Escape with us this summer at the first ever Hard Truth Food and Spirits Festival!
Explore the Hard Truth Distilling Co. property as you taste foods from five different regions of the United States. These five regions represent the areas of the country in which Hard Truth spirits are available. Each station will have two main dishes tapas style, a dessert, and two cocktails inspired by the section of the country we are representing. Purchase of a food or beverage item will get you a stamp on your passport. Carnival games will be at each region to play and keep you entertained. When you collect a stamp on your passport from each Region and win a Festival prize! You don’t need to go far to travel wide this summer!
Tickets are $20 a person which includes your passport, sunglasses, and a swag bag. Come travel with us every Saturday in June from 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Resale App, IVF Tech Company Win 2023 Spring Crossroads Pitch Competition: Everewear wins pre-seed, ReproHealth Technologies wins seed division
The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, today announced the winners of the Spring 2023 Crossroads Pitch Competition. Indianapolis company Everewear won the pre-seed competition for its AI-powered platform for resale clothing. Indianapolis-based ReproHealth Technologies, the winner of the seed competition, uses biomedical engineering and embryology to improve in vitro fertilization (IVF). Everewear will receive a $10,000 investment from Flywheel Fund. ReproHealth Technologies will receive a $20,000 investment.
“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to accept the Crossroads pre-seed award,” said Everewear founder Anna Dorris. “The support from The Mill and Flywheel Fund for Indiana startups has been incredible to witness, and I am so glad to now be a part of the ecosystem. The cash prize allows for Everewear to further our pre-seed raise and gets us one step closer to moving sustainable fashion forward. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry, and we will not be able to reach circularity until we solve the discoverability problem that is inherent with secondhand clothes. I am very grateful to have Crossroads’ support in our mission.”
The Telly Awards named WTIU Public Television the winner of 10 awards in its 44th annual competition, which honors excellence in video and television across all screens.
WTIU’s television series Journey Indiana earned five Tellys, including four Silvers in the cultural, videography/cinematography, automotive/vehicles, and editing categories, and one Bronze in the travel/tourism category.
“Peggy’s Poetry and Zarg,” a segment from WTIU’s local children’s series The Friday Zone, won five Tellys, including five Bronzes in the voiceover, children, and directing categories.
After receiving these Telly Awards, WTIU and its sister station WFIU Public Radio have earned a total of 38 awards so far this year, including 16 Society of Professional Journalists Awards from the Indiana Professional Chapter, nine Communicator Awards, and three Regional Murrows. WTIU is also nominated for 11 NATAS Central Great Lakes Emmys. The Emmy winners will be announced on June 17.
Cardinal Spirits, the craft distillery in Bloomington, Ind., has been named a winner in four categories of USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, including #2 for Best Canned Cocktails in the country.
In addition to Best Canned Cocktails, the distillery also earned USA Today 10Best awards for Best Craft Specialty Spirits (placing #8), Best Craft Vodka (#6), and Best Craft Rum (#8). This is the fifth consecutive year that Cardinal Spirits has earned USA Today 10Best awards in multiple categories.
Cardinal Spirits is the only Indiana company among the winners in all four categories of these national awards. These achievements bring national attention to Cardinal Spirits’ highly-rated spirits and canned cocktails, which are distributed in 13 states and Washington D.C.
The June/July issue of Bloom is off to the printer and set to hit newsstands beginning June 6 with our 17th Annual Homes Guide inside and on the cover. The issue will also highlight a little-known Bloomington connection for a current national newsmaker, and will have a look in pictures at Bloomington Speedway's inaugural race of their 100th anniversary season.
The Mill today announced that it was awarded $1,370,325 from the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) to expand Code/IT Academy across 10 Indiana Uplands counties over the next three years. Code/IT Academy provides free training to grow Indiana’s tech talent pool and to help Hoosiers access higher-paying jobs in the digital economy. Code/IT is a partnership between The Mill, Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI), and Ivy Tech. The funds were awarded by the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee, ROI Board of Directors, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC).
“We are incredibly grateful to READI, ROI, and the IEDC for sharing our vision of Indiana as a leader in tech, and for funding the expansion of Code/IT Academy to reach more Hoosiers,” said Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill. “The Uplands has enviable assets and opportunities for both tech companies and tech talent. Code/IT opens the door to those opportunities a little wider, to bring more folks into the new economy and its good-paying jobs.”
Code/IT’s ten weeks of free training prepares individuals for certifications and jobs in areas such as web development, IT administration, CompTIA Security+, and Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner. Ivy Tech instructors teach three sessions of Code/IT a year on a variety of in-demand topics. Participants join study groups and hone soft skills, and receive career coaching through the Ivy+ Career Link program.
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is offering Welding courses at Martinsville High School this summer. Classes start June 5 and will run for eight-weeks. MIG Welding will be held on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and TIG Welding will be held on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Welding classes could be free with the state’s Next Level Jobs grant for students who qualify.
There are no pre-requisites and classes are open to anyone seeking welding training. Future plans include the opportunity to earn a full Structural Welding certification entirely in Martinsville.
More classes will also be offered this fall at both Martinsville High School and in Mooresville, Ind. Classes will continue to be held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings in Martinsville and classes will be held on Wednesday evenings in Mooresville.
For more information and to begin the registration process, contact Sarah Cote, Dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812-330-6310.
Ivy Tech Bloomington offers more than 40 career and four-year transfer programs, with courses that start multiple times per year for quick entry and graduation. To get started, apply for free online at ivytech.edu, call 812-330-6013, or email askBloomington@ivytech.edu. For information on free training programs at Ivy Tech Bloomington, visit ivytech.edu/bloomington/NLJ.
UpSkill Work & Learn and Code/IT programs awarded READI funding; will strengthen regional talent pipeline in the Indiana Uplands
Two talent development programs have been awarded READI funding from the Indiana Uplands READI Steering Committee, ROI Board of Directors, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to prepare high school students and adults for regionally relevant, high-demand careers in the Uplands.
Regional Opportunity Initiatives (ROI) was awarded $ 729,373 in READI funds for the UpSkill Work and Learn program. The Mill was awarded $ 1,370,325 in READI funds to expand Code/IT Academy across 10 Indiana counties over the next three years.
UpSkill Work and Learn
Informed by the modern youth apprenticeship model, UpSkill is a 2-3 year opportunity that provides students in grades 11 and 12 with paid employment, on-the-job experiences, classroom instruction, college credits, and industry-recognized credentials. ROI serves as the intermediary organization working with high schools, students, and employers to facilitate applicants, interviews, placement, trainings, and ongoing guidance.
UpSkill’s pilot program has showed success this first year, with 27 students placed in 6 Uplands counties. Eleven employers and five school districts are participating in the pilot, and the READI funding will allow the program to be scaled to all parts of the region over the next three years. Students are gaining skills in regionally relevant UpSkill positions such as Robotic Tech, Engineering Tech, Business Operations, Information Tech, and CAD Design.
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Welcome Summer with the Fourth and Rogers Block Party on Friday, June 2nd, 5 pm – 9 pm
All are invited! The 4th Annual Fourth and Rogers Block Party is back to celebrate the neighborhood! The Block Party includes new Gallery Walk art exhibits at Pictura Gallery/FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, Rainbow Bakery, I Fell, Lotus Firebay and Juniper Art Gallery. West 4th Street will be closed for a block on either side of Rogers Street with plentiful art, food, music, and fun for all ages.
Family friendly art and activities also provided by...Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana, Bloomingfoods, Cherry Canary Vintage, Constellation Stage and Screen, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Griffy’s Art Supply, Icarus Photography, Jazzercise Bloomington, Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, Mother of Clay, Rhett Skateboarding, Ritmos Latinos Indiana, Rock Paper Scissors, Rose Hill Farm Stop, Roses Midwest, Secretly Group, The People’s Portraiture, The Seedlings Flower Truck...and more!
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