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First Responders eat free on the first Friday of every month at all East Allen County Schools!

Responders will: •Eat lunch with students •Build relationships with students •Mentor students •Answer Questions

For your strength, courage, and service… We Say Thanks!

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:39 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

Harris Human Resource Group/ActionCOACH – Business Coaching… Tom Harris
3458 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Phone: 260-416-3404
Web: www.harrishrg.com

Tom Harris, owner of Harris Human Resources Group, Inc. and ActionCOACH-Business Coaching is all about businesses and organizations succeeding. While growing up in Fort Wayne, Harris has been a part of the business world from a very young age. Harris shared, “I had a paper route at ten years of age and I had an almost full-time job at thirteen. Alex Azar hired me and I was clocking thirty and forty hours a week quite often.” Harris was also heavily involved in Junior Achievement in school. He started out as the Marketing Vice President and stated that he couldn’t wait to become President of the Company. Harris said, “We made money and won some awards but I was always involved in entrepreneurial type of stuff growing up.” While Harris shared that high school wasn’t really his strong suit, once he began his college career, he went full speed in earning several degrees from a variety of schools. He said, “When college came in, I got this drive for knowledge. Now I just can’t get enough.” Just some of his degrees are: a BS degree in personnel from IPFW, a MS degree at St. Francis College, and an MBA from Indiana Tech. Those are just a few of the educational opportunities Harris took advantage of. Now, Harris is the owner of two businesses which work hand in hand. One is the Harris Human Resources Group and the second is ActionCOACH-Business Coaching. Both businesses work with business owners to create a smooth running and successful operation. Harris HR Group has as its goal to help any business with any needs they have in Human Resources. They assist with all aspects of human resources from anything like how to hire, how to recruit, and how to select employees, and on to compensation, job descriptions, policy, even the development of employee manuals. Harris said, “I have over twenty-five years in human resources management. I’ve been in large corporations and small corporations, non-for-profits, government, and more. I help clients in all aspects of human resources.” “I also own a franchise with ActionCOACH-Business Coaching”, Harris shared. “It is the largest business coaching business in the world. We are in seventy countries. There are approximately two or three franchises in Indiana. The other two are down near Indy. I am allowed to go anywhere in the state of Indiana and just beyond into Michigan and into Ohio a little bit.”

ActionCOACH is focused on teaching business owners their exclusive business-building strategies that will help to achieve the ActionCOACH definition of a successful business: a commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you. Utilizing sales, marketing, and financial management systems, ActionCOACH not only shows you how to dramatically increase your business revenues and profits but also how to develop your business so that you, the owner, can work less and make more even while relaxing more too. Harris shared, “We try to re-educate. Most business owners didn’t go into business because they have a background in running a business, it’s usually a skill or function that they were good at or had a passion for. Then they get in the water and they find out ‘oh my gosh its going in a different direction, growing up faster, I didn’t know it was going to be like this’. And so, what we try to do is, jump in if you will, and help them navigate the waters.” Right now, Harris is reaching business owners all the way to Warsaw and Fremont and down in Adams and Wells counties as well as in Columbia City and the Fort Wayne area. “I am in a position of being able to hire coaches and so I will probably be hiring coaches in the next three to six months.” said Harris. “I am also able to grow Harris Resource Group and bring on HR consultants to do HR services.” Recently Harris has started sharing his knowledge with local Chambers of Commerce. There are seven to eight core sections that ActionCOACH has developed to help business owners.

At each Chamber event the Chamber Director and Staff can choose a different topic to focus on. Then at each session Harris will share a little bit about running your business better, but then he will focus in on one or two items which have been chosen. Harris shared that he enjoys going to various communities. He said, “You get a different feel there. It’s fun and kind of exciting. If I can help organizations and businesses be better and help people with their careers that’s a beautiful thing. Continual improvement from individuals to organizations and businesses….seems to be my passion. I started giving back to organizations a long time ago and if I can continue to make improvements for business owners and organizations, my personal and professional goals will be met.

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:33 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

A new study shows Zionsville has the highest household income in Indiana. When determining where you want to live there are few factors more important than the average household income of the area. Higher incomes bring more money for school districts, local government services, and more consumer spending for local businesses.

UnitedStatesZipCodes.org released the Indiana Zip Codes With the Highest Household Income based on the latest Census Bureau data for cities with a population of 60,000 or more.

10 zip codes with the highest household income:

1. 46077 (Zionsville, IN) – $128,642

2. 46033 (Carmel, IN) – $124,712

3. 46037 (Fishers, IN) – $111,873

4. 46278 (Indianapolis, IN) – $110,750

5. 46814 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $108,638

6. 46259 (Indianapolis, IN) – $103,716

7. 46373 (Saint John, IN) – $103,550

8. 46055 (Mc Cordsville, IN) – $102,571

9. 46032 (Carmel, IN) – $97,184

10. 46530 (Granger, IN) – $97,098

10 zip codes with the lowest household income:

1. 46601 (South Bend, IN) – $18,054

2. 47807 (Terre Haute, IN) – $20,389

3. 46803 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $20,837

4. 46407 (Gary, IN) – $21,209

5. 46218 (Indianapolis, IN) – $23,771

6. 47713 (Evansville, IN) – $24,947

7. 46016 (Anderson, IN) – $26,607

8. 46806 (Fort Wayne, IN) – $27,449

9. 46201 (Indianapolis, IN) – $28,783

10. 47408 (Bloomington, IN) – $29,981

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:27 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News


EACS Board of School Trustees recognized and gave a special thank you to Barton Coe Vilamaa for the beautiful and functionally designed school building, New Haven Intermediate that will meet the long term educational needs of East Allen County Schools.

Also, a special thank you to Fetters Construction for meeting the substantial completion needs of being ready for the start of this 2019-2020 school year. Fetters worked to ensure that there was adequate manpower to meet the overall schedule of the project.

East Allen County Schools had a very good working relationship with the architect Barton Coe Vilamaa, and the contractor, Fetters Construction. Mr. Steve Snodgrass, principal of New Haven Intermediate said, “Over the past three years it has been my pleasure to work with both companies. The process was overwhelming but was made easy and enjoyable. They (the companies) consistently checked to make sure that projects were being completed on a basis that benefited New Haven Intermediate School”.

Thank you Barton Coe Vilamaa and Fetters Construction!

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 10:24 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) Presents Eight Master Truck Driver Awards
Eight professional truck drivers for Genova Products, Inc., a plumbing and building materials manufacturer, were presented with the IMTA’s Certified Master Truck Driver (MTD) award at their annual safety meeting at the Ramada Inn on E. Washington Center Road. This brings the number of certified MTDs, from IMTA members, to 1,134. The MTD program recognizes the trucking industry’s top professional drivers who have compiled a career record of excellence through safety, professionalism, and service. Only 2% of CDL holders in Indiana will ever meet the qualifications to be certified as a Master Truck Driver. When you see the Master Truck Driver logo you know you are sharing the road with a driver who has an outstanding safety record.

To be nominated and subsequently certified as a Master Truck Driver an individual must have either one million accident-free miles or ten years of accident-free driving, be violation free for the past three years, have a record of educational or community service activities, and be employed by an
IMTA member company. These Master Truck Drivers represent 29.5 million miles and 219 years of safe drive on our Hoosier and national highways and byways. The IMTA commends them for the dedication to their profession and for Moving America Forward!

Driver’s Name # Years Driving Years Accident Free and miles

Ron Putteet 38 35 3,800,000 Decatur
Mike Rhoades 40 35 4,100,000 North Manchester
Kent Eichhorn 37 32 3,700,000 Decatur
Don Dohm 44 22 3,900,000 Fort Wayne
Mike Moore 32 18 3,900,000 New Haven
David Mason 40 24 4,000,000 Ossian
Greg Malott 33 30 3,500,000 Montpelier
Hugh Hiner 25 23 2,600,000 Angola

About the IMTA
The Indiana Motor Truck Association is a highly respected association that strives to serve, represent and promote the interests of the trucking industry by enhancing its image, efficiency and productivity through its focus on safety and advocacy. Founded in 1934, the IMTA has continuously
offered safety programs through its Safety & Maintenance Council, including distracted driving education, advocacy at both the state and federal levels, networking opportunities, and free consultations for its members. For additional information, visit intrucking.org. The IMTA would like to thank IMTA member, Stay Metrics, (South Bend, IN) for sponsoring the recognition kits given to driver when they receive their Master Truck Driver Certification. Their support of this program allows carrier members to nominate eligible drivers at no cost to their company.

POSTED: 05/02/19 at 5:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Enjoy working outdoors? Enjoy beautiful lawns? Crown and Blade Lawn Fertilization is hiring lawncare technicians. Experienced applicators preferred. Willing to train.

(260) 489-2500 or customerservice@crownandblade.com

POSTED: 04/06/19 at 12:29 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, Entertainment, News, Real Estate, Schools

Paragon Landscape has a new location in New Haven. Now hiring tough-minded field crew & we would love to have you! Apply at: www.paragonlandscaping.com/employment/

POSTED: 04/01/19 at 8:00 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Real Estate, Schools

The Census Bureau is hiring temporary employees for the 2020 Census. Their jobs offer weekly pay, competitive pay rates, flexible hours, and paid training. By joining the 2020 Census team, you can support your community while getting paid to do it.


POSTED: 02/20/19 at 3:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools

The Fort Wayne TinCaps will host the sixth annual Parkview Sports Medicine High School Baseball Series at Parkview Field this spring. The series features 10 games, showcasing 20 different local schools in April and May, while the TinCaps are on the road.

Parkview Sports Medicine is once again underwriting the event so participating schools don’t have any ballpark rental costs. In fact, the games actually will serve as fundraisers for the schools. For every $5 ticket sold, $4 goes back to the schools. (The remaining $1 goes toward Parkview Field’s Ballpark Maintenance and Improvement Fund.)

“Parkview Field is such a fantastic facility,” said Tommy Schoegler, Director of Parkview Sports Medicine. “We’re proud to provide our Parkview Sports Medicine partner schools with the chance to play at one of the premier ballparks in baseball.”

Similar to a TinCaps game, there will be giveaways, entertainment, and concessions for fans. Players will even get “big league” treatment with their headshots up on Parkview Field’s video board.

As in the past, all Parkview Sports Medicine High School Baseball Series games are scheduled to be broadcast live on TV (Comcast Network 81) and stream online (ESPNFortWayne.com andSummitCitySports.com).

“Just like Opening Night and the Fourth of July, high school baseball at Parkview Field has become a tradition,” TinCaps President Mike Nutter said. “Parkview Sports Medicine’s support of these games is a true testament of their commitment to our community, and the TinCaps are thrilled to host these up-and-coming student-athletes.”

This year’s schedule includes a celebration of East Allen County Schools on April 15 and Wabash County on May 9.

Parkview Sports Medicine is the exclusive medical provider for 26 area high schools and five universities.

April 15… 4:30pm

Heritage vs. Leo

April 15… 7:00 pm

New Haven vs. Woodlan

POSTED: 02/07/19 at 12:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News, Schools, Sports

Bill Fritcha Memorial Award, Seeking Nominations for 2019

New Haven has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to help others and make new connections that bring us closer together as families, neighbors and communities.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard of service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a part of their lives. The Bill Fritcha Memorial Award recognizes individuals who have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12 month period, or cumulative hours based over the course of a lifetime. The Bill Fritcha Memorial Award was established in 2011 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. Mayor Terry McDonald created the Bill Fritcha Memorial Award as a way to thank and honor individuals by their demonstrated commitment and example; and to inspire others to engage in volunteer service.


POSTED: 01/24/19 at 2:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, Church, Entertainment, News, Schools