Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 8, 2013

Business Briefs


Kokomo Tribune

---- — Mickey Maurer to speak at IUK

Indiana’s former Secretary of Commerce, celebrated author and entrepreneurial guru, Mickey Maurer will be a keynote speaker at The Greater Kokomo Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Indiana University Kokomo’s Kresge Auditorium. The IU Kokomo School of Business M.B.A. Association and Rozzi’s Catering will host the event. Maurer will give an overview of his new book, “Ten Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Never Learned in School.”

Business owners and community members will enjoy this inside look at entrepreneurship shared by the current Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Business Journal. Mr. Maurer will also take your questions at the end of his presentation. Anyone in business will gain valuable insights from this evening of entertainment.

Dobbs named partner at Starr Austen & Miller

Logansport-based Starr Austen & Miller LLP has welcomed Polly Dobbs as a new partner. She will be specializing in estate and wealth transfer planning and business and farm succession planning.

Dobbs holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Kelley School of Business, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Miami County Bar Association, and the Cass County Bar Association.

Dobbs grew up on a farm and has extensive experience in farm and business succession planning. Her expertise includes wealth preservation, probate and trust administration, federal and state tax advice, business organization and general business and corporate transactions.

“We are pleased to welcome Polly and her experience and perspective to our firm,” said Scott Starr. “Her passion lies with helping family-owned farms and closely held businesses achieve a smooth succession. She is knowledgeable about the complexities of estate planning for high net-worth estates, and she uses many tools of estate and gift planning to help clients efficiently transfer their estate to the next generation in a way that promotes family harmony while addressing specific goals.”

In 2012, Dobbs was nominated by her peers and selected by a committee of local business leaders as a representative member of Indy’s Best and Brightest professionals. This group honors 100 of Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, who are making their mark in and around Indianapolis.

She also serves as a member of the Corporation Board of Directors of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and the Planned Giving Subcommittee of Alpha Chi Omega Foundation, as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation and the Miami County Museum.

SBDC hosting small business seminar

The Hoosier Heartland Small Business Development Center is conducting a seminar Sept. 18 in Kokomo, for anyone interested in starting their own small business. This seminar is designed for people who have an idea and are interested in starting a new business and for people who are “young” in their business. A feasibility workbook will be provided. The seminar cost is $25, and the session will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Inventrek Technology Park, 700 E. Firmin St. Anyone with questions please call the center at 765-454-7922.