Business briefs – July 29

Franklin chamber to present workshop

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce will present the professional development workshop, “How Do I Get There?” next month.

Participants will learn to initiate or accelerate their professional development plans by focusing on their goals.

The seminar will be taught by William Fanelli, who created and led Eli Lilly’s Global Leadership Development program and is currently the president of Fanelli Pathways, LLC.

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The workshop is open to all and will be held at Johnson County REMC’s Conference Room from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The cost to attend is $20.

Registration via the Chamber’s website is required to attend.

Franklin chamber wins award for report

The Franklin Chamber has been named a winner of an Indiana Chamber Executive Association’s Communications Excellence Award in the Innovative New Ideas category for its “By The Numbers” annual report.

Submissions were reviewed by a team of chamber professionals outside of Indiana.

The Franklin Chamber brought back an annual meeting and awards banquet after not hosting such an event for many years. To document the chamber’s year in review, “By The Numbers” infographic was created.

The ICEA presented the award to Franklin chamber staff who attended the Indiana Chamber Executive Association state conference in June 22 in South Bend.

Holcomb reappoints 2 for veterans board

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb recently announced several new appointments and reappointments to various state boards and commissions.

Two Johnson County residents were reappointed to the Veterans’ Affairs Commission:

Greg Baker of Franklin, representing the VFW, will continue to serve on the commission. His term expires July 1.

Kevin Coley of Greenwood, representing the Disabled American Veterans, will continue to serve on the commission. His term expires July 1.

Cardiologist elected to heart association

Dr. Vijay U. Rao, has been elected a fellow of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) – the first and only cardiologist to receive such recognition in Indiana, according to a statement.

The fellowship designation is based on outstanding credentials, achievements, and contributions to heart failure clinical practice, research, publications and educational expertise.

A member of Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, Rao practices at Franciscan Health’s Indianapolis hospital and in Greensburg and Greencastle.

He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

Rao received his undergraduate degree in biology from DePauw University and earned his medical degree at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed an internal medicine residency at Duke University Medical Center and later completed fellowships in cardiology and echocardiography at the University of California (San Francisco), where he also was a clinical instructor in cardiology. Rao also has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology and pathobiology from the University of South Carolina.

Rao is widely published in professional journals and continues to perform cutting-edge research as the director of Cardiovascular Research at Franciscan Health Indianapolis.

He was instrumental in helping to establish an inpatient heart failure unit and coordinate heart failure care to reduce heart failure re-admissions. Rao also played a role in launching a cardio-oncology clinic that promotes collaboration between oncologists and cardiologists.

Indiana Grown adds county organizations

Indiana Grown, a statewide local food and agriculture initiative of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, announced recently the addition of several Johnson County organizations.

Through its Indiana Grown membership, the organizations will expand their reach to Hoosier consumers, retailers and program partners, including farmers, producers, processors and artisans, as well as grocers and restaurants.

They include the following:

  • MashCraft Brewing: Locally-owned microbrewery crafting a variety of consistently great ales and lagers using the finest ingredients.
  • Middle Davids Artisan Candles: Family owned and operated small business known for its handcrafted soy candles and philosophy of product quality, eco-friendly practices, community involvement and partnership with fellow artists.
  • Purdue Extension Johnson County: Network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture serving communities across Indiana by providing practical solutions to local issues through scientific research-based information and education.
  • Kelsay Farms: Sixth-generation family farm dedicated towards providing enjoyable experiences while hosting community events and tours.

With the support of Indiana Grown, Hoosier businesses can take advantage of the initiative’s additional marketing support, event opportunities and more.

For more information on Indiana Grown or to apply for membership, visit