• 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. 

  • How Indiana Can Beat Silicon Valley to the Next Big Tech Market

    The juxtaposition of farm fields and blockbuster tech companies has become a hallmark of Indiana’s economy. 

  • 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

    • Process Optimization And The Art of Mapmaking - Two Case Studies

      Large or small, businesses contain processes that define how they work. Those processes may be simple or complex, and may or may not be documented and consistent across the organization. During growth and change, processes tend to become more complex in one of two ways: Like pioneers exploring uncharted territory, start-up organizations tend to build processes organically. These methods are rarely documented and evolve quickly with technology and business changes.

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      The Ports of Indiana has signed a purchase agreement for 725 acres along the Ohio River as the potential location for another state-run port. The property in Lawrenceburg and Aurora is owned by Tanners Creek Development LLC and previously served as an American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP) coal-fired power plant. If the site clears the state's environmental and economic viability study process, the acquisition could be finalized by December of 2018.

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    • Partnership Delivers First-in-Nation Opportunity for Hoosier High School Students

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    • Fail Fest Speakers Focus on Overcoming Odds, Self

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