• 2018: A Year of Change For Indiana's Broadband

    If you had asked me 10 years ago what the internet would look like in 2018, I’m certain I would not have predicted the major players driving internet usage today – primarily because those drivers were in their infancy at the time. Netflix, for example, had just launched an online streaming service in 2008 to complement its then-groundbreaking (and Blockbuster-destroying) DVD-by-mail service. Today, Netflix streaming consumes 15 percent of the world’s internet...

  • Trump to Speak at FFA Convention

    President Donald Trump is returning to Indianapolis this weekend. The president will Saturday speak to attendees of the National FFA Convention & Expo at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indy. 

  • Big Data's Role in Site Selection

    In the world of site selection, companies assess the pros and cons of various factors to identify the location that best fits their current and future business needs. The list may seem endless: labor availability, utility needs and costs, real estate options, tax climate, incentives, quality-of-life considerations, even an area’s weather patterns and the likelihood of natural disasters. With the emergence of big data and the use of data analytics in all facets of business...

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    Notre Dame to Offer Nonprofit Graduate Degree

    The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame has launched a graduate degree program aimed at developing nonprofit leaders skilled in business. The Notre Dame Master of Nonprofit Administration is a one-year residential program for students looking to enter the nonprofit sector directly out of college or a post-college nonprofit placement, such as the Peace Corps or Teach for America.

  • The company was founded in Michigan in the late 1950s and relocated to Steuben County in 1982.

    Angola Manufacturer Breaks Ground on Expansion

    Angola-based Vestil Manufacturing Corp.'s growth plans are moving forward. The Steuben County Economic Development Corp. says the company has broken ground on its nearly $15 million expansion, which is expected to create up to 100 jobs by 2021. The project includes an 8,100-square-foot addition to one of its manufacturing plants and the construction of a 250,000-square-foot fulfillment center. Vestil Manufacturing announced the expansion plans in August.

  • 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. 

  • IPL Seeking Rate Increase

    Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has filed a proposal with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission seeking to raise electric rates. The utility says the rate increase would cover the cost of a new natural gas plant.

  • Omni Plastics is headquartered in Evansville.

    Evansville Thermoplastics Company to be Acquired

    Texas-based Celanese Corp. (NYSE: CE) has announced plans to acquire an Evansville-based company specializing in custom compounding of engineered thermoplastic materials. Financial terms of the deal for Omni Plastics were not disclosed, however Celanese expects the acquisition to close in the first quarter of 2018.

  • Nestlé Planning $80M Anderson Expansion

    Nestlé USA has unveiled plans to invest nearly $80 million into its Anderson operations. Our partners at The Herald Bulletin report the company will purchase new equipment for the facility and add 30 jobs.

  • Reid Health left the former hospital campus in 2008.

    Reid Hospital Demo Bid Cuts Loan Need

    Officials say plans to demolish the former Reid Hospital in Richmond are expected to move forward without a previously-requested source of funding. The Palladium-Item reports the city's Redevelopment Commission has approved a measure to fund the project itself after a previous estimate to take down and clean up the long-abandoned property turned out to cost more than twice what Indianapolis-based Renascent Inc. is set to officially bid.

  • New Nonstop to Phoenix Takes Off

    Las Vegas-based Allegiant (Nasdaq: ALGT) has launched its inaugural seasonal nonstop flight from Indianapolis International Airport to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. The flight, plans for which were announced in June, will run weekdays through February.

  • Are you a Social Mediac?

    You won’t find them in the dictionary and spell check doesn’t recognize them. However, I see them every day and have addressed them in workshops and retreats. You may even be one. What is it you may ask? I'm talking about a social mediac. Granted, social mediac is a term coined here, so when it gains traction, remember where you heard it! I can guarantee that we all know one, or may actually be one ourselves. For the point of this discussion...

  • An Investor's Perspective on the Real Value of Customer Success

    If you are in the tech space in the Midwest, you not only know of Bill Godfrey, but you may have been lucky to reap the benefits of his counsel. He is not merely a substantial investor in SaaS companies in Indiana, but he is also a valued advisor about how to make key early-stage decisions that will impact the success and future valuation of a company. He knows what he knows based, in large part, on his own experience as a software executive at Software Artistry, and then again as...

  • Sparking Early Interest in Indy’s High-Tech Careers

    Across Indianapolis, middle-schoolers are settling into the first weeks of the school year.  As they tackle new lessons and grapple with their daily dose of homework, these students aren’t thinking about their place in Indiana’s future economy.  That’s ok, because state policymakers are increasingly doing so. Keeping an eye on employment trends, it’s clear that Indiana needs a new generation of tech-savvy workers.

  • DevOps: It’s a Culture, Not a Tool

    Amazon, Netflix and Facebook are large corporations that can all seemingly turn on a dime. They deploy thousands of lines of code a day to improve our customer experience thanks to a healthy DevOps culture. DevOps is not a software tool or a hired hand. It’s the way an IT team works collaboratively to ensure customer delivery without numerous manual gates, months of development and bloated change management policies. It’s what drives successful software delivery.

  • Indiana Is Lifting the Future of Flight

    While on the floor of the Farnborough International Airshow, the world’s largest exhibition dedicated to the aviation industry, it was clear to international industry leaders that Indiana is propelling the future of aerospace and aviation. That’s because, from the unveiling of a new flight technology to the top companies exhibiting at the airshow, everything seemed to keep coming back to Indiana.

  • What The Internet of Things Means to Your Business

    The technology world has forced to think about how we describe the multiple meanings associated with words and phrases. The mouse is something you click, not something that squeaks. A monitor is a computer display rather than someone in the hallway making sure you don’t skip class. SPAM is junk email, not something you eat while in college.

  • Tech Company Moving to Downtown Indy

    An information security company headquartered on the north side of Indianapolis is adding to the growing list of tech companies relocating to the city's downtown. Pondurance LLC, will take up nearly 11,000 square feet of space that was previously used by Harrison College.

  • 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...
  • Overcoming The Biggest Barriers to Innovation

    Innovation. As a key to competitiveness, everyone is seeking it. Following the typical business- mindset, most search for the process, the 7 easy steps to follow, to create innovation that has the greatest impact. But creativity lies at the heart of innovation.It is innovation's life's breath...