Technology Association of Hamilton County to Launch

The Hamilton County Alliance, the local economic development organization, is launching the Technology Association of Hamilton County. Information meetings have been held throughout the fall and the ideas/input from those meetings have been incorporated in the direction and plans for the Technology Association. 

Mark you calendars for January 19 from 7:30-9 am for the launch event. Watch for more details.

The Alliance is ecstatic about the interest and enthusiasm of the technology community in this effort and is looking forward to making the Technology Association a member-focused association. 

There are 7 peer groups identified within the Technology Association and several leaders have already stepped forward. Terri Eakins, Technology Partnership Group, Pat Chittenden, Ambrose Property Management, and Ron Brumbarger, BitWise Solutions have all agreed to lead peer groups. Members may select the peer group(s) their organization participates in.

As the Alliance prepares to launch the Technology Association in 2012, technology businesses are encouraged to join the Technology Association by the end of this year. This will position those organizations to be founding members of the Technology Association and leaders in the Association. Members will benefit from Collaboration, Strategic Intelligence, Visibility, and Talent. See the membership form for more details on each benefit area.

Click here to access the membership form. Technology Assoc Membership Form

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Cathy Langlois at 813-5413 or email her at




Entrepreneurship Awards Celebration at the Monon Center











Business Plan Competition Candidates

Business owners wishing to compete in our business plan competition took part in a Business Plan workshop taught by Lorraine Ball earlier this week.  They also took a moment to tell us a bit about their businesses. Here are just a few of the excerpts from the session.

Mobile Shift: How the mobile internet is changing behaviors

Mobile phones are quickly becoming consumer’s primary device to stay connected with the world around them. In this anywhere, anytime world of connectivity, how are consumer behavior shifting and forcing companies to change the way they connect and engage their customers?

From mobile web sites to custom applications, understanding the trends and opportunities in the mobile internet will help you incorporate mobile platforms into your business strategy.

This strategic seminar will answer three key questions:    

  1. Does my company need a custom app or a mobile-optimized web site?
  2. What are current behavior trends impacted by the mobile web?
  3. How does a business incorporate the expanding opportunities into their business strategy?

James Burnes, CEO of Mobiltopia (, a mobile app development agency and founder of Project Brilliant (, an idea consultancy and digital strategy firm, will lead the conversation.


Business Planning Workshop on October 6

So, you are interested in starting or growing your business. The problem is you’re not sure how to go about doing that.  Join Lorraine Ball as she leads you through effective business planning strategies and common mistakes to avoid. 

Date: October 6, 2010
Time: 8:30-11:00 a.m.
Train Station
11601 Municipal Dr
Fishers, IN 46038

EAC Business Plan Competition is a Great Opportunity!

Do you have a business you want to start or one you want to grow? If so, you’ll want to enter the EAC community-wide business plan competition for a chance to win a consulting services package valued at $15,000! The services are provided by the local leading experts including Baker & Daniels, Katz, Sapper, & Miller, The Anker Consulting Group, Roundpeg, Accent on Business, BlueLock, and L5Solutions. 

All those who register are invited to attend a half-day workshop on business plan development and will receive a free online business plan outline. In addition, all business plans will receive feedback from local experts! The entry deadline is October 1.  To register go to the EAC website at and click on Biz Plan Competition.

Finish Line Seeks Ideas From High School Seniors

Staying in touch with your customer base is essential for success in retail. Finish Line takes this concept one step further by actively seeking business ideas from teens on YouTube and incorporating their advice into the company’s strategic plans. Based on the YouTube videos, a Finish Line leadership panel selects three teams as Challenge finalists. Finalists are flown to Finish Line corporate headquarters in Indianapolis to present their findings to the company’s top executives.  Students from the winning team will be rewarded with an all-expense-paid trip to the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Finish Line. Read more.

Kelties Restaurant in Westfield

The IBJ’s video feature Inside Dish focuses on Kelties, a Hamilton County restaurant located in Westfield. Keltie Domina started her business as an etiquette-training school and has grown the restaurant into a lunch-and-dinner restaurant that relies on catering for close to half its total sales. Kelties has had to make some adjustments in 2010 to respond to the impacts the recession has had on her business. Click here to listen to Keltie as she talks about the evolution of her business.

Do you have an idea for a high-growth education enterprise?

The Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, announced a competitive search for up to 20 aspiring founders to launch high-growth, transformative companies in the education market.

Those selected for the Kauffman Education Ventures Program will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on program designed to catalyze the creation of companies with the potential to generate thousands of jobs and dramatic economic benefits.

Selected founders will receive six months of training and education on every aspect of running a business, personal coaching to bring their ideas to market and competitive compensation to focus full-time on their ventures. The program will include helping founders establish a brand, develop negotiation and presentation skills, go to scale, build financial models, validate the market, perform customer diligence, find funding, build a management team and develop a board of directors. Read more at

Indiana Business Incentives September 28, 2010

EAC Educational Program

Indiana Business Incentives

When: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Katz, Sapper, &  Miller
800 East 96th Street Suite 500
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Business incentives are available in Indiana. As a business owner, you need to know what opportunities exist and how to identify those that are available to your business. Join us in learning from experts from Katz, Sapper, and Miller about business incentive opportunities that may be available to your business.

You will gain an understanding of:

  • Available programs
  • The process to obtain available incentives
  • The profiles of companies that successfully obtained incentives

Tim Cook, Partner
Katz, Sapper, & Miller
State and Local Tax Department

Lisa Leventhal, Director
Katz, Sapper, & Miller
State and Local Tax Department

Registration is required but there is no fee to attend.  Click here for registration information.