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June / July 2014

Evansville Business

Point of Sale

Retail, simply put, is the sale of goods and services to the end user. It can be as large as a chain department store that sells a wide variety of items, or as small as a one-person operation with a limited set of products.

Back Talk

Sara Miller

Job: Evansville Region President, Southern Region CEO at Old National Bank Hometown: Aurora, Indiana

Business Front

Goodbye, Farewell and Amen

Don’t get too excited by the title of this column. I know some of you were probably ready to help me pack, load up, and ready to chip in for gas for the U-Haul. Unfortunately for you, I am only retiring from coaching youth sports. For me, frankly, this is a really big deal — a huge part of my life, and a big part of who I am.

Full Speed Ahead

When we last visited with Nix Welding Service in the December/January 2013 issue of Evansville Business, the Poseyville, Indiana, company was busy with all kinds of projects, and was preparing to start up its own painting and powder coating operation. A year and a half later, the system is up and running, giving the 112-year-old family business control of the entire fabricating process. Matthew Nix, the fifth-generation president, says things are going well.

Cookies for Canines

Very few dogs can resist the allure of peanut butter. As soon as I begin to open the jar, my pup magically appears at my feet with an unbreakable trance, staring me down. In 2009, local entrepreneur Chris Thomas discovered a way to share his peanut butter with his Great Pyrenees, Bear, by whipping up healthy (and safe) cookies in his own kitchen.

Invasive Species

Sometime in early 2002, a shipment was made into Michigan from Asia. The crate contained ash wood to help stabilize it. And unbeknownst to anyone at the time, the ash wood was carrying some very troublesome insects. The Emerald Ash Borer has now invaded 22 states and Canada. It has already destroyed around 200 million ash trees, and many more are expected to be damaged and killed. The insects have invaded almost all of Indiana, though they have yet to be detected in Evansville.

Back to the Basics

The familiar saying of “you are what you eat” has become a lifestyle for Jerry and Marsha Steckler, who are the founders of Steckler Grassfed, a family-owned, pasture-based, certified organic farm in Southern Indiana. Twenty-nine years ago, the Stecklers worked as conventional dairy farmers and kept their cattle in confinement. But in 1994, Steckler Grassfed made a commitment to a more natural way of farming that combines organic production practices with intensive rotational grazing on the 200-acre farm in Dale, Indiana.

Glass Act

The slim, stylish appearance of Google’s newest product, Google Glass, aims to bring sci-fi technology into the everyday world. Since May 2012, the company famous for its white background search engine and Doodles has tested eyeglasses with smartphone capabilities in an invitation-only Explorer program. “It can do anything my phone can do but it’s hands-free,” says Andrew Heil, an Evansville resident who participated in Explorer and has owned a pair since summer 2013. “I don’t have to be down here on my phone.”

Building a Bridge

When Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was appointed to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s Blue Ribbon Transportation Panel last year, he already knew which project he’d need to promote: a new Interstate 69 bridge over the Ohio River. “I think there is a notion in Indianapolis that Interstate 69 is done once it gets to Indianapolis,” says Winnecke. “That’s not the end of the road. It has to be connected to the south.”

Making Its Mark

The innovative marketing staff at Extend Group listens to organizations, hears their challenges, and implements solutions to change the way they are perceived. The job the company does for its clients, it also has to do for itself — starting at home in the office.

Wills vs. Trusts

Conventional wisdom says that all adults should have a will in place, and many need to protect their assets with a trust. Evansville attorney Bill Bussing says it might be time to think differently — and save money. Bussing estimates he has written more than 2,500 wills and 500 trusts since he hung out his shingle 25 years ago on Washington Avenue. Now he’s writing fewer of both, in part because all but the very wealthy are exempt from estate taxes.

Revamping Princeton

In the middle of the workday, the drive through Princeton consists of many starts and stops. Flaggers, orange barrels, and safety barriers are just about everywhere. The familiar white cargo vans and pickup trucks with heavy-duty toolboxes are evident on almost every block. Princeton’s reputation and appearance had declined in the last half of the century. Then Toyota built an automotive plant just south of town, and the changes started. Good paying jobs for 4,500 people can obviously make the sun shine brighter for any community.

Everything in Harmony

Music shoppers in the Tri-State are lucky to have some great mom and pop shops. To name just a few, there are Opus 1 and The Musician’s Den in Evansville, and Abba Music in Henderson, Kentucky. Then there’s the granddaddy of local shops, Moore Music on Morgan Avenue in Evansville. Armed with a brand new look, a stunning inventory, and a state of the art recording studio, Moore Music is perched to bridge the gap between local and regional.