Saturday 4/16/16 (my sisters 24th consecutive 39th birthday) I attended an Expo at the Biltwell Event Center (more about that later) sponsored by Indiana Originals. For me, it was a perfect Saturday afternoon. I met more than fifty Indiana businesses including leadership coaches, authors, jewelers, and printers. I learned about their businesses, and made several connections for TKO Graphix as well as for my book, The New Managers Workbook: A crash course in effective management.

But it was more than seeing and hearing about exciting  products and services. It was more than a networking opportunity. It was enlightening. Gathered under on roof were Indiana entrepreneurs putting it on the line, following their passions, and living the dream. It was inspirational.

Who is Indiana Originals? 

Indiana Originals is the brainchild of Mel and Lance Stone. It’s a directory of locally owned and operated businesses. Indiana Originals helps it’s members connect to customers who share a preference for local providers.

“Studies consistently show that $1 spent locally has three to five more times the economic impact than a dollar spent with a corporation from out of state. Together, we can truly impact Indiana and help our local businesses and entrepreneurs stay competitive within their market. We look forward to working with you and introducing you to our members.” — Indiana Originals about Page 

Here’s What a few Indiana Original Members have to say

“Indiana Originals is an amazingly supportive organization of local businesses. As a small, family-owned business, it is hard to compete with the big chains, but Indiana Originals always has our back, and makes it easy to find and support other independent businesses. Thank you, Indiana Originals!” — Kathy Arensman, Owner WB Pizza 

“When people ask me about Indiana Originals, I tell them I joined because it is a great way for me to access local businesses for my own needs. The exposure is great, but I like working with a locally-owned resource that helps promote locally-owned businesses. It’s a win-win!” — Dr. Pamela Reilly, Good Works Wellness Research, LLC 

“I have had the opportunity to work with Mel McMahon on several occasions. Her knowledge of Indianapolis and passion for local business makes her a valuable player on any team. I have no hesitation in recommending Mel to any organization.” — Larry Marietta, CPA, Marietta Financial Services, Inc 

“Mel McMahon was instrumental in creating a buzz around town about our new business. Her professional and social media connections were invaluable in the Launch of Square Donuts of Indianapolis. Mel takes an enthusiastic and original approach to educating the community about your business. I wholeheartedly recommend her!” — Mike O’Leary, Square Donuts of Indianapolis, LLC

The Biltwell Event Center 

” The Biltwell Event Center is located at 950 S White River Parkway W Drive just minutes from the center of downtown Indianapolis and Lucas Oil Stadium. This vintage factory/ warehouse was built in 1922 and has been converted into phenomenal event space.

The venue features

  • Exposed brick walls
  • Sliding metal doors
  • Walls of windows overlooking the downtown skyline
  • 20-foot ceilings with a sawtooth roof and a large private parking lot.

We are the perfect backdrop for your next gathering or event.” — Biltwell Event Center About Page

As one testimonial letter expressed, “Wow, just wow!” This event center is breathtaking, convenient, and it has its own parking. I can’t wait to go back. Hey Biltwell, if you ever need a band call me Under the Radar Band.

Two takeaways

One, I’m ready to add my leadership and social media outreach to Indiana Originals fine list of Hoosier businesses. I may add the band, and I’m taking it to the TKO marketing team. If you’re an Indiana company you should check it out as well. And the best part is, it’s only $9.99 per month. I’m not kidding. Become an Original

And the second takeaway? The Biltwell Event Center rocks. Contact the Biltwell Event Center for your next event.

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