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DEPARTMENTS
BOARD ROOM BRIEFS

Rule improves job access for people with disabilities

As of March 24, 2014, any businesses looking to land federal government contracts need to demonstrate ...

Tooth fairy raises $1 million in grants, dental supplies for low-income children

Dr. Judith R. Chin, associate professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the Indiana ...

Educated immigrants experience job mismatch

Though Indiana businesses long have lamented the “brain drain” caused when Indiana college...

Purdue ranks No. 2 for international students

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange by the Institute of ...

Gayle Cook lands on lists of world’s richest people

Hoosier billionaire Gayle Cook, 80, cofounder and owner of Bloomington-based medical device ...

I.U.’s online MBA ranks No. 1 on annual list

U.S. News and World Report named Indiana University’s Kelley Direct the No. 1 online MBA...

Same-sex couples face twice the work filing taxes

Because of a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that requires the federal government to recognize ...
REGIONAL SPOTLIGHT

West Central Indiana
Business leaders agree finding service-ready workers can be a challenge

About five years ago, Lakshmi “Lucky” Reddy and her husband Venkat joined with nine other families in...

County Close-Up
Parke County inspires pilgrimages to visit covered bridges and villages

As the bus filled with tourists that descend upon Parke County for the Covered Bridge Festival ...
STARTUP

Career Consulting
Nichee points directionless clients toward professi onal success

Dea C. Lott knows all about pursuing an education and a career that’s not a good fit. After becoming .....
SKILL SET

In the Crosshairs
4 things you need to do if your business is raided by law enforcement

On March 2, five people were arrested on prostitution and drug charges at the El Bohemio bar in ...
HOOSIER MARKETPLACE

Mom and Pop
Celebrate all they do for you with food, furniture and fun

Soon, it will be time to celebrate Mom and Dad. Finding just the right thing for the person who ...
TECH TALK

Printing Profits
About anything entrepreneurs imagi ne can be brought to life with 3D printers

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Michael Dell changed the world using technology, challenging boundaries ...
WORK STYLE

A Stylish Excursion
Take your image on the road with comfortable yet appropriate fashion

Jet setting is a part of business that can help companies scout new prospects; allow company ...
MDwise
FEATURES
Setting the pace
Rodney Reid exposes youth to racing careers through Nexgeneracers

Not even old enough to have a driver’s license, the tweens and teens pull on their black-and-gray, body-hugging racing uniforms and pop the helmets with the edgy black and silver designs onto their heads.

 

Black Farmers
Administrators approve only one-third of USDA discriminati on claims

Around 1960, Norman E. Greer, did as his ancestors had done for generations since settling in Lyles Station, one of about 40 all-Black farming communities that sprang up around Indiana, and bought 200 acres of land to raise corn, beans and wheat.

 

PRESIDENT'S PAGE
The parallels of driving and business

The cover theme for this issue of Indiana Minority Business Magazine is on the automobile industry and its rich ties to Indiana.

As I pondered our cover theme, I couldn't help but reflect on the parallels of driving and business. While this may seem like a far-fetched comparison, I think you may agree with my analogy as you read on.

 

COLUMNISTS
Employees with ‘Attitude’
How to Reverse the Entitlement Attitude of Your Problem-Staffer

Sherrie is a 25 year-old woman who works for a large mortgage banking firm. As a junior analyst, she receives a generous salary for her few years of experience along with a considerable benefits package. Soon after joining the firm, Sherrie began coming in late to the office at least a few times a week. When her supervisor confronted her about her repeated tardiness, she became defensive, stating that since she can’t control the traffic she should not be penalized for coming in “a few minutes late.” For the rest of the day, Sherrie pouted at her desk, was generally unfriendly and behaved like a victim of unfair criticism.

 

Fair Housing
State commission seeks to “Break the Trend” in discrimination reporting

After the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, Jim Crow laws were introduced. These laws led to discrimination of racial and ethnic minorities, especially African-Americans. Many state courts at the time followed ordinances that enforced the denial of housing to African-Americans in“white-zoned areas.” In fact, it wasn’t until 1948 that these covenants were made illegal.

 

ON THE COVER
Firing on all Cylinders

At revenues exceeding $9.8 billion, Indiana is second only to Michigan in vehicle production, putting more than one out of 10 vehicles on the nation’s roads, as estimated by Automotive News. Though corn appears to be king, the Indiana Business Research Center reported vehicles – including cars, recreational vehicles and business machinery – rather than crops, are the state’s No. 1 export.

Rearview Mirror IndIana’s
Auto Industry Ties Reman Second Only to Detroit's

While driving down Water Street in the Northeast Indiana city of Ligonier, many motorists would notice a vacant threestory building with an aging exterior.

Compressed Natural Gas
State offers incentives for businesses to build stations, convert fleets

Sam Shakir, owner of the Marathon station at 79th Street and Michigan Road in Indianapolis, always is interested in ways to make his gas station more profitable while reducing the government’s tax bite. And he may be willing to shell out $200,000 to achieve those dual goals.“If it’s profitable, I would be interested,” he said.

Status Symbol
These 9 car options send a subtle signal letting others know you’ve arrived

Finally, after working hard to complete a higher education and putting in the time needed to demonstrate excellence, you have landed that dream position at the company where you pictured yourself for a long time. Now may be the time to consider seeking a new vehicle to go with your upgraded professional status. In this issue, Indiana Minority Business Magazine offers some suggestions at three tiers for those who are driven to success.

Recreational Vehicles
Hit Hard by the Great Recession, Northern Indiana Amish Rebound

Driving along U.S. 20 toward Shipshewana, it’s not unusual to see an Old Order Amish wagon retrofitted with plush bucket seats attached to the stark wooden bench where the passengers used to sit. Because of the Ordnung, their religious laws, the hundreds of Amish usually can’t take advantage of the amenities provided by the often-luxurious recreational vehicles they help assemble, since they aren’t allowed to own motorized vehicles. But there’s no law against them using just the seats on their wagons.

Chauffeur Driven
Executives take the backseat to save time and money


As the old saying goes, time is money.

Indianapolis business owner Harold Bell agrees, and he hates to waste either. That’s why there are times when he leaves his car keys in his pocket and rides in the backseat of a chauffeur-driven vehicle.

Mobile Workstations
The right collection of tools can help maintain an efficient office on the go

Though most have a bricks-and-mortar office, some professionals, such as salespeople, probation officers and social workers, do much of their work in their vehicles.

Here are some products that help stave off procrastination, enhance functionality and de-clutter your car.

Education and Training
Aging Workforce Opens Variety of Career Posibillities in Automotive, Trucking

Lawrence Woods originally studied to be a pharmacy technician before he discovered he “didn’t like it at all.” But the automotive service industry presented him with a pleasant surprise in the form of a career option Plan B as he learned to fix his own car to save cash on costly repairs.

Lowriders and Donks
Car customization to suit ethnic preferences nets billions for manufacturers

Osvaldo “Wally” Martinez always enjoyed attending the annual parade marking Mexican Independence Day as a youngster growing up in Northwest Indiana. But when he was about 13 years old, the parade was particularly memorable.

Minority Dealerships
In spite of manufacturer programs, buy-in costs prevent ownership

Perry Watson III has a vivid recollection of the moment that set him on the path to becoming one of Indiana’s most successful business owners.

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