Welcome to #BetterInBoonecast, hosted by the Boone EDC. Each week, we’ll bring in members of the Boone County community who have a unique story to tell about their life, business, or experience in Boone County.

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28. Jillian Ashton | ICAN

Jillian Ashton with ICAN, Indiana Canine Assistance Network, joins us this week to talk about their unique program partnering prison inmates with service dogs-in-training.

27. Tom Easterday | ILADD

Tom Easterday, president of the board of ILADD (Independent Living for Adults with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities), joins us to talk about ILADD’s mission of providing housing, enrichment and educaitonal programs, and social options that allow adults with IDD to live in homes of their own and enjoy meaningful lives in their communities.

26. Katie DeVries | Boone County Community Corrections

Katie DeVries with Boone County Community Corrections joins Sarah this week to discuss her role in county government and second chance initiatives throughout Boone County.

25. Kevin Krulik | Stone Eater Bike Park

Kevin Krulik, the City of Lebanon’s engineer, joins Molly this week to discuss Stone Eater Bike Park, a re-use of the city’s former landfill now turning into a bike park.

24. Matt McKee | Center Stage Community Theatre

Matt McKee, actor and board member with the Center Stage Community Theater in Lebanon, joins us this week to talk about the theater, gaming, and pickles.

23. Missy Krulik | Heart of Lebanon

Missy Krulik with the Heart of Lebanon joins Claire to talk about Lebanon’s downtown and how you can get involved.

Episode 22 – Hattie’s Coffee House, Kirra Sutton

Claire talks with Kirra Sutton, owner of Hattie’s Coffee House, coming soon to Whitestown. Kirra specifically discusses tools she used to fund her business, including Mainvest and the Boone EDC’s microloan fund.

Episode 21 – Balloon Bar Indy, Chloe Scott

In this episode, Claire chats with Chloe Scott, owner of Balloon Bar Indy and Boone County resident.  Chloe talks about opening her business at age 20, how she differentiates her business, and her future growth.

Episode 20 – Indiana Teen Challenge and The Refuge Coffee, Missy Bowman

In this episode, Claire chats with Missy Bowman, Executive Director of Indiana Teen Challenge and The Refuge Coffee in Lebanon, IN.

Episode 19 – Witham Health Services, Kelly Braverman

In this episode Molly chats with Kelly Braverman, President/CEO of Witham Health Services.

Link for more info: https://www.witham.org/



Episode 18 – The Caring Center, Theresa Hanners

In this episode Molly chats with Theresa Hanners, Executive Director of The Caring Center in Lebanon. You may be most familiar with the food pantry, but there are many services The Caring Center provides to the community with a holistic approach to wellness.

Link for more info https://thecaringcenter.net/



Episode 17 – Indiana Gifts, Mel McMahon

In this #BetterInBooneCast replay from earlier this year, Mel McMahon joins the podcast to discuss Indiana Gifts, her shop located in the heart of Lebanon.

Shop Indiana Gifts https://shopindianagifts.com/



Episode 16 – So Big Mountain House, Dr. Lori Buzzetti

Dr. Lori Buzzetti was serving as a doctor at a women’s health clinic when God put a picture in her mind of a place where pregnant women could find shelter, food and love. She shares the story of how the Mountain House Maternity Home in Whitestown went from a dream to a reality on today’s #BetterInBooneCast

Episode 15 – Titus Bakery, Terry Rake

In honor of National Donut Day this Friday, Molly chats with Terry Rake, owner of award-winning Titus Bakery, about how this family-owned business stands the test of time. Plus, Terry shares how early they get up in the morning to start the dough (it’s early!). #betterinboone #nationaldonutday

Episode 14 – Abby’s Garden Parties, Abby Perry

What does 20 years in pharmaceutical sales and running a DIY terrarium business have in common? Find out on this episode of the #BetterInBooneCast with Abby Perry of Abby’s Garden Parties

Episode 13 – Indiana Diaper Bank, Ashley Burns

Whitestown resident Ashley Burns, CEO of the Indiana Diaper Bank has a calling in life to help families in her community. She shares her story with us today on the #BetterInBooneCast

Episode 12 –  Jawbone BBQ, Brad Thomas

From pulled pork to Pop Tarts, Brad Thomas of Jawbone BBQ shares the story of his restaurant and catering business located in Advance, IN.

Episode 11 –  Shawna Allen

Lebanon resident Shawna Allen joins us on the #BetterInBoonecast to share her story of involvement in the justice system.

Episode 10 –  Boone County Mentoring Partnership, Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson joins us on the #BetterInBoonecast to share how Boone County Mentoring Partnership is impacting local youth and ways people can get involved or share their mission.

Learn more about Boone County Mentoring Partnership ➡️ https://www.boonecountymentoring.org/

Episode 9 –  Dress For Success

Jeronna Bolden joins the #BetterINBooneCast to share her story of transitioning from client, to volunteer, to Director of Programs at Dress For Success Indianapolis. 

Learn more about Dress for Success Indianapolis ➡️ https://www.indydfs.org/

Learn more about Professional Women’s Group ➡️ https://www.indydfs.org/professional-womens-group-2/

Episode 8 – Our Place Coffee

Paul and Brianna saw a need for a community space in Zionsville — so they created one. Learn how Our Place Coffee came to be, their plans for the future, and Boone EDC resources that helped get them on their feet!

Learn more:

Our Place Coffee ➡️ https://www.ourplacecoffee.com/

Episode 7 – Lebanon Community Schools

Superintendent Jon Milleman, Ph.D. joins us on the #BetterInBoonecast to share insights on Lebanon Community Schools and their continuous investment in high quality education. Listen to learn about increased emphasis on STEM education, facility renovations, and the inside scoop on Lebanon Schools!

Learn more:

Lebanon Community Schools ➡️ https://www.leb.k12.in.us/

Episode 7 – Dull’s Tree Farm

Dull’s Tree Farm started out as a choose-and-cut tree farm and has since grown into an agritourism destination. Lucas Dull shares the importance of agritourism and the ways Dull’s Tree Farm is connecting people to agriculture through hands-on experiences.

Learn more:

Dull’s Tree Farm ➡️ https://dullstreefarm.com/home

Rental space at Dull’s ➡️ https://dullstreefarm.com/GroupEvents

Episode 5 – Festool

Festool employee Brian “Sedge” Sedgeley created an Instagram account on a whim to show his kids what he did at work. Now, the accidental influencer has more than 36K followers and uses the platform on a larger scale to increase the company’s exposure and train customers on using their tools!

Learn more:

Festool ➡️ https://www.festoolusa.com/

Follow Festool Sedge on Instagram ➡️ https://www.instagram.com/festoolsedge/

Listen to the Festool Shop Talk podcast ➡️ https://open.spotify.com/show/6UBnJykGyABU1zTA3lREpI?si=8f7ddfb7d7a24b96

Episode 3 – Rick Hammerle

Boone EDC Board Member and owner of ATEC, INC. in Lebanon, Shane Conner shares his story of entrepreneurship in Boone County. Named one of the fastest-growing companies in Indiana, ATEC, INC. grew from part-time work in 2005 to a full-time business with 29 employees and clients as large as the NFL. 

Learn more:

ATEC, INC. ➡️ https://atec-electric.com/

Episode 2 – Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets

This week we dive into the many ways volunteers like Rick Hammerle make a difference in the Boone County community! Rick is the volunteer coordinator for the VITA and TCE programs that provide income tax assistance at the Lebanon and Thorntown Public Libraries. He also volunteers with the Shalom House, a Boone County nonprofit providing meals and sack lunches to adults and children who are food insecure. Rick also shares the many ways to get involved with the Megan Hammerle Memorial 5k, Random Acts of Kindness Day, and a memorial scholarship for Lebanon High School students to celebrate the memory of his daughter.

Learn more:

Shalom House ➡️ https://www.theshalomhouse.org/

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) ➡️ https://www.uwci.org/indy-free-tax-prep

Megan Hammerle Memorial 5k ➡️ https://www.facebook.com/MeganHammerleMemorial5k

Megan Hammerle Random Acts of Kindness Day ➡️ https://www.facebook.com/meganhammerleday

Megan Suzanne Hammerle Memorial Scholarship ➡️ https://communityfoundationbc.org/lebanon-scholarships/

Episode 1 – Indiana Gifts

You may be familiar with Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets, but do you know the story behind how they got started? Listen to episode 2 of the #BetterInBoonecast where we sit down with co-owner Kas Miller as she shares the scoop on the origin of Fundae’s, their connection to Boone EDC, and plans for the future.


Learn more:

Fundae’s Ice Cream & Sweets ➡️ https://www.visitfundaes.com/


Episode 1

Welcome to the first full episode of #BetterinBoonecast! Listen and learn about Indiana Gifts, a new shop on the square in Lebanon promoting products from Indiana artisans. Hear how owner Mel McMahon got connected with the Boone EDC to make it happen.


Learn more:

Indiana Gifts ➡️ https://shopindianagifts.com/pages/about-us