• 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

    • Can You Recession-Proof Your Investments?

      October was a painful month for stock investors! The S&P 500 stock index dropped 6.8 percent for the month with international stocks faring even worse, down more than 8 percent. These sharp, negative moves sparked many conversations about a coming recession. Should you sell now? We have had a nine-year-plus bull market! This has allowed many investment portfolios to experience tremendous growth. However, during this time, we have also heard many calls for...

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      Trader's Point Creamery 'Bringing Our Brand Back Home'

      Zionsville-based Trader's Point Creamery says it is dialing back its nationwide distribution footprint. In an open letter to its customers, the organic dairy farm says "over time, we have felt the tug back towards the place and production scale that fueled our vision in the early days." It is renewing its focus, the letter says, on being an Indiana and Midwest brand. To maintain a more personal connection with its customers through...

    • Can You Recession-Proof Your Investments?

      October was a painful month for stock investors! The S&P 500 stock index dropped 6.8 percent for the month with international stocks faring even worse, down more than 8 percent. These sharp, negative moves sparked many conversations about a coming recession. Should you sell now? We have had a nine-year-plus bull market! This has allowed many investment portfolios to experience tremendous growth. However, during this time, we have also heard many calls for...

    • (Image courtesy of JA of Central Indiana.) From left to right: Mark Shaffer, Tiffany Sauder, Blake Koriath, Chad Amos, Matt Waggoner, George Giltner, Erin Dettwiler, Cynthia Carrasco, Tiffany Fletcher, Kiamesha-Sylvia Colom, Tamara Cypress, Jennifer Burk

      'Best And Brightest' Earn Honors

      Winners of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana's 2018 Indy’s Best and Brightest awards have been announced. They include honorees who are 40 and under and recognized as "rising talent and the next generation of leaders in our community." Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc. focuses on educating and inspiring youth in career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy. It involves hands-on, experiential learning...
    • Study Takes Stock of Climate Change's Impact on Tourism

      A researcher at Purdue University says a first of its kind study shows how climate change could affect the state's tourism industry and stakeholders -- particularly small businesses. One example, study lead author and Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Jonathon Day says is the state will begin losing some of its "sweet spot" days where the temperature is between 65 degrees and 85 degrees. He says, over time, milder months...

    • Scale Computing Eyes Global Growth

      Fresh off a $35 million round of funding and a partnership with global tech giant Lenovo, the chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Scale Computing says the stage is set for even bigger things in the future. "I think we're on a path to hopefully be looking towards an IPO in a few years," said Jeff Ready. "You never know how these things go, but we're growing very quickly and big partners like Lenovo help us get there and this funding will help, too."