Business

Financial Planning with Jake Brown

By: Jake Brown— Given the positive and enlightening stories I’ve read on the Muncie Journal since I found out about the website, I’m excited to start sharing articles with you. I hope you enjoy my thoughts and articles as much as I enjoy writing them. My goal today is to hopefully open your eyes to see why having a financial plan in place is so important. Do you picture yourself owning a new home, starting a new business, paying for…

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Muncie Announces Exciting Plan for Former Industrial Sites

Muncie, IN —At an unveiling ceremony today, Muncie Mayor Dennis Tyler announced a transformative revitalization plan for the former King Indiana Forge and Indiana Steel & Wire industrial sites, located adjacent to the White River at the city’s eastern gateway, near the 2200 block of East Jackson Street/Highway 32. Hundreds of people attended the announcement, held at the Horizon Convention Center.  After Mayor Tyler’s opening remarks, presentations were made by: Phil Tevis of FlatLand Resources; John Craddock, Director Emeritus, Bureau…


You Got the Job! Now What? Dorothy Douglass Provides Answers

By: Dorothy Douglass, SPHR, SHRM-SCP— I’ve shared with you a little about job-hunting and about acing an interview. Let’s chat about what to do once you’ve gotten the job. Below are some “pet peeves” that hiring managers might call HR about, or might push them to consider whether they made a good hiring decision, or even if they should let a new hire go. Do not ignore emails, voice mails or snail mail from your new employer that might contain specific…


Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence Accepting Nominations

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. The Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is Indiana’s most prestigious environmental recognition award. Although IDEM accepts nominations from all Indiana citizens and organizations, the selection process is highly competitive and only one winner will be selected to receive this award. The award will be presented in September or October 2016. Examples of Eligible Projects The following provides examples of eligible…


Michael Wolfe Turns to “Makers” To Enhance Downtown Culture

By: Shawn Rogers for the Muncie Journal— “Makers, and the art of making – whether we’re talking about art, science, manufacturing – are in Muncie’s DNA.” It’s obvious that Michael Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer for Muncie’s largest technology firm, is enthusiastic about invention. From his office at Ontario Systems headquarters, he talks me through some of the details behind his collaboration with Sustainable Muncie Corporation’s latest project, a development on the east side of the city called Gearbox, where he…


5th Annual State of Commercial Real Estate Presented by Coldwell Banker Lunsford

Muncie, IN—The 5th Annual State of Commercial Real Estate in Delaware County was presented by Coldwell Banker Lunsford today at the Downtown Courtyard Marriott. The presenting panel included:  Mike Lunsford, CCIM, Owner, Coldwell Banker Lunsford; Monte Brown, CCIM, Manager of Coldwell Banker Lunsford’s Commercial Division and a long time player in the commercial arena; Chris Caldwell,  Senior Vice President for Business Banking at MutualBank; Michael Hicks, PhD, Director of the Bureau of Business Research at BSU and a nationally recognized expert in business economics and statistics; Jay Allardt,…


Downtown Business Connector Changes Name and Branding

By: Jennifer Green— Downtown Business Connector, the Downtown Muncie, based coworking and office space, announces that it has rebranded itself to The CO:LAB, effective immediately. The brand change reflects an evolution for the company and its community, more accurately aligning its mission and expansion plans. “Our space has grown and emerged over the last year, and we felt it was only fitting to embrace our defined personality. We have refreshed our brand to reflect who we are as a collective community…


First Lady Karen Pence Visits Murray’s Jewelers to Highlight Bicentennial Marketplace

By: Mike Rhodes— First Lady Karen Pence was in Muncie today to visit family-owned jewelry store, Murray’s Jewelers, and to view custom jewelry items the company has created that are included in the Indiana Bicentennial Commission’s Bicentennial Marketplace. The Bicentennial Marketplace is a website shopping area, where items produced by Indiana companies for the Bicentennial are showcased to potential buyers. The marketplace resides on the Indiana Bicentennial Website, www.indiana2016.org.  Items for sale are listed on the site, with a picture, description,  contact information and weblink to the…


Ontario Systems Congratulates Local Finalists of ‘2016 College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards’

Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections will honor higher education, career focus, culture, diversity and community service February 25th. MUNCIE, Ind.  – Ontario Systems, a leading technology and services provider to the healthcare and accounts receivable management industries, congratulated Software Engineering Director Dave Pilkington, along with friend and client Alan Holdren of Atlas Collections, on their finalist nominations for the College Mentors for Kids Inspire Awards today. Pilkington’s nomination highlights his mentorship of Client…


Jay Julian to Stay at the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce

By: Nancy Norris— The board of directors is pleased to announce that Jay T. Julian, President and Chief Economic Development Officer for the Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, has elected to continue on his employment. “With great things going on in our community, we couldn’t be happier that he has agreed to continue to lead the organization,” says John Littler, Chair of the Chamber Board. While the intention of leaving was to accompany his wife Leisa to Kansas, after further…