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With National Small Business Week approaching, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best Small Cities to Start a Business.

To determine the most business-friendly small markets in the U.S., WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 1,200 small-sized cities across 16 key metrics. The data set ranges from average growth in number of small businesses to investor access to labor costs.

Top 20 Small Cities to Start a Business
1 Holland, MI 11 Irondequoit, NY
2 Carbondale, IL 12 Hobbs, NM
3 Springville, UT 13 La Vergne, TN
4 East Chicago, IN 14 Tonawanda, NY
5 Jefferson City, MO 15 North Chicago, IL
6 Wilson, NC 16 Superior, WI
7 Enid, OK 17 Deer Park, TX
8 Rio Rancho, NM 18 Big Spring, TX
9 Clearfield, UT 19 Maryland Heights, MO
10 Cheyenne, WY 20 Grand Island, NE

Best vs. Worst

  • Bend and Redmond, Ore., have the highest number of startups per 100,000 residents, 280, which is 9.3 times higher than in Salisbury, Md., the city with the lowest at 30.
  • Wellesley, Mass., has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 83.4 percent, which is 21.9 times higher than in Wasco, Calif., the city with the lowest at 3.8 percent.
  • Kentwood, Mich., has the most affordable office spaces, at an annual rate of $9.06 per square foot, which is 6.8 times lower than in Mountain View, Calif., the city with the least affordable at an annual rate of $61.85 per square foot.
  • Carbondale, Ill., has the lowest labor costs (median annual income), $17,764, which is 10.5 times lower than in McLean, Va., the city with the highest at $186,962.
  • Pharr, Texas, has the lowest cost-of-living index, 70, which is 3.2 times lower than in Palo Alto, Calif., the city with the highest at 222.
  • Fort Hood, Texas, has the longest work week, 49.1 hours on average, which is 1.7 times longer than in East Lansing, Mich., the city with the shortest at an average of 28.2 hours.

To view the full report and your city’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 04/19/17 at 11:15 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Paulding Putnam Electric Encourages Safe Tree Planting

Spring is here and it’s the best time of year to start planting young trees. Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op knows that planting trees is a great idea. However, as beautiful as trees can be in certain places, everyone always need to be aware of the best place to plant them based on their height. Understanding spread distance and mature height of the tree being planted will prevent any dangers that could happen in the future. Trees that mature over 25 feet can cause shock, fire hazards, power outages and so many more dangers when planted too close to power lines. Just because the tree is short and far away from the power lines now, doesn’t mean it will be 5 years from now.

When deciding what trees to plant in a specific location, consider planting a minimum of 20 feet away from power lines. Trees that have a mature height of 15 feet are recommended to place near power lines, such as shrubs and bushes. Small trees that have a height/spread within 25 feet include Star magnolia, Crabapple, and Lilac. Medium trees that are 25-40 feet in height/spread include Dogwood, Eastern Redbud, and American Arborvitae. Large Trees that have a height/spread over 40 feet include Maple. Birch, and Oak.

Another location be aware of when planting trees is near underground utility services. The tree roots grow just as much as the tree itself does. As the roots continue to grow, they can interfere with underground pipes, cables and wires. If these roots cause damage to the underground wires, it could harm other plants or trees, possibly lead to removal.

When planting trees this season, take the time prior to understand the tree and the location that the tree is being planted. Make sure that it’s the correct distance so that utility services have easy access and the spread doesn’t grow into power lines. Call ahead to 811, the Ohio and Indiana underground utility locator service to confirm that it’s safe to dig so there isn’t any accidental contact with underground wiring. And, if you spot a tree getting into the lines, call Paulding Putnam Electric at 1-800-686-2357.

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 8:21 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

LEARN Resource Center Elects Four New Faces to Its Board of Directors

LEARN Resource Center announces the election of four new members to its Board of Directors, along with three incumbent members. Ginnie Galentine (Lincoln Financial Group), Sara Swihart (Wells Fargo), Allyson Schreiber (IPFW), and Mellissa Depew (YMCA) were all elected to the Board of Directors. They will provide new perspective and expertise for the organization. Meanwhile sitting board members, Shannon Gage (Early Childhood Alliance), Patricia Knaebe (WGU), and Ami Cook (Lutheran Hospital) were re-elected to serve additional terms.

For Executive Director, Sharon Wilson, adding four new board members is a dream comes true. “Growing the board has been a long term goal for the organization, and it’s something I have wanted to see happen for quite some time. I can already see renewed enthusiasm and energy on the board with the election of these new members,” says Wilson. Gage, who serves as the board chair says, “It is exciting to have these individuals share their time and talents to further the mission and vision of the LEARN Resource Center.”

LEARN Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving east Allen County that works to enrich the learning and well-being of children and their families by promoting personal, social and educational development for a lifetime. The organization operates two before school programs and three after school programs. LEARN Resource Center is currently taking registration for its summer program which will run June 5 – August 4. For more information, visit

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With Earth Day around the corner, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Greenest States.

In order to showcase the states doing right by Mother Earth, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states in terms of 20 key metrics that speak to the current health of the environment and the environmental impact of residents’ daily habits. The data set ranges from total municipal solid waste per capita to energy-efficiency score to carbon-dioxide emissions per capita.

Greenest States Least Green States
1 Vermont 41 Arkansas
2 Massachusetts 42 Kansas
3 Oregon 43 Kentucky
4 Washington 44 Nebraska
5 Connecticut 45 Louisiana
6 Maine 46 Oklahoma
7 Minnesota 47 North Dakota
8 New York 48 West Virginia
9 New Hampshire 49 Montana
10 Rhode Island 50 Wyoming

Key Stats

  • Blue States are greener, with an average rank of 12.70, compared with Red States, which have an average rank of 34.03. (Rank 1=Greenest)
  • Missouri has the lowest total municipal solid waste per capita, 0.82 tons, which is 3.4 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at 2.76 tons.
  • Maine has the highest share of recycled municipal solid waste, 48 percent, which is 48 times higher than in Louisiana, the state with the lowest at 1 percent.
  • Oregon has the highest share of energy consumption from renewable sources, 49.26 percent, which is 17.1 times higher than in Delaware, the state with the lowest at 2.88 percent.
  • New York has the highest share of people who do not drive to work, 45.4 percent, which is 3.3 times higher than in Alabama, the state with the lowest at 13.6 percent.

To view the full report and your state’s rank, please visit:

POSTED: 04/18/17 at 7:20 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

POSTED: 04/11/17 at 10:54 am. FILED UNDER: Business

Hall’s co-owner dies at restaurant

Sam Hall ran chain with 2 brothers

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Don Hall’s Restaurants lost one of its own Saturday.

Sam Hall, one of the founder’s sons, died while cooking breakfast for diners in New Haven, said Diann Reinhart, assistant dining room manager at Don Hall’s Triangle Park.

He shared the business with brothers Bud and Jeff.

Their father opened the original location, Don Hall’s Drive-In, at 1502 Bluffton Road in 1946. Other locations – including Takaoka, The Tavern and The Factory – would follow.

The family of restaurants grew in all directions.

The Halls turned the Imperial Palace hotel on Washington Center Road into the Guesthouse. They converted a floundering Holly’s Landing off Trier Road into a success at Triangle Park. Restaurants opened southwest and in New Haven and Indianapolis.

In an interview last year with The Journal Gazette, Sam Hall told a story from the mid-1960s at the Original Drive-In.


POSTED: 04/11/17 at 10:17 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

A Fort Wayne, Indiana native is serving on one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Pan Phyu is a culinary specialist aboard the San Diego-based ship and is responsible for operating and managing Navy messes and living quarters established to subsist and accommodate Naval personnel.

“The best part of my job is working with junior enlisted, who I get to watch grow as sailors,” said Phyu.

Named in honor of former President Theodore Roosevelt, the carrier is longer than 3 football fields, at nearly 1,100 feet long.  The ship is 252 feet wide and weighs more than 100,000 tons.  Two nuclear reactors can push the ship through the water at more than 35 mph.

“Being stationed on this ship, I like that I get to work with various people from all kinds of backgrounds,” said Phyu. “I also like that I can earn my warfare qualifications while onboard.”

Sailors’ jobs are highly varied aboard Roosevelt. Approximately 3,200 men and women make up the ship’s company, which keeps all parts of the aircraft carrier running smoothly — this includes everything from washing dishes and preparing meals to handling weaponry and maintaining the nuclear reactors. Another 2,500 or so form the air wing, the people who actually fly and maintain the aircraft.

Roosevelt, like each of the Navy’s aircraft carriers, is designed for a 50-year service life. When the air wing is embarked, the ship carries more than 70 attack jets, helicopters and other aircraft, all of which take off from and land aboard the carrier at sea. Powerful catapults slingshot the aircraft off the bow of the ship. The planes land aboard the carrier by snagging a steel cable with an arresting hook that protrudes from the rear of the aircraft. All of this makes the Roosevelt a self-contained mobile airport and strike platform, and often the first response to a global crisis because of a carrier’s ability to operate freely in international waters anywhere on the world’s oceans.

As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, Phyu and other Roosevelt sailors know they are part of a legacy that will last beyond their lifetimes.

“My family was once in a refugee camp,” said Phyu. “Serving in the Navy has given me the opportunity to have a career and be able to provide for my son.”

POSTED: 04/10/17 at 9:20 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Paulding Putnam Electric Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

Paulding Putnam Electric Co-op (PPEC) celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 10, 2017. This is a day to honor the men who work hard at keeping the power on. These men battle the bitter cold and the blistering heat doing everything they can to provide reliable service to our members. Our linemen are some of the first responders during storms and other events to make sure everything is safe for the public. Linemen work with thousands of volts of electricity every day of the year, sometimes under dangerous conditions, to manage energy flow in order to keep your lights on.

We would like to recognize the following line workers at PPEC for the around the clock hard work they put into protecting the public’s safety: Brandon Burelison, Jeff Ferris, Terry Minic, Zak Kauser, James Nutter, John McMaster, Dennis Clark, Ryan Flint, Jay Denny, Ted Slusser, Rusty Rager, Corbin Rhonehouse, Mike Klima, Doug Johanns, Andy Hermiller, and Rob Weisenburger.

“Our line workers are the heart of Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op,” said Paulding Putnam Electric President/ CEO, George Carter, “They work in challenging conditions to power our members and communities. We are proud to honor line workers who keep the lights on for so many people in our service territory.”

Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op invites members to take a moment and thank a lineman for the work they do. On April 10th and the whole month of April, show support for these men and the hard work they do to bring light to our lives. Those who wish to honor lineman and their families are encouraged to visit our website at or express your gratitude via social media.

POSTED: 04/10/17 at 9:17 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

The Lake Improvement Association will host the third annual Summer Kickoff festival from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 3 near the Villa Nova shelter house on the northeast side of Grand Lake St. Marys. Admission is free to the public, with all proceeds from events and concessions going toward the improvement of Grand Lake St. Marys. Learn more at

POSTED: 04/10/17 at 9:15 am. FILED UNDER: Business, Entertainment

Sauder leaving Grabill for $3.2M expansion in New Haven, to add 60 jobs

Relocation should be complete in late 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Commercial furniture builder Sauder Manufacturing Co. will move its Grabill operation to a new, larger plant in New Haven, the company announced Thursday.

Sauder will invest $3.2 million to expand its operations and relocate to a building at 10801 Rose Ave., the former home of Parker-Hannifin. Company officials said the 159,000 square-foot facility will nearly double Sauder’s current production and office space and add 60 jobs to the area.


POSTED: 04/06/17 at 3:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News