie_pearson42@yahoo.com

Harvest Moon Festival

Biddle Memorial Park - Sheridan October 6-7, 2012 www.sheridanharvestmoon.com for more information

Monthly Member Luncheon October 25, 2012 - 11:30am-1:00pm

Sheridan Public Library Speaker: Kim Stoneking, The Vantage Group Members $12 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register


Monthly Member Luncheon December 6, 2012 - 11:30am-1:00pm

Sheridan Community Center Sheridan Community School Choir will Perform. Bring a Toy for the Sheridan Police Christmas Toy Drive Members $15 Contact Patty Nicholas at 317-758-1311 to register

New Members Jim Newby

Bluegrass Jam

Hosted by the Sheridan Public Library Bring your instrument and sit in, or just listen and tap your feet! October 21, 2012 from 1pm-5pm Contact Steve Martin at  steve@sheridan.lib.in.us  for more information

Sheridan Manufacturing Sheridan

Derek Delph

Traditional Concepts Landscaping Sheridan

Pastor Josh & Gina Kennedy


Issachar Church

Hosted by the Sheridan Public Library Bring your instrument and sit in, or just listen and tap your feet! November 18, 2012 from 1pm-5pm Contact Steve Martin at  steve@sheridan.lib.in.us  for more information

Angela Jones

Bluegrass Jam

Sheridan Skin Therapy Sheridan

Jeff Hiatt

Sheridan Insurance Sheridan

Be sure to visit the Sheridan Chamber Website, www.sheridanchamber.org for information on all upcoming events!


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Hamilton County Fairgrounds ~ 2033 Pleasant Street ~Noblesville For details please visit www.westfield–chamber.org

Network with members of the Westfield, Carmel and Noblesville Chambers Mudsocks ~ 14741 Hazel Dell Crossing $10 for members; $20 non-members Registration required by November 2nd online at www.westfield-chamber.org

Thursday, November 8th ~ 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Joint Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, October 2nd ~ 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Hamilton County Job Fair

Thursday, October 18th ~ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Membership Luncheon 2012 Fall Fare

Thursday, November 15th ~ 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Membership Luncheon


2012 Lantern Award Recipients Business of the Year ~ Lantern Award CSI Signs

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening for Crossroads Chiropractic 3008 State Road 32 East Westfield

Citizen of the Year ~ Beacon Award Duane Lutz

Volunteer of the Year ~ Wick Award Cindy Olson

Outstanding Service Organization ~ Globe Award Heart and Soul Clinic

City of Westfield Exemplary Employee Todd Burtron

Westfield Public Works STAR Award Jeremy Lollar

Westfield Fire Department Leading with an Attitude of Servitude Award Scott Wolfe

Westfield Police Department Above and Beyond Award Eric Grimes

Westfield Washington Schools Shamrock Excellence Award Keltie Domina


Mayor Andy Cook Annual State of the City Address The Bridgewater Club ~ 3535 East 161st Street $15.00 for members with reservations $20.00 for all others and billables Online registration due by November 9th at www.westfield-chamber.org


This luncheon will be devoted to showcasing a variety of Chamber members- including some of our great restaurants! The room will be set up to accommodate tables that will showcase businesses and organizations that are members of the Chamber. The nature of this event lends itself to great networking while providing a change of pace and a time to meet other members. Show Case Tables are available to Westfield Chamber members on a first come first served basis. 18880 N. East Street (One quarter mile east of US 31 at 191st Street; then south on East Street one quarter mile) www.eaststreetcenter.com Members with a reservation: $15.00 ~ All others $20.00 ~ Register online at www.westfield-chamber.org by October 12th

Westfield Chamber 130 Penn Street P.O. Box 534 Westfield, IN 46074 317-804-3030

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

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

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Hamilton County History

The 1901 Endurance Run Auto Marketing Pioneer staged early car stunt in Hamilton County arl G. Fisher (1874-1939) was a man who knew how to get his name in front of the public. He was one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as the leader in the creation of the Lincoln Highway, the Dixie Highway, and Miami Beach. However, before he did all of that, he was an automobile salesman in Indianapolis who was looking for a way to sell cars at a time when people weren’t even sure if they would run reliably. Over a century ago, he used Hamilton County as a testing ground for some vehicles and gave the local people a look at the future of transportation.

Stunt marketing

In 1901, he had a successful business in Indianapolis selling bicycles and automobiles which he promoted by doing outlandish stunts. One of these involved dropping a bicycle off of the then-tallest building in Indianapolis. Another involved attaching an automobile to a hot air balloon and floating it across the city. He would later repeat the bicycle stunt, but with an automobile, which he launched from a

Men on bicycles had been stationed south of Noblesville to notify the waiting crowd, the thought being that bicycles could travel faster than most cars of the time period. smaller building and allegedly drove away after it landed. While these stunts attracted attention to the business, they didn’t do much for showing that cars were practical. Endurance runs were usually the best way to prove the worth of an automobile and, in 1901, a run could be done on any road. This was an era when


a gravel road was considered an improved road. Fisher chose July 23rd as the date and Noblesville as the turn-around spot. The cars would travel via

Millersville Pike

the small town of Millersville, (now 56th Street and Emerson Avenue), so Allisonville Road was part of the route which would cover 22 ½ miles each way.

The Race

According to the tabloid newspaper, “The Indiana Weekly”, what made the race unique were the different types of automobiles that were being run (all of which were sold by Fisher). There was to be a Waverley electric car and a steam-powered Locomobile. Fisher himself would be driving a

David Heighway

covered the course in the fastest time of 1 hour and 9 minutes. The Locomobile was second fastest at 1 hour and 26 minutes. Men on bicycles had been stationed south of Noblesville to notify the waiting crowd, the thought being that bicycles could travel faster than most cars of the time period. However, the cars outran the bicycles and only the last cyclist was able to beat them into town when, as the newspaper said, “he ’scorched’ down the brick sidewalks when he heard the machines coming”. According to the Noblesville Ledger, there were 400 people at the Houston Hotel (now the parking lot at the NE corner of 8th and Maple) waiting to see the finish. The electric car was so slow that the Ledger didn’t even realize that it was part of the race. They said “the time of both machines is considered remarkably good over the rough and dusty country roads”. After a short breather, the cars left to return to Indianapolis at 7:58. Fisher got to the finish line at 9:25 and the Waverley Electric got in at 10:15. The Locomobile had an accident on the way back and wasn’t even able to finish.

A Bright Future gasoline-powered car specially made by the Winton Automobile Company called the “White Flyer”. (A similar car can be seen in the 1969 Steve McQueen movie “The Reivers”) Evidently the Waverly had speed issues, because it was given a 40 minute handicap when the race started at 5:30 that evening. The auto took two hours to reach Noblesville, so, even though it arrived at about the same time as the other vehicles, it was the third fastest car. Fisher and the Winton

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Ten years later, Carl Fisher would establish another endurance race which would be known as the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He became quite wealthy and built a mansion that is now part of the Marion College campus. However, he lost almost everything in the Great Depression and lived his last days in a small cottage on Miami Beach. Still, before he died, he had left his mark on the nation, on Indiana, and, in a small way, on Hamilton County. HCBM David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian


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