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Tony Monteleone Joins Launch Fishers

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Entrepreneurial outreach will be key focus in new role

Fishers, Ind. (August 6, 2014) – Launch Fishers announced today that Tony Monteleone has joined the team in the role of Entrepreneurial Services Director.  The newly created role includes several existing functions within Launch Fishers and Launch Indiana as well as some initiatives in-progress or in the planning stages at the rapidly growing entrepreneurial center.

“Tony represents many of the things we see in top entrepreneurial CEOs”, said Launch Fishers Founder, John Wechsler. “He is a smart entrepreneur with a great attitude and that famed mid-western work ethic and that’s what it takes to be successful in business. We are thrilled to have Tony on the team.“

Monteleone was most recently with Indianapolis-based PERQ as Business Development Manager - New Markets where he was responsible for establishing and creating the sales process, creating and growing the sales team, and generating revenue in the Retail and Restaurant spaces.  Prior to this role he was responsible for product leadership of PERQs FATWIN software platform, taking the idea from concept to product in twelve months on the way to the product winning Techpoint’s MIRA Awards for Marketing Technology in 2014.  

Commenting on his new role, Monteleone said  "we have all the right ingredients in place to be an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Being part of a team that is as passionate as I am to enhance the ecosystem needed for our entrepreneurs to thrive is very exciting for me."

Monteleone has founded two companies and organized events through Verge and Startup Grind. In 2012, he was named one of the “Top 50 Business Connectors” in Indiana. Tony also served as a judge at two startup weekends and the 2013 Everywhere Else Conference and was speaker at the 2014 Everywhere Else Conference.

“Tony’s experience in product ownership, sales, business development and marketing emerging technology make him uniquely qualified to help Launch Fishers and Launch Indiana member companies with the challenges faced by innovation-driven entrepreneurs” said Wechsler.

Monteleone’s responsibilities will include management responsibilities with Launch Indiana (the entrepreneurial mentorship joint venture between Launch Fishers, The Town of Fishers and The ISBDC), management and enhancement of The Indiana CoWorking Passport (a network of 20 co-working centers and innovation hubs throughout Indiana) and several programs at Launch Fishers including sponsorship outreach and finalization of the Launch Fishers video studio scheduled to be put into productive use in the Fall of 2014.  Several other programs are in the planning stages for 2015 and Monteleone will play an integral role in those initiatives as well. 

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Ivy Tech center's pact with NWSC Crane good for both

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Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus once again has showed how it can provide value in this area, formalizing a partnership last week with Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane. Ivy Tech will promote a vast array of technologies developed at Crane to the small business community of Bloomington and the surrounding area for commercial uses.

The partnership is between Crane and the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech. Steve Bryant, the center’s executive director, said Friday the two organizations have worked together well in the past, but this agreement formalizes the relationship. He said the center stands ready to do anything it can with its faculty members and business relationships to help NWSC Crane connect its portfolio of technologies with commercial users.

 

The reality of what happens at NWSC Crane is far different from and much more extensive than many people realize. Most people know it’s a Navy facility about an hour south of Bloomington, and some know it shares space with a smaller Army facility that stores a lot of ammunition. Fewer still realize just how high-tech it is: “a Federal Laboratory of the U.S. Department of the Navy, providing multipurpose research and development, manufacturing technology, engineering, testing, manufacturing, and fleet support,” as described in the news release announcing the formal partnership.  

It’s a huge economic driver in southern Indiana and its relationship with Ivy Tech will help it turn its large portfolio of technology developed for the military into other valuable uses. Bryant said Crane does a great job of categorizing what it has, but he hopes Ivy Tech will help it connect those products to business opportunities in the private sector.

The agreement is the first of its kind between Crane and Ivy Tech, positioning the Bloomington campus once again as a leader in Indiana’s community college system.

 

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MainSource Names Indy Region President

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Greensburg, Ind. -- MainSource Bank (NASDAQ: MSFG), Greensburg, Indiana Daryl R. Tressler, President and CEO for MainSource Bank, is pleased to announce Daniel Cobb as Market President for its Indianapolis region. His responsibilities include leadership in business development efforts in the greater Indianapolis area, including expansion of all lending services and deposit relationships, as well as oversight of the current commercial banking portfolio. 

Mr. Cobb joined MainSource Bank in 2012 as a commercial banking officer. He has more than 32 years of banking experience with specialization in commercial lending. Dan, along with his wife Joy, resides in Noblesville, where he has been a resident for nine years. He is presently involved as a board member and treasurer of Coburn Place an Indianapolis based nonprofit domestic violence transitional housing facility.

Mr. Cobb stated, "I am honored to be part of an organization such as MainSource and to lead its growth efforts in the Indianapolis market. I am excited about the opportunity and am eager to assist the commercial community with their financial needs."

Mr. Tressler stated, "Dan has a proven track record of quality leadership and exceptional customer relations, as well as sound financial expertise. He has a strong focus meeting the needs of the commercial client. This focus, combined with his substantial knowledge, helps to differentiate MainSource in the market."

MainSource Bank is a subsidiary of MainSource Financial Group, which is headquartered in Greensburg, Indiana. MainSource Financial Group is listed on the NASDAQ National Market (under the symbol: "MSFG") and is a community-focused, financial holding company with assets of approximately $2.8 billion. The Company operates 72 full-service offices throughout Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio through its banking subsidiary, MainSource Bank. Through its non-banking subsidiary, MainSource Title LLC, the Company provides various related financial services.

Source: MainSource Financial Group Inc.

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Leader of Indiana's alcohol commission leaving to take Ivy Tech Community College position

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MARION, Indiana — The leader of the state agency that regulates alcohol sales in Indiana is leaving that position for an administrative job at an Ivy Tech Community College campus.

Ivy Tech announced Thursday that Alex Huskey will become the Marion campus president beginning Aug. 25.

Huskey has been chairman of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission since his appointment in 2011 by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels. Huskey had previously been the Indiana Excise Police superintendent for seven years.

Ivy Tech says that as campus president Huskey will focus on community outreach and manage day-to-day operations at the site about 50 miles southwest of Fort Wayne. He will report to Ivy Tech's regional chancellor.

Huskey lives in Marion and is a former assistant police chief in the city.

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Hogsett takes position at Indianapolis law firm

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Joseph Hogsett, who announced his resignation as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana earlier this month, is joining Indianapolis law firm Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, the firm announced Monday morning.

Hogsett, who plans to resign from his state post July 31, will join the law firm Aug. 1 as a partner in the litigation practice group, concentrating on internal investigations and corporate audits.

Democrat Hogsett, 58, has long been the subject of rumored bids for both Indianapolis mayor and U.S. senator.

His resignation letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, dated July 14, made no mention of why he decided to step down or his plans after leaving the office.

Hogsett was unavailable for comment Monday morning.

“I am pleased to join the practice of Bose McKinney & Evans, a firm that I have always respected and whose reputation for excellence in Indiana is well known,” Hogsett said in a prepared statement. “Perhaps most importantly, I have been thoroughly impressed by this firm’s long history of active engagement in communities statewide.”

Hogsett became U.S. attorney in 2010. The former Indiana Democratic Party chairman has previously lost three major elections: for U.S. Senate in 1992 against Dan Coats; for U.S. Congress in 1994 against David McIntosh; and for attorney general of Indiana in 2004.

He upset former Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut in the 1990 election for Indiana secretary of state.

“Joe is an extremely accomplished attorney and we are thrilled to have him join our firm where his tremendous talents will be utilized to assist our clients,” Jeffrey R. Gaither, managing partner of Bose McKinney, said in a prepared statement.

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GE partners with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business

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General Electric and Indiana University's Kelley School of Business have teamed up to provide customized graduate-level educational programs for information technology professionals.

The partnership is offered as part of Fairfield-based GE's Information Technology Leadership Program, a two-year early career leadership curriculum that helps participants develop problem-solving skills through advanced courses in information technology and technology projects.

The customized curriculum, also delivered by faculty in the School of Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington, will consist of a 15-credit graduate-level certificate program, which will be completed through a series of in-person and online courses.

Upon completion, GE professionals can continue working toward a master's degree in business administration or a master of science degree in information technology management, finance, global supply chain management, management or marketing. About 150 GE professionals will make up the first cohort.

"This program is a great example of the investment GE is making in training and development," said Jamie Miller, GE chief information officer, in a statement. "Our IT professionals push the limits of technology and the courses offered through this program, which will focus on rapidly disruptive technologies like cloud and mobility, and will arm participants with the skills needed to drive breakthrough levels of efficiency, productivity and innovation for GE and our customers."

Kelley is building on previous successes in creating customized offerings for clients at other Fortune 500 firms, including General Motors,Ingersoll-RandJohn Deere, Cummins Engine,Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte, United Technologies, Cognizant and China International Marine Containers Group.

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Barnes & Thornburg creates real estate practice with 5 from Squire Patton Boggs

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP has created an instant real estate practice in Columbus through the hiring of five attorneys from Squire Patton Boggs.

Laing Akers, Phil Westerman, Erik Rickard, Bryan Venesy and Holly Heer joined the firm late last week.

Bill Nolan, the Barnes & Thornburg managing partner in Columbus, told me “this is the biggest addition we’ve done at once in the Columbus market.”

Nolan left what was then Squire Sanders in 2009 to launch the Barnes & Thornburg office. The firm also has offices in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago and other markets. Its largest office is in Indianapolis.

Nolan said the five have deep experience in tax-credit housing deals and federal New Market Tax Credits.

“Each one has a little different twist,” he told me.

The hiring brings the Columbus office to 18 attorneys. Nolan said further additions are expected within the next several weeks.


 

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State Names 'Companies to Watch'

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The 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at a public Aug. 20 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.

Munster-based RS2 Technologies LLC National Sales Director Gary Staley says the "Companies to Watch" recognition is a reflection of the manufacturer's "organic" expansion.

 

July 17, 2014

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that 27 companies from 12 Indiana counties have earned a place in Indiana's seventh annual class of 'Companies to Watch' program.

"This year's class of 'Companies to Watch' illustrates the creativity and business skills of Hoosier entrepreneurs," said Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. "They are already making meaningful contributions to our economy and creating jobs in a variety of business enterprises. I congratulate them on their success and demonstrating that Indiana is 'a state that works' for small business."

Presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, 'Indiana Companies to Watch' recognizes privately held Indiana businesses that have experienced exceptional growth and well positioned for future growth. Eligible companies must have six to 150 full-time employees and have generated between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

The 27 'Companies to Watch' from 12 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 50 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.

The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $233 million and create more than 242 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $77 million or 50 percent from 2013.

The 27 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at a public Aug. 20 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online at www.inctw.org or by calling 888.472.3244.

Complete List of Companies to Watch Honorees: (Company, City, Primary Business)

Allied Payment Network, Fort Wayne, Finance and Insurance
API Alliance, Inc., Fort Wayne, Manufacturing
Bassemiers Fireplace, Patio, and Spas, Inc., Evansville, Retail Trade
Bluebridge Digital, Fishers, Information Technology
CloudOne, Indianapolis, Other Services
DoubleMap, Indianapolis, Information Technology
DuraMark Technology, Westfield, Manufacturing
Element Three, Indianapolis, Advertising, Public Relations
Flat12 Bierwerks, Indianapolis, Manufacturing
Genesis Plastics Welding, Inc., Fortville, Manufacturing
Haiku Learning, Goshen, Educational Services
Impact CNC, LLC, Columbia City, Manufacturing
inTech Trailers, Nappanee, Manufacturing
KA+A, Indianapolis, Advertising, Public Relations
Nextremity Solution, Inc., Warsaw, Manufacturing
Milhaus, Indianapolis, Real Estate & Rental
Pearl Pathways, Indianapolis, Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Peepers, Michigan City, Retail Trade
PERQ, Indianapolis, Advertising, Public Relations
PolicyStat, LLC, Carmel, Information Technology
Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Larwill, Manufacturing
Rook Security, Indianapolis, Information Technology
RS2 Technologies, LLC, Munster, Manufacturing
Salesvue, Indianapolis, Information Technology
South Bend Modern Molding, Mishawaka, Manufacturing
Tempus Technologies, Auburn, Finance and Insurance
TLS by Design, Indianapolis, Manufacturing

About OSBE

Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is "the state that works" for entrepreneurs visit www.osbe.in.gov.

About the ISBDC

As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit: http://isbdc.org.

About Indiana Companies to Watch

Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Sources: Office of Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, RS2 Technologies LLC and CloudOne Inc.

July 17, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - CloudOne (www.oncloudone.com), an IBM Premier Business Partner and the world leader in cloud delivery of IBM Software-as-a-Service, is one of 27 companies from 12 Indiana counties that have earned a place in Indiana’s seventh annual class of 'Companies to Watch' program.

"We are honored to be included in such a stellar group of high-performing companies in our state. When a small company such as CloudOne can bring a major enterprise software company like IBM into the SaaS era, and simultaneously be entrusted by some of the world's best companies to deliver critical business functions from the cloud it is due in large part to the support and guidance we have received from Indiana's technology community and business sector as a whole," said John McDonald, CEO of CloudOne.

Presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, 'Indiana Companies to Watch' recognizes privately held Indiana businesses that have experienced exceptional growth and well positioned for future growth. Eligible companies must have six to 150 full-time employees and have generated between $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or capital.

The 27 'Companies to Watch' from 12 Indiana counties were named after evaluating 50 nominations for the awards and represent industries ranging from biotech research and robotic part design to gourmet flavor manufacturing and automotive safety.

The chosen companies project to have combined revenues in excess of $233 million and create more than 242 new jobs this year. The revenue projections represent an increase of more than $77 million or 50 percent from 2013.

The 27 'Companies to Watch' will be honored at a public Aug. 20 ceremony at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Tickets for the ceremony and dinner are still available and may be purchased online at http://www.inctw.org/ or by calling 888.472.3244. To see the announcement in its entirety and a complete list of winners, visit http://isbdc.org/2014-indiana-companies-watch-winners/.

About CloudOne

CloudOne delivers on-demand Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Virtual Private Cloud solutions for IBM software tools to meet the needs of all industry verticals and variably sized organizations. Cummins, Panasonic, Hilton, CVS/Caremark, US Army, Shell, Xerox, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive, Harman/Kardon, McDonald's and other organizations worldwide rely on CloudOne's cloud-based IBM SaaS services to make their infrastructure work on-demand.
Started in 2009, the company is privately owned and headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. CloudOne speeds the development of IBM technologies with no up-front capital, so companies "pay as they go" on a monthly subscription saving them money on infrastructure, staffing and configuration costs while creating a dynamic, elastic environment to facilitate global collaboration, visibility and consistency. To learn more about accelerating architecture initiatives with CloudOne, visit www.oncloudone.com/ or follow us on Twitter @OnCloudOne.

About OSBE

Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is "the state that works" for entrepreneurs visit www.osbe.in.gov.

About the ISBDC

As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit: http://isbdc.org.

About Indiana Companies to Watch

Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Source: CloudOne Inc.

July 18, 2014

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - API Alliance, Incorporated - contract manufacturer of electronic controls, electro-mechanical assemblies and engineering services - announces they have won a coveted Indiana Small Business Development Center's (ISBDC) Companies to Watch award. According to the ISBDC's website, "Indiana Companies to Watch celebrates high-performing, second-stage companies in the state. Known for their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, unique processes or philanthropic actions. They make an astounding impact on the state's economy by collectively providing thousands of jobs and contributing millions of dollars of revenue."

API Alliance - a Fort Wayne based company has experienced substantial growth over the last several years; this growth coupled with employee focused environment and continual process improvements, has made API a winner for the Companies to Watch program. According to Mike Gigli, API’s General Manager, "We are very excited to win this award! Our team has worked hard to make API a positive and productive environment for both our customers and employees." Gigli continued, “Our company has always been an employee focused company, because we know if our employees are content in the work-place - they are punctual and productive; all of these factors lead back to happy customers."

API Alliance, Inc., incorporated in 1994, is celebrating 20 years in business this year. It began as an electronic contract manufacturer, but has grown into a multi-faceted engineering design firm with prototype to full production capabilities. With their experienced staff and variety of production, engineering and procurement options, they give their customers a competitive advantage. API Alliance has leveraged their 20 years of experience in contract manufacturing/engineering to become our customers’ partner in engineering and production.

About API Alliance, Inc.

API Alliance, Inc. has 20 years of contract assembly experience which combines expertise in electronic controls and electro-mechanical assembly to provide the customer with everything from a critical sub-assembly delivery to a complete turnkey solution. API also provides quick turn prototype assembly capabilities that allow customers to get from design to production more efficiently. To learn more about API Alliance, Inc. services, visit www.APIAllianceInc.com.

Source: API Alliance Inc.

July 18, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Rook Security, a global security solutions provider, today announced that it has been recognized as one of the 2014 Indiana Companies to Watch. The awards program is presented by the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), its Indiana Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation.

"Now that Rook Security is beyond the startup phase, we look forward to growing alongside the other Indiana Companies to Watch. The impressive revenue and job growth shown by these businesses proves that Indiana is truly an incubator for small businesses."

Twenty-seven organizations from Indiana will be honored as outstanding second-stage companies during the fifth annual Indiana Companies to Watch awards program, which will be held on August 20 in Indianapolis.

Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates Indiana’s privately-held second-stage companies - those businesses that are past the startup phase – and are considered to be established, and face issues of growth, not survival.

Companies honored are across a variety of industries and have headquarters based in 12 counties throughout the state. Among the 27 companies selected in 2014, Rook Security of Indianapolis joins the list of distinguished organizations to be honored this year.

Rook Security shows steady and remarkable growth, with $600,000 in revenue in 2011, $1.4 million in 2012, and $3.9 million in 2013. After expanding the Indianapolis headquarters and Security Operations Center earlier this year, Rook Security expects to more than double their staff in 2014. The Security Operations Center, which monitors global cyberthreats for Rook’s international client roster, provides 24/7 monitoring of threats against networks around the world. Rook Security also maintains close ties with Indiana universities and helps to develop technical talent through their internship program.

"The Indiana business community has a great entrepreneurial spirit," said J.J. Thompson, CEO and Managing Director, Rook Security. "Now that Rook Security is beyond the startup phase, we look forward to growing alongside the other Indiana Companies to Watch. The impressive revenue and job growth shown by these businesses proves that Indiana is truly an incubator for small businesses."

From 2010 through 2013, the 27 companies to be honored generated $379 million in revenue and added 622 employees (both in Indiana and out of state), reflecting a 120 percent increase in revenue and 96 percent increase in jobs for the four-year period. That translates into a 40 percent annual revenue growth and 32 percent annual growth in employees.

These companies project continued growth in 2014, with a 50 percent revenue increase and 26 percent growth in employees (both in Indiana and out of state) compared to 2013. If their projections hold, these companies will have generated $612 million in revenue and added 764 employees over the last five years - a 301 percent increase in revenue and 185 percent increase in jobs since 2010.

This program would not be possible without the generous support of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Companies to Watch firms must employ between six and 150 full-time equivalent employees, have between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue or working capital in place, and demonstrate the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage or other notable strengths.

About Rook Security

Rook Security is a global provider of IT security solutions protecting against dynamic emerging threats. Rook’s consulting and managed security services deliver visibility, intelligence, and response in security operations to overcome the complex problems that continue to plague most organizations. As an integrated extension of their internal team, Rook helps organizations achieve a mature security and risk management program. Rook's consulting and managed security services have helped to improve the way organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms protect their data and manage their risk. For more information, join us on Twitter @RookSecurity, Facebook, or www.rooksecurity.com.

About OSBE

Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) oversees the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman. The OSBE staff helps grow the Indiana economy by assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses through programs and personal consultation. For more information on OSBE and to see how Indiana is "the state that works" for entrepreneurs visit www.osbe.in.gov.

About the ISBDC

As part of OSBE, the ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit: http://isbdc.org.

About Indiana Companies to Watch

Indiana Companies to Watch is an awards program celebrating second-stage entrepreneurs presented by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, its Small Business Development Center, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and endorsed by the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors include the Barnes & Thornburg, Katz Sapper & Miller, Key Bank and Ivy Tech Corporate College.

Source: Rook Security


 

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bookacoach and ProCamps Enter Into Strategic Partnership

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>PRWEB.COM NewswireIndianapolis, Indiana (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

bookacoach, an Elevate Ventures portfolio company that provides an online marketplace for sports training, is pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic partnership with ProCamps Inc., an organization that manages sports camps related to professional athletes.

The partnership will bring coaches who instruct at ProCamps across the country, to local communities year round, through the bookacoach platform by offering year round sports instruction for young athletes.

"The world's top professional athletes trust us to manage their sports camps," said Andy Danner, Chief Operations Officer, ProCamps. "We've seen young athletes thrive under the instruction of our coaches in the camps they attend. Offering year-round instruction through bookacoach ensures that athletes can continue to train with the best even after the camp ends."

"This partnership is a win for young athletes, parents and coaches," said bookacoach Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Kevin MacCauley. "We want young athletes to have the opportunity to work with ProCamps affiliated coaches throughout the year. Parents will be able to use bookacoach to search for ProCamps affiliated coaches in their community, schedule and manage sports lessons for their athletes."

ProCamps affiliated coaches are scheduled to be available for booking starting later this summer.

bookacoach recently formed a Sports Advisory Board led by Todd Sermersheim. Todd currently serves as Relativity Sports Football's Vice President of Sales, leading all football client endorsement sales efforts.

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About bookacoach: 
bookacoach, the destination for sports lessons, offers online tools that simplifies the booking, scheduling, and feedback aspects of sports instruction. All coaches must undergo the bookacoach background check, repeated annually. The process was developed with the guidance and support of local law enforcement and consists of a national, state and county level background check.

Since its formation in 2011, bookacoach has grown to become the nation's largest online sports lesson marketplace of county level background checked coaches. To learn more about bookacoach, visit http://www.bookacoach.com.

About ProCamps Inc: 
Since 1998, ProCamps has developed, managed, and operated sports camps and related events for professional athletes in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Professional Golfer's Association, and Women's Professional Soccer. To learn more about ProCamps, visit http://www.procamps.com.

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12019794.htm



Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2060207#ixzz38EyFC0Lr

 

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Kelley School leverages Moi University partnership to offer foundational business course in Kenya

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has developed a 10-week pilot study program designed to impart foundational business knowledge and skills to the people of Kenya through its strategic international partnership with Moi University.

Started in November 2006, the alliance between Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Moi is one of Indiana University’s most significant international collaborations. Building upon the foundation between the medical schools at each university, the partnership has expanded to include a wide range of academic disciplines at IUPUI and Moi, located in Eldoret, Kenya.

Beginning in late September, the Foundations of Social Commerce study program will help participants understand the commercial and social outcomes of business. The pilot program, limited to 50 participants, will be taught by Todd Roberson, senior lecturer of finance at the Kelley School. Roberson believes the long-term value of the study program lies in widening and spreading the level of business discourse among the region’s skilled workers.

“A pottery maker is good at making pottery, but making a good piece of pottery is only part of being commercially successful,” Roberson said. “The pottery maker needs money; he needs to know how to manage money, how to stay out of debt and how to realize that a lot of his or her money can be tied up in pottery sitting on the shelf.

“What we’re trying to do is give people knowledge that will take them from being just good at making pottery to having a commercially viable pottery business,” he said. “We’re talking about basic fundamental knowledge: revenues, expenses, debt, equity, cash flow. We want to make sure that what they’re good at doing they can do in a financially sustainable manner. Ultimately that will enhance their lives.”

The program will be broken into five two-week modules, with each module composed of four sessions. Each session will cover a different business topic, from identifying needs, opportunities and commercial basics, to understanding more complex issues like capital structure, commercial funding and growth models.

Participants will have access to instructor-provided video files, readings, slides, spreadsheets and case studies, which they will study on their own schedules. Once per week, students will attend a live session conducted remotely by Roberson.

Though items such as a scientific calculator or proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint are recommended, the only required material for the course is a reliable Internet connection.

The Foundations of Social Commerce study program is the inaugural collaboration between Moi University and the Kelley School of Business, and the first in a series of planned study programs that will fall under a broader business education program known as “The Business of Peace Through Prosperity.” The program will lay the framework for future study programs that will delve deeper into specific subjects like finance, marketing and operations management.

Participants who successfully finish Foundations of Social Commerce will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Kelley School, and they will be eligible to enroll in future program offerings.

“This represents a real step up in the training opportunities that we can offer people in Western Kenya,” said Ian McIntosh, director of international partnerships at IUPUI. “One of the critically identified needs in Kenya is training people in a way that gives them the opportunity to lift their standard of living. This is about giving people the basic entrepreneurial skills to do that.”

While many American colleges and universities are involved in humanitarian or aid projects in Kenya and other African nations, the focus on imparting business knowledge offers a change in thinking about how to better the lives of those living in developing countries. 

“Kelley is unique in its focus on peace and prosperity through commerce,” Roberson said. “Lots of people are talking about food security and medical care. But you don’t hear a lot of people talking about commerce as a way to solve social issues.

“The way the wind is blowing in the developing world, instead of giving people money, you give them skills,” he added. “Commerce is the route to peace and prosperity. You can find endless support for that. And Kelley wants to be part of that.”

About the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been a leader in American business education for more than 90 years. With more than 100,000 living alumni and an enrollment of nearly 8,000 students across two campuses, the Kelley School is among the premier business schools in the country. Kelley Indianapolis, based at IUPUI, is home to a full-time undergraduate program and four graduate programs, including master’s programs in accounting and taxation, the Business of Medicine MBA for physicians and the Evening MBA, which is ranked eighth in the country by U.S. News and World Report and No. 1 in academic quality by Bloomberg Businessweek.

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