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What J.R. Martinez Can Teach us About Adaptability

Posted by aprile on May 23, 2013

J.R. Martinez is known for delivering precise, high-energy dances on ABC's hit television show Dancing with the Stars. During season 13, his waltz, jive, and freestyle dances earned him and partner Karina Smirnoff perfect scores. By the end of the season, these scores ultimately landed him the highly-lauded and sought after mirror ball trophy, positioning him in the ranks of Emmitt Smith, Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi. Before dancing, J.R. Martinez was known as Brot Monroe, a role he played on the ABC daytime drama All My Children. But J.R. Martinez's greatest contribution, inarguably, is the service he provided our country as a U.S. Army soldier.


Building Relationships

Posted by aprile on May 23, 2013

by CJ McClanahan

Recently, I was speaking to a group of entrepreneurs and sales professionals who were attending an educational event with the hopes of learning something new and making a few connections. As I often do in this setting, I asked the audience to raise their hand if they had met someone new that day. All hands went up.

Next, I told the group to keep their hands up if they had met more than 100 people during the past 12 months. 95% of the hands stayed in the air.

Chances are good that you would have been one of those who kept your hands in the air. In fact, my unscientific research shows that most networking/entrepreneur/sales professionals meet at least 200 new people a year.


Aligning For The Common Good

Posted by aprile on May 23, 2013

Scott W. Miller, President, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

The Indianapolis region has transformed over the past 40 years, due in large part to the determination and hard work of civic leaders with a vision for a strong urban core and a better place to live and raise a family. This passion continues today.


Merger of Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Develop Indy, Indy Partnership, and Business Ownership Initiative provides a unified effort for economic development and business growth in the Indianapolis region

INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2012) – Mayor Greg Ballard and the leaders of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Develop Indy, Indy Partnership, and Business Ownership Initiative have approved a merger of the four organizations, creating a single entity charged with increasing economic development and business growth in the Indianapolis region.

"Aligning the strategic resources of these organizations with those of the Chamber will better position our efforts to attract new jobs and grow existing companies," said Mayor Ballard. "The organizations' shared goals of economic vitality and success for Indianapolis will only strengthen as we move forward in building a better future for our Hoosier workforce."


Indianapolis Advances in Key Ranking

Posted by aprile on May 11, 2013

by Scott W. Miller
President, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

In the business world, as in life, there is always an opportunity for improvement. If we aren't focused on improving then we aren't truly living.

The recent news of Indianapolis gradually climbing the rankings of The Business Journal's list of best Midwestern markets for small business is encouraging. The ranking, out last month, lists Indianapolis at number six, behind St. Louis, Columbus, Des Moines, Omaha and the Minneapolis-St. Paul market. Not only did Indianapolis improve from the previously ranked number seven slot, but we are also listed ahead of Kansas City, Chicago, and Grand Rapids. We are making great strides.