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MAY 2019 VOL. 32, NO. 5

A Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Publication


In this issue: Advocacy Update ..........................................................2 Chamber Voices............................................................3 YPB News .....................................................................4 Chamber Briefs .............................................................5 Franklin Initiative Update...............................................6 Let’s Tee Off!.................................................................6 Lt. Governor Crouch Visits Bloomington ......................6 Women in Business ......................................................7 Ten Years of Women Excel Bloomington...................10 Primetime 2019 Highlights ..........................................12

“I think what is nice about it is, it’s a one-stop shop, Tammy Reed said, talking about Kroger’s eastside location. You can go and enjoy a nice meal, and do your grocery shopping. … The Jacobs School of Music showcases in our store every weekend, so you can come and listen to a harp or a jazz soloist.” Jackson Creek Kroger store on College Mall Road. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)

Spotlight: Jackson Creek Kroger By Kasey Husk


Coming in June: In Our Own Backyard

alk into Bloomington’s eastside Kroger supermarket on a Saturday afternoon, and you’ll find more than just a wide variety of grocery options. Live harp music. Face painting. A doctor’s office. A sushi bar. After a $10 million investment in the Jackson Creek Kroger store on College Mall Road in 2015, the area’s largest Kroger grocery store has become far more than a place to pick up necessities. The expansive 95,000-squareTammy Reed. (Chris foot facility now provides a wide variety of offerings to not simply meet customer needs, but also make the visit as Howell / HeraldTimes) pleasant as possible. Along the way, Kroger community ambassador Tammy Reed said, the company has maintained its steadfast dedication to serving customers cheerfully and helping fight hunger in the community. “I think what is nice about it is, it’s a one-stop shop,” Reed said of Kroger’s eastside location. “You can go and enjoy a nice meal, and do your grocery


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MARK YOUR CALENDAR MAY 10 Morning Buzz, College Mall 20 Lt. Governor Lunch, Ivy Tech Community College — Bloomington 22 YPB, Blueline 30 Web Awards, Henke Hall of Champions, Memorial Stadium

JUNE 12 Chamber Golf Scramble, The Golf Club at Eagle Pointe

Women in Business: Local Women Gain and Give Business Advice

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ADVOCACY+Update 4th Street Parking Garage Bond Approved

The Chamber represents business interests to local, state and federal representatives, serving as an advocate on behalf of all businesses for the issues critical to the future of our Thank you to all of our memcommunity. If you need assistance bers and businesses that attended with a business advocacy issue, please contact your Advocacy Team last month’s City Council meeting to speak in favor of a new 4th at the Chamber. Street Parking Garage! Over 70 supporters spoke during the public comment period. We appreciate The Chamber is hiring a everyone for taking time out of Director of Advocacy and Public their busy schedules to participate Policy! in this important process. The Director of Advocacy and Public Policy position requires the ability to communicate well, A consolidated draft of the excel in volunteer coordination, UDO is now available on the City’s understand and articulate advowebsite - bloomington.in.gov/udo/ cacy issues, handle details and to update. The consolidated draft perform well in a multi-tasking incorporates changes based on environment. Strong organizainput from previous UDO meettional and interpersonal skills are ings. The Chamber has a subcomneeded on a daily basis. Strong mittee currently reviewing the written and oral communication skills along with an ability to work draft. Comments on the draft are due April 30th. independently in a busy environKey changes include: ment are paramount. • Four new zone districts Full details may be found • Minimum lot sizes reduced at ChamberBloomington.org in multi-family and mixed-use dis(click on Job Bank). Please send tricts to allow more walkable and cover letters and resumes to Erin Predmore - epredmore@chamber- efficient development bloomington.org. • Building envelopes control

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City UDO Update

dwelling density – not dwelling units per acre or conversion factors • Availability of PUDs narrowed • Urban Agriculture now allowed in all zone districts subject to standards • Downtown height limits go back to what they were before the interim ordinance of December 2017 • New Minor Site Plan process allows smaller projects to be approved by staff if they meet the UDO • New Minor Modification process allows staff to approve minor deviations from some UDO to address unique site conditions Changes to Student Housing: • New definition – any multifamily building with any 4- or 5-bedroom units, or more than 1/3 3 bedroom units, is a “Student Housing or Dormitory” • In all zone districts (except one), student housing or dormitories are subject to o Lower height limits o Maximum floorplate limits (footprint) o 300 foot spacing o And sometimes conditional use approval

• The exception – a new Student Housing zoning district to allow larger/taller buildings with 4-5 bedrooms in locations where comprehensive plan says student housing is appropriate Affordable Housing: • New definition of student housing will relieve pressure on other forms of multi-family housing • New R-4 district allows smaller lot sizes for new development and replats (4,200 sq. ft.) • Reduced minimum lot sizes for new development in multifamily and mixed-use districts to allow more efficient, walkable development • Removed dwelling unit per acre density limits in multi-family and mixed-use districts • Duplexes, tri-plexes, and four-plexes allowed on corner lots in current R-S and R-C (and others) subject to standards • Accessory dwelling units permitted without conditional use approval Incentives Affordable Housing: • At least 20% restricted < 120% AMI = 1 additional floor • At least 10% restricted <

80% AMI and 10% < 120% AMI = 2 additional floors • Not available to Student Housing or Dormitory • Not available to exceed Neighborhood Transition Areas (see below) • Administrative review for projects < 50 units not adjacent to R1, R2, R3, R4 Sustainable Development – 2 Options • Pick 5 of 7 sustainability actions = 1 additional floor OR • Get designed for LEED or other certification system = 1 additional floor Both Options Combined • If you earn affordable housing incentive and earn a sustainability incentive = 1 additional floor up to half as big as the building floorplate Neighborhood Transitions • Adjacent residential district setbacks apply along shared boundaries • Within 50 feet of property: maximum height equal to adjacent residential zoning district • Between 50 and 100 feet: maximum height equal to adjacent residential zoning district plus one story (15 feet)

Have questions about Chamber advocacy? Contact Anne Bono 812-336-6381 abono@Chamber Bloomington.org

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Happy 10th Birthday, Women Excel Bloomington! In the past 10 years, the Chamber has recognized over 60 women of various ages, backgrounds, education, industries and careers, who have exhibited excellence in their work. Helping to chart the course of our community, they have served in all capacities, and as we look at Women in Business in this edition of BizNet, it’s a great time to look back at our honorees.

Erin Predmore. Courtesy photo.

2010 Nancy Baldwin Darby McCarty Amy Jackson Roberta Kelzer Helen “Lennie” Busch Felisha Legette-Jack Marilyn Skirvin

2013 Lisa Fulkerson Melanie Hart Natalia Rayzor Melinda Seader Beth Lodge-Rigal Jean Willey Scallon Alisa Wright

2016 Lesley Bolton Kathy Romy Valerie Peña Joyce Poling Sue Talbot Kerry Thomson Sue West

2011 Sandy DeWeese Sarah Rogers Brenda Stallings Laura Newton Margarete Disque-Nowak Dr. Catherine SherwoodLaughlin Toby Strout

2014 Jennifer Cassidy Kathryn Gardiner Sandy Keller Trish Ierino Val Zygnowicz Denise Lessow Kristin Bishay

2017 Laura Clapper Tania Daffron Debbie Lemon Rev. Mary Ann Macklin Susan Rinne Jaimie Schwartzman Susan Wier

2015 Kelly Frank Cindy Kinnarney Tina Peterson Jennie Vaughan Suzy Yeagley Linda Simon MaryFrances McCourt Carol Weiss-Kennedy

2018 Lisa Abbott Amanda Burnham Kyla Cox Deckard Jane Kupersmith Christi McBride Laurie Burns McRobbie Doris Sims

2012 Talisha Coppock Leslie Green Faye Jameson Angela Parker Peggy Welch Danell Witmer Caroline Dowd-Higgins

think my response was? (HINT: Look back over that list of prior honorees. Do you see all of the women who provide leadership to our community? All who dedicate themselves to our greater good? All of the women who have been innovative, challenged themselves, challenged others, and made a difference?) Until we see them all, we will not run out of women. In fact, as we work together for our community, I bet

we will discover more contributions from women that we want to lift up and celebrate. I invite you to enjoy this edition of BizNet, and to all of my sisters out there who toil unappreciated and uncelebrated, I want to say thank you – your work makes a difference and we are glad you are here. In fact, you just might be one of our next WEB Award winners! Best, Erin

CONTACT BIZNET If you are a Chamber member who would like to announce promotions, expansions, community events, or other news in the “Chamber Briefs” section, please contact Jim Inman at the Chamber: 812-336-6381 or jinman@ChamberBloomington.org. To advertise in BizNet, please contact Chad Giddens at 812-331-4292 or cgiddens@heraldt.com. Be sure to ask about discount rate packages for Chamber members! For subscription information or customer service, please contact Jim Inman at 812-336-6381 or info@ChamberBloomington.org. Please send press releases to info@ChamberBloomington.org. Thank you for your interest in BizNet!



Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce 400 W. 7th St., Suite 102 • P.O. Box 1302 • Bloomington, IN 47402 Phone 812-336-6381 • ChamberBloomington.org

STAFF, PARTNERS & BOARD MEMBERS The Chamber invites its members to contact these individuals with comments or questions regarding Chamber activities. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Erin Predmore, President and CEO Anne Bono, Vice President, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy Hannah Borntrager, Advocacy Associate Serena Duke, Member Services Coordinator Christopher Emge, Manager of Talent and Education Jim Inman, Director of Marketing and Communications Trevor Owens, Franklin Initiative Program Associate Jim Shelton, Government RelationsCounty Tammy Walker, Director of Member Services Alison Zook, Events Coordinator

OFFICERS Ron Walker, CFC Properties, Chair Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington, 1st Vice Chair Mike Richardson, Midwest Color Printing/FASTSIGNS, 2nd Vice Chair

Cindy Kinnarney, First Financial Bank, Secretary/Treasurer Tony Stonger, Edward Jones, Immediate Past Chair

DIRECTORS Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy Lauren Dexter, Bloomington Health Foundation Pat East, Hanapin Marketing Amy Somers Kopp, RE/MAX Acclaimed Properties Cullen McCarty, Smithville Vanessa McClary, Kiwanis Club of South Central IN Dan Peterson, Cook Group Scott Shishman, Old National Bank Brian Shockney, IU Health Bloomington Donna Walker, Hoosier Energy Kirk White, Indiana University Jim Whitlatch, Bunger & Robertson Andy Williams, Rogers Group, Inc.

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As the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made.” As this list of previous honorees indicates, we have excellent leadership from women throughout our community as nonprofit leaders, educators, civil servants, and business leaders. Someone recently asked me if Women Excel Bloomington is running out of honorees, especially as we reach our 10th anniversary. What do you


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Spotlighting a Successful Young Professional Woman in Business By Christopher Emge, manager of talent and education


loomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) Vice-President Anne McCombe is the model of a successful young professional in our community. In a 2.5-year span, how were you able to go from Project Assistant to become a Vice President at BEDC? I have the privilege to work with a really awesome team that from the first day I stepped into the office has been teaching me about economic development and our community. They have helped me grow Anne McCombe. professionally and have provided me with incredible Courtesy photo. opportunities to advance within the organization. Tell us about some of your responsibilities at BEDC and the best aspect of that work? I manage our attraction projects, so I work to recruit new businesses to come to Monroe County. I also manage the Bloomington Technology Partnership and the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership, two of the BEDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public-private initiatives aimed to foster the retention and growth of the existing tech and life science businesses. By focusing on growing the existing tech and life science businesses, each year for the last three years, over 100 high-wage jobs have been created. I also run the BEDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s B-Start pre-accelerator program which fosters job creation through entrepreneurship and the start of high-growth, innovationdriven businesses in Bloomington. Lastly, I have the opportunity to work on numerous fun projects that try to address other issues that affect our local economy, like talent attraction, workforce housing, and transportation. The best aspect of all of this is that every day I feel like I am part of a large team of people (both at BEDC and the other organizations we work with) that are working hard to try to make

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New Hires and Promotions The Monroe County YMCA has three staff announcements to share. Matt Osgood recently accepted the role of Development Director and has served at the Y for 13 years. Kevin Vail has assumed the role of Membership and Northwest Branch Manager, after two years with the Y. Cara McGowan is the new Fitness Director, bringing over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.

Sherry Bumgarner; Top Agent in GCI: John Vitello; Leading Edge Society (Top 8% of Network): John Vitello and Lauree Wright; Honor Society (Top 14% of Network): Sherry Bumgarner and Margie Eberle-Polley.

Opportunities and Events Area 10 Agency on Aging will host their annual Benefit Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15 at Shreve Hall on the Ivy Tech Community College Campus. The event will highlight the important work of Area 10 over the past year. For ticket information and additional details visit Area 10’s website or call Chris Myers at 812-9352503.

Weichert, Realtors - The Owens Group have welcomed two new team memMonroe County United bers. Catherine Entzian and Way has started a monthly Susan Rudd have joined speaker series that will cover the organization at 1401 S. a range of topics impacting Walnut St. Bloomington. “Wake Up! With United Way” held its first event in April and will be held the second Thursday Express Employment of each month from 7:45–9 Professionals of a.m. at The Mill. The topic Bloomington Indiana for Thursday, May 9 is earned the Silver Circle “Evicted! Poverty, Policy and of Excellence award the Law.” Visit the United recently, according to Way of Monroe County owner/operator Timber website for registration Tucker, Bloomington details. Express Franchisee. The Bloomington Express office received the award for The City of Bloomingachievements in sales and ton announced new pricing overall performance. This for City pools when the award is given through the swimming season begins Corporate Headquarters to May 25. Daily admission only a few of the nearly 800 for all ages to Bryan Park offices across the country. and Mills Pools will be $5/ person, and a new $50 seaSeveral honors were son pass will be available as recently presented to well. For more information Berkshire Hathaway call the City’s Parks and HomeServices Indiana Recreation Dept - 812-349Realty team members, 3400. including: Top Agent in Sales CHAMBER BRIEFS Volume: Sherry Bumgarner; Top Agent in Sales Volume: continued on page 13

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MAY 2019 | BIZNET • F5

The Franklin Initiative Update

Reflections on my time with the Franklin Initiative The work here does not stop with The Franklin Initiative though! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been exciting and thoughtprovoking to see many young adults (and even hen I first came to Bloomington six years ago, I thought I knew what I wanted to do. some older adults) experiencing and understanding financial matters in our Reality StoreÂŽ events. If you After four years, I realized I did not have a child, I encourage you to continue working really know for sure. When I first started at the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill School of Public with them on setting budgets, paying bills, and the importance of saving. Children are the future and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Environmental Affairs in the autumn of 2017, I was privileged enough to be offered a fellowship with up to us to make sure they have the tools they need to The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as succeed. I am incredibly grateful to both the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill School the Franklin Initiative Program Associate. These last and The Chamber for giving me the opportunity 18 months have been nothing short of an excellent to truly impact this community and to make a adventure. I am afraid to say that working with my colleagues at The Chamber has potentially ruined me difference in kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lives. Over the last two years, for future jobs because I think I will be hard-pressed there was no greater feeling than seeing the cogs in a studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head turn and then finally click into place. to find the combination of dedication, capability Bloomington, for all its quirks and follies, will always and humor that has made working there so special. be my second home and the amazing people here are Although I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on managing volunteers in a big reason why. I am grateful for all of The Franklin the future, I have met some truly incredible people Initiativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteers and their dedication to making through The Franklin Initiative that makes me want Bloomington a better place for future generations. to volunteer in a similar capacity in the future. If thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a program like this where I end up, I hope Thank you, and good luck! by then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to change that. By Trevor Owens


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he Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is excited to welcome Indiana Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch to their annual luncheon. The Lt. Governor will be addressing Chamber and community members Suzanne Crouch. on Monday, May 20, Courtesy photo. at a luncheon held in Shreve Hall at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at 11:45 am. Individual seats and sponsored tables are available on The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website (registration is required).

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he Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce is hosting their 36th Annual Golf Scramble on Wednesday, June 12. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be held at The Golf Club at Eagle Pointe, located at 2250 East Pointe Road. There will be one flight of afternoon golf, with warm-ups beginning late morning (exact time TBD). A variety of hole sponsors will be on the course welcoming the foursomes as they make their way around Eagle Pointe, taking in the recently updated course. There will be a special reception at the end of the day for the golfers as wellâ&#x20AC;Ś and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning on perfect weather as well! The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Golf Scramble is a fun way to network and engage with local professionals. Teams of four may register on The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, and a variety of marketing opportunities are available as well. All the details about participating in the golf scramble are available on The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, or by calling 812-336-6381.

Women in Business:

Local Women Gain and Give Business Advice By Connie Shakalis


am Weaver misses the days when everybody took the local newspaper. We browsed or studied; we pondered who was worthy of our vote; we decided where to shop, and no one else knew. Privacy ruled. People shopped locally, because the Internet was unimaginable. And mammoth companies like Facebook and Amazon had yet to discover and store our personal tastes for everything from coffeeshops to presidential candidates. So Weaver, musician-turned-communications-expert, who has helped organizations, such as the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana University Auditorium, market their services, is founding her own business, one that will benefit not just one organization but hundreds of local businesses and tens of thousands of customers. The hardest part of this start-up has been finding ways to explain this technological concept to laypeople. Her Dragonfly.buzz is an app, or small piece of software, that, once downloaded to a smartphone, uses QR codes, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;hover zonesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this term is under trademark consideration â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which, when scanned, inform the prospective customer of any current deals or specials going on in a particular business. But the app also shows local events, which gives new meaning to one-stop shopping. The Hover Zones are less invasive than high-tech â&#x20AC;&#x153;proximity technologiesâ&#x20AC;? used by big-box stores that automatically recognize when a person has walked in. Instead, the customer chooses to do the scanning. This saves phone battery life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;pingedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by a store just for walking by,â&#x20AC;? Weaver said in a phone interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coolest towns are where locals love their local stuff,â&#x20AC;? she said, and Dragonfly. buzz is hyper local. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloomington is my launch (coming late summer) city, so I will offer some free services here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a cool town, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find everything it offers,â&#x20AC;?she said. She is collecting Bloomingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vast array of offerings in this one app, while bringing together local shoppers and local businesses. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Store owners are competing with huge companies with huge marketing departments,â&#x20AC;? she said. The best part is consumer privacy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will never know who you are, unless you want us to,â&#x20AC;? she said. The second best part may be the points, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;buzz coins,â&#x20AC;? Dragonfly.buzz will give to customers who choose to share a storeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s information.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coolest towns are where locals love their local stuff. Bloomington is my launch (coming late summer) city, so I will offer some free services here.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pam Weaver

Pam Weaver. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)



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Congratulations to Rachel Robertson with Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina who was named Ambassador of the Quarter! Rachel deserves this recognition for her excellent volunteer work with our Ambassador Committee. We appreciate all your work to support Chamber members! Courtesy photo. 1Â?Ă&#x153;Â&#x192;Â&#x192;ÂŚÂ&#x192;ÂŚÂ?²

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Another local woman, in the business of producing energy, is Donna Walker. Worldfamous composer Stephen Sondheim wrote the song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody Says â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;,â&#x20AC;? and it seems clear Walker would disagree. Actually Sondheimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s point is that people should more often say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Doâ&#x20AC;?, and this is precisely the advice Walker gives to young women starting their careers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Yes,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? she tells them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re smart; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll figure it out.â&#x20AC;? Walker figured it out as she steadily progressed from Kelly School of Business student to CPA to CFO at Hoosier Energy and, recently, to the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CEO. Rising to the top in a male-dominated field came naturally to this woman who was raised by two supportive parents and alongside an ambitious sister, who became an emergency-room physician, another man-heavy career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My sister inspired me,â&#x20AC;? Walker said over the phone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve looked up to her as long as I can remember. I was always watching her.â&#x20AC;? Part of that inspiration came from

Donna Walker. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)

her sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s having embarked on medical school in her thirties, after having her three children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Change doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need to be scary,â&#x20AC;? Walker said.

Indianapolis. For nearly three decades the program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met with every director and has provided leadership board member to understand training that prepares what they think,â&#x20AC;? Donna women to expand both Walker said, adding that one of their achievements and their Hoosier Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs is to lift engagement with the public. up the community. New energy Walkerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership alternatives await, Donna Walker style perhaps comes from said, such as wind power and her familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never putting â&#x20AC;&#x153;fabulous electric vehicles.â&#x20AC;? limitations on her during childhood. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m responsible for having the vision of where (Hoosier Energy) is headed, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But to pursue our goals I use (my staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s) incredible talents. I need to support THEM.â&#x20AC;? Those goals involve managing the transitions that energy companies face today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve met with every director and board member to understand what they think,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that one of Hoosier Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s jobs is to lift up the community. One of her favorite organizations for New energy alternatives await, she said, encouraging and helping women learn such as wind power and â&#x20AC;&#x153;fabulous electric leadership skills is the Richard G. Lugar vehicles.â&#x20AC;? Excellence in Public Service Series, which WOMEN IN BUSINESS continued on page 9 recently held its annual luncheon in

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Penny Buhr advises other women starting a career to “develop personal relationships with people. You can’t just grab someone and say, ‘Hey, you gotta try this.’ Do something you’re passionate about. I didn’t know how much women needed this until I saw a woman cry over a bra.”

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Most women know that succeeding in business depends, at least in small part, on how they dress. And if the underwear is right, the rest looks good. “Women need proper undergarments,” said “the Bra Lady,” Penny Buhr, team leader for Essential Bodywear. She makes her living fitting women with the right bras and other underwear (and some outerwear). “We offer high-quality bras, in sizes 32A to 44H,” she said. Like other direct sales, Essential Bodywear requires Buhr to host parties and make house calls. “It’s okay, “ she said. “I have a Prius.” One of her first challenges was to overcome her fear of public speaking. “I was in my own way,” she said. But she quickly realized the benefits she was providing. “This is a dying service.” So she carries her suitcase of lingerie and a color-coded tape measure and visits women’s homes, where they have either assembled a group of friends or

Penny Buhr. (Chris Howell / Herald-Times)

can shop alone. Another challenge arises when Buhr simply cannot find the proper fit for a client. “Then, I will refer her to a store in another, bigger city,” she said.

Buhr advises other women starting a career to “develop personal relationships with people. You can’t just grab someone and say, ‘Hey, you gotta try this.’ “ She also suggests, “Do something you’re

passionate about. I didn’t know how much women needed this until I saw a woman cry over a bra.” One further piece of advice she gives is this: “Don’t tuck your bra cups inside each other while storing. It damages the molding.” Because Buhr works and lives in Bloomington she is able to give back to our community. She volunteers at My Sister’s Closet, and donates new and gently-used bras there. Work-life balance can be daunting for entrepreneurs, but the all-expense-paid trip to Costa Rica she recently won, for her and her husband, helps. WOMEN IN BUSINESS continued on page 10



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Jane Kupersmith, founder of Hopscotch Coffee, gives this advice to young professionals embarking on their careers: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always have your next step in mind but focus on the job you are doing at present. Spend time laboring; there is a great deal to be learned through hard, unglamorous work day after day. That, and ask for raises.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Always have your next step She learned something else about in mind but focus on the job leading, from another woman in a you are doing at present. supervisory role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be envious of people who are better at one thing or Spend time laboring; there another than you, but rather foster those is a great deal to be learned skills in your staff.â&#x20AC;? Benefits stem from this through hard, unglamorous approach, such as building confidence, work day after day. increasing productivity and building That, and ask for raises.â&#x20AC;? trust. She tries not to allow herself to feel â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jane Kupersmith threatened, which she says can be an energy and team-spirit vacuum. A sense of humor ranks high for Jane Ja ne Kupersmith. Kup K uper up ersm er smititith. sm h. (Kurt ((Ku Kurt Ku rt Christian Chr C hris hr istititian is an / H Her Herald-Times) Heralderal er aldal d-Ti dTi Kupersmith, one of whose inspirations is a local artist and bar owner. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I admire the humor,â&#x20AC;? Kupersmith said. way she leads her business with advocacy Bloomington has been good for and politics, never shies away from Kupersmith and Hopscotch; in fact, controversy, and does it all with a sense of







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have given me myriad opportunities, whether starting a roastery or serving the community in other ways,â&#x20AC;? she said in an email. Obstacles and surprises are inevitable in business, and she gives importance to how she perceives them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say my main challenge is acknowledging my own limitations and figuring out how to work around them.â&#x20AC;? She has figured out, also, how to achieve balance. One way is using the app Wunderlist to help manage projects at work and home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;brain dumpâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; into the app at the end of each day so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not using mental energy to hang on to work details,â&#x20AC;? she said. If she awakens pondering work, she immediately adds items to the app to free her from hanging on to the ideas herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listen to my husband when he calls me out on my stress level,â&#x20AC;? she said. And she is physically active every day. Most evenings she joins her family for dinner, where they discuss their â&#x20AC;&#x153;peaks and pitsâ&#x20AC;? of the day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;idea courtesy the Kardashians via Anne Sherry.â&#x20AC;? WOMEN IN BUSINESS continued on page 11

Ten Years of Women Excel Bloomington


hamber members and the Bloomington community are invited to the 10th Annual Women Excel Bloomington Awards on Thursday, May 30. Henke Hall of Champions, inside the north end zone of IUâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Memorial Stadium, will host the cocktail reception and awards presentation. The Women Excel Bloomington (WEB) Awards celebrates women from all backgrounds. Over the past decade business owners, volunteers, educators, elected officials and everyday citizens have been lauded for their roles in making Bloomington and Monroe County a better place for all. This year will be no exception, as seven new honorees will be recognized.

The 2019 honorees are: Kimberly Carballo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Opera Coach and Collaborative Piano Faculty, IU Jacobs School of Music; Founder and

Director, Reimagining Opera for Kids (ROK) Brandi Hamilton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Director of Community Services, LIFEDesigns, Inc. Jane Martin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Past Board President, The Mill; Retired Venture Capitalist Rachael McAfee â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Director of Alumni Communities & Volunteer Management, Indiana University Alumni Association Maranda Richardson â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Co-Owner, FASTSIGNS and Midwest Color Printing Nancy Richman â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Executive Director, Volunteers in Medicine Mary K. Wheeler â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Assistant Manager and Volunteer, My Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Closet To reserve your seat at the WEB Awards, please register on The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website. Seats are $38, and sponsored table seating is available as well. Doors will open at 4:00 pm, and the program will begin at 5:00 pm.


family and friends who support her personal and career goals. “Motivated, positive Helping build buildings people empower you to be is Martie Vandeventer of your strongest self,” she said, Building Associates, Inc. adding that it is important Over her two decades of to become involved in work in this man-focused community, networking field of commercial and groups and charities — residential construction, and to motivate others to she has learned to stand do the same. “If you are her ground and make her surrounded voice heard. by people Part of this and ideals inspiration you believe comes from in it can be home, her as enjoyable mother. working as “She had it is to be four children home with at home and your loved was basically ones.” raising them Building alone while Associates’ working six (Chris Howell / goal, she days a week Herald-Times) said, is to in a malegrow the dominated “Motivated, positive business business,” people empower you to by finding Vandeventer be your strongest self. It like-minded said in an is important to become people involved in community, email. To who seek a networking groups be taken and charities — and to meaningful seriously motivate others to do career and she had to the same.” a “work work harder home” and for less —Martie Vandeventer where they money than can do her male something they like. “We counterparts.” want our customers to know Vandeventer described how her mother would have we enjoy providing them one of her children sleeping with our services and that we care about our work,” in her office because the she said. child couldn’t go to school As a single mother, she with a fever, and her mother feels the balancing act was couldn’t miss work. In more difficult when her son fact, her mother arranged was still at home. “If you for Vandeventer’s original do a lot of networking or interview with Building work long hours, you have Associates. the guilt of not being with “As hard as she worked she loved the challenge and your child when he is not in would come home and talk school,” she said. But she’s to me about the cool things an empty nester now, with a she got to do because of her simpler schedule. “I have so much fun job,” Vandeventer said. Challenges, however, can meeting others and learning about different result in workplace — and family — drama, which can business in Bloomington,” she said. “It’s a wonderful steal energy. Vandeventer place to network.” surrounds herself with Continued from page 10

Terri Horne builds, not buildings, but celebrations. She, also, includes her family in her life-balance plan, although she admits achieving a true balance may not really exist. “Trying to balance everything just makes me crazy,” she said over the phone. She explained that her female role model, business podcaster and author Christy Wright, believes a business owner is either 100 percent at work or 100 percent off work. “I might have three super busy days in a row, so the next day I’ll just say, ‘I’m not available,’” she said. Two things that help are her husband, who makes balloon animals, and her son, who makes glitter tattoos. Horne clowns for a living. She also face-paints, creates balloon art and glitter tattoos and runs her business. Callie & Company Entertainment takes its name from Horne’s clown character, but Horne also portrays other characters such as Princess, Cowgirl and Fairy Godmother. She is overcoming two of her biggest challenges: commuting back and forth from Indianapolis, where she began Callie & Company and continues to decorate the annual Kidney Foundation Walk there, and attaining name recognition in Bloomington. Today, thanks partially to networking through the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, nearly all of her business is in Bloomington. The Chamber, as well other networking opportunities, and fellow female Bloomington entrepreneur Penny Buhr have been instrumental in helping Horne spread her message: “We help you make your parties memorable and easy.”

Horne said that Buhr, who founded Networking Today International, has encouraged her in all aspects of a woman-run organization. “My business has so many ways to help people (plan and put on events), but we can’t if they don’t know we’re here,” she said. She designed all the balloon decor for this winter’s Bloomington Home Show, including all the centerpieces for the Treasure Hunt, and one thing she has learned is that balloons, like dogs, break the ice. She, like many people, “grab a pen and keep walking” at large events packed with strangers. Balloons, however, bring people together and provide a conversationstarter.

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“We help you make your parties memorable and easy.” —Terri Horne

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Primetime 2019 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; A Big Night for Business

chairs and equipment for Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Limestone Cider, Switchyard Brewing BBQ; Champion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primetime. Thank you Company and Cardinal to Markeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rental and BBQ & Catering Spirits were available for Staging for their ongoing Chicken: Second purchase throughout the By Jim Inman, Jr. support, and for helping Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Class evening as well. Catering; First Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to make Primetime sound The BBQ competition hat happens Limestone BBQ; Champion great. A tremendous thank is always a highlight of the when you you to Master Rental for â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kroger event, and this year was combine more supporting the no exception. than 100 local businesses, event with chairs, Judging of the great barbeque and a tables and other four meats took community that enjoys it event needs. The place during allâ&#x20AC;Ś and more than an inch Chamber thanks the first hour of of rain? Fifth Third Bank Primetime, to You have Primetime, and Regency allow the teams The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Multifamily for to highlight their business-in-a-briefcase their support best meats. The and BBQ cook-off, held and participation doors were open on Thursday, April 25, in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for attendees to at the Monroe County Primetime is a family-friendly event, as you can tell by Primetime event. enjoy BBQ during the smiles on these attendees. (Courtesy photo) Fairgrounds. The annual We appreciate JBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the final two hours gathering is a combination Salvage for helping with Pulled Pork: Second of the event. of The Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s monthly trash collection at Primtime. Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; First Class Even with the rain, Business After Hours, plus And a thank you to this children could play in one of Catering; First Runner-Up a special opportunity for two inflatable bounce houses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering; yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contributing sponsors community members to Champion: Limestone BBQ â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Building Associates, and enjoy other activities, meet local businesses and Brisket: Second Runner- Author Solutions, provided by Master Rental. organizations. This year the Fourwinds Lakeside Inn Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Limestone BBQ; First At the end of the event BBQ teams showed off their Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Marina and Holiday representatives from The skills of cooking pulled pork, Innâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; for their support of & Catering; Champion â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Chamber, the Monroe St. Louis ribs, chicken and Jeff Carson of Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering poses with his Grand Champion BBQ trophy. (Courtesy photo) Primetime. Lastly, thank First Class Catering County Fair Association brisket. you to the Monroe County Grand Champion: and Master Rental, the The weather didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Fair Association for hosting Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering Primetime Premiere the expo area were Mr. to share their stories, and keep the party away for us this year. The Chamber so sponsors, presented a businesses had the chance to Delivery, Meadowood Primetime. Vendors inside For additional photos of appreciates the number number of awards to the the fairgrounds community introduce themselves to the Retirement Community, the 2019 Primetime event, of volunteers who helped First Class Catering, Culverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, BBQ teams: hundreds of attendees. building were on display, please visit The Chamber make this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primetime Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choice Award: La Vie en Rose CafĂŠ, Attendees at Primetime and attendees could talk on Facebook â&#x20AC;&#x201C; facebook. a success â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a thank you to Carsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ & Catering Wagon Wheel, US Foods had the opportunity to and learn from people com/ChamberBloom. those who helped set-up St. Louis Ribs: Second and Rush Bowls. Oliver sample food from several in a variety of industries. and tear-down the tables, Runner-Up â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kroger; First Nonprofit groups were able different businesses. Inside Winery, Friendly Beasts






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Congratulations to Jackson County Bank on their ribbon cutting! In addition to currently offered services that include commercial banking, mortgages, and wealth management services, customers can now take advantage of the full complement of the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings, such as checking, savings and certificate of deposit accounts, along with convenient tools like mobile check deposit. Visit them at 1280 N College Ave, Suite 4 or call (812) 339-2282. 1Â?Ă&#x153;Ă&#x153;Ă&#x203A;Ă&#x203A;ĂŁsÂ?²


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Lola + Company have relocated and expanded to 114 N Walnut Street. The shop features home decor, women’s clothing, jewelry and more. Call (812) 3237010 for more information.

Elementary School. Precise Systems Inc. is making the donation in honor of the Hunter Wroblewski Fund. The generous donation provides basketballs, foam volleyballs, NERF footballs, jump ropes, double-dutch jump ropes, puffer balls, and hula hoops for the students to enjoy.

The Monroe County YMCA Hunter Wroblewski Fund is donating $250 worth of playground equipment to Templeton

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US Foods® is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, we provide our customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. Visit us online at www.usfoods.com

Buffalo Wild Wings is the ultimate place to get together with your friends, meet new friends, watch sports, drink beer and eat wings. We also offer carryout and large party menus. The Legends Room is a great space to host a business meeting or have a private party. Visit us at 1350 W Bloomfield Road or call (812) 339-2900.

Consider It Done help provides white glove service in the areas of home/business organization, productivity coaching, downsizing, move management, home staging, donation disbursement, whole home clean-out and virtual consultations. We understand how life’s transitions can be frustrating and complicated, so hand over that stress to the Consider It Done staff. Our initial consultation are free and we serve Bloomington and south central Indiana. Visit us at www.consideritdonein. com

State Farm Insurance - Sierra Miller — Our Agency is “Here to Help Life go Right” by meeting needs in personal lines and commercial insurance. We proudly represent the #1 company in the industry and as of recently, the first to hit a record of insuring 8 million Americans through Life insurance. Come by to see how our agency challenges the status quo by changing how you feel about protecting your legacy and assets! Call me today at (812) 558-3314.

Griffy Creek Studio LLC is Bloomington’s newest architecture firm focused on residential, commercial, and community design that is restorative, regenerative, and resilient. Principal architect, Bill Brown, is Indiana’s most sought-after energypositive-building design expert. He participated in the Greening of the White House in 1993 and designed America’s first net positive energy public library in 2007. His projects have won Indiana and national awards for outstanding design and innovation. Learn more at www.griffycreek.studio today!

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and bagged food for 417 families through the Community Kitchenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Backpack Continued from page 14 Buddies program, which sends food for for some customers, a grocery story visit the weekend home with school children at risk of food insecurity, Reed said. may be the only time they interact with â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is heart-touching what Kroger other people in a day and, accordingly, does,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Outside of just selling make it a great experience. Employee retention is high at Kroger, milk and bread and eggs, it is sharing your love.â&#x20AC;? a Fortune 500 company, Reed said. This Kroger is also heavily involved is in part because of the wide variety of with other community organizations, careers available through Kroger, even including Indiana University, local youth including robotics and programming, and a company policy of promoting from and homeless shelters and animalwelfare organizations, she said. Kroger within. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kroger is more than a grocery store,â&#x20AC;? sponsors the Monroe County Humane Reed said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been recognized as one Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barktoberfestâ&#x20AC;? of the best companies for IT workers. â&#x20AC;Ś 5K fundraiser each October, as well as donating large amounts of dog food You can come for a job, and stay for a to the shelter and hosting on-sight career.â&#x20AC;? adoptions for shelters from throughout However, another factor in retention the area. is Krogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong commitment to the Such programs make employees, communities in which it serves, Reed including herself, feel proud to work for said. Kroger East is no exception. the company, Reed said. Part of Krogerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corporate â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it is really important that commitment, she said, is to â&#x20AC;&#x153;help people see what Kroger does, because eliminate hunger in our Kroger they will come for a job and stay for a communitiesâ&#x20AC;? through a â&#x20AC;&#x153;zero hunger, career,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what happened zero wasteâ&#x20AC;? policy. Food that is approaching its sell-by date is donated to to me when I came. It is like being a various community organizations before family, a big family.â&#x20AC;? In the future, Reed said, the Kroger it has to be discarded. East store will focus on continuing to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rather than letting good food go to waste, there are so many people out there provide excellent customer service to its who are less fortunate who could benefit clientele and service to the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want every store to be better than from that,â&#x20AC;? she said. it was the day before,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And as In Bloomington, that means working long as we accomplish that with associates with a variety of local food pantries or other organizations dedicated to fighting who are friendly and caring, we know we will continue to enjoy the opportunity to hunger, such as the Shalom Center. The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district team recently donated serve our friends here in Bloomington.â&#x20AC;?


Continued from page 4 Bloomington and Monroe County the best that it can be. What advice do you have for young professionals? Just two pieces of advice. First, be a lifelong learner. Read as much as you can and always be looking for opportunities to challenge yourself. Second, get involved in the local community! Volunteer! Join a board or commission! Many of the people I interact with through my work at the BEDC have been on boards or commissions and heavily involved in the local community for decades. Their wealth of knowledge is incredible, and we certainly need those people to remain involved. But I also do not see enough young professionals getting involved and adding their voice to the conversations. How long have you lived in Bloomington and what brought you here? I came to Bloomington to attend IU for my undergraduate degree. I fell in love with the community and decided not to leave when I graduated, I worked here and then went back to graduate school at IU and then started with BEDC. What is the coolest thing about living in Bloomington? Quality of life - I know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty much everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s answer but I love that I can leave my home and in less than 30 minutes I can be in a National Forest,

eating Tibetan food, or watching the touring cast of a Broadway musical. What is your favorite restaurant/local shop in town? Restaurants - there are too many good ones to choose from! My husband and I just bought out a house near Ellettsville so Wee Willies has become a weekend staple. Coming up, what are you most excited about? (Could be professional, personal, or cultural) There are really two things I am most excited about. First are the grant opportunities through Regional Opportunity Initiatives to address the challenges that were identified in the Monroe County Quality of Place & Workforce Attraction Plan. This plan is fantastic, and I think it gives an honest assessment of things that we have done well as a community and identifies areas where we need to improve. Second, I am excited about what I consider to be the top three economic development projects or job creators over the next 10 years. Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s renovation of Profile Park, Catalentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expansion, and The Mill/Trades District are three projects with major investments in our community and plans to create hundreds of jobs over the next 5-10 years. Coming up May 22, YPs will be touring Blueline, located at 213 S. Rogers Street. Check ChamberBloomington.org for registration details and additional information.




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Congratulations to State Farm Insurance - Sierra Miller on her ribbon cutting! She celebrated the Grand Opening of her new office location with an open house. For more information visit 124 E. 6th Street or call (812) 558-3314.

Congratulations to Razors Image on their ribbon cutting! They celebrated their Grand Re-Opening of their barbershop and salon expansion with the unveiling of the beautiful Bloomington painting by Artist Adam Long. Visit them at 223 S. Pete Ellis Dr., Ste.2 or call (812) 320-2701 to make an appointment!

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