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OCTOBER 2019 VOL. 32, NO. 10




A Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Publication

In this issue: Time & Stress Management for Professionals.............2 Chamber Voices............................................................3 YPB News .....................................................................4 Chamber Briefs .............................................................5 Success School Update................................................6 Advocacy Update ..........................................................7 Annual Meeting Highlights .........................................14


A group training session at Home Instead Senior Care. (Rich Janzaruk)

Spotlight: Home Instead Senior Care


By Kasey Husk

15 Bloomington Women in Leadership, Elks Lodge

F Coming in November: Non-Profits

or many people, a home is more than just a building; it’s a place of comfort, of safety and of memories. Aging can often mean making difficult choices when it comes to housing, but local home health care company Home Instead Senior Care is helping to provide seniors and their families with the resources they need to remain as independent as possible – and within their own home. “We take pride in doing everything we can to keep our clients in the comfort of their own home and in safe and familiar surroundings,� says Melissa Pabst, vice president of operations for Home Instead. Home Instead Senior Care provides a variety of non-nursing services including includin in meal preparation, medication reminders, light ligh ght housekeeping, transportation – whether to ght a doctor’s appointment or just out to lunch “We take pride in doing – as well as personal care services, such as everything we can to keep our clients in the comfort of bathing and dressing. The result is greater their own home and in safe independence for the client, and an easing of and familiar surroundings.� the burden of care on their families. — Melissa Pabst, “They can count on us for those things vice president of operations, Home Instead



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17 Business After Hours, Mallor Grodner


Business Outlook, Alumni Hall (IU)

14 Business After Hours, Stonecroft Health Campus 15 Governor’s Luncheon, Shreve Hall (Ivy Tech)

Time & Stress Management FOR PROFESSIONALS

• Identify • Manage • Cope

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Time & Stress Management FOR PROFESSIONALS Identify • Manage • Cope By Kasey Husk


or years, Bloomington resident Brian Bourkland’s career in information technology was more than just a 9-to-5 job. It was all-consuming. “I was on call all the time,� Bourkland remembers. “I never had a break from a pager or from being on call 24/7. I had to take my computer on vacations and work remotely.� Something had to give. In 2015, Bourkland left his keyboard behind in favor of turning his longtime passion for weight lifting into a career as a personal trainer. Now, many of his clients are professionals facing much the same work-related stress he once did. Just about anyone with a job is going to experience work-related stress at some point, local business leaders agree. But while not everyone can necessarily change careers entirely, there’s plenty that individuals can do to help effectively manage their time and their stress levels both inside and outside the office. Finding a healthy work-life balance, local leaders say, means a happier, more fulfilled employee and a more productive workplace. “When we let the mind and body rest, we work more effectively than we do when we are pushed to the max,� says Angel Reece, founder of Solidity Consulting.

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Have questions about Chamber advocacy? Contact Mary Morgan 812-336-6381 mmorgan@Chamber Bloomington.org


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Beginning a new chapter Dear members, Pumpkin spiced lattes, Halloween decorations, turkeys, family stress, cornucopias, holiday lights, presents, visits from family, New Year celebrations, taxes, work, final reports, and holiday socials…the next few months are going to be a bear. Every year at this time I begin to see the signs of pumpkin spice everything, and I know that its best just to hold on, take a breath, and make a bunch of To Do lists. The impact of stress on the working adult can be brutal, from physical impacts to mental toils, and we all need an approach that works for us in navigating stressful times. This month’s BizNet takes a look at stress and time management, and I’m sure you and I will find some good information to help us navigate the next few months and beyond. For those of us at the Chamber, we are gearing up for a new chapter that is bringing us some short-term stress. We will be moving to new office space at the end of the month and, starting October 28th, you will be able to find

us at 421 W 6th St., just a block or so away from our current offices. We are excited about the move, which brings with it some opportunity to change our office arrangement and have an exclusive conference room. With change comes stress, so we are all on the lookout for each other and our collective work during this transition time. We will be closed the week of Oct. 21-25 without access to email or phones as we move. Thank you for your understanding during this transition. Whether it is an office move, new job responsibilities, new staff, or a new brand of coffee in the mornings, we are all dealing with something at work. Even positive and exciting things can create stress within our lives, and it’s important to communicate with others as we try to get through stressful times. I hope this issue of BizNet helps you to deal with all that is on your plate, and I hope the upcoming holiday season is fantastic for you all. May the pumpkin spice lattes begin!




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 Stacy Bruce, Events Coordinator Thomas Curry, Public Policy Specialist Serena Duke, Member Services Coordinator Christopher Emge, Principal of the Success School Adi Giridhar, Member Services Intern Charley Jackson, Vice Principal of the Success School Rachel Levy, Marketing & Communications Coordinator Mary Morgan, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy Jim Shelton, Government Relations-County Tammy Walker, Director of Member Services

OFFICERS Mike Richardson, FASTSIGNS, Chair Cindy Kinnarney, First Financial Bank, 1st Vice Chair Amy Somers-Kopp, RE/MAX Acclaimed Properties, 2nd Vice Chair

Scott Shishman, Old National Bank, Secretary/Treasurer Ron Walker, CFC Properties, Immediate Past Chair

DIRECTORS Lisa Abbott, Bloomington Board of REALTORS Tony Armstrong, Indiana University Bruce Calloway, Duke Energy Indiana Pat East, Hanapin Marketing Dave Ferguson, Ferguson Law Dan Peterson, Cook Group Ellen Rodkey, IU Foundation Brian Shockney, IU Bloomington Health Tony Stonger, Edward Jones Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington Donna Walker, Hoosier Energy Don Weiler, Bailey & Weiler Design & Build Andy Williams, Rogers Group, Inc.


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 Rachel Levy at rlevy@ChamberBloomington.org or 812-336-6381. 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 info@ChamberBloomington.org or 812-336-6381. Please send press releases to Rachel Levy at rlevy@ChamberBloomington.org. Thank you for your interest in BizNet!


Young Professionals Bloomington


oung Professionals Bloomington had a busy September. The YPB Steering Committee started the month with a planning retreat and, after reviewing feedback from attendees and the committee, made plans for the next 12 months. Continuing to focus on professional connections and personal engagement, Young Professionals Bloomington will continue to be a positive place for YPers. Here are some highlights for the next few months (mark your calendars!)…. • November 15th – Lunch and Learn with Senator Mike Braun • December 11th – Holiday Social • January 20th – Volunteering together on MLK Day The group continued September with a Lunch and Learn on “Avoiding Burnout” hosted by Meadowood, and then met up for some fun under the stars at Movies in the Park on October 8th. Are you a young professional? Want to find out more about YPB? Check us out on Facebook at Young Professionals Bloomington to keep updated on events, or email Erin for more info at epredmore@ chamberbloomington.org.

MEMBER RENEWALS • • • • • • •

American Red Cross Big Red Liquors Big Woods Bloomington Blond Genius Blue Burro Alex Cartwright Comfort Inn Bloomington • EllieMae’s Boutique

NEW MEMBERS A John Rose Bloomington, IN 47402 (812) 334-1555 Abe Martin Lodge Brown County State Park PO Box 547 Nashville, In 47448 Contact: Chris Fouke (812) 988-4418 The Curare Group, Inc 2990 East Covenanter Bloomington, In 47401 Contact: David Witte (800) 880-2028 F4 • BIZNET | OCTOBER 2019

• First Insurance Group, Inc. • The Golf Club at Eagle Pointe • Great West Casualty Co. Greene County Regional Title • Harris Services • Holiday Inn • Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Inc • Indiana Limestone Company

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The Excel Center Bloomington 2088 S Liberty Drive Suite 101 Bloomington, IN 47403 Contact: Kelly Hannon (812) 353-8084

Hoosier Neighbors (Best Version Media) Ellettsville, IN 47429 Contact: Kevin Cherry (812) 345-2945

Farmer’s Insurance Paige Mize Greenwood, IN 46143 (317) 220-0880 Goodwill Commercial Services 2115 S Yost Ave. Bloomington, IN 47403 Contact: Sam Perry (812) 353-8109

JB Screening Partners, Inc Koorsen Fire & Security Meineke Car Care Center NgenioUSA Owen County State Bank The Project School John E. Seeber South Central Indiana Human Resources Association • Transitional Services • World Wide Automotive Service

Papa Murphy’s 4017 S Old State Rd. 37 Bloomington, IN 47401 Contact: Rachael Dorsett (812) 824-5151 Thurston Springer Financial 414 N Morton Street Bloomington, IN 47404 Contact: Matthew Doering (812) 609-4500

Group of YP’s at the September planning retreat. (Courtesy photo)

Meet our new Member Services Intern, Adi Giridhar


ditya is the Chamber’s Member Services Intern, assisting the Director of Member Services to ensure that members get the most out of their membership with the Chamber. Aditya is a senior at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, majoring in Law and Public Policy, and minoring in Nonprofit Management and Intelligence Studies. On-campus, Aditya is involved on the Board of Indiana Model United Nations as the Events Coordinator and is an Adi Giridhar Giridhar. Courtesy sy avid IU sports fan. photo. Adi will be working closely with Tammy Walker, Director of Member Services, and Serena Duke, Member Services Coordinator, over the next year to make sure our members stay at the forefornt of all that we do at the Chamber.

Questions about Membership? Contact Tammy Walker at (812) 336-6381 or twalker@ chamberbloomington.org.

Coming in November: Non-Profits

Why are strong, dependable non-profits so important for our community, or any community? Find out in a November BizNet story.

CHAMBER BRIEFS LIFEDesigns and Stone Belt will host a “Job-A-Palooza” event, granted by Duke Energy, on Wednesday, October 23 at The Warehouse from 10a-3p. This is a community initiative to support individuals with disabilities seeking employment. Community businesses are invited to host a task station and participants will be able to try a variety of skills. For more information contact Brandi Hamilton at 812-961-8625 or MaryEllen Jones at 812-335-3507x174. The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to submit an application for consideration for vending space at the annual Holiday Market, Saturday, November 30 at Showers Common, next to City Hall at 401 N. Morton St. The Buskirk-Chumley Theater is pleased to present Gregory Alan Isakov on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 8am. Tickets for this show are $35-45 and can be purchased at BCTBoxOffice.org, 812-3233020, or the BCT Box Office & Downtown Visitors Center at 114 E. Kirkwood Ave. The Colorado-based indie-folk artist is a fulltime farmer who sells vegetable seeds and grows various market crops on his three-acre farm, while also tending to a thriving musical career.

Join us for a comfortable stay at Wingate by Wyndham Bloomington, off I-69 and Highway 46, with easy access to Indiana University (IU) Bloomington. Visit Memorial Stadium, Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, and IU Arboretum, as well as WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology and Buskirk-Chumley Theater, all within two miles of us. We’re minutes from Miller-Showers Park, surrounded by pubs and restaurants, and 46 miles from Indianapolis International Airport (IND). At our non-smoking hotel, you’ll feel at home with free breakfast and WiFi. Call (812) 339-1919 to make reservations today! Located at 1722 N Walnut St.

Abe Martin Lodge is nestled in the picturesque hills of Indiana’s largest state park, 16,000 acre Brown County State Park. The Lodge offers Hotel as well as cabin accommodations. The aquatic center is open 365 days a year, and includes slide and lazy river. The onsite restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with weekly live music. Plus, there are ample meeting rooms for business meetings, reunions, weddings, and more! Call (812) 988-4418 to make reservations today.

80/20 Agency is a new kind of advertising agency using a unique model of experienced professionals and younger talent from Gen Y & Z who bring new media skills and fresh ideas to each project. We are a full-service agency specializing in branding, marketing, advertising, graphic design, print production, video production, radio, search engine optimization, email marketing, website development and social media marketing. For more information visit our website at www.80-20agency.com

Painting can transform your home or office from blah to beautiful. Our color consultants can help you find the perfect paint colors for your space & style and our local craftsman painters will turn your vision into reality with meticulous attention to detail. We offer interior, exterior, and cabinet painting for both residential and commercial properties. Schedule your free estimate to get started! www. ColorTheoryPainting.com or (812) 668-2113.

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Congratulations to Southern Indiana Family Practice Center and Rejuv Aesthetics on their ribbon cutting! They now offer medical spa services such as Botox and laser hair removal. The practice provides regular check-ups, immunizations, acne treatment, health care for women’s health and men’s health issues, and more. Schedule an appointment for medical spa or family health services at (812) 339-6744. You can also book your appointment online www.sifpchealth.com.

Congratulations to MainStay Suites & Sleep Inn at Crane on their ribbon cutting! They celebrated the opening of their new hotel located at 7834 Progress Way in Newberry, IN. Find a relaxing stay with free, travel-essential amenities when you book a room at their hotel just 20 minutes to the Crane Naval Support Activity Center. Call (812) 863-2520 today!

The Excel Center is a free high school for adults who have previously dropped out of school. Owned and operated by Goodwill, The Excel Center meets students where they are and provides flexible scheduling, onsite child care, transportation assistance, as well as college credits and job certifications - all at no cost! To enroll in our Bloomington campus, visit excelcenter.org or call (812)353-8084.


The Success School Update

Success School Aims to Build on the Franklin Initiative’s Mission By Christopher Emge, Principal of the Success School


financial literacy professional development opportunity taught by dedicated volunteers from the area’s financial institutions. The Success School is also proud to announce its inaugural Vice-Principal and new O’Neill Fellow. In-between graduating high school and attending Indiana University (IU), Ms. Jackson joined the AmeriCorps program where she worked tirelessly in the public schools of Washington, D.C. She ended up graduating with her bachelor’s degree at IU in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her passion for urban issues, especially K-12 education, makes her the perfect fit for this new Chamber role.

he Chamber’s Franklin Initiative has had a mission over the last quarter-century of helping to provide real-world learning opportunities for area students. This has entailed an increase in academic engagement and the possibility to excite young people about future careers. All of this with the goal of shaping tomorrow’s workforce for employers in Monroe County. Nevertheless, there comes a time to rethink both our name and the scope of work we provide in the schools. With that, the Franklin Initiative will now be known as the Success School. Success School Events: As part of the Chamber staff, I • Reality StoreŽ at Tri-North will lead this new endeavor as the Middle School on Friday, October 18th, Principal of the Success School. 2 shifts beginning at 8:30a and 11:30a The name now provides a better • Life Science Fair at Ivy Tech’s indication of what we do in our Indiana Center for the Life Sciences on community. Along with the name Thursday, November 7th from 9a to 1p New O’Neill Fellow Charley Jackson and Success School Vice-Principal change, an expansion of programs • Reality StoreŽ at Batchelor Middle bring a dedication to service, will now be offered that highlight School on Friday, November 22nd, education, and local government to areas our members have informed 3 shifts starting at 7:30a, 9:30a, and the Chamber. (Courtesy photo) us they want to see in tomorrow’s 11:10a workforce. Classroom programming focused on soft • Mock Interviews at The Academy School on skills is offered to encompass six topic areas. We look to Wednesday, December 11th, 2 shifts beginning at 11:45a expand our financial literacy programs beyond middle and 1p. school by reaching both elementary and high schoolIf you are interested in learning more or volunteering aged students. Just this past June we witnessed multiple for the Success please contact Christopher J Emge at area teachers participate in a Chamber sponsored cemge@chamberbloomington.org or at 812-336-6381.

HR Generalist Shelby Martin discusses the benefits of working for her employer Cook Medical at a recent Career Panel at Edgewood High School. (Courtesy photo)






Congratulations to City Church for all Nations on their ribbon cutting! They celebrated the opening of their new auditorium and event spaces. Service times are on Sunday at 9:30 am and 11:15 am. For more information call (812) 336-5958 or visit 1200 N. Russell Rd.

Congratulations to Spaah! on their ribbon cutting! They celebrated their big move at their new location featuring free chair massage, door prizes, live music, food, drinks, and more. Visit them at 506 W. 2nd Street or call (812) 3398881.

ADVOCACY+Update The Chamber serves as an advocate on behalf of all businesses for the issues critical to the future of our community. For timely updates, check out the Chamber’s Advocacy Matters site at chamberbloomington.org/advocacy-matters.

Not Voting in the November Election For the first time in decades, I won’t be voting in the November election. That’s because there are no competitive citywide races in Mary Morgan. (Courtesy Bloomington, and no comphoto) petitive races in four of the city’s six districts, including where I live. For those seats, the winners of the Democratic primary (there were no Republican candidates) won’t be on the ballot in November – they’ve already won. District 2 and District 3 residents will be the only voters going to the polls. This year, the Chamber partnered with the local League of Women Voters to ask candidates in those districts a range of questions that we hope will help you decide which candidate to represent you on council. Check out their answers in BizNet’s Keys to the Candidates section (pages 9-12). I hope voters in Districts 2 and 3 will go to the polls in droves. It feels really odd to live in a democracy and not have that option. – Mary Morgan

Bloomington Plan Commission Amends Draft Zoning Code Several amendments to the draft Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) were approved by the Bloomington Plan Commission in September. The Bloomington Common Council will have the final word when they adopt the UDO as the city’s zoning code, likely later this year. After action by Plan Commissioners, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the draft UDO are a conditional use with up to 2 bedrooms allowed and an 840-square-foot maximum size. Duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes remain as a conditional use in core neighborhoods. A range of other amendments were approved as well – check out details on the city’s UDO update site at Bloomington.in.gov/ planning/udo/update.

Convention Center Expansion Inches Forward

Moms Demand Action: Businesses Have Tools to Ban Guns

On Sept. 16, elected officials from four public bodies met to discuss expansion plans for the Monroe County Convention Center. (Courtesy photo) These officials – the Bloomington Mayor and City Council, the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, and the Monroe County Council – reviewed finances and a range of other issues but made no decisions. They plan to hold additional meetings. The Chamber urges our community’s elected officials to move forward quickly with this project, which has been in the works for many years. We support creating a Capital Improvement Board to manage the expansion responsibly. An expanded convention center will benefit the entire Bloomington/Monroe County community. We’re eager to support the work that’s needed to make this a reality.

In the wake of security concerns at the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market and other public venues, local activists with Moms Demand Action are hoping businesses take steps to create a gun-free environment. Organizations can legally prevent people from entering their premises with a firearm. Indiana Criminal Trespass Statute (IN Code 35-43-2-2) allows businesses to deny entry if the business has posted a sign citing this specific code. Several local businesses have already taken this step. Bloomingfoods, for example, displays a sign at its entrance stating, in part: “We deny entry to anyone carrying a firearm.” Bloomington residents Rachel Guglielmo and Susan Ellenwood are members of Moms Demand Action. They’ve been working to increase the number of businesses that are willing to ban firearms. They’re also working with the Bloomington Police Department to educate officers about their role in helping enforce this prohibition. For more information, check out the Moms Demand Action – Indiana Facebook page. Or contact the group by emailing indiana@momschapterleaders.org.

Thomas Curry Joins Chamber as Public Policy Specialist Thomas Curry has joined the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce as a Public Policy Specialist. Thomas is studying for a Master of Public Affairs degree at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, formerly known as SPEA. He Thomas Curry. (Courtesy photo) will be working with the Chamber for two years through the O’Neill Service Corps Fellow program. Thomas earned his undergraduate degree in international relations and political science from the University of Indianapolis. After graduation, he worked as a journalist covering the Indiana legislature. Most recently, Thomas returned from Mongolia where he spent two years as an English Teacher Trainer for the Peace Corps. Thomas is part of the Chamber’s Advocacy Team, which includes Mary Morgan, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, and Jim Shelton, Government Relations Manager. Please join us in welcoming Thomas!

City’s Brian Payne Moves to Lead “CDFI Friendly Bloomington” Brian Payne has been selected as the founding executive director of CDFI Friendly Bloomington, a new nonprofit focused on local community development. He began the job on Sept. 3. He previously served as the City of Bloomington’s assistant director of economic and sustainable development. CDFI Friendly Bloomington, a 501(c) (3), is a community development financial institution formed in 2018. Its purpose is to provide investments for projects that don’t qualify for conventional financing, as a way to catalyze small business growth, expand affordable housing and support community facilities in


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creating a less stressful workplace. That starts, they say, with identifying what is causing the stress in the first place. People experience workplace stress for many reasons, says Greg May, administrative director of adult and family services for Centerstone, a nonprofit health care organization that provides mental health care. Most commonly, this stress stems from â&#x20AC;&#x153;the design of the tasks theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked to do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the workload, infrequent breaks, long work hours, or routine or mundane tasks that folks donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel have any meaning,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the biggest one is really having a job that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t utilize the workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skill or gives little sense of control to that individual.â&#x20AC;? Not everyone experiences stress the same way, May says. However, for many people the â&#x20AC;&#x153;early warning signsâ&#x20AC;? of being overly stressed include headaches, sleep disturbances, trouble concentrating, having a short temper and experiencing poor job satisfaction, he says. Burnout â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is common, May says. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no question these symptoms negatively impact the quality of life of the individual coping with them. But thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of reason for employers to worry about their employeesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; stress levels from a business perspective as well, May says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some issues you see are a decline in work performance; you could see issues related to tardiness and absenteeism because the person doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to (Courtesy photo) come to work, or the person may show up and go through the motions and not necessarily produce Most commonly, this anything,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That creates additional issues in stress stems from â&#x20AC;&#x153;the the workplace because if you are in a workplace where design of the tasks productivity is expected, then generally someone else theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been asked to do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the workload, is expected to pick up the slack.â&#x20AC;? infrequent breaks, long Employers can help employees limit their work hours, or routine workplace stress by â&#x20AC;&#x153;making sure the workload or mundane tasks that and tasks are in-line with the staff memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s folks donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel have capabilities and resources,â&#x20AC;? May says. Having strong any meaning. And the communication is also vital to helping employees feel biggest one is really prepared for and included in any planned changes to having a job that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the workplace. utilize the workerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skill or gives little It can be difficult to leave work behind in an sense of control to that age where e-mail can be answered from virtually individual.â&#x20AC;? anywhere, but local business leaders say there are significant benefits to doing so. Local business leaders â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Greg May, administrative director of adult and family all stress the necessity of creating boundaries between services for Centerstone work and home lives, sometimes referred to as â&#x20AC;&#x153;worklife balance.â&#x20AC;? As a whole, younger generations â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who no longer expect to spend 30 to 40 years working for one company or to receive a pension from it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; are increasingly willing to speak up about the need for a life outside work, says Rick Barton, president of Barton Performance Group, who considers this a healthy and refreshing change. But on an individual level, people need to advocate for their own boundaries to make that happen. Bourkland agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are working 60 hours a week or more and it never seems to be decreasing, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the permanent state of your long-range future, I think you need to go to your manager or boss and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we need to find a way to reduce that,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? recommends Bourkland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work with you, you need to plan on changing jobs.â&#x20AC;? STRESS & TIME MANAGEMENT continued on page 13

2019 KEYS TO THE CANDIDATES BLOOMINGTON CITY COUNCIL RACES This year, there are only two competitive races for Bloomington City Council. In District 2, Republican Andrew Guenther faces Democrat Sue Sgambelluri. In District 3’s three-way race, Democrat Ron Smith faces Nicholas Kappas and Marty Spechler, who are running as Independents. All other candidates are unopposed in the Nov. 5, 2019 election. They will not appear on the ballot and are not included in this Keys to the Candidates section. In each race, candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

As the legislative body of the City, the City Council is a link between the citizens of Bloomington and their government. By enacting legislation that fosters the health, safety, and welfare of the City, the Council works to represent the interests of residents while ensuring the delivery of municipal services. By statute, the Council is responsible for the control of the City’s property and finances, and the appropriation of money (Indiana Code § 36‐4‐6‐18). Reference: https://bloomington.in.gov/council


CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, DISTRICT 2 No corrections or changes have been made to the candidates’ responses.

What are the top two issues facing your district? How do those differ from the top issues facing the city overall?

What are the challenges and opportunities you see for our community’s public transit system? What would you do on council to address those challenges/opportunities?

What strategies do you support to deal with the community’s housing needs?

Bloomington doesn’t operate in a vacuum. How would you work to foster partnership between the city and Monroe County?


Andrew Guenther Republican

2019 KEYS TO CANDIDATES Sue Sgambelluri Democrat

In District 2, we are facing two main problems that I can identify – firstly, there is a lack of commercial investment in key areas where all of Bloomington would benefit. I cannot see any reason why we are not attempting to draw more food/commercial activity towards the IU stadiums and Millers-Showers Park. These areas seem ripe for commercial investment, particularly for common gathering areas such as coffee/tea shops, entertainment venues, etc. Secondly, our district has a need for more connectivity, not just between District 2 and downtown, but also within District 2 itself. A lack of adequate sidewalks, public transit, and safe biking paths makes District 2 difficult to navigate without a vehicle. The Bypass and West 17th Street in particular are dangerous to pedestrians.

INFRASTRUCTURE – Major arteries like North Dunn and North Kinzer do not have dedicated bike lanes or (in the case of North Dunn) walking paths. Sidewalks in other areas are crumbling. Trees removed during Bypass construction were never replaced. We need strategic infrastructure investments that enrich these neighborhoods and enhance the City’s northern gateway. CONNECTEDNESS TO DOWNTOWN – Large swaths of District 2 are not served by public transit, and residents must drive if they wish to travel downtown or to major shopping areas. This reliance on cars (and the resulting traffic/parking challenges) increases our carbon footprint and makes it more expensive for residents to support a range of local businesses. Attention to these District issues will contribute to a healthy, sustainable local economy overall.

As one of the great social equalizers, public transit offers us plentiful opportunities and benefits. The challenge, of course, falls in finding an adequate source of funding, specifically for the operation of the vehicles. Currently, we can use TIF funds to purchase new busses, for example, but we cannot use them to fund salaries or benefits for new drivers. As a member of Council, I would work with my fellow Republicans in Indianapolis to find common ground and compromises to identify funding opportunities. Additionally, as someone who does not drive and uses public transportation on a regular basis, I know the need for more reliable, direct routes. Finding funding sources for public transit operations will go to great lengths to solve these problems as well.

Many areas of Bloomington are unserved or underserved by public transit. While our award-winning public transit system does very well with existing resources, we still have many neighborhoods with no bus service at all and many more neighborhoods in which buses run too infrequently to be a practical, consistent travel option, particularly for families. At the same time, new routes, more frequent runs, and newer, more energyefficient vehicles will require significant financial investments. I look forward to working with Bloomington Transit to identify and incentivize new and innovative sources of revenue including grant funding, investments by developers (much like that which was recently negotiated with developers of the North Walnut project), and partnerships with other local government entities.

Affordable housing is a problem near and dear to my heart. Not only have I previously managed apartments and a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood, but I am familiar with the need for affordable rental housing as well. As the only candidate for Council that is a renter instead of a homeowner, I know the struggle many in our community are facing – ever increasing rent with ever worse housing conditions. In order to preserve older apartment housing, I have offered a plan of targeted tax abatements for older complexes, with the agreement between the City and the apartments’ owners that they will use the savings for capital improvement and keep rent down. Otherwise, older complexes will continue to fail and be replaced by luxury student high-rises.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUND – Continue to grow this Fund and to identify new projects, particularly with the recently-purchased hospital site and the recently-acquired land bordering Switchyard Park. SUPPORT FOR LOCAL AGENCIES FOCUSED ON HOUSING – Continue and, when possible, increase support for South Central Indiana Housing Opportunities, Habitat for Humanity and/or other organizations with demonstrated success in responding to homelessness, reducing evictions, and providing affordable housing solutions for working families. CDFI-FRIENDLY BLOOMINGTON – Seed funds are in place for this 501(c)3, giving us the ability to incentivize new investments by Community Development Financial Institutions. We must now move forward with strategic, consistent outreach to CDFIs that can help us realize our affordable housing goals with more projects like Switchyard Apartments, B-Line Heights, and others.

I have had the distinct honor of serving both at the County and Citylevel on boards and commissions. During the debacle that has been the Monroe County Convention Center, I have been outspoken about my belief that the City needs to work more openly with the County, and that the interests of County residents ought to be considered as well. When elected, I intend on working with the County Councilmembers I have had the pleasure of working with in the past – Marty Hawk, Kate Wiltz, Eric Spoonmore and Geoff McKim – to address the tension between the City and County on this project. As someone who would not owe allegiance to the Mayor, I would be able to serve as an independent voice on City Council.

Bloomington is at its best when we have broad participation by informed citizens and close, consistent collaboration among local government entities. Such cooperation requires mutual respect and trust, and that kind of environment is developed (or diminished) one interaction at a time. I will work toward clear, consistent communication with my colleagues in the City and County, and I will approach any negotiations with the goal of finding mutually beneficial solutions. In the next 3-5 years, two issues in particular will require this kind of collaboration: (1) the Convention Center expansion, and (2) the expansion of public transit. I look forward to working with City and County Council members and County Commissioners to identify the needed resources for these important projects.

CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, DISTRICT 3 No corrections or changes have been made to the candidates’ responses.

Nicholas Kappas Independent

2019 KEYS TO CANDIDATES Ron Smith Democrat

What are the top two issues facing your district? How do those differ from the top issues facing the city overall?

Infrastructure repair and transit opportunities. District 3 is not adjacent to Downtown, which receives a majority of the attention by the public and elected officials. Because of this, topics such as sidewalk repair are not often discussed for my district. The sidewalks on the east side are crumbling which reduces the ability of residents to easily transport themselves to work or to engage in the community. While East/West connectivity has greatly enhanced over the years, a focused effort on the east side is warranted because of the new hospital location. These problems negatively affect the movement and livability of the east side more than other districts.

Walking around the neighborhoods in District 3, people are generally happy with District 3. The issues concerning people are the same as those facing the city. The top issue seems to be concern with the Farmer’s Market and what we can do to eliminate the problem. One person wondered if Schooner Creek should be asked to leave if they don’t violate the rules of the market, or perhaps change the rules of the market for next year to forbid those who adhere to hate group ideology. Another important issue mentioned was our public transportation system and the challenges for poor people to use it to get to the Department of Family Resources on Curry Pike or having to pay for it.

What are the challenges and opportunities you see for our community’s public transit system? What would you do on council to address those challenges/opportunities?

Challenges include accessibility and a negative perception associated with routes that prioritize students over permanent residents. It will be incredibly difficult to build out a sustainable mass transit system when our bus system is focused on one-quarter of the square mileage of Bloomington. Furthermore, current funding for public transit is achieved based on increased ridership of IU students, not permanent residents. Opportunities include providing new express options along Walnut/College and 3rd street to increase access for permanent residential areas. On City Council, I will favor additional funding for Bloomington Transit and encourage efforts to make the system more inclusive for non-student residents.

The challenge for the public transit system is to optimize the routes so more people will find it useful and ridership will increase. In response, the transportation transit system is in the process of adjusting routes, making routes more frequent. On council, I would support this continued fine tuning of the routes. I would work with other Council Members to ask the transit corporation to ensure routes serve public service agencies for poor people and to look at the cost for the working poor.

I support duplexes by-right in all zoning districts and tri- and quad-plexes by-right in zoning districts which allow a structure of its size, governed by the new Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). I also support by-right Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). We need to employ every development tool we have to better serve the housing needs of our community. Apartments are a necessity to house the ever-growing IU population, but apartments don’t offer permanent residents an opportunity to invest in themselves and begin to build equity. Duplexes, and the like, make property ownership more accessible for people under 35, single parents, and other vital Bloomingtonians.

I support an expansion of subsidy programs such as HUD and other lowincome housing programs as a partial solution for dealing with the community housing needs. I also support Mayor Hamilton’s Housing Fund to encourage developers to build low-income properties. The City of Bloomington should also collaborate with Indiana University to discuss how the university can build more student housing to decrease the student factor in driving up the cost of housing for families and people who make Bloomington their permanent home.

In my experience on the City Plan Commission and City Representative on the County Plan Commission, I have noticed a willingness for county and city staff to work together, but I cannot say the same for the appointed individuals. It will take a member of City Council to take lead and manage the relationship with the county on matters that affect both governments such as future developments, taxes, and land acquisitions. I will be that council member. It is critical that we reestablish the communication link between Monroe County and City Council so that decisions of one group do not negatively impact the other. The City and the County must work together to help build the community jointly.

The Convention Center is a good example of why the county and city should foster their partnership. Disagreements have stalled progress on the project and it is unclear who is at fault for the impasse. As a City Council member, first I would sponsor several informal meetings over coffee or dinner in order for the parties to develop trust, mutual respect and common ground. Secondly, with the participants, I would work to identify areas of disagreements and agreements, barriers for resolving the disagreements and seek agreement on implementable steps toward resolving the impasse. Additionally, as a member of the City Council, I would propose regular quarterly meetings with County Council to keep each other informed of co-existing initiatives that may have overlapping interests.

What strategies do you support to deal with the community’s housing needs?

Bloomington doesn’t operate in a vacuum. How would you work to foster partnership between the city and Monroe County?


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CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES, DISTRICT 3 No corrections or changes have been made to the candidates’ responses.

What are the top two issues facing your district? How do those differ from the top issues facing the city overall?

What are the challenges and opportunities you see for our community’s public transit system? What would you do on council to address those challenges/opportunities?

What strategies do you support to deal with the community’s housing needs?

Bloomington doesn’t operate in a vacuum. How would you work to foster partnership between the city and Monroe County?


Marty Spechler Independent

Better maintenance of our parks, streets, playgrounds, and tennis courts. After my daily walks, I would immediately report problems to the relevant departments. We need to preserve free garage parking after 5 p.m. to accommodate downtown for restaurants and theaters. Collection of fall leaves by the City is important for our many older residents. Easy emergency access to the new hospital must not be allowed to increase congestion. We should not be burdened by multi-story apartments without convenient transportation, especially in single-family areas. I would oppose tax abatements for these projects unless they bring new employment opportunities. Most of our voters would support realistic measures to cut greenhouse gases and to improve needed public facilities on the west side. I agree. New bus lines from the west side to the new hospital are essential. Extending bus service to the west and south would allow people to combine rural living with urban employment. More frequent bus service on the main artery lines (Walnut and Third Street) would encourage apartment building on those streets without adding to vehicle congestion. Gradual introduction of electric buses will reduce smoke and noise. I would reduce or disallow scooter use on sidewalks throughout the center of the city. IU must cooperate in limiting scooter use on campus. Scooters are dangerous and unnecessary here.

Easier approval for market-rate housing will increase competition and thus lower net rental rates for older apartments everywhere in the city. Totally new housing cannot be affordable if it conforms to normal standards and environmental requirements, though older apartments can be rehabilitated with outside support. The City should consider rent subsidies to needy people who work in Bloomington. Lower income residents should be free and encouraged to choose their own locations throughout the city to reduce social segregation.

More early consultation between the City bureaucracy and Monroe County officials and our active township boards will be necessary to plan expansion of the convention center and to provide better fire protection in areas like the southwest and the I-69 corridor which lack it. Innovative arrangements may be necessary to do that in view of County financial stringency—the effects of which affect us all.

2019 KEYS TO CANDIDATES The 2019 Keys to the Candidates is a collaborative effort between the League of Women Voters of BloomingtonMonroe County and The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce. MISSION STATEMENTS The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through advocacy and education. The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce provides leadership through member engagement, business advocacy and civic partnerships to strengthen our community and business environment. CONTACT INFORMATION League of Women Voters of BloomingtonMonroe County Website: www.lwv-bmc.org Email: keys@lwv-bmc.org Phone: 812-727-8158

The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce Website: ChamberBloomington.org/Advocacy Email: mmorgan@chamberbloomington.org Phone: 812-336-6381


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Failure to work with employees on finding a work-life balance can result in low morale, poor health and productivity in workers and unnecessary turnover, Reece says. She recommends business leaders take steps to not only help employees maintain work-life balance, but implement these themselves. For instance, one business owner sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked with does work on weekends, but refrains from sending e-mails heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typed up until Monday morning to avoid giving the impression that others should be working through the weekend as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to pay a little more attention to what they are modeling if they want an organizational culture that values work-life balance,â&#x20AC;? Reece says. Barton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who recommends employers encourage workers to take their vacation days and do not call them with questions while they are doing so â&#x20AC;&#x201C; agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nothing worse than having a leader who tells people to go home, but then stays late,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have to pay a little more attention to what they are modeling if they want an organizational People who are stressed out culture that values at work often have a couple work-life balance.â&#x20AC;? things in common, Reece â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Rick Barton, says: an overflowing inbox president, Barton Performance Group of unopened e-mails and a (Courtesy photo) tendency to run late constantly. Both are symptoms of time management struggles, or more â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are accurately â&#x20AC;&#x201C; as both Reece and constantly running Barton put it â&#x20AC;&#x201C; difficulties in at full speed, prioritizing tasks appropriately. eventually you and/ Having clear communication or others are going with company leadership can to notice that either your quality of help ensure that employees are work will go down, focusing on the most important or balls will start tasks. In turn, that can ease dropping.â&#x20AC;? feelings of being overwhelmed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Angel Reece, that often lead to workplace founder of (Courtesy photo) stress. Solidity Consulting â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are constantly running at full speed, eventually you and/or others are going to notice that either your quality of work will go down, or balls will start dropping,â&#x20AC;? Reece says. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where prioritization comes in, she says. Reece often challenges individuals she works with to name their top priorities at work, the one or two tasks that â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if nothing else were possible â&#x20AC;&#x201C; need to get done. Doing so helps sharpen workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; focus on what is truly important and allows them to explore â&#x20AC;&#x153;are there things that we are using our time for that essentially arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t part of the big picture, and that maybe we are doing them because we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to let go of something?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;If everything is a priority, nothing is,â&#x20AC;? she says. Likewise, Barton believes that workers and employers alike often â&#x20AC;&#x153;confuse activity with productivity.â&#x20AC;? Rather than focusing on the top-priority tasks, people often get bogged down by the need to check less-vital chores off their to-do list. Good communication between staff members can help alleviate this particular problem, Barton says. Any time someone is asked to work on a new


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The Chamber’s Annual Meeting Honors New and Lifelong Members


n Thursday September 26, The Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce held its 104th Annual Meeting and Community Awards at the Monroe Convention Center, and Adam Long was there to capture the entire event on canvas. The luncheon offered attendees an overview of The Chamber’s year and highlighted expectations for the coming year. Erin Predmore, President & CEO, recapped events and news from 2019 and highlighted some of the new things the Chamber has started this past year such as the Chamber’s Speaker Series, Bloomington Women in Leadership, and the 3 Things podcast. Outgoing board chair, Ron Walker, called the meeting to order, and later officially passed the gavel to Mike Richardson, the incoming board chair for The Chamber. The Chamber recognized a number of honorees during the awards portion of the event. The 2019 Community Award honorees included: Ambassador of the Year – Martie Vandeventer New Business of the Year – Vanished Aesthetics & Salon Lloyd Olcott Community Service Award – Debbie Lemon Franklin Initiative Golden Key Award – Kroger Nancy Howard Diversity Award – Heartland Beef Inc. Workforce Development Award – Catalent Biologics Community Anchor Award – Monroe County Public Library Morgan Hutton Visionary Award – Valerie Peña Diane Breeden-Lee Catalyst Award – Danielle McClelland Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Zaltsberg The Chamber would like to extend a special thank you to Smithville for their continued support of the Annual meeting and Community Awards. The Smithville Media team films, edits, and presents videos of the honorees shown during the Annual Meeting. The Chamber would also like to recognize members at the Elite and Chairman levels – Cook Group, IU Credit Union, IU Health Bloomington, Catalent Biologics, First Financial Bank, Indiana University, and Old National Bank – for their membership. Additional photos and videos from the Annual Meeting and Community Awards may be found on The Chamber’s website – ChamberBloomington.org.

The winners of The Chamber’s 2019 Community Awards gathered after the celebration for a group photo. (Courtesy photos)

Ron Walker (right) of CFC Properties officially passes the gavel to Mike Richardson (left) of FASTSIGNS during the Annual Meeting. Mike Richardson will serve as the 2019-2020 Board Chair.

Adam Long painted a live picture of the Annual Meeting.


Erin Predmore presented this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Bob Zaltsberg, retired Herald Times Editor.

Martie Vandeventer, of Building Associates Inc., received the 2019 Ambassador of the Year Award.

Deanna McAllister accepted the New Business of the Year Award on behalf of her business, Vanished Aesthetics & Salon.

Debbie Lemon received the Lloyd Olcott Community Service Award.

This year’s Nancy Howard Diversity Award was awarded to Heartland Beef Inc.

Kroger was awarded the Franklin Initiative’s Golden Key Award for 2019.

Catalent Biologics was the Workforce Development Award honoree.

The Monroe County Public Library received the inaugural Community Anchor Award.

Valerie Peña was this year’s Morgan Hutton Visionary Award recipient.

Danielle McClelland, director of the Buskirk Chumley Theater, received the 2019 Diane Breeden-Lee Catalyst Award.



Continued from page 7 Bloomington and Monroe County. Four local and regional banks – First Financial Bank, Old National Bank, German American Bank, and Woodforest National Bank – committed a total of $2 million in senior debt financing to CDFI Friendly Bloomington. In addition, the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association (BUEA) and the Bloomington Redevelopment Commission each made $1 million capital grant commitments.

Bloomington Police Planning Crisis Diversion Center The Bloomington Police Department is planning to open a crisis diversion center as a way to decrease crime in the city, according to police chief Mike Diekhoff. During a budMike Diekhoff. (Courtesy photo) get hearing before Bloomington City Council, Diekhoff indicated that one of BPD’s goals is to establish an “evidence-based, policeled diversion program to assist in rehabilitation or services as a preference over incarceration for non-violent offenders.” Diekhoff said discussions in the past several months have focused on where to house such a program. He estimated the center would cost about $700,000 to operate annually. He said the city has held discussions with Monroe County and private businesses on this project and has applied for grants to help support it financially. After a location is established, he said, “then we can move forward with actually doing prearrest diversion work.” Councilmember Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5) expressed support for the center. “I think this is a very smart innovation that has worked well in other communities to keep people whose issues are really not with the law but with mental health, with addictions – to keep those out of our jail and to get them the help they need.” Monroe County government is currently undertaking a study of its criminal justice system. A diversion center is being considered for that effort.



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New Hires & Promotions Class 101 of Central Indiana welcomes Donna Slaughter to their team. Donna has a wealth of experience in education and will be joining the Class 101 team as a College Advisor. She will be scheduling consultations with high school families that are hoping to get their students into the college of their “Dreams” and to make it affordable. Let’s join together in welcoming Donna to the Class 101 team.

Awards & Designations Jeff Huston, Financial Representative with Bill C. Brown Associates, has been named the top producer in August and currently is the top-ranking representative in the country with OneAmerica Securities in 2019. Jeff has been with Bill C. Brown Associates for 18 years and has been recognized for numerous community and industry awards.

After 16 years as WFIU’s and WTIU’s general manager, Perry Metz retired on September 30. Under Metz’s leadership, WFIU and WTIU dramatically expanded local programming— especially news and documentaries—and earned hundreds of awards and honors over the Perry Metz. (Courtesy years, including 65 awards in photo) 2019 alone. “Working at the stations with such a creative staff has been rewarding and fun,” Metz said. “I’m so proud of what they have accomplished in producing the best programs on Indiana history, culture, and art as well as news, music, science, and sustainable living.”

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his year’s Chamber staff photos were taken by Kaytee Lorentzen Photography. Some Chamber members also had the opportunity to work with Kaytee at the September Business After Hours last month where she took professional headshots for attendees. Thanks, Kaytee! Interested in learning more about Kaytee Lorentzen Photo? Check out kayteelorentzen.org. (Kaytee Lorentzen Photography / Courtesy photo)



Continued from page 1 so their family members and friends can remain their family members and friends, and not have to become caregivers,” Pabst says. “It is almost like having a personal assistant.” The Home Instead franchise was launched in 1994 by Paul and Lori Hogan, who were inspired by the care their family provided for Paul’s grandmother. Today, the organization has more than 1,000 franchises worldwide. The Bloomington franchise was acquired by owner Ben Klipsch – who also owns Home Instead offices in Terre Haute, Evansville and Jasper — in 2010. The Bloomington office of Home Instead provides services to about 100 clients in Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Green and Brown counties, Pabst says. While the company does not provide nursing care, it can coordinate with other agencies that do. It also works with some long-term care insurance providers. Clients come to Home Instead for a variety of reasons, Pabst says. Some clients have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, while others have limited mobility or just need companionship. In each case, Pabst meets Melissa Pabst poses at Home Instead Senior Care. (Rich Janzaruk) with the client and their family to tailor a plan based around his or her needs. or a son instead of a caregiver,” Pabst says. “We work with each client individually to create a In other cases, Home Instead is filling a gap for when schedule that works best for them,” Pabst says. “That family physically can’t be there. can be anywhere from two 4-hour shifts a week, to 24/7 “It also gives them peace of mind when they are care.” at work or if they live out of town,” Pabst says. “They A typical client might have their caregiver help them know theyy can always ys call us and stay in touch with dress in the morning, prepare a meal for them m on with mom and dad’s care. what’s going oi o and take them shopping or out to lunch, llun un gives And it giv An iv them the opportunity to Pabst says. Staying active and engaged ag aged someone accompany them to a have som om in the community can go a long doctor’s appointment, for peace of doct ct “They become very close with way in helping seniors maintain a mind.” mi their caregivers and look positive outlook and play a role in n Home Instead caregivers improving their health. Having forward to the time they do are not nurses, but receive ar their familiar surroundings to have care from that caregiver.” training both at the beginning return to, meanwhile, is likewise Our caregivers become friends, of their work with Home beneficial. Instead and continually during they become like family.” “It is very important for them their employment, Pabst says. to continue with their regular — Melissa Pabst, Providing this continual training Pr routine, with their familiar vice president of operations, and support – as well as ongoing an surroundings,” Pabst says of her Home Instead efforts effo fo to recognize employees clients. “For a client with Alzheimer’s mer’ r’ r’s their hard work – helps ensure for th or dementia especially that is veryy caregivers continue working with that car ar important – to be in a familiar place ac and ace d Instead Home Ins nste as long as possible, she ns feel comfortable and safe.” her employees have been with says. Many of he says Home Instead caregivers also play a crucial role the company for more than five years, she says, and one in providing companionship to clients, Pabst says. The has worked with the Home Instead for 16. organization strives to maintain continuity between That’s important, she says, because caregivers are clients and caregivers to help foster these relationships, there to do more than simply perform tasks for the she says. client, Pabst says. The goal is to build a relationship of Working with Home Instead can be life-changing trust and care between client and caregiver. for the families of clients, many of whom have been “They become very close with their caregivers and providing their loved ones with these same services look forward to the time they do have care from that for months or even years, Pabst says. She’ll often hear caregiver,” she says. “Our caregivers become friends, they from clients’ families that “we’ve given them their Tanalee Chapman works at her desk at Home Instead Senior Care. become like family.” independence again, and allowed them to be a daughter (Rich Janzaruk) OCTOBER 2019 | BIZNET • F17


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task, they should clarify where that particular job should fall on their list of priorities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We tend to assume everything is â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Priority 1,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not,â&#x20AC;? he says. Rather than constantly adding to a to-do list, Barton says, employees should â&#x20AC;&#x153;take the time to step back and say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;what do I hope to accomplish and what time is needed to do that?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? People are often nervous about saying â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;noâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to something they are asked to do at work, Reece says, but taking on too much can lead to increased stress at work and difficulty with time management. Having good communication with

leadership about expectations, however, can make sure everyone is on the same page. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Often itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about having a very clear conversation,â&#x20AC;? Reece says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If my boss says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I need you to do thisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; by whatever deadline and you know thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not reasonable, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oftentimes room to negotiate.â&#x20AC;? Knowing oneself can also help individuals to manage their time better. In mapping out a dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s schedule, employees should also take the time to consider when they are working on their most vital tasks, Barton says. The answer can vary based on whether someone is a morning person or an afternoon person. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Helping people with time management comes down to understanding what behaviors are contributing to success, and what are those behaviors that are not,â&#x20AC;? he says.

Outside the office: strategies for coping with stress While thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of ways business owners and workers themselves can help ease workplace stress, it is equally important for individuals to manage their stress outside the office as well. Taking time for self-care, such as exercise, hobbies and relaxation, can reduce a personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall stress, improve their overall quality life and allow them to come to work relaxed and focused. For Bourkland â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the IT-worker-turned-personal-trainer â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the one thing he always made time for regardless of how




â&#x20AC;&#x153;What exercise does is take negative energy and transform it into positive energy. If you are trying to work through a stressful situation, one of the best things you can do is exercise. It helps you work through thoughts and make decisions, and of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biochemical element of the release of feel-good endorphins.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Brian Bourkland, personal-trainer

hectic his schedule was exercise. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something he highly recommends to everyone, not just for the indisputable health benefits, but also because it is an excellent form of stress relief. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What exercise does is take negative energy and transform it into positive energy,â&#x20AC;? Bourkland says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you are trying to work through a stressful situation, one of the best things you can do is exercise. It helps you work through thoughts and make decisions, and of course thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biochemical element of the release of feel-good endorphins.â&#x20AC;? STRESS & TIME MANAGEMENT continued on page 19

OCTOBER 15 Bloomington Women in Leadership 17 Business After Hours, Mallor Grodner NOVEMBER 5 Business Outlook, Alumni Hall (IU) 14 Business After Hours, Stonecroft Health Campus 15 Governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Luncheon, Shreve Hall (Ivy Tech) Details and registration at ChamberBloomington.org



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Bourkland recommended that employers set a positive example for their workforce by living a healthy, balanced lifestyle themselves that includes exercise. “I think if a manager is making their own health a priority, they are going to care that the people who report to them are also staying healthy,” he says. “If you exercise you are generally healthier and more productive and have fewer missed days. Your brain works better.” Meghan Stonier-Howe is the co-founder of the Sophia Collective, an organization of independent contractors working together under one roof to meet a variety “Really, consistency is of health-care needs. the key to self-care and Among these, she says, stress management. “You can have a million are specialists offering people telling you what acupuncture, chiropractic you need and what to do services, massage, … but you must listen to craniosacral therapy, spa your body and what feels services and nutrition right to you.” guidance. The goal, Stonier— Meghan Stonier-Howe, Howe says, is to allow co-founder, Sophia Collective these practitioners to work together to help clients feel better, especially those who feel they “aren’t getting answers from traditional medicine.” For her part, Stonier-Howe offers massage, cranio-sacral therapy, skincare and waxing, and life coaching. She sees a lot of people who are deeply stressed out; for her massage clients, she can usually tell what line of work they are in without being told because of the way they are carrying their tension, she says. Massage can help release both physical and mental tension, she says. “The whole idea is that you are able to let go, relax and enter that dream-state on the table,” she says. “Some people like to talk during their session, and that’s fine and they can be talking about whatever they can’t seem to let go of –

sometimes, talking helps to release it. Other times, it helps the body to have quiet time where you are drifting in and out of sleep. That’s when the nervous system that regulates and controls the body and mind can relax and unwind and release the tension that it has been holding on to.” Stonier-Howe, a mother of four, knows firsthand how often people prioritize their other responsibilities, whether their children or their work, far above their own needs. Doing so, however, means people end up tired, sick and depleted. Stonier-Howe always recommends that her clients who are struggling with making time for self-care start with taking just five minutes for a little break, whether it is while sitting at a desk, in the car or while waiting at Starbucks. When people are stressed, they naturally tend to hold their breath. Taking three big, deep breaths, she says, is “like giving yourself a hug in the middle of the day.” Eating well, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep are also (Courtesy photo) vital to overall well-being, Stonier-Howe says, as is taking time to do things you enjoy, whether that is dancing, reading a book or getting a massage. Overall, she says, the key is to make taking care of yourself a priority. She has learned to schedule herself days off to decompress, and she recommends others do the same – and that they resist the temptation to fill that “day off” with other tasks. Self-care won’t look the same for everyone, and individuals need to find what works for them. “Really, consistency is the key to self-care and stress management,” she says. “You can have a million people telling you what you need and what to do … but you must listen to your body and what feels right to you.”

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