• Rural Nonprofits Lack Planning Expertise

    There have been several efforts targeting the advancement of rural communities and their welfare. However, the nonprofits that play a pivotal role in providing service to these same areas are struggling to operate efficiently. A recent survey conducted puts the focus on their plight. Our firm appealed to over 100 organizations in a 20-county area focused in southeastern Indiana, bordered primarily by Interstates 65 and 70. The results were not surprising.

  • Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls

    Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

  • Innovate, Collaborate and Take Indiana to the Next Level

    When I think about what makes Indiana so great, many things come to mind: our stellar business climate, our world-class life sciences industry, our cutting-edge technology scene, and our enviable agriculture sector.  

  • The Growth of IoT in Agriculture

    One of the oldest human trades is farming. Since the dawn of civilization, a need for regular, stable food production has been a staple of society. Today, agriculture is responsible for over $130 billion of our gross GDP in America. 

  • The Supreme Court Expands Opportunity to Challenge Wetlands Determination

    Property owners should take note that the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, expressed concern over the scope and uncertainty of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”).  In recent weeks, the Supreme Court made an important decision about wetlands determinations under the CWA. 

  • How Will the ‘Defend Trade Secrets’ Act Help Indiana Agribusinesses?

    Agriculture businesses rely more than ever on the secrecy of their data, financial information, special techniques, and their business opportunities to differentiate themselves in the marketplace. Can the new benefits of the Defend Trade Secrets Act help Hoosier agribusinesses gain a competitive advantage? 

  • FFA Preps Students for STEM Careers with School-based Agricultural Education

    As FFA evolved over the course of its nearly 90-year history, a critical need arose in agriculture: the importance of attracting young men and women to careers related to science, business, engineering and math (STEM). Today, the organization is prepared to be the conduit to STEM careers by supplying FFA members who will be the next plant pathologists, ranchers, veterinarians, consumers and civic leaders.

  • Growing IT and Big Data in Agriculture

    Have you ever been inside the cab of a tractor or combine?  Today more technology exists in the cab of a tractor than in most offices. 

  • Ag Careers STEAM Forward

    About the only thing hotter than STEM careers right now may be STEAM careers – Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, and Math. 
  • They Are Revolutionary, But Don't Call Them Drones

    The public hates 'drones.' When most people think of them, they think of military air strikes. I challenge you instead to think of their many other uses. Most drones today are not being used as weapons of war, but for beneficial purposes in our society...
  • Ag Trade Mission to China Cultivates Business Opportunities

    In late June, I had the pleasure of leading an 18-member delegation of State and private sector agricultural leaders on a 12-day Indiana Agricultural Trade Mission to China. These trade missions are important first steps in building relationships with government and business leaders...
  • Perspectives

    • Take Time to Face Reality

      When is the last time that you as a business owner truly stopped for 30 minutes or an hour and truly took some quiet time to reflect on your business? Like most owners, it’s probably been quite some time. We all get busy doing things, working hard, taking care of customers, running the business. But if we don’t take some time each day, week, month or quarter to slow down, we are setting ourselves up for failure. Business leaders and owners need the time to slow down to...

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      Indy Alters Plans for Downtown Hotels

      The city of Indianapolis has announced plans to change the framework for a major project in downtown Indy that has sparked controversy. The $120 million project, announced in October 2018, calls for an expansion of the Indiana Convention Center and two new hotels at Pan Am Plaza, which would add about 1,400 rooms. The project has drawn criticism from a group of hoteliers, who have expressed concern of a potential oversaturation in downtown Indy. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett issued...

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      'Banner Year' for Butler Fundraising

      Butler University is celebrating what it calls a ‘banner year’ for its fundraising efforts. As Fiscal Year 2019 ended, the university had received $41.4 million from 15,823 donors. Butler says it was the second-highest fundraising total over the past decade. “This level of generosity demonstrates the incredible loyalty of our alumni, faculty, staff, and community, and the commitment we share to advancing Butler’s mission of providing the highest quality liberal...

    • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Adds Mar

      Bank of America Merrill Lynch has named Lucia Mar as senior vice president and the newly created position of Indiana market executive for Global Commercial Banking. She most recently served as market manager for the Greater Tennessee market in business banking. Prior to becoming a market manager, Mar was a senior relationship manager with the healthcare and institutions team.

    • Ostojic earned a $1,000 college scholarship as part of the award.

      Munster Teen With 2 Patents & Forbes Ranking, Earns Governor STEM Award

      A quick glance at Annie Ostojic’s Facebook page is evidence that she isn’t your average teenager—it sings of impressive scientific conquests: pictures of her when she was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 (when she was only 15), World’s 50 Smartest Teens, and shows Ostojic under the spotlight, presenting centerstage at national conferences. 

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      State Farm Center Closure, Layoffs Coming Soon

      Illinois-based State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is detailing plans to close its operations center on the north side of Indianapolis. In a notice to the state, the company says it will lay off nearly 100 employees at the end of August.