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Craig Morris. Photo provided.

Craig Morris Added to MutualBank Team as Dealer Development Representative

By: Jaime Faulkner— Muncie, IN—MutualBank added Craig Morris, Dealer Development Representative, to the Indirect Lending team in January of 2018. He develops relationships with MutualBank’s established automotive, boat and recreational vehicle dealerships throughout Indiana while creating new partnerships for the Bank’s indirect lending division. These affiliations Craig creates are valuable…


A new home under construction at Emerald Pointe, 1300 W. Sheffield Drive, Muncie, IN as photographed on February 13th. More homebuilding like this is needed. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Housing Study: Muncie Needs 405 New Homes Over The Next 5 Years

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—A housing needs analysis created for the City of Muncie has revealed a need for a total of 405 new homes with developed lots for nine specific housing types over the next five years. The housing types include urban attached, urban single family, suburb attached, suburb…


Ted Baker is pictured providing one-on-one business coaching services to a client. Photo provided.

Innovation Connector Offers Business Consulting And Coaching Services

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—Many entrepreneurs, while knowing their product or industry inside and out, are occasionally inexperienced in knowing what it really takes to successfully launch and grow a business. Generally speaking, entrepreneurs are often very passionate about their business idea, but can lack the expertise to market their…


Youth baseball and softball fields adjacent to Ross Community Center as photographed on Feb 1st. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Racer Trust Completes Sale To Develop Fourteen91 Lofts On Muncie’s Southside

By: Bill Callen, Racer Trust— Commonwealth to Build 35-Unit Affordable Housing Development Muncie, IN — RACER Trust today announced it has completed the sale of approximately 5.7 acres in Muncie to Commonwealth Development Corporation of America, which plans to develop 35 units of affordable housing. The first units are expected…


The Rose Gate Bridal booth at the East Central Indiana Bridal Show. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

The Horizon Convention Center: Bridal Show, Softball and Economic Development

By: Mike Rhodes— Muncie, IN—The 19th annual East Central Indiana Bridal show was held in Delaware Hall at the Horizon Convention Center on Sunday, January 28th. 43 vendors participated and exhibited a wide variety of wedding-oriented products and services to attendees.  The East Central Indiana Bridal show was produced by…



A father and son enjoying quality parenting time. By: graphicstock

Beasley & Gilkison: An Overview of Family Law

By: Ben Freeman, Attorney at Law— Muncie, IN—The familial relationship is complex and sometimes necessitates the involvement of the court. “Family law” is a function of the state government and refers to the rules by which the state regulates the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the family unit. Family law…


First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Corporation Announces Record 2017 Results

By: Nicole M. Weaver— Muncie, IN—First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) reported record fourth quarter 2017 net income of $24.4 million, compared to $22.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2016. Earnings per share for the period totaled $.49 per share compared to $.55 during the same period in 2016….


A scene from a previous Chamber Champions Award Luncheon. Photo provided.

Chamber Now Accepting Nominations For Annual Awards Luncheon

By: Lindsey Sharp—  Muncie, IN— The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce will honor its members for their longevity in and impact on the community at the Chamber Champions Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 in the Horizon Convention Center. Over the past five years, nearly 1,000 people…


Ryan White. Photo courtesy of the Ryan White Fund.

Meridian Awarded Ryan White Supplemental Funds for HIV Program

By: Kaitlyn Davis— Muncie, IN – Meridian Health Services has been awarded $100,000 in supplemental funds from The Ryan White Fund for its growing HIV program. Through this funding, care coordinators will be able to expand on the services currently being provided in Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Jay, and Randolph counties. Meridan’s…


Ben Smith, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO at Estep-Doctor & Company. Photo by: Mike Rhodes

Ben Smith, CPA Appointed to New State Government Panel

By: Greg Zirkle— Muncie, IN – Ben Smith, CPA, CGMA, was recently appointed by Commissioner Adam Krupp to a newly formed Tax Advisory Council for the Indiana Department of Revenue.  Smith is CEO of Muncie-based accounting firm Estep-Doctor & Company and has been a Certified Public Accountant for 28 years….


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

MutualBank Announces Hourly Wage Increase And Bonuses

By: Jaime Faulkner, CFMP— Muncie, IN — Character, Class, Compassion, and Competition are the values driving MutualBank’s vision for helping people live better lives. For 129 years, MutualBank has served communities throughout Indiana by upholding these values and doing the right thing. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed at…


Daleville Town Park. File photo.

Delaware County Commissioners Celebrate 2017 Successes

By: Augusta Consulting— Highlights include 2017 new jobs and investment; County building momentum for 2018 Delaware County – County officials highlighted a year of accomplishments at the January 16th Commissioners meeting. With a focus on the small towns and locally owned businesses of Delaware County. Augusta Consulting, the county’s privatized…


First Merchants Corporation

First Merchants Announces Company-Wide Raise, Bonuses

Tax reform, strong 2017 performance leads to employee investment Muncie, IN – First Merchants Corporation (NASDAQ – FRME) has announced that it will raise the wage paid to hourly employees by $1 per hour as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, signed by President Trump…


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Forbes Ranks First Merchants as Top-Five U.S. Bank for 2018

Muncie-based company recognized for growth, profitability and asset quality Muncie, Ind. – Forbes has released its 2018 list of “America’s Best Banks,” and one of Indiana’s legacy financial institutions has reason to celebrate. First Merchants Bank – the largest financial services holding company in Central Indiana and second largest in…