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Lawrence E. Clark grew up in a musical house with a singing mother and drummer father. However, a musical background didn’t stop Clark’s family from becoming upset when he turned down a high-paying job at IBM to pursue music. Clark remembered they stayed angry until he got a job with Beef an…

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Nothing extraordinary ever happens without someone reaching past the constraints of the current reality to ask, “What if…?” I spend a lot of time thinking about these things, and so does Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). What if Indianapolis and Central Indiana were the best city …

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The saying “no man is an island” is especially true in business. One of a business owner’s most important tools is a list of other businesspeople who can serve as mentors, partners or clients. In order to build such a list, entrepreneurs need to network. 

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Siblings Lloyd Sprowl and Lorri Hobbs grew up around death. Their uncle owned a funeral home. Sprowl remembers visiting his uncle’s funeral home in third grade and being in awe at how the deceased looked as if they were peacefully sleeping. As they saw their uncle take care of grieving famil…

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Indiana law forbids both medical and recreational marijuana, so many might be confused when they see cannabidiol (CBD) products now legally available in medicinal and natural food stores. Both CBD oil and marijuana derive from cannabis, so why is one legal when the other is not?

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TechPoint’s Mira Awards on April 13 might be Indiana’s biggest night for technology this year. For 20 years the awards highlighted exceptional members of Indiana’s tech scene, with categories including Best New Product, Investor of the Year and Tech Educator of the Year. As the role of techn…

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In recent years, society went from describing opioid abuse as a moral failing to framing it as a disease. The change in tone is fitting because substance abuse is not just a physical problem.

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Despite stereotypes of drug addicts being unemployed or underemployed, many opioid abusers go to work every day. In fact, more than 200,000 employees across the state suffer from substance abuse, according to Mike Thibideau, director of Indiana Workforce Recovery. This impacts about 80 perce…

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Online sales and e-commerce dominate the typical discussion regarding the economy and the future of sales. While the trend is indeed changing the landscape of sales, does it mean that your sales force will soon be obsolete? Absolutely not. Most of the dollars spent on the sales effort are sp…

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Neither families nor businesses are simple, yet many entrepreneurs discover family businesses can be personally and financially rewarding. However, family businesses contain unique advantages and challenges for budding entrepreneurs.

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Diversity has always been a hot topic among HR professionals. While race and gender have historically been front and center in discussions on diversity, disability and culture are picking up speed as businesses are increasingly focused on how diversity in their workforces supports their bott…

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At the Pardi Gras 2019 pitch contest, 10 local minority-owned tech businesses showcased their products and business plans. Two days later, they attended a party meant to raise money for local minority businesses and the three best pitches received monetary awards.

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More employers are trying to hire a diversity of races, genders and sexual orientations. While those diversity efforts are helpful, they often overlook another important demographic: the disabled. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four people have a di…

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The Titanic sunk in 1912 not only because it hit an iceberg barely noticeable from the surface, but because of a number of flaws in both the design of the ship and safety precautions that weren’t taken before it left the harbor. These problems were hidden until a crisis was encountered — but…