BUSINESS BRIEFS: Oct. 14, 2012
Lunch with a Lawer is set for Monday
Senior Education Ministries Inc. in Terre Haute has scheduled its next Lunch with a Lawyer program from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday in Wabash Senior Activity Center at 300 S. Fifth St.
This month’s guest is Tamara Weaver J.D. As a deputy attorney general in the Consumer Protection Division, she works to combat prescription drug abuse through participation in the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force and other outreach efforts.
Weaver obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science from Valparaiso University in 2006 and earned her law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009. She joined the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in 2010.
The program includes lunch and a mission moment speaker representing a community service agency.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 812-232-7575.
Mosaic celebrates 25 years of service
In October 1987, Mosaic opened its doors to provide services to residents in Terre Haute with intellectual disabilities. Twenty-five years later, the organization is still providing services to 40 individuals in the Wabash Valley.
Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities through supports which are tailored to the individual’s needs and desires. Mosaic supports people to define their own happiness and asks people how they like to spend their day, what they love to do in their spare time, where they want to live and goals they would like to achieve. Then Mosaic partners with them to make those dreams come true. Mosaic is a nonprofit organization. For more information visit www.mosaicinterrehaute.org
GE Aviation donates about $2K to CASA
Staff members from the Vigo County CASA office accepted a recent invitation from GE Aviation representative Tony Urbanski to tour the local facility. Staff saw each phase of the manufacturing process including cutting, welding, boring, etching, treating, washing and shipping nickel-alloy and titanium engine components for commercial aircraft, military contracts and even for the 2016 Olympics.
At the end of the tour, Urbanski, along with plant managers Tom Bradley and Lori Smith, presented Vigo County CASA Kids with a check of nearly $2,000 to help fund the program’s annual awareness and fundraising event.
In 2011, GE Aviation collected donations for children served by Vigo County CASA volunteers that helped provide children with gifts at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Company employees took a shopping list for each child attending and purchased gifts. Employees donated more than $5,000.
Agency provides small-business loans
Starting a business is something that many people dream of, but many lack the resources to put their idea in place. Community Action Program Inc. of Western Indiana has a revolving loan program which helps individuals fulfill their dreams through small-business loans.
The goal of the small-business loan program is to assist and foster microenterprise and small-business development growth.
The amount of the loan and the time frame for repayment depends on the amount needed and the ability to pay back the loan. Loans can be blended with other sources of financing for larger investments. These loans can be used for working capital, inventory or fixed assets. The program provides training on business strengths and weaknesses, and small-business support groups are available.
The program is offered in Benton, Clay, Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Parke, Vermillion, Vigo and Warren counties. Visit www.capwi.org for a listing of office locations.
For more information contact Alice Young at 765-793-4881, ext. 1209 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chamber to form Walldogs committee
The Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce is forming a committee of volunteers looking to get involved in a community project. An informational meeting to learn about Marshall becoming a Walldogs community will be at 6 p.m. CDT on Oct. 23 at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce Building, 708 Archer Ave.
Walldogs are a group of sign and mural artists from across the globe. The tradition of painting wall advertisements is historic. Evidence of this can be seen in “ghost signs,” still evident on many buildings. The painters of these signs were often called Walldogs.
Along with the title of Walldog, today’s mural artists have also adopted many other traditions that show in their work, from the colors they use to the design styles they practice, these murals capture a sense of nostalgia and historic significance. The Walldog movement began in Allerton, Iowa, in the summer of 1993, hosted by Nancy Bennett. That meet was the first official Walldog meet.
Walldogs have been all over Illinois painting murals, most recently in Arcola. To learn more or see pictures of their work visit the Walldogs website at www.thewall
dogs.com or become a fan of walldogs on Facebook.
‘500’ gas stations being sold to Speedway LLC
After several decades in business, the area’s familiar “500” gasoline stations and convenience stores will soon be missing from the roadsides of Vigo and Sullivan counties.
Business Cents: Customers and companies: Sugar goes further than vinegar
Working with companies for more than decade I am still shocked to learn how not only companies react to customers but also how rude customers can be to companies.
SOCIAL SECURITY: Can’t work because of disability? Let us help
Disability is something most people don’t like to think about. But if you’re not able to work because you have a disabling condition that is expected to last at least one year or result in death, then it’s a subject you may not be able to avoid.
Naysayers should treat good news as good news
I like to complain as much as anybody else. In truth, I may do more than my share of finding fault and wagging a finger in warning. Nonetheless, I’m tired of commentators (including many economists) who find nothing good and only the darkest clouds for the past few months.
All mothers appreciate extra help
Think of all the times and ways that your mom has helped you over the years — when you were a child, and after you became an adult. With Mother’s Day upon us, now is a good time to pay mom back with a little Extra Help — with her Medicare prescription drug costs.
The Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce is hosting a health care reform seminar for businesses from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Old National Insurance at 925 Wabash Ave., suite 200.
Indiana ranked best place to do business in Midwest
Indiana was ranked as the best place to do business in the Midwest and the fifth best nationwide in a survey of more than 500 chief executives by Chief Executive magazine.
First Farmers rated among top 100 community banks
First Farmers Bank & Trust of Converse was named one of the 100 top-performing community banks for 2012 by SNL Financial.
Newsmakers: May 12, 2013
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has recognized John Thompson, president of Thompson Thrift Construction, and Paul Thrift, president of Thompson Thrift Development, as “Patriotic Employers.”
On the Move: May 12, 2013
Stacey Joseph, a realtor in Terre Haute, has earned the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Chamber lauds four with Business Recognition Awards
Congratulations to our Business Recognition Awards winners! Our Awards Luncheon at the Meadows Banquet and Conference Center was a great event to wrap up Business Recognition Week, sponsored by Union Hospital. At the Luncheon we recognized four local businesses as the 2012 Business Recognition Award winners:
ISU students provide detailed grocery analysis
As the National Cooperative Grocers Association makes business decisions in the coming years, the organization likely will take into account an analysis of some of its competitors – about 4,000 of them.
Construction firm holding grand opening in Marshall on Friday
Construction, H&H LLC is holding a grand opening and Marshall Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday at 812 N. Second St. in Marshall, Ill.
AP Source: Subaru to expand Indiana plant
Subaru plans to expand its Indiana factory and add workers to build the Impreza small car in 2016, a person briefed on the matter says.
Transit proposals can prove to be game changers
After baseball, my favorite TV watching is the government channel. Here I can see the local government in action or local government inaction.
On the Move: May 5, 2013
Melissa Schollaert, RDH, HHP, has been added as a counselor of holistic health and nutrition at The Maple Center for Integrative Health.
ISU set to offer financial planning program in 2014
When Indiana State University junior Jennifer Groth began scheduling classes last semester, she planned them out by thinking of an academic program the university does not yet offer. Groth will be one of the inaugural students in the financial planning program that ISU will begin to offer in spring 2014.
Newsmaker: May 5, 2013
Gov. Mike Pence announced the appointment of Jessica Robertson to commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, a role she will begin on Wednesday.
U.S. Postal Service opens village office in Worthington
The U.S. Postal Service officially opened the 40th Village Post Office in the Greater Indiana District on Monday in Worthington.
How consistent is your business?
There are six areas in which consistency is critical in the majority of companies. Too often, business owners feel as they are “chasing down” rather than “leading it along.” If you can get a high level of consistency with your standards and practices, then your company will benefit.
Good time to try Spanish online service
Cinco de Mayo is May 5 — a time to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride. Why not join the celebration by visiting Social Security’s Spanish website, where you’ll find a number of useful services and a wealth of information in Spanish.
First Financial’s net income up 3 percent
First Financial Corp. has announced results for its quarter that ended March 31. The Corp.’s net income increased 3.4 percent to $7.7 million, compared to $7.4 million for the same period of 2012.
Curtain goes up on new theater owner
The Indiana Theatre in downtown Terre Haute is under new ownership with a new purpose.
Indiana Theatre SOLD!
The Indiana Theatre at 683 Ohio St. is sold.
Rob Lundstrom, who owns the Copper Bar and Louise’s, took possession of the historic downtown theatre on April 25.
Higher education completion rates questioned
Spring is really here. Baseball is being played, the Cubs are already tragic and Faye of the Forest reappeared on the back deck. She was parked on the railing as I sat down to write this column.
Vectren Corp. awards $2.3 million in grants
Vectren Corp. has announced that it awarded more than $2.3 million in 2012 through the Vectren Foundation and corporate contributions.
Hard work, good attitude produces success
Like clockwork, Indiana State University graduate Joe Evelo regularly provides monthly updates to the first client he signed up when he started his financial investment career more than 35 years ago.
On the move: April 28, 2013
Old National Bank has promoted Howard Mills to vice president, mortgage loan originator.
Newsmakers: April 28, 2013
Lenise Kohlway of Spencer was presented with the WorkOne Achievement Award last week for overcoming several employment barriers and pursuing a better life for herself.
Ivy Tech offers free business counseling
The Ivy Tech Business and Entrepreneurial Services Center and the Terre Haute chapter of SCORE are offering free, confidential business counseling and low-cost high-impact training workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners.
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