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IMCU Contributes to $1,139 to Franklin Township Education Foundation

By Indiana Members Credit Union

Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) recently presented a check for $1,139 to the Franklin Township Education Foundation.

Member Expert: See Tracks, Think Train

By Jeremy Kramer, Vice President, Louisville & Indiana Railroad

American railroads, and our professional employees, have continued to move the goods needed for Americans with surprising efficiency.

Owner of Ruth's Chris Opens New Bar in Downtown Indianapolis

By Prime Hospitality Group

A new speakeasy-style bar, The Exchange Whiskey Bar, is now open to guests in downtown Indianapolis.

First Merchants President & CEO Michael C. Rechin Announces Retirement

By First Merchants Corporation

COO/CFO Mark Hardwick to become CEO; CBO Michael Stewart to become President; SVP Michele Kawiecki to become CFO

Major New Industrial Activity Announced at I-65 Exit 90 in Franklin

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Sunbeam is constructing a 519,000-square-foot building to suit a prospective tenant’s specifications and will be available in the first quarter 2021.

WALKtober Encourages All Ages To Be Active

By Johnson County Public Library

Participants can sign up and log their activities for the chance to earn prizes.

Indiana Members Foundation Golf Outing Raises Over $42,000

By Indiana Members Foundation

IMF will donate 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to Indy BackPack Attack School Supply Drive.

All In on Aspire

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Governance and Outreach Teams renew their investment.

Member Profile: SCS Construction Services

By SCS Construction Services

SCS top priorities are honesty, integrity and commitment to owners’ satisfaction.

Williams Comfort Air Donates $60,000 As Part of Summer of Giving Initiative

By Williams Comfort Air

The company is focusing on charitable giving to organizations in each of the three states it serves, with one organization being supported per state, per month.

First Merchants Bank names Jadira Hoptry Director of Community Lending and Development

By First Merchants Bank

22-year banking veteran will develop programs and initiatives to support local communities.

Milwaukee Tool Chooses Johnson County for New Service Hub, 450+ New Jobs

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

This new centralized repair facility will complement the company’s other service hub in Greenwood, Mississippi; both will act as the main axis points for the company’s service operations for users around the nation.

Hirons Adds Senior-Level Media Planner to Digital Team

By Hirons

Tyler Riordan returns to Hirons with a decade of media buying expertise

Ball State Federal CU Members Vote to Merge with Financial Center First CU

By Financial Center First Credit Union

The combined credit union will be $750 million in assets and will serve more than 75,000 members throughout Central Indiana.

Earn Undergraduate Certificate at No Cost From Indiana Tech

By Indiana Tech

Qualifying students can have the cost of an undergraduate certificate covered.

Citizens Bank Recognized as One of the Top Banks in Indiana

By Citizens Bank

Citizens Bank was ranked ahead of major regional banks, national banks, and was the only Community bank that appeared in the top five.

First Merchants Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Per Share

By First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ - FRME) has reported second quarter 2020 net income of $33 million compared to $41.1 million during the same period in 2019.

DAV Hits Landmark with 100 Years of Service to Veterans


With 100 years of service and support, DAV continues to face the ongoing fight for medical treatment, employment and earned benefits for America’s 4 million disabled veterans, who need our help.

Color the County Mural Program Winning Artist and Community Painting Day Announced

By Johnson County Community Foundation

Stacie Drane’s mural design was chosen for the mural location at 89 S. Baldwin Street, Taxman Brewery Co., Bargersville, IN

IMCU Named Winner of Top Workplace Award

By Indiana Member Credit Union

Honored by The Indianapolis Star, the award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey.

Indiana Members Credit Union Announces 2020 Cancer Awareness Card Beneficiary

By Indiana Members Credit Union

Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU) is pleased to announce Little Red Door Cancer Agency as the new member-nominated beneficiary for its Cancer Awareness Debit Card.

Mutual Savings Bank Hires New Compliance and Internal Audit Officer

By Mutual Savings Bank

Brad Woehler is the new Compliance and CRA Officer, BSA Officer, Security Officer, and Internal Auditor.

The Etica Group Promotes Six Employees

By The Etica Group, Inc.

Etica Group is a professional consulting firm that provides Architectural, Engineering, Surveying, Building Envelope Consulting, and Construction Inspection services.

Mutual Savings Bank Hires Treasury Management Officer

By Mutual Savings Bank

Lindsey has 15 years of banking experience in the positions of Branch Manager, Treasury Management Officer and Merchant Services Officer.

Express Employment Professionals Celebrates Anniversary and Top Workplace

By Express Employment Professionals

The Express office opened July 11, 2005, and has since provided over 500 businesses and more than 20,000 job seekers with temporary and full-time staffing solutions.

FORUM Credit Union Honors Foundation Recipients

By FORUM Credit Union

FORUM Credit Union honored its Foundation scholarship and grant recipients

Hirons Continues Founder’s Day Tradition Honoring Tom Hirons

By Hirons

Employee-owners enjoy paid day off to celebrate 42 years of business

Abbi Voegel Joins Indiana Members Credit Union

By Indiana Members Credit Union

Abbi attended Purdue University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management.

First Merchants Announces $1.4 Billion Community Benefits Plan

By First Merchants Corporation

Philanthropic funding is a primary focus as well and will be funneled to low- and moderate-income communities across First Merchants’ regional market areas in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan.

Hirons Promotes Public Team Member

By Hirons

Ashburn joined Hirons last year with more than three decades of industry expertise.

Indiana Members Foundation Awards First Collier Family Scholarship

By Indiana Members Foundation

The Ron Collier Family Collegiate Scholarship Program is available to Senior students attending New Palestine High School that are members of Indiana Members Credit Union, intending to study full-time at an accredited college or university.

VisionQuest Eyecare Opens Geist Office

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

The privately owned eye care practice also has an office in Greenwood.

Mutual Savings Bank Promotes Kelley Jundt to Branch Manager

By Mutual Savings Bank

The duties of branch manager will include overall responsibility of the branch customer service, branch growth and community involvement.

Foundation Seeking Mural Designs

By Johnson County Community Foundation

The mural location is in Bargersville on the west side of Taxman Brewing

Recycling District Announces Saturday Household Chemical Disposal Date

By Johnson County Recycling Distric

The Johnson County Recycling District will be open for residential HHW collection, Saturday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by APPOINTMENT ONLY

JCCF Creates COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund


Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) has established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

Mutual Savings Bank Promotes Robert D. Henderson to Executive Vice President

By Mutual Savings Bank

Rob has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Mutual Savings Bank since 2018.

Member Profile: Cornett Roofing

By Cornett Roofing

We are proud to be the first authorized Powerwall installer in the state of Indiana

Horizon Bank Donates to Girls Inc. of Johnson County

By Horizon Bank

The donation supports their mission of providing safe and enriching programs for girls during this pandemic.

Butler University, ISBDC Announce Free Business Counseling from Local Experts

By Butler University

The center is committed to helping privately owned companies achieve their goals.

First Merchants Corporation Announces First Quarter 2020 Earnings Per Share

By First Merchants Corporation

Net income was $34.3 million compared to $38.8 million during the same period in 2019.

Member Profile: Bubba’s 33

By Bubba’s 33

We are known for our bold burgers, hand-tossed stone-baked pizza, mouth-watering wings, and “delish” dinners.

Member Expert: Simple Steps to Grow

By Mike Tollar, LegalShield/IDShield

A crisis is THE time to take inventory of our assets.

First Merchants Corporation Pledges $1 Million to Communities Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic

By First Merchants Corporation

The commitment is to local nonprofit organizations supporting communities negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson County Community Foundation Awards Emergency Response Grants to COVID-19 Needs

By Johnson County Community Foundation

Funds address food insecurity issues within the Johnson County community.

Support Local Business By Purchasing Aspire Express eGift Cards

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Open and temporarily closed businesses can sell digital gift cards online; sales revenue fully deposited at point of sale, not redemption.

Small Business Grants Offered through Home Bank, FHLBank Indianapolis

By Home Bank SB

Small businesses can use the grant money (up to $25,000) for capital expenditures, workforce training, or a variety of other needs.

Johnson County Community Foundation Elects New Officers, Board Members

By Johnson County Community Foundation

Our 18-member Board will help grow and guide Foundation assets over the next several years.

Seeking Locations for the 2020 Color the County Mural Program


Individuals, businesses, and/or government units are invited to submit proposals for site locations for the fifth year of the Color the County mural program.

Edinburgh Recycling Depot Opening Postponed

By Johnson County Recycling District

The Town of Edinburgh has postponed the opening of the Recycling Depot due to COVID-19.

Legislative Update Final Week: : Bills that Crossed the Finish Line

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Here are session highlights, beginning with an update on House leadership and Aspire’s 2020 session top priorities.

Legislative Update Week 9: Conference Committees and the Wheels on the Bus

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

The House and Senate are past their bill reading deadlines and our days (and nights) are now spent focusing on concurrence votes and conference committees.

Legislative Update Week 8: Procedural Move Threatens Transit Development

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

The legislation-making process contains more than a dozen steps before a bill becomes a law. This process is built to foster transparency, due diligence, and dialogue.

Aspire Volunteer Opportunities: Make a Difference and Build your Network

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Our volunteers come from the community and private business sector. They work to position the Johnson County area more competitively in the marketplace.

Middle School Career Forum: Building Talent Pipeline for Tomorrow

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Representatives from Endress+Hauser will be presenting an update on the Community Career + Education Forum on Wednesday.

Legislative Update Week 7: Distracted Driving, Workforce Bills Moving

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Studies have shown distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents and fatalities. The penalty for breaking this law would be a ticket and fine up to $500.

Legislative Update Week 6: Second Half Begins

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

The countdown to sine die (the end of session) is officially on.

First Merchants Corporation Announces 2019 Results

By First Merchants Corporation

The institution reported fourth quarter 2019 net income of $47.8 million compared to $41.7 million during the same period in 2018.

Hirons Hires New Senior Vice President

By Hirons

Sheila is an expert digital marketer with more than 20 years of experience leading strategic marketing campaigns from both the client and agency sides.

Member Profile: American Senior Communities

By American Senior Communities

We are here to help you and your family find answers, solutions and peace of mind.

Legislative Update Week 5: Too Fast, Too Furious?

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

It is officially halftime for the 2020 legislative session. What does this mean?

FORUM Credit Union Announces 2019 Member Giveback and Savings Winners

By FORUM Credit Union

FORUM awarded a grand prize of $5,000 to a member with a Weekly 5 Account, and awarded three additional Weekly 5 account holders prizes of $50, $250, and $1,000.

Member Profile: Christian Brothers Automotive

By Christian Brothers Automotive

Founded in 1982, Christian Brothers Automotive is a faith-based franchise with over 200 locations nationwide.

New Word-Based Organization System Coming to GPL

By Greenwood Public Library

Greenwood Public Library changing from Dewey Decimal to Subject Savvy.

Legislative Update Week 4: : Committee Deadline Week

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Any piece of legislation that hasn’t crossed the desk of its originating Chamber for a second time for potential amendment is considered “dead” for the session.

Legislative Update Week 3: And The First Bill Is...

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Priority bills are continuing to make progress in both houses – especially policies related to health care and tobacco.

Aspire Accepting Applications for Pitch Contest

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Event to drive Johnson County and south Indy business growth

Forbes Ranks First Merchants as Top-Five U.S. Bank for Third Consecutive Year

By First Merchants Bank

Rated fifth in the country, company recognized for growth, credit quality.

Girls Inc. Releases 'Girls Take the Lead' Report

By Girls Inc.

New evaluation from American Institutes for Research found Girls Inc. girls more likely to see themselves as leaders, influencing and improving their local communities.

Johnson County Museum Valentines Workshop on Feb. 8

By Johnson County Historical Society

Visitors will learn about the history of Valentine’s Day and then create a holiday masterpiece to give to family or friends.

WalkerHughes Named Indiana's 2019 Agency of the Year

By WalkerHughes Insurance

The award is presented to a member agency that exemplifies leadership and innovation within the system and top-level customer service.

Member Expert: Three Ways Your Car Puts You at Risk in the Winter

By Dave Barnett, Owner, Christian Brothers Automotive - Greenwood

With some basic precautions, your car should provide many safe and reliable miles in a winter wonderland.

Fifth Generation Takes Over at Gregory Appel & Associates

By Gregory & Appel Insurance

Dan Appel will continue to serve as Non-Executive Board Chair and will transition his focus on the expansion of his community leadership and philanthropic work.

Legislative Update Week 2: SOTS, Women’s Suffrage Centennial and Bill Movement

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced that Fiat-Chrysler has chosen Indiana for diversification and will invest nearly $400 million in its Kokomo facility.

Member Profile: Ascension Medical Group, St. Vincent's Immediate Care, Primary Care and Imaging

By Ascension Medical Group, St. Vincent's

Our Immediate Care offers walk-in express care services for non-life-threatening situations that require immediate attention.

Legislative Update Week 1: Moved Fast

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance

It is a short session which means that statutorily the legislature is required to finish their business by no later than March 14.

Member Expert: Who Oversees Your Property Condition?

By Jim Schwarz, Operating Principal, Center Grove Real Estate Inspections, LLC

Many times, the condition of a property gets overlooked due to there not being a trained professional identifying concerns.

Indiana Members Credit Union Donates to Center Grove High School

By Indiana Members Credit Union

The IMCU Center Grove Trojans debit card is free to members with IMCU’s free checking account and can be issued immediately through IMCU’s Instant Issue program.