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03/30/2015 at 9:06am | posted by: Mike Corbett

Letter from the Editor

I take it as a good sign that this edition marks the first time that we’ve featured the same business on the cover twice. Technically it’s not the same business, because the Prairie Guest House is a new name and it has a new owner, but it’s the same kind of business and in the
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Posted in Editors Column, Mike Corbett, New News |

03/30/2015 at 8:58am | posted by: Charles Waldo

Beware Suggestion Killers: Don’t stifle the creativity of your employees

Charles Waldo, Ph.D. My column in the December-January HCBM (“Is Your Workplace Problem Free?”) suggested several requirements for building a “Kaizen culture” in your organization – dramatically increasing the number of small, quality, implemented, problem-solving suggestions coming from front-line employees. Just as there are proven ways of increasing the quality and quantity of problem-solving suggestions,
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Posted in Charles Waldo, Management, New News |

03/30/2015 at 8:50am | posted by: Charles Giesting

Good tax strategy or bad corporate behavior: A look at the ethical issues of inversions

Charles Geisting: Is it ethical for a US corporation to renounce its home country to reduce its taxes through a maneuver called an inversion? The short answer (written like a good lawyer) is, “It depends.” Inversion is a complicated issue and what you think of the practice likely depends on your view of the world.
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Posted in Charles Giesting, Ethics, New News |

03/30/2015 at 8:46am | posted by: Jeff Bell

Use this Acronym to Grow in 2015: Become a S.M.A.R.T.A.S.S

Jeff Bell: Business success in many ways is like winning in sports. Sales growth and profits are akin to a winning record and making the playoffs. So with another NFL football season over it is a useful business exercise to analyze how winning teams made the playoffs to see what got them there. What’s obvious
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Posted in Entrepreneur, Jeff Bell, New News |

03/30/2015 at 8:41am | posted by: Robby Slaughter

How the Sharing Economy is Changing Us: Technology is only half the story

Robby Slaughter These days, it seems every corner of the business community is talking about startups that upset traditional industries. Many of these leverage the democratizing power of the Internet, where everyone has the power to participate in a conversation—or a transaction—regardless of geography or social class. Instead of a business operating out of local
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Posted in New News, Robby Slaughter, Technology |

03/30/2015 at 8:36am | posted by: Karen Kennedy

Fresh Look and Name for Historic Fishers B&B: Prairie Guest House

By Karen Kennedy You’ve probably zoomed by it many times as you travelled Allisonville Road in Fishers. But if you slow down and look directly across the street from the northernmost edge of Conner Prairie, you will see, surrounded by modern housing editions, a lovely, stately property that seems like a step back in time.
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Posted in Cover Stories, Karen Kennedy, New News |

03/02/2015 at 4:27pm | posted by: Mike Corbett

Just One More Train: Carmel’s Mr. Muffin’s Trains serves national clientele

By Jeff Curts “One more train, one more train, all I really need is just one more train. People think it’s sad and it sounds pretty strange, but all I really need is just one more train.” – Song by James Coffey Those lyrics typify local hobbyist Steve Nelson, aka Mr. Muffin. Nelson has spent
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Posted in Features, Jeff Curts, New News |

02/25/2015 at 4:22pm | posted by: Rosalyn Demaree

One for the Books: Noblesville bookbinder restores old volumes by hand

By Rosalyn Demaree It’s not what Jeff Saxton does that’s uncommon. It’s how the master bookbinder does it. Saxton restores treasured volumes by hand. When he receives a job, whether it’s a Bible, a cookbook or a novel, “book” is almost a misnomer. Chunks of leather covers often are missing, titles all but vanished from
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Posted in Features, New News, Rosalyn Demaree |

11/18/2014 at 9:36am | posted by: Mike Corbett

A Different Kind of Community Theater: Hamilton County hosts one of the largest Civic Theaters in the nation

by Mike Corbett While community theater may conjure images of bare bones productions in converted buildings by passionate but small budget theater companies, an upgraded version is housed in the Tarkington at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is the largest of Indiana’s 70 or so community theaters, and
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Posted in Features, Mike Corbett, New News |

11/11/2014 at 9:32am | posted by: Patricia Mangan

Taking Center Stage: Community Theaters showcase local talent

By Patricia Griffin Mangan   There’s a lot of drama in Hamilton County. Comedy too. The county prides itself in its native talent. Though amateurs may not be Bogart and Bacall, some do make it to the big screen.  Here’s a look at three of our thriving local live theaters. The Belfry The Belfry is the
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Posted in New News, Off The Clock, Patricia Mangan |