IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI Seeks Companies to Partner with Student Teams

I-Core students present their semester-long project to Kelley professors and company representatives.

The following is a release from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis:

When digital recording provider Word Systems, Inc. sought to find new ways to use a certain type of software, they enlisted undergraduate students from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

“We wanted to explore other applications for our iRecord software, which is currently used by law enforcement agencies when they conduct interviews during investigations,” explained Christy Walchle, vice president at Word Systems, which distributes and markets the iRecord software. “We’ve never explored other applications for the product before, and we realized these student teams could give us insight we may not have considered.”

Junior-level students enrolled in Kelley’s Integrative Core (I-Core) Program helped the company identify innovative uses for its product and how it could expand to different markets.

“The students brought in a lot of great ideas that we’d never thought of before,” said Walchle. “This experience allowed us to think outside the box. You come to a point in business when you think you know everything about a certain product or application. When the Kelley students and professors ask you questions you may not have asked yourself, you realize what you don’t know. It puts us back in the classroom, as well.”

It was a similar experience for IMMI, a Westfield-based company that designs, tests and manufactures advanced safety systems like seatbelts for school buses.

“As a global company based here in central Indiana, IMMI is thrilled to partner with the Kelley School at IUPUI to grow and develop the region’s next generation of business leaders,” said Julie Cooley, director of corporate marketing and communications at IMMI.

IMMI worked with student teams during the fall 2016 semester, and company representatives have already signed up to participate in I-Core again this fall.

“When we give the students real-world scenarios to work through, not only do we help them, but they also help us,” said Cooley. “I-Core is a tremendous program because it’s mutually beneficial. The Kelley students at IUPUI are extremely engaged and are delightful to work alongside.”

Guiding future business leaders: Sign up today

The Kelley School of Business at IUPUI is again looking for central Indiana businesses to partner with undergraduate student teams for its renowned I-Core Program.

I-Core is a distinguishing component of the Kelley bachelor’s degree program. Junior-level students take a set of four integrated classes—marketing, finance, supply chain management and team dynamics and leadership—during a single semester.

Kelley students say I-Core is one of the most meaningful experiences of their Kelley careers—a rite of passage toward understanding the business world and the value of teamwork.

Company representatives say the program provides insights into future opportunities, and it allows them to think about products and services in ways they may not have before.

Students may consider new goods or services, providing a feasibility study of the new product and market. They will determine if return on investment justifies risk and capital investment.

“I recommend this to any company looking to expand its current market or explore new ways of growing business,” added Walchle. “It was rewarding to give back to these business students and guide them through this process.”

“I was impressed with the level of engagement I had with students,” said Mike Patterson, vice president of strategy at Rook Security. “Throughout the semester, they communicated with me regularly as they considered new ways to market two of our newest products.”

“Students give you a new and modern perspective,” explained Daniel Reyzman, BS’10, MBA’15, senior manager, tax product at First Advantage Tax Consulting Services, LLC. “Participating in this program allowed us to build rapport with future business leaders. I believe if you can contribute to students’ growth and learning, you’re contributing to our future as a business—and the future of our economy here in central Indiana, as well.”

How to get involved

Please request and complete an application if you’d like your business to be involved.

Any for-profit organization can apply. The ideal company for I-Core is an S Corporation, C Corporation or LLC that has been operating for three to five years and has shown an operating profit for at least one year.

Several teams of undergraduate students (directed by a Kelley professor) will meet with company representatives to establish projects that work to benefit the company. Students conduct research, analyze findings and provide a recommendation at the end of the semester. This provides companies with a diversity of ideas and perspectives.

Company representatives are asked to participate in an on-campus meeting to talk about the company’s current business and provide background information to help student analysis.

If you would like more information on this program, or to request an application, contact Teresa Bennett at tkbennet@iupui.edu or at (317) 278-9173.

Hoosier Gasket Corporation Receives Presidential Award for Exports

The following is a release from the U.S. Department of Commerce:

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Indianapolis-based Hoosier Gasket Corporation with the 2017 President’s “E” Award for Exports at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 22. The President’s “E” Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.

“Hoosier Gasket has demonstrated a sustained commitment to export expansion. The “E” Award Committee was very impressed with Hoosier Gasket’s growth in employment directly tied to exports,” said Secretary Ross in his congratulatory letter to the company announcing its selection.

Hoosier Gasket Corporation is a designer and manufacturer of high quality gaskets and seals for automotive, construction, agriculture, marine, power generation and other industries.

“Exporting is an important and growing part of our business, with exports now accounting for 15% of our total sales and supporting 15% of the 140 jobs in our Indianapolis headquarters,” said Oleg Gostomelsky, vice president at Hoosier Gasket Corporation. “Buyers and consumers in foreign markets want quality products made in the United States, and we are very honored to receive the ‘E’ Award.”

In total, Secretary Ross honored 32 U.S. companies and organizations from across the country with the President’s “E” Award for their role in strengthening the U.S. economy by sharing American ingenuity outside of our borders.

U.S. companies are nominated for the “E” Awards through the U.S. Commercial Service, part of the Department’s International Trade Administration. With offices across the United States and in embassies and consulates around the world, the International Trade Administration lends its expertise at every state of the exporting process by promoting and facilitating exports and investment into the United States; administering anti-dumping and countervailing duties orders; and removing, reducing or preventing foreign trade barriers.

U.S. exports totaled $2.21 trillion in 2016, accounting for nearly 12% of U.S. gross domestic product. Exports supported an estimated 11.5 million jobs nationwide in 2015, according to the International Trade Administration.

IDEM Seeks Nominations for 2017 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

The following is a release from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM): 

IDEM is seeking nominations for the 2017 Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. This award is the state’s most prestigious environmental recognition.

The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Indiana citizen, business, nonprofit organization, school, or government agency. All projects submitted must demonstrate significant, measurable results that positively impact Indiana’s environment. Nominated projects must be sustainable, innovative, exemplary, and thoroughly documented. Nominations must be received by IDEM no later than 5 p.m. (EDT) Friday, July 28, 2017.

To learn more about the Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, including past awardees and the nomination process, please visit http://www.IN.gov/idem/GovAwards or contact Justin Paicely, IDEM’s Program and Compliance Director, at 800-451-6027 or GovAwards@idem.IN.gov.

Gov. Holcomb Statement on the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card

Gov. Holcomb offered the following statement on the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 Report Card and 10th annual workforce survey released Tuesday:

This report card makes clear our state’s strengths and challenges: Indiana is a top state for doing business, but to meet the demands of our growing economy we must double-down on efforts to attract and prepare a ready workforce.

There is no single solution for improvement. The only way we’ll take our state to the next level is with a comprehensive strategy, and Indiana has the right roadmap.

From improving roads and bridges to attacking the drug epidemic, from prekindergarten to adult career training, from more direct flights to enhanced regional development—all of these efforts combined will help build healthier, more vibrant communities that are magnets for jobs and growth.

Now is the time for our state’s leaders to come together and put in the hard work that will improve the lives of Hoosiers.

We appreciate the governor’s support and attentiveness to our efforts.

Worth Waiting For: A Personally-Delivered Diploma 18 Years After Commencement

Purdue University Northwest Communication and Creative Arts Department Head/Associate Professor Tom Roach, attired in graduation cap and gown, personally delivered to alumna Valerie Gonzalez at her Griffith store the Purdue diploma she expected to receive 18 years ago.

The following story was submitted by Purdue University Northwest:

Valerie Gonzalez didn’t give much thought initially to the fact her diploma failed to arrive in her home mailbox after she had participated in Purdue University Calumet Commencement Exercises back in the spring of 1999.

University graduates typically do not receive their diploma at Commencement Exercises, but rather weeks later in the mail.

As a communication/public relations major whose work load as a freelance writer had grown substantially, “the need for that piece of paper never came up as I worked, and so it kind of slipped from my mind,” Gonzalez said.

But when her diploma was still a no-show 17 years later, she decided last summer to follow up with her presumed alma mater.

It’s complicated
Upon contacting what is now Purdue University Northwest’s Hammond Campus, she discovered that the issue of her absent diploma had gone down a path of institutional procedural twists and turns of which she was unaware.

“It was a combination of two factors,” said the now 42-year-old owner of Charcuterie, a Griffith delicatessen/specialty grocery store. “I was told I was missing (academic) credits, which I didn’t think was possible, and also that I had an outstanding library fine.”

The academic credits issue arose from an incomplete she took in a final semester course in 1999. It was quickly resolved after the course instructor—Associate Professor of Communication and current Purdue Northwest Communication and Creative Arts Department Head Tom Roach—came into her store one day last fall to purchase some feta cheese.

Professorial attention
“Valerie recognized me and then proceeded to tell me she had graduated in 1999, but had never received her diploma,” Roach said. “When I got back to campus, I asked one of our academic advisors, Caitlyn Lackey, to investigate. We discovered that though Valerie had not satisfied the incomplete she took in my class, she had achieved strong enough marks throughout the course to easily pass and earn the necessary credits.”

As for the library fine, Noemi Elizalde, who acts as PNW’s graduation coordinator, said university policy prohibits awarding diplomas to otherwise qualified students who have university financial encumbrances to satisfy.

“You wouldn’t believe how many diplomas we have on hold because of unpaid student fees,” she said, pointing to a drawer-full of prospective graduate files.

Missing journal
As Valerie recalls, “I think it was a scholarly journal they said I hadn’t returned and was missing.”

After Roach paid the $35 fine to resolve the matter, he and Lackey agreed a graduation celebration was in order. For the occasion, Roach attired himself in traditional, graduation cap and gown and drove to Gonzalez’s store, surprising her with his personal delivery of the Purdue diploma she expected to receive nearly 18 years earlier—post-dated May 17, 1999.

“It was the best graduation I could have had—even better than the first one,” she said.

State Calls on Students to Take a ‘Roadtrip’ to Career Success

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has announced a new initiative, “Roadtrip Indiana,” that aims to help Hoosier students make more informed decisions about their futures through intentional career exploration and direct engagement with employers across the state.

“Our goal with ‘Roadtrip Indiana’ is two-fold: empowering our students to find their career paths while showcasing the dynamic range of job opportunities right here in Indiana,” said Commissioner Teresa Lubbers. The effort is being launched as part of the state’s annual “Career Ready” campaign that promotes greater career exploration and work-based learning opportunities for Hoosier students.

Developed as part of the long-running Public Television program Roadtrip Nation, the Roadtrip Indiana spin-off will follow three Hoosier students on a journey across Indiana as they explore their career interests through interviews with employers in a variety of high-growth sectors. The Roadtrip Indiana initiative will also include classroom resources for schools and a Roadtrip Nation “Share Your Road” platform to engage more employers in sharing their stories.

Students interested in joining the Indiana Roadtrip can apply online through May 22. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and pursuing – or planning to pursue – some form of education or training beyond high school (two- or four-year college, vocational school, trade school, etc.). Applicants must be available to commit to two weeks of travel in August 2017. All travel expenses, plus a daily stipend for food, are paid for by Roadtrip Nation.

Indiana road-trippers will be selected in July 2017, and the two-week trip across Indiana in Roadtrip Nation’s iconic, green RV will take place in August. The documentary will air on public television in 2018, with footage also appearing on other video platforms. The state will begin engaging Indiana employers to contribute to the online “Share Your Road” platform this coming fall, with the classroom resources available to local schools beginning in 2018.

Roadtrip Indiana Partners
Led by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Roadtrip Indiana is made possible with business, government and philanthropic support. Roadtrip Indiana partners include the Strada Education Network, Cummins, First Source Bank, TechPoint, EmployIndy, the Indiana Department of Education, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

About the Career Ready Campaign
Career Ready is an annual public awareness campaign that kick offs each spring to engage Hoosier students in meaningful career exploration activities and work-based learning experiences – like internships – that help them prepare for the future. Educators, local businesses and community partners can take advantage of the free Career Ready resources available online.

About Roadtrip Nation
Roadtrip Nation, known for its New York Times best-selling career guide, award-winning television series, extensive online content archive and innovative classroom curriculum, is a career exploration organization that empowers people to define their own roads in life. Combining self-reflection with real-world exposure, Roadtrip Nation’s tools enable individuals to connect their interests to compatible life pathways and find meaningful work. Learn more at RoadtripNation.com and RoadtripNation.org.

Early Learning Coalitions Summit Set for June 5

The second annual Indiana Summit for Economic Development via Early Learning Coalitions will take place on June 5 at the Monroe County Convention Center in Bloomington. The Indiana Summit will explore the business case for investing in early childhood and learn how to develop, grow and sustain early learning coalitions in communities across the state of Indiana.

Keynote and featured speakers include:

  • Dr. Tim Bartik, economist at W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, who will share the important link between a strong and skilled workforce and investing in early childhood.
  • Hoosier native Erin Ramsey, senior director of Mind in the Making at the Bezos Foundation. She will talk about the brain development that occurs in the early years and its connection to shaping the future workforce.
  • Jeffrey Connor-Naylor, senior associate at Ready Nation, will share highlights from its latest research brief “Social-Emotional Skills in Early Childhood Support Workforce Success.”

Afternoon workshops will focus on helping local communities build strong coalitions with a focus on early childhood. There will also be ample time for networking and connecting with community leaders across the state.

Business, community and education leaders are coming together for the event. Registration is required. The daylong program is just $25.

Indy Eleven Craft Brew Festival Kicks Off May 6

Indy Eleven is excited to announce the fourth annual Craft Brew Festival, set for Saturday, May 6 at Carroll Stadium.

Featuring a two-hour tasting ahead of a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against FC Edmonton, a $40 package gets you into the event, plus a commemorative Indy Eleven tasting cup and a ticket in the Brickyard Battalion section.

The festival includes at least 13 breweries with all but one bringing samples for tasting from right here in the Hoosier State, and more breweries may be added leading up to the event.

Get your tickets now!

Health Insurance Assistance for Your Lower Income Employees

The following was provided by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration:

HIP Employer Link is the state of Indiana’s program to help your eligible workers with their health insurance costs. Once your company is enrolled, for free, eligible employees can then sign up to receive assistance towards their employer-sponsored insurance premium and deductible throughout the insurance year.

How It Works: When an employee enrolls in HIP Employer Link and your health plan, you continue to deduct their health insurance premium from their pay. Each month, before the cost is deducted, HIP Employer Link sends the employee a pre-payment check for the amount of the deduction, minus a small monthly contribution of 2% of the employee’s household income.

Employee Eligibility: Eligible employees are Indiana residents, aged 19-64, who earn 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) or less, and who are eligible for an enrolled employer’s insurance plan. For instance, the income limit for a household of four (either two parents and two children, or one parent and three children) is just over $34,000. For a household of two, the income limit is just over $22,000.

The program is free to employers and requires very little time on your part. Signing up your organization is simple with the online application and a quick upload of insurance plan documents. Employers are only responsible for verifying the employment of any enrollees; the state of Indiana is responsible for income verification. You can learn more about the program by visiting http://hipemployerlink.in.gov.


ChamberCare Solutions from the Indiana Chamber
Indiana Chamber members also have access to a full range of high-quality group insurance plans and options through the ChamberCare Solutions program, a partnership between the Chamber and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield that has served thousands of Chamber members for the past fourteen years. Retain your valuable employees, attract new talent and take advantage of significant savings with the right plan for your business’ unique needs and preferences. Ask your insurance agent, or contact us at (317) 264-6858 or membership@indianachamber.com for questions and additional details. 

Hackers: Join the IoT Civic Hackathon April 21 in Fishers

Have an idea to disrupt and energize Indiana’s economy with IoT? Help us make, move, and grow the Indiana of Things!
Don’t miss the IoT Civic Hackathon, produced by the AT&T Developer Program. AT&T and other top technology sponsors will be challenging participants to build IoT applications using government data, APIs and any hardware of their choosing. Hack and build IoT apps and projects, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. We will have experts from AT&T and the local community onsite to assist with your development.

You Bring…
Your laptop, skills and ideas. Come with a collaborative, team-focused mindset and/or team-up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #ATTHACK and #IoTCivicHack hashtags. Whether you are a backend person, designer, entrepreneur, student or just interested in tech, you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!

Organizers Supply…
Quick presentations and code samples that help kick start your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. Technical mentors can assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools. Loaner hardware will also be on-site for you to use in your solutions.

Prizes
The hackathon prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge. There will be prizes in the following categories:

  • Best Overall Hack
  • Best Smart City Hack
  • Best Agriculture Innovation
  • Best Manufacturing Innovation
  • Best Logistics/Transportation Innovation

Event Info
When:
Friday, April, 21 at 6 pm – Saturday, April 22 at 9 pm
Location: Launch Fishers, 12175 Visionary Way, Fishers, IN 46038
Cost: Free!
Register now online!