Business Tune-Up: Your Online Etiquette

Online meetings will be embraced in the post-covid world, so now is a good time for business people to stop and take account of our bad zoom habits. Your online etiquette can impact your brand, reputation, and business opportunities. What was easily forgiven in 2020 is already starting to reflect poorly in 2021. Even if you think you have good etiquette, we recommend you test your assumptions with this great blogpost from Fireflies. It’s full of tips, infographics, and humor. And remember, someone is always watching you.

Statehouse Update: Indy Business Community Speaks Out

As bills gain traction and race to beat this week’s committee report deadline, more constituents take notice and use their voice. The Indy business community spoke up last week when a series of bills seeking to usurp local control and undo a decade of community development work were heard in committee.

Brookings: Indiana could have Saved Thousands of Jobs in 2020

Work Share – a partial unemployment program to help companies avoid layoffs during rough times – is an Aspire legislative priority. Brookings just reported Indiana employers could have saved thousands of jobs if this program was available in 2020. What is Work Share? How could it benefit your business? The IBJ produced a masterful report explaining the program and its legislative latency in Indiana. But we think there is hope.

High School Pitch Competition Application Deadline Approaching

Entrepreneurism and growing local businesses is part of the roadmap to get Johnson County’s economy to the next level. This includes inspiring students to explore entrepreneurism. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. and The STARTedUP Foundation organize a great program local high school students should explore: the Innovate WithIN pitch competition. Inside Indiana offers a great overview and the program application is online here.
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This Week's Aspire Member Investor Highlights!
Renewed Member Investors

A New Smile
Ameriprise Financial Albert Rahman
California Custom Fruits & Flavors, Inc.
Duke Energy
Edward Jones
Friends of the Greenwood Public Library
Hightower Graphics, Inc.
Indiana University Credit Union
Ivy Tech Community College
Lehner Designs
Mike Watkins Real Estate Group
Nestlé Waters North America
Pat Enochs
Paul's Glass & Accessories
Raymond James, Raymond James & Associates, Inc. - member NYSE/SIPC
Stillwater Renovations LLC
Waddell & Reed, Inc.
New Member Investors

Demaree Crossing Assisted Living & Memory Care
Merritt Hall Insurance
Northwestern Mutual - Cameron Causey
Synthesis Incorporated
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Community Matters

Wednesday, February 24th
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Interested in economic development in your community? Our February Community Matters event will provide more information on economic development in our area, discuss how new company leads are sent through the lead funnel, and review how our municipalities make the determination of what project they will pursue. Aspire Vice President of Economic Development, Amanda Rubadue and Stone Municipal Group CPA, Adam Stone will be leading the group through fun, interactive presentations that will allow attendees to view the information and participate via small group discussions and a virtual quiz. Amanda Rubadue has 12 years experience in Economic development and Adam has traveled the country and as far as to Sydney Australia in effort to help local governments of all sizes manage growth and improve their operational effectiveness. We’ll see you on Wednesday, February 24 at 3:30pm!

SKILLFUL 104: Employee Retention
Friday, February 19th
9:00am - 10:30am
Zoom Meeting

Legislation Matters
Friday, March 5th
11:30am - 1:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Community Engagement Team
Monday, March 8th
10:00am - 11:00am
Zoom Meeting

HR Roundtable
Tuesday, March 9th
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Growth + Planning
Thursday, March 11th
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Member Profile: CKV Finished Products
CKV Finished Products was established in 2005 and provides sales and installation of closet shelving, shower doors, bath accessories, and other finished products for new construction and remodels to the greater Indianapolis area.

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