• 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. 

  • Tech Momentum Continues in Indiana

    The hits keep coming for Indiana’s growing tech sector. The announcement that San Francisco-based Appirio has designated Indianapolis as its corporate headquarters is the latest in a string of positive news for the sector.The cloud services company says its goal is to add more than 420 employees in Indy over the next five years. In a text exchange, High Alpha Managing Director and ExactTarget co-founder Scott Dorsey told me it is “enormous validation” for the Indy tec...
  • Good Employment Numbers, But We've Got Issues

    Hoosiers should be celebrating recently-released employment numbers that show private sector employment in the state is at an all-time high, more than 2,200 jobs higher than the previous peak in March 2000.  The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says unemployment in July dipped to 4.7%, its lowest level since November 2007. And, unlike neighboring states like Illinois, Indiana’s labor force is expanding, the state adding 10,000 individuals last month. Good stu...
  • Hot Air Blowing in From the West…Along With More Jobs

    You’ve got to hand it to Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. In April, the first term Republican generated headlines and raised the ire of Hoosiers when he vowed to “rip the economic guts” out of Indiana. Rauner’s rant was prompted by high profile efforts by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation to lure companies from The Land of Lincoln with advertising campaigns including "Illinoyed" and "Stillinoyed."...
  • Perspectives

    • Want A Guaranteed Negative Return?

      Here we go again! On Wednesday, August 14th, we watched the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) drop over 800 points.  The previous Monday the Dow ended down over 700 points. But what you may have missed is the sharp downward move in interest rates that has intensified with the recent stock market volatility. What does this mean for your portfolio?

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    • Forbes Ranks Top Colleges; 3 Indiana Schools Make the Cut

      Forbes released its 12th annual ranking of America’s Top Colleges based on direct benefits a university or college provides its students. Several Indiana universities made the list in some “sub-categories”, like Grateful Graduates Index, but the University of Notre Dame was the only school in the state to break the top 20 overall rankings.

    • ‘Transformation’ Continues in Westfield

      Indiana’s fastest growing city is showing no signs of slowing down.  Mayor Andy Cook says now that Westfield has established itself as a destination for family sports with the Grand Park Sports Campus, the $35 million Grand Junction Plaza will transform the city’s downtown into a destination, a place “where people want to be.”   Cook says the project, more than a decade in the making, is an example of a place making strategy necessary for Midwest...
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      Purdue: Farmland Values Decline Fifth Straight Year

      The value of top-quality farmland in Indiana continues to decline following a five-year trend, according to the latest data from Purdue University.  The statewide average of the best cropland is $8,212 per acre, down more than five percent ($456 per acre) from the same period last year. Purdue’s survey shows average and poor-quality farmland values also dropped, but not as much. Average quality farmland declined by 0.9 percent. Purdue says the poor-quality farmland...

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      Caito Foods to Cut Jobs

      Michigan-based SpartanNash (Nasdaq: SPTN) has decided to discontinue the Indianapolis-based Caito Fresh Kitchen operations. The grocery retailer-distributor acquired Caito Foods Service in January 2017 for $217 million. The company broke ground on its $32 million fresh kitchen process facility in 2015. 

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      Hammond Pulls 135 Jobs from Illinois

      A Hammond factory recently vacated by Michigan-based Lear Corp. didn’t sit empty for very long. Midland Metal Products has taken over the former seat factory, having relocated from Chicago after 95 years.