Category: Business & Finance

Hoosier Farmers Show New Interest in Hemp

For the first time since the 1930s, Indiana farmers have been harvesting hemp. Owen County’s Trietsch Farms was one of a select group approved to grow hemp in 2019 as part of a research trial. Co-founders Jim Trietsch, his son, Ty, and Justin Daubenspeck grew more than 100,000 hemp plants for cannabidiol (CBD) oil and smokable CBD.

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Saving & Paying Cash for a Car Is the Prudent Way to Purchase

Car loans are ubiquitous in the United States. According to Experian, a credit-reporting agency, about 45% of new cars and a little more than half of used cars purchased in the second quarter of 2018 were financed with loans. But car loans can be detrimental to one’s finances, so avoiding them and paying cash is the wiser choice if you can swing it.

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Philanthropic Venture Fund Invests in IU-Related Startups

For those familiar with the high-risk, high-return business of venture capital, the phrase “philanthropic venture fund” may sound like a contradiction in terms. But in March 2018, Indiana University launched just such a fund, and it is generating start-up capital earmarked for the commercialization of IU discoveries as well as new business ventures founded by or run by IU faculty or alumni.

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The May Agency—Insuring Monroe County for 70 Years

For 70 years, ISU The May Agency has been a family-owned and -operated business serving customers in Monroe County. It opened in 1949 when Charles May launched the independent insurance agency in Ellettsville after returning home from service in the U.S. Army Air Corps.

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Study Shows Positive Impact Of Arts on B-town’s Economy

It may seem tough to measure the economic impact of the performing arts on Bloomington, but a recent study has endeavored to do just that. Conducted by graduate students from the Indiana University O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) on behalf of Cardinal Stage, the study looked at everything from the dollars arts events bring to nearby businesses to the role performances play in enriching our quality of life.

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Big Boy’s Moving Offers ‘An Opportunity to Serve’

With a company motto of “Moving you with an attitude of gratitude” and the stipulation that employees do volunteer work such as collecting and moving furniture donated to St. Vincent de Paul, Antonio Jackson says it’s clear Big Boy’s Moving is meant to be a vehicle for community service.

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Precision Eye Group Adds Bedford Office

“Giving back to the community where I grew up is pretty special,” says Dr. Brandy Deckard, an optometrist and native of Bedford, Indiana. “Getting to be a bigger part of that community is neat.”

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The Mill—An Incubator for Entrepreneurial Start-Ups

In 2015, when Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton took office, Dimension Mill, the century-old former Showers Brothers factory building at 642 N. Madison St., was the subject of a speculative plan to create a 12-acre Trades District. The hope was to accelerate a high-tech renaissance on the city’s near west side.

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In Today’s Volatile World Should You Rent or Buy?

The American Dream has long been tied to homeownership, with renting a home traditionally reserved for young people or those unable to secure a mortgage. However, changes in the housing market, economy, and even our way of life may be altering that view, tipping the scale in favor of renting.

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