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A Big Year for Best Buddies Indiana


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photographer / Nathaniel Edmunds Photography It has been an incredible privilege to help promote an organization that is as exceptional as Best Buddies Indiana as well as serve a media sponsor for their annual gala. We are pleased to share with our readers the latest progress that the staff and volunteers have made in 2015 and will continue in 2016 as they enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The efforts made by the Best Buddies Indiana board of directors, staff, gala auxiliary committee, sponsors, donors and volunteers resulted in ...

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Living Well and Loving Chocolate


Perspectives from a Health Coach Writer / Cindy Argentine Dawn Parker is a Zionsville health coach who helps clients discover the best nutrition for their unique needs, whether they have a food intolerance or other concerns. She initially worked in pharmaceutical sales but made a career change after discovering a passion for holistic nutrition. I spoke with her recently to learn more about what healthy living, and particularly healthy eating, should look like for all of us. You’ve written a book called “The Healthy Chocoholic.” Does that title describe you? I am a chocolate lover – I eat it every ...

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Sheryl Matthys Creates Successful Women Made Here


Writer / Kara Reibel Photography provided Entrepreneur Sheryl Matthys combines her diverse skill set and her passion for helping other female business owners with her Successful Women Made Here monthly networking group. While working as a news reporter at an NBC affiliate in South Bend, Matthys was moonlighting with a videographer filming material for “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol” with the Indiana State Police. “I’ve always worked hard and kept busy,” says Matthys. Given her background in radio and TV, Matthys credits her work ethic to her father, a hardworking farmer in South Bend. She attained a master’s degree ...

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Rebooting our Workforce


Writer / Janelle Morrison Photos / LatkaPhoto.com Eleven Fifty Academy, located in Carmel, a nonprofit coding academy, is expanding its outreach programs to 20 communities throughout Indiana in 2016. The academy teaches the most relevant and up-to-date coding coursework, through immersive learning, to those interested in becoming a first-time coder, making a career change to become a coder or skilling up in their current coding role. Their classes are offered at subsidized rates, thanks in part to donations from individuals, companies and unique partnerships. Their mission is creating an ecosystem of coding talent that benefits the individual, their employer and ...

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What To Do in Carmel…There’s an App For That


Writer / Janelle Morrison Whether you are a local resident or a visiting guest of Carmel, there is a central repository of event, dining and shopping information that is available now with just the touch of an app. The city of Carmel has recently launched its Carmel Community Guide app, connecting its residents and visitors with the myriad of businesses, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues throughout the city. As the city continues to experience growth in its central core, it became even more important to have a mechanism in place to distribute information that would be accessible and appealing to ...

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Growing Fellowship Using the Multisite Model


Writer / Janelle Morrison One of the area’s largest churches, Traders Point Christian Church (TPCC) Northwest, has expanded its reach to the north side and has launched a multisite in Carmel. They are adding multiple locations throughout the Indianapolis area, so that people can worship in their community, invite their friends to church and use their gifts to serve the local church. The church, whose average weekly attendance is comprised of more than 5,000 adults and children combined, recognized a need to establish roots in the city of Carmel. Approximately 900 attendees were present at the launch of Traders Point ...

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Making Waves with Billie Dragoo


Writer / Kara Reibel Photographer / Amy Unger RepuCare Founder, President and CEO Billie Dragoo has an office so heavily decorated with awards and accolades that it appears to be a trophy room at a Hall of Fame museum. Dragoo is honored to have received every award proudly displayed in her office. When asked about her most coveted achievement or award, Dragoo doesn’t hesitate to say “the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Junior Achievement Award I received alongside fellow Laureates David Simon (SIMON Group), Dave P. Lindsey (Defender Direct) and Michael Smith (Anthem) the same year.” Make no mistake, ...

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Pedaling Forward Into 2016


Writer / Janelle Morrison We are well into the first part of the new year, and while some people have hit the ground running, one of our newest city councilors representing the central district of Carmel, Bruce Kimball, prefers to pedal his way forward. Kimball was raised in a small town – Lebanon, Ohio – where both parents were school teachers and active in the community. Kimball graduated from Hanover College with a major in geology and business. He was involved in multimillion dollar contracts and sales of oil drilling equipment prior to the price collapse of the U.S. oil ...

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OneZone: Plans for 2016


OneZone hits the ground running in 2016 Writer / Janelle Morrison It has been nearly a year since the Carmel and Fishers Chambers of Commerce officially merged into OneZone. I sat with Mo Merhoff and Dan Canan to discuss the goals for OneZone going into the first full calendar year as a united front and what the terrain looks like for their organization after they have cleared the obstacles and hurdles of the merger process. “Our three main goals were to set a 5 percent growth goal for our first 10 months together,” said Mo Merhoff, OneZone President. “We officially ...

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OneZone Calendar Section – Taste of Carmel


January Friday, January 8 Legislative Breakfast The Bridgewater Club – Carmel Wednesday, January 13 January Luncheon: Why Business People Need to Get Involved in Politics Ritz Charles – Carmel Anne Hathaway, President of Hathaway Strategies, joins us to talk about engagement in the legislative process and the ability to influence legislative outcomes without running for office. Hathaway has a lifetime of experience and has built a record of success from the grassroots all the way to the very highest levels of American politics and government. In addition to her involvement in national political initiatives and planning, she has served as ...

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