Business Furniture has a brand new showroom space in Fishers, IN called Mindset designed around creating a safe and compelling work environment—one of the very first in the country with this focus. They are hosting a virtual ribbon cutting event next Wednesday, March 3rd. To join them in celebrating the grand opening of their brand new location, register for free here.
Be More Awards Are Open For Business!
This year the Be More Awards, celebrating volunteers and community engagement, has a special category to recognize the efforts and impacts of community-minded businesses during the past year.
Nomination Links and Information Available at: https://www.bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore
The Bloomington Volunteer Network invites you to nominate a business for this special award!
The Be More… Connected award honors a business with a local presence in Monroe County in recognition of their dedication to being a community-minded company. (Business Engagement)
Tell us how this business builds and connects to community through:
Based in Bloomington, Indiana, John Bethell Title Company, Inc. was named as one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the participating employers in Indiana with the leading workplace cultures. The list is made up of 125 companies, and the team at John Bethell Title is thrilled to have made the cut.
Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus has named Greg May, administrative director of adult and family services at Centerstone, its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. At Centerstone, May is responsible for overseeing cross-functional grant teams including criminal justice initiatives as well as business practice alignment for a 20-county service area. With 15 years of experience based in substance use treatment and recovery and his extensive involvement and commitment to mental healthcare, May has made a lasting impact on the community and has achieved significant professional accomplishments.
“Ivy Tech Bloomington is incredibly proud of Greg and the important work he does every day in our community,” said Chancellor Jennie Vaughan. “Ivy Tech graduates are Hoosiers who largely live and work in the communities we serve, and Greg’s success is a fantastic example of how it all starts here [Ivy Tech].”
Bloomington Awarded LEED for Cities and Communities Certification for Actions to Improve Sustainability
Mayor John Hamilton announced today that the City of Bloomington has achieved LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) through the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the world’s most widely used green building rating system, and is designed to help buildings, communities and cities achieve high performance in key areas of human and environmental health. LEED offers a framework that the City can use to measure and track data related to energy, water, waste, transportation, education, health, safety, prosperity and equitability across the community. With this announcement, Bloomington joins a global network of approximately 100 LEED-certified cities and communities.
Bloomington achieved LEED certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at improving sustainability and the standard of living for residents. Some of the criteria on which Bloomington’s sustainability was rated included water efficiency, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, quality of life, and transportation and land use. The City led the process of gathering and presenting the information for certification, but metrics comprising the entire community’s efforts toward sustainability were considered in the evaluation process.
The Audio Publishers Association announced today that WFIU’s podcast The Ernie Pyle Experiment! is a finalist for an Audie Award in the Audio Drama category.
The Ernie Pyle Experiment! was released by WFIU last year. Writer, producer, and actor Michael Brainard created the 13-episode podcast series from the archives of the Ernie Pyle collection at the Lilly Library of Indiana University.
Produced by Brainard and co-executive producer Russell McGee, The Ernie Pyle Experiment! chronicles Ernie Pyle’s pre-war work as a traveling columnist for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper syndicate. Ernie and his wife, Jerry, traveled America from 1935–1942, in quest of interesting stories for his column “The Hoosier Vagabond.” The Ernie Pyle Experiment! explores how it was done.
How has COVID-19 impacted you? Share your experience!
United Ways in Indiana are conducting a survey to better understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Everyone is encouraged to take it. The survey closes on March 5th.
Survey link: https://bit.ly/2MNq5F9
This survey asks about you, your household, and what you are doing to get by.
Local United Ways will receive county level data from the survey. Information collected will help identify trends and local needs, and guide work with community partners to provide resources and support in this difficult time.
We know that this pandemic continues to affect each of us, and we are grateful for your time and response. You are helping United Ways know about the evolving needs in our community to better serve you! THANK YOU!
The Mill, Bloomington’s center for entrepreneurship, announced the launch of a collegiate version of its flagship pitch competition, Crossroads. The new spinoff event, called Crossroads Collegiate Pitch Competition, is open to any student currently enrolled at any Indiana university or college with a startup based in Indiana. The winner will take home a cash prize of $5,000.
The collegiate competition was inspired by the success of going virtual with the signature event last fall, explained Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming for The Mill. “Going virtual allowed us to expand our reach considerably,” Lehman said. “We were able to attract not only more startups, but also more judges, and more diverse participation from every corner of Indiana.” The Mill saw a surge in student interest in 2020, in Crossroads and its other programs, including its Spark Business Plan competition and boot-camp startup classes offered through Indiana University. “We already work with some incredibly talented college students, and we know there are many more across the state. This new event will showcase their innovation and drive. Crossroads Collegiate gives student entrepreneurs the chance to not only win some money, but also to get out in front of judges, entrepreneurs, and investors from all over the state, from South Bend to Evansville.”
Osmon Chiropractic Center to Host "Sweet Life" Event on Saturday, February 20th for Life Designs Inc. Month of Chocolate
It's that time of year again when Osmon Chiropractic Center partners with Life Designs, Inc. for their Month of Chocolate fundraiser to help support those with disabilities in the community! Come join us for chair massages, spray tans, bra fittings, hand and nail treatments, spinal health screenings, and more! Your ticket donation price of $10 ($11 with the sign up fee) will be donated directly to Life Designs and you will get to enjoy all of these things free of charge AND receive a Swag Bag full of goodies at the door!
Due to Covid, we are doing things a little differently this year and have limited spots to each hour of the event, so you will want to sign up right away to get the time slot you would like to attend and to be sure to snag one of the massage, bra fitting, or spray tan slots, as those are limited!
Sign up here>>
Masks will be required day of the event and sanitizing will take place in-between people and groups so we can operate safely, as we do in our practice every day. Additional safety measures include a new air filter system and UV sanitizers in each room that were added even prior to Covid, but seemed to have helped reduce illness within our office. You will be asked to wait in your car or outside until the other group has exited and it is time for your group to enter.
Look forward to seeing you and a friend on February 20th!!
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa at mwickens@drosmon
Meadowood Retirement Community announced that Cathy Jo Parker has been named Interim Executive Director. This move came in order for Larry Diersing to step back and take on more duties in his new role as Regional Director of Operations for Five Star Senior Living. A Healthcare Administrator for some 20 years, Parker has been with Meadowood for five years as Administrator in its Skilled Nursing Facility, the Health Pavilion, and retains that position, serving in both roles at present. She has served in various other leadership roles in the senior living industry. Meadowood is fortunate to have Cathy Jo's experience and knowledge on its team.
"There are so many things that I love about Meadowood, but my favorite part is most undoubtedly the residents,” said Parker
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