Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 21, 2011

Business briefs - Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011

— Closings

Designer clothing store Isreal Affordable Fashions will close at the end of the month, the business’ owner said recently.

The store, 916 S. Main St., on Monday will begin offering 70 percent discounts to clear its shelves before doors shut Sept. 1.

Shop owner Isreal Les said he was unable to draw in enough customers to keep his business operating despite distributing flyers and running advertisements.

“It’s crazy because I’ve got the cheapest prices in town,” he said. “The black community just doesn’t support the black community.”


Howard Regional Health System is sponsoring the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance’s Business After Hours on Aug. 30.

The gathering, which is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. that day, will be at the Imaging Center of NC Indiana, 2201 W. Boulevard.

Guests can tour the facility and see the new CommunityCare Mobile for health education, screenings and other outreach activities.

Howard Regional is sponsoring the event in recognition of its 50th anniversary.


TIPTON — Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital has announced the appointment of Tamera Noble Brown to the board of directors and Mark Raver as a community representative on the board’s finance committee.

Noble Brown is a registered nurse with a BSN and MSN from the University of Evansville. She has almost 30 years of clinical, managerial and business experience. She returned to Tipton in 2004 and works for the Noble family farming operation, Ray Bros. Farms Inc. She is also an adjunct member of the faculty at Indiana University Kokomo, where she is an instructor of nursing.

Raver is a senior commercial lender for First Farmers Bank and Trust with a bachelor of science degree in farm and business management from Purdue University. He is vice chairman of the board for the Tipton County Foundation and chairman of the grant-making committee. He is also involved with the Tipton Utility Service Board, Tipton Rotary Club, Tipton County Livestock Breeders Association and the Tipton County 4-H Livestock Auction.


Ivy Tech Community College has hired Aaron Leedy as its media relations and communications coordinator for the Kokomo region.

Leedy is leaving a job at CBS affiliate WLFI-18 in West Lafayette, where he began working in December 2009 as a multi-platform journalist and news anchor.

He is a native of Miami County who has spent most of his life in the area, including taking classes at Ivy Tech’s campuses in Kokomo, Peru, Logansport and Wabash.

He has an associate degree in applied science in broadcast production and sales from Vincennes University. He also has certification from the Radio Advertising Bureau.

Leedy is replacing previous communications coordinator David Gray, who has accepted a full-time faculty position teaching communications courses at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus.


Fairmont Rehabilitation Center in Kokomo has joined The Eden Alternative Registry.

A group of leaders and employees, who work with 88 senior citizens living at Fairmont Rehabilitation, completed professional development training in person-directed care, which The Eden Alternative created and delivered. Person-directed care is structured around the specific needs, preferences and desires of individual people.

The Eden Alternative is an organization dedicated to transforming care for the elderly and people with disabilities. The group advocates a shift from institutional-based care to services tailored for each client.