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First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

Muncie, IN—First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) reported record third quarter 2017 net income of $24.4 million, compared to $21.1 million during the third quarter of 2016. Earnings per share for the period totaled $.50 per share, which included $.11 per share of acquisition expenses, compared to $.51 during the…


A 1 Million Cups presenter is pictured. Photo provided.

Innovation Connector Brings 1 Million Cups To Muncie

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—Do you, or your company or organization have an idea, program or business you’d really like to try, but you just aren’t certain whether your idea will be successful? Wouldn’t it be great if you had a chance to pitch an idea or concept to business…


Chris Caldwell, senior vice president for commercial banking at MutualBank.

MutualBank’s Chris Caldwell Joins Indiana Statewide CDC Central Loan Committee

By: Guy Johnson— Indianapolis, IN—Christopher Caldwell of MutualBank in Muncie is joining the Central Loan Committee of small-business lender Indiana Statewide Certified Development Corporation. Indiana Statewide CDC works with local Indiana lenders to issue loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration 504 loan program. The loans help owners of expanding…


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Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders At 123rd Annual Meeting

By: Brenda Brumfield— Muncie, IN– The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held its 123rd Annual Meeting on October 19, 2017 with more than 300 business and community leaders in attendance.  The event, held at the Horizon Convention Center, is the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards event. Chamber Board Chair Margaret…


The Big Pitch competition is coming up! Photo provided.

Innovation Connector to Host the BIG Idea Pitch Competition for Local Entrepreneurs

By: Sheena Peters— Muncie, In—The Innovation Connector of Muncie, Indiana is hosting the fourth annual BIG Idea Pitch competition for local entrepreneurs and innovators to “pitch” their business, business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community. There are many very creative and…


Pictured Left to Right: Brenda Lloyd, Hillcroft Services Board Chair; Michael Whitlock, Hillcroft Industries, VP Business Operations; Debbie Bennett, Hillcroft Services, CEO; Mike Salmon, Hillcroft Industries, VP Business Development; Melissa Johnson, Hillcroft Industries, Production Coordinator; Jacob Sloan, Hillcroft Industries Employee; Amanda Rammel, Hillcroft Industries, Manager;  LeAnne Cole, Hillcroft Services, VP. Photo by: Matt Howell, Farmhouse Creative.

Hillcroft Industries in Muncie Celebrates ISO 9001:2015 Certification

By: Genet Soule, VP Development & Marketing— Muncie, IN – Hillcroft Industries, a division of Hillcroft Services, Inc., received its ISO 9001:2015 certificate of registration for its quality management system on July 19, 2017.  “ISO 9001 is not only a validation of our quality management system, but a validation of…


Photo L-R: Brian Burton - President & CEO of the Indiana Manufacturers Association, John Smith, Neil Smith, Steve Smith, Jody Fledderman - Indiana Manufacturers Association Board Chair, Chad Smith

Mid-West Metal Products Honored by Indiana Manufacturers Association

By: Tara Whitehead— Meeting Brings Together Manufacturing Leaders from All Areas of the State and Highlights Continued Growth of Indiana Manufacturing Sector  Muncie, IN – On October 4, 2017, manufacturers, business leaders, and policymakers from across the state met in Indianapolis to honor those companies that have made outstanding contributions to…



MutualBank's newest branch location at 2910 W Jackson St. in Muncie.

MutualFirst Financial, Inc. and Universal Bancorp Announce Merger Agreement

By: Dave Heeter, President and CEO of MutualFirst—  Combination Expands MutualFirst’s Presence into Central and Southern Indiana Creates Community Bank with $2 Billion of Assets  Muncie, IN – MutualFirst Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: MFSF) (“MutualFirst”) and Universal Bancorp (“Universal”) have announced  that they have entered into a definitive agreement (the “Agreement”)…


The offices of Woof Boom Radio located at 800 E. 29th Street in Muncie. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Woof Boom Radio Grows With the Addition of WKHL-FM, West Lafayette, IN

Muncie, IN—Announcing the acquisition of WKHL 106.7 FM, West Lafayette, Woof Boom Radio continues its mission to build out great locally managed and owned radio stations. Woof Boom Radio began with a vision of great radio that focuses on service to the local community. Woof Boom, with this newest addition,…


Programs held at the Innovation Connector by Shafer Leadership Academy educate people on how to become leaders in their communities. Photo provided.

Innovation Connector Home and Resource Partner to Shafer Leadership Academy

By: Tracy Dishman— Muncie, IN—A professional and beautiful building, and amenities such as plenty of free parking and back-office staff support,  adds to the credibility and professionalism of an organization. Align these attributes with matching values and missions and you find a resource partner that calls the Innovation Connector their…



Jeff Helm. Photo provided.

Youth Opportunity Center Announces Promotion of Jeff Helm to CIO

By: Richard Crist— Muncie, IN—Muncie, Indiana based Youth Opportunity Center, Inc. recently announced the promotion of Jeff Helm to Chief Information Officer. Helm has been with YOC for 15 years, most recently serving as the Director of Information Technology & Facilities for the past nine years. In this newly developed…


Sue Tschuor is pictured in her office at Woof Boom Radio, LLC. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Sue Tschuor, Director of Sales, Recognized By Woof Boom Radio

By: Liz Valpatic— Muncie, IN—Sue Tschuor, Director of Sales, Woof Boom Radio, LLC has been recognized for exemplifying all five of the company’s values. Since its inception, Woof Boom Radio has held the following values to be true: Speak the Truth; Do Your Best; Do What You Say You Will Do; Treat…