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Dog days of summer, hydration tips to stay afloat

Summer is officially here, and the heat is on. It’s no coincidence that the first day of summer, June 21, and National Hydration Day, June 23, are only a few days apart.IAW Social Water drink of choice for years.jpg

Indiana American Water, the state’s largest investor-owned water utility, encourages everyone working, playing or enjoying time outdoors this summer to have a plan in place to stay properly hydrated.

It’s also important to make sure any cats or dogs that are outdoors are properly hydrated as well since, similar to humans, they can also suffer from heat-related incidents. In fact, they are often more prone to heat exhaustion because they do not perspire like their owners.

“As the heat begins to rise, whether Indiana residents and their pets are working or playing outdoors, proper hydration is key to staying safe and enjoying time outdoors,” said Indiana American Water President Deborah Dewey. “We always make sure our employees and residents are educated on the importance and value of water while encouraging them to pay close attention to their body’s need for water.”

Smart eating can also play a large role in proper hydration during the summer heat. Fruit and vegetables should be included as part of a daily diet as they contain various amounts of water and work as a supplement to normal water intake. Indiana sports enthusiasts who take part in extraneous physical workouts outdoors should follow up their workout with water and a sports drink to help revitalize the body’s loss of water.

Indiana American Water wants everyone outdoors this summer to know and recognize different signs that could indicate dehydration in themselves and others. The Cleveland Clinic has identified some of these signs, including:

  • fatigue

  • loss of appetite

  • flushed skin

  • heat intolerance

  • light-headedness

  • dark-colored urine

  • dry cough

Dewey added, “In addition to watching for signs of dehydration, proactive ways to stay hydrated include setting reminders to dress light, eating fruits and vegetables as snacks, avoiding caffeinated drinks, and lastly ensuring everyone is consuming water throughout the day.”

When residents are out and about in the heat this summer, Indiana American Water encourages everyone to consider bringing cool water along for themselves and their pets.

POSTED: 06/25/17 at 2:10 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With economic growth varying significantly from one state to another — California recently became the sixth largest economy in the world while Illinois is expected to have no budget for the third year in a row, for instance — the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst State Economies.

In order to determine America’s top economic performers, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 27 key indicators of economic performance and strength. The data set ranges from GDP growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

Best State Economies Worst State Economies
1 Washington 42 North Dakota
2 California 43 Wyoming
3 Utah 44 Kentucky
4 Massachusetts 45 Maine
5 District of Columbia 46 Alaska
6 Colorado 47 Oklahoma
7 Oregon 48 Arkansas
8 New Hampshire 49 Mississippi
9 Maryland 50 Louisiana
10 Delaware 51 West Virginia

Best vs. Worst

  • Washington has the highest value of exports per capita, $11,390, which is 12.9 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $881.
  • Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.6 percent, which is 2.6 times lower than in New Mexico, the state with the highest at 6.7 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the lowest share of the uninsured population, 3.6 percent, which is 5.7 times lower than in Texas, the state with the highest at 20.6 percent.
  • New Hampshire has the lowest share of the population living below poverty level, 8.9 percent, which is 2.5 times lower than in Mississippi, the state with the highest at 22.5 percent.
  • Colorado has the lowest foreclosure rate, 0.2 percent, which is 14 times lower than in New Jersey, the state with the highest at 2.8 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the highest share of jobs in high-tech industries, 7.91 percent, which is 3.4 times higher than in Wyoming, the state with the lowest at 2.33 percent.
  • Utah has the highest number of independent-inventor patents per 1,000 working-age residents, 0.184, which is 7.7 times higher than in Mississippi, the state with the lowest at 0.024.

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

POSTED: 06/05/17 at 7:56 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Story from The New Haven Chamber of Commerce.

Doug Perkins, a lifelong resident of the city of New Haven, decided to enter the field of accounting from the time he graduated high school. He said, “When I graduated from high school there weren’t many jobs in this area so I decided to go to college. I thought back on my accounting class in high school and remembered that I liked that class and numbers made sense to me, so I started taking classes in accounting and enjoyed it right from the start.”

Doug is now a Certified Public Accountant who has served individuals and small businesses in Northeastern Indiana since 1985 with their tax and accounting needs. Beginning with a small company and moving up until he worked for a national company, Doug started his own CPA firm in 2005. Since that time, he has been in New Haven and serving the local community. Locating in New Haven was a no brainer considering Doug had lived just out of town or in town his whole life. He said, “I know the people. I know the community. I know the area. It was a good fit.”

One of the things Doug is passionate about is working with people. He said, “I just want to serve the people in this community. Give them a place where they can have their tax and accounting needs met in a professional manner at a reasonable price. It is always interesting to hear their stories and everyone has a different story.”  Doug is all about the community. His first office was located off of Werling Road here in New Haven, but now his firm has recently relocated at a new location right on Broadway Street.

In his office, there are three certified public accountants: Doug Perkins, Courtney Loshe, and Adam Schaffer. Together with three part-time individuals, Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. can handle all of your tax and accounting needs. When asked what their group did, Doug said, “We prepare individual and business tax returns and provide consulting services for small businesses and individuals. We work on approximately 800 individual tax returns and about 120 small businesses returns annually. We also provide accounting, payroll, consulting and QuickBooks installation and training services as needed.  Whatever the client needs are, is what we help them with. We try to be a virtual CFO for them if that’s not in their skill set.”

His business has grown at a rate of 8 to 10% a year. Doug said, “I see us adding another full time individual somewhere down the line. If we add another person, we would probably add on a couple offices to the back of our current building.”

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc. has been a member of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce for 4 years. He has benefitted from the Office Depot discount, using it quite often. In Doug’s words, the biggest benefit received from Chamber membership is getting to know the people in the community. He said, “The Chamber gives me an opportunity to get out there to meet people at the various Chamber sponsored events during the year. You get to know who the area business people are and what their stories are. It often leads to working with some of them to attain their goals.”

Douglas W. Perkins, C.P.A. Inc.

716 Broadway

New Haven, IN  46774

Phone: 260-493-3929

Fax: 260-748-7599


POSTED: 05/31/17 at 9:14 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With graduation season upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career.

To help recent graduates launch their careers in the right place, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 largest markets in the U.S. based on 23 key indicators of career-friendliness. The data set ranges from availability of entry-level jobs to monthly average starting salary to housing affordability.

Best Places to Start a Career Worst Places to Start a Career
1 Salt Lake City, UT 141 Jackson, MS
2 Orlando, FL 142 Chesapeake, VA
3 Austin, TX 143 Shreveport, LA
4 Grand Rapids, MI 144 Detroit, MI
5 Tempe, AZ 145 Yonkers, NY
6 Atlanta, GA 146 Toledo, OH
7 Miami, FL 147 Montgomery, AL
8 Denver, CO 148 Augusta, GA
9 Irving, TX 149 Cleveland, OH
10 Madison, WI 150 Newark, NJ

Best vs. Worst

  • Durham, N.C., has the highest monthly average starting salary (adjusted for cost of living), $3,909, which is 2.7 times higher than in Honolulu, the city with the lowest at $1,447.
  • Gilbert, Ariz., has the highest median annual household income (adjusted for cost of living), $84,973, which is 3.3 times higher than in Hialeah, Fla., the city with the lowest at $25,850.
  • Oxnard, Calif., has the highest workforce diversity, which is 1.8 times higher than in Durham, N.C., the city with the lowest.
  • Madison, Wis., has the lowest unemployment rate, 2.7 percent, which is 4.6 times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest at 12.3 percent.
  • Boston has the highest share of the population aged 25 to 34, 22.8 percent, which is 2.2 times higher than in Cape Coral, Fla., the city with the lowest at 10.4 percent.
  • Irvine, Calif., has the highest share of the population with at least a bachelor’s degree, 66.4 percent, which is 5.8 times higher than in San Bernardino, Calif., the city with the lowest at 11.5 percent.

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

POSTED: 05/16/17 at 1:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

From the NH Chamber of Commerce:

We wanted to make sure you are informed concerning the I469 at U.S. 24 Interchange project that is being proposed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).  There was a public hearing held on May 10 at New Haven High School.

State Representative Dave Heine and several New Haven representatives were at the meeting and presented some concerns with the current proposal.

Our main concern is the high cost of constructing a fly over for west bound U.S. 24 traffic going south on I469 and the cost to maintain 2 additional bridges.  The current plan has no loop for southbound I469 traffic for eastbound U.S. 24 travelers and thus the need for the fly over.   This also created several issues for the New Haven bound travelers coming from the east on U.S. 24.

This is a proposal and hopefully will get changed.  INDOT is accepting public input until May 26th and additional information can be found on their web site at The presentation given is available on the web site.  The welcome letter and comment form you can use to provide input is attached to this email.

The INDOT representatives shared a lot of information and were excellent.  Now they need our input.

This project will impact New Haven and the East Allen County community for decades to come.

POSTED: 05/12/17 at 10:37 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Insurance Agent, Tom Murphy, and Murphy Insurance, Inc., were recently recognized by Aetna Insurance Company.  Mr. Murphy and staff member, Julie Tomlinson-Oberley, were recognized by Aetna personnel at a dinner at The Cork & Cleaver Restaurant and Tom Murphy was awarded a trophy recognizing him as the number one producing agent for Aetna Medicare Advantage plans in Indiana during the recent Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) for 2017.

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 8:50 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

With Mother’s Day around the corner and more than 70 percent of moms with young children working today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst States for Working Moms.

In order to help ease the burden on “Women Who Work,” particularly moms, WalletHub’s analysts compared the attractiveness of each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to a working mother based on 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from median women’s salary to female unemployment rate to day-care quality.

Best States for Working Moms Worst States for Working Moms
1 Vermont 42 Wyoming
2 Minnesota 43 West Virginia
3 New Jersey 44 New Mexico
4 Delaware 45 Idaho
5 Connecticut 46 Mississippi
6 Massachusetts 47 Alaska
7 Maine 48 Arizona
8 Rhode Island 49 Nevada
9 New York 50 Louisiana
10 Illinois 51 Alabama

Best vs. Worst

  • New York has the highest day-care quality score, 116, which is five times better than in Idaho, registering the lowest at 23.
  • Mississippi has the lowest child-care costs as a share of the median women’s salary, 9.87 percent, which is 2.7 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 26.70 percent.
  • The District of Columbia has the most pediatricians per 100,000 residents, 52.51, which is 28.2 times more than in Idaho, registering the fewest at 1.86.
  • South Dakota has the highest ratio of female executives to male executives, 79.39 percent, which is 3.1 times higher than in Utah, registering the lowest at 25.81 percent.
  • Maryland has the lowest share of single-mom families with children younger than 18 in poverty, 26.5 percent, which is 1.9 times lower than in Mississippi, registering the highest at 51.0 percent.
  • Virginia has the highest median women’s salary (adjusted for cost of living), $42,814, which is 1.9 times higher than in Hawaii, registering the lowest at $22,645.
  • North Dakota has the lowest female unemployment rate, 2.4 percent, which is 3.1 times lower than in the District of Columbia, registering the highest at 7.5 percent.

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

POSTED: 05/08/17 at 8:48 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op Members Give Back Over $12,000 with Operation Round-Up

The Operation Round Up Board awarded $12,333.00 to area agencies dedicated to making an impact on the lives of residents in this region. Operation Round Up is a program which allows members to have the option to round up their bills to the nearest dollar every month, with those extra few cents going to benefit people in need within the co-op’s service territory.

Paulding Putnam began doing Operation Round Up in July 2010. Currently, over 8700 of the co-op’s 12,900 members participate and to date local charities have received over $$328,044.13. The board is made up of PPEC members representing all of our districts and the board was pleased to announce the following organizations grants:

Lutheran Outdoor Ministries, Paulding County Emergency Management Agency, Paulding FFA, Hands of Hope Pregnancy Services, Putnam County Special Olympics, Challenged Champions Equestrian Center, American Cancer Society, United Way of Putnam and Paulding Counties, Antwerp Local School, Auglaize Twp. Fire Dept., Lions Club of Paulding County, St. John Emmanuel Lutheran School.

For more information on Operation Roundup, and how you can submit an application or how you, as a member can participate, please visit

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:08 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Etica Acquires Civil Engineering Firm

Indianapolis-based The Etica Group Inc. has acquired Avon-based civil engineering firm PCS Engineers. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed, however Etica says more than 30 PCS employees will be retained under the Etica name.

The Etica Group is an architecture, engineering design, construction inspection and building envelope consulting services firm. The deal with PCS engineers brings the number of employees at Etica to more than 50 at offices in Indianapolis, Fishers, Avon and New Haven.

“This is an exciting time for Etica and PCS Engineers,” said Jessica Nickloy, chief executive officer of Etica. “In this industry, when like-minded firms join together, the potential is nothing short of spectacular. Acquiring PCS Engineers has presented us with an opportunity to grow from the inside, and in turn, continue to exceed client expectations for many years to come.”

Etica says the addition of the PCS employees will add 11 Indiana Department of Transportation qualifications to the company’s existing services, in addition to land surveying, transportation design and site development services.

POSTED: 04/24/17 at 9:06 am. FILED UNDER: Business

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