The public is invited to an online legislative update to be held Saturday, January 22, from 9:30-11 a.m., on Zoom. The event is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe County, the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters of Brown County, and the Brown County Chamber of Commerce.
State Senators Erich Koch (District 44) and Shelli Yoder (District 40), and State Representatives Jeff Ellington (District 62), Bob Heaton (District 46), Chris May (District 55), Peggy Mayfield (District 60), and Matt Pierce (District 61) representing Monroe and Brown Counties have been invited to report on their work and priorities for the current session of the Indiana General Assembly and to take questions from attendees.
On November 1, 2021, LIFEDesigns’ Board of Directors unanimously voted to combine LIFEDesigns, Inc. with Developmental Services, Inc. (DSI), taking effect December 1, 2021.
While both agencies are successful and financially sound, this is a strategic decision to take a proactive step to ensure the sustainability of both organizations well into the future. LIFEDesigns and DSI are strong agencies, providing high quality services that boast substantial capital and program influence in Indiana and are often the models for service innovation and quality within the industry. LIFEDesigns and DSI also have a decade long history of working together, sharing resources and best practice standards through the industry's trade association, INARF, and the Strategic Indiana Provider Network (SIPN). This partnership has resulted in the agency to becoming one of the largest non-profit organizations in Indiana helping those with disabilities.
LIFEDesigns and DSI will remain in their respective local communities and continue to provide the high quality services the disabled population is accustomed to receiving. Families and caregivers have not seen and will not see any disruption in services from the partnership.
Smithville recognized nationally for extraordinary community service, innovative installation of Smart Home products
Smithville received national recognition in December for its continuing community service to residents and for the national innovative installation of Smart Home Security products in 2021, according to Darby McCarty, Smithville Chairman and CEO. The awards were presented in December at the national Resideo Connect Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference annually hosts the leading security, HVAC, and technology integrators from across the nation.
As Chris Dobson, Product Manager, explained: “The Community Service Award acknowledges our commitment to the communities we serve and our initiatives like the school supply drive, Touch a Truck events, and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.” The Smithville Engaged Team organizes community events such as the Teachers Warehouse School Supply Drive and others.
The Residential Installation of the Year Award given by Resideo to Smithville reflects Smithville’s capacity to fully demonstrate the high-tech Connected Home Lifestyle in a residential installation. The award-winning installation encompassed fiber connectivity, security monitoring, life safety monitoring, water leak monitoring, smart home control, and interactive services. The installation included a Lyric Smart Home Controller, 24 burglary sensors, five smoke detectors, two carbon monoxide detectors, two water leak sensors, smart lighting control, Total Connect service plan with automation, and Smithville symmetrical gigabit fiber broadband service.
After careful consideration and consultation with partners and sponsors, United Way of Monroe County regrets to share that the 2022 Chilly Cook-Off will not take place as initially planned. The United Way team looks forward to hosting the event in 2023 when we can all hopefully resume large in-person events safely.
The Chilly Cook-Off is intended to support United Way’s work in Monroe, Owen, and Greene counties, and donations in lieu of attendance may be made at monroeunitedway.org/givenow.
United Way recognizes these outstanding partners for their support of the 2022 Cook-Off: Activity Sponsors, Old National Bank and Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington; Partnership Sponsor, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs Indiana University Bloomington; and In-Kind Sponsor, Chocolate Moose.
The Chilly Cook-Off was slated to be a part of the second annual Freezefest, a community winter celebration. Freezefest will take place January 20-22, 2022 featuring world-class ice carvers and a full lineup of winter activities. Visit www.freezefest.com for more information and a full schedule and map of festival activities.
“United Way deeply appreciates all of the partners, volunteers, sponsors, and chefs, and the work that has been done toward this event,” shared United Way Executive Director Efrat Feferman. “We look forward to enjoying the various outdoors Freezefest activities this year and hope the community takes advantage of the unique festival’s offering. We also look forward to returning to the Chilly Cook-Off next year and building upon it in years to come.”
Baugh Fine Print & Mailing is an independent and locally owned family business for over 30 years, and they have gotten a new logo. Baugh is a full service commercial printing, bulk mailing, promo products and apparel. From offset printing, typesetting, graphic design and engraving to embossing and laser forms. They can do it all, whether you need 500 or 5,000 they can print it. Baugh is known for fast turnaround and top-level customer service. They have the experience and the equipment to produce everything today's business professional needs.
First posted by Indiana Public Media on January 5, 2022 at https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/bloomington-brewing-company-changes-ownership-after-27-years.php
Bloomington Brewing Company is changing hands for the first time since it opened 27 years ago.
Founders Jeff Mease and Lennie Busch announced Wednesday Amanda and Jarrod Franklin of Bloomington purchased BBC along with partners of Indianapolis brewery Four Day Ray.
Mease says the sale doesn’t affect their other businesses such as Lennie’s or HIVE.
“Lennie and I were never brewers; we came to this thing through more like a love of localism. So, it was time.”
Mease and Busch built the brewery next to Lennie’s restaurant in the Crosstown II Shopping Center on E. 10th Street to help support their hospitality business. It was the first craft brewery to open in Southern Indiana.
The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County (CFBMC) has awarded nine nonprofit organizations with Creating Community Grants. A total of $154,036 has been awarded as part of this funding initiative.
Following a year in which many federal, state, and other local funders were, by necessity, focused primarily on meeting basic needs, the Community Foundation was able to open the Creating Community competitive granting program in September with a focus on restoring and enhancing the overall livability of our community. Grants awarded through this program will foster our community’s vibrancy, quality of place, and livability through supporting and enhancing the amenities that make Monroe County an attractive place to call home.
“We had an incredible response to this grant opportunity and welcomed proposals from many organizations that have not previously applied for a Community Foundation grant,” said President and CEO Tina Peterson. “Our grant committee was delighted to learn more about the amazing work of these dedicated organizations, and we are proud of the potential that the nine grants will have in creating a more inclusive, attractive, and thriving community for everyone to visit, live, work, and play.”
Crossroads Pitch Competition Announces New Spring Event: Indiana-Based Startups to Compete for Cash, Connections
Today The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship and coworking, announced the launch of a second date for Crossroads Pitch Competition, its statewide competition for Indiana-based startups. Now in its fifth year, the flagship Crossroads event occurs in fall. Applications are open for the new spring event, with finals scheduled to take place in March.
See how Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is gaining momentum at https://www.crossroadspitch.com/
“Indiana’s startup scene is hot right now,” said Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming at The Mill, “and fast access to capital is essential to startup growth. Founders can’t afford to wait a whole year for the next Crossroads. We’re adding a spring event to expand the window of opportunity and grow Indiana’s innovation economy.”
The winner of Crossroads receives a prize package of cash and in-kind services valued at over $10,000, as well as priority consideration to pitch at Elevate Ventures’ prestigious Nexus Pitch Competition for the chance to win up to $80,000 more. Competitors also connect to the state’s startup ecosystem leaders by gaining exposure to Crossroads judges, a panel of over 30 representatives from state and regional investors, entrepreneurs, and business experts.
The Bloomington Express Employment Professionals office is proud to announce that Employment Specialist Rachael Vuich is now the Light Industrial Team Lead. In this position, Vuich will lead her team of Employment Specialists to finding good jobs for good people. “Rachael has earned the position by going over and above for the team, training new team members, and showing her dedication and passion for her work.” said Maria Douglas, Vice President of Operations. Congratulations on this achievement Rachael! The Bloomington Express Employment Professionals franchise serves Bloomington and the greater Monroe county area with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including administrative, commercial, technical, sales, and more. The Your City office, located at 333 E. Winslow Rd, is currently accepting applications.
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