Business

Meet the New CEO of Minnetrista Museum and Gardens

By Brian Statz, CEO of Minnetrista Museum and Gardens— MUNCIE, IN—Since arriving in January, the Muncie community has shown me kindness and patience as I learned on the job, made my way around the city and elsewhere in East Central Indiana, and found an apartment downtown. I am grateful to those who made time to meet with me to discuss their role in the life of Muncie, their history and hopes, and what they are working to achieve. I still…

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Greater Muncie Chamber of Commerce Launches National Civics Bee®

By Katy Maggart— MUNCIE, IN— The Greater Muncie Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the launch of the 2024 National Civics Bee®, an initiative aimed at encouraging more young Americans to engage in civics and contribute to their communities. Organized in partnership with The Civic Trust® of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the competition in Delaware County will inspire middle schoolers to become better informed about American democracy, to engage respectfully and constructively in the community, and to build greater…


Roto-Rooter of Muncie Transforms Lives Through Home Renovation for Ukrainian Couple Displaced by War

By Ilene Hackett— MUNCIE, IN—Roto-Rooter Plumbing, Drains, and Water Damage Cleanup of Muncie has undertaken an extraordinary initiative to provide a deserving Ukrainian couple with a safe and welcoming home after being displaced by the recent war. The couple, who used their life savings to purchase a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home in the Whitely neighborhood of Muncie, Indiana, faced numerous challenges in making their new life in the United States. The transformative journey began when Roto-Rooter’s manager, Jon Salmon,…


The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council

By IEDC Press Office— WASHINGTON, DC – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that the Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance has once again been recognized as one of 73 economic development organizations accredited by IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO). Originally accredited in 1996, the organization was reaccredited by IEDC following 27 successful years of activity as an AEDO member. “The Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance displays the professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving of…


SBA Loan Programs Support Indiana Small Businesses

Over $728 million in federally backed capital provided during FY 23. By Laura Schafsnitz, U.S. Small Business Administration— INDIANA – As consumers roll through the heaviest shopping season of the year, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that the SBA delivered $50 billion in capital, disaster relief, and bonding to small businesses and disaster-impacted communities across America in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23). Over $728 million of that capital made its way into the growth efforts of Indiana entrepreneurs. “In 1953,…


Entrepreneur Showcase Week: Kick-Off Celebration and Awards

By Ted Baker, CEO, Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc.— MUNCIE, IN.— The 2023 Entrepreneur Showcase Week commenced with a vibrant Kick-Off Celebration held at the Innovation Connector on Monday, November 13, 2023. The event featured notable speakers such as Executive Director and CEO, Ted Baker; Program and Events Coordinator, Natalie Smith; Jeff Parsons, Market President of First Merchants Bank; Morgan Allen from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation; Muncie Mayor Dan Ridenour; Ron Fauquher, Board Chairperson of the Innovation Connector; and Bernisa…


Military Veterans and Business Startups

By Ted Baker, CEO, Muncie Innovation Connector, Inc.— MUNCIE, IN—While we pause this time of year to honor and celebrate the brave women and men who have served our great nation as part of the military, it is important to understand that securing employment or other revenue-generating opportunities becomes an important part of their reentry into civilian life.  We are thankful for the many employers who make it part of their business’s mission to hire and employ veterans.  During their…


Indiana & Michigan Power Releases Results of Thermostat Survey

By Indiana Michigan Power— FORT WAYNE — Have you worn your winter coat indoors before turning on the heat? Adjusted the temperature when no one was looking? Never have we ever shared these secrets – until now. In coordination with October’s National Energy Awareness Month, Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) invited customers to share feedback on their thermostat practices. This year’s questions came as a “Thermostat Never Have I Ever” survey with responses revealing a homeowner’s unique comfort level during fall…


Delaware County Officials Sign Three Memorandums of Understanding With Italian Companies

By Keith Roysdon— DELAWARE COUNTY, IN—As Delaware County officials conclude a trip to northern Italy they are happy to announce new investment and business opportunities are coming to the community. Commissioner President, Shannon Henry and Commissioner Vice President, James King announced Monday the success of their latest economic development efforts. Henry and King spent the week visiting with twenty-five firms with interest in establishing operations in the United States. In addition, the duo made a case for doing business in…


Newly Remodeled Southside Walmart Celebration Will Be November 3rd at 9 a.m.

By Lauren Schregardus, On Behalf of Walmart— MUNCIE, IN – Celebrating Walmart’s largest single-day rollout of re-grand openings in company history, Walmart customers in Muncie will soon be welcomed inside the newly transformed Supercenter at 1501 East 29th Street as the much-anticipated remodel is now complete. The Muncie store is part of re-grand opening celebrations representing more than half a billion dollars in capital investments in local communities across 30 states. Walmart associates will mark the occasion with a ribbon…