Morgan County is experiencing another new first with Kim Merideth assuming the role in January 2021 of President/Chair of the Morgan County Council. “Being named the first female president is another hurdle we have crossed as women,” Merideth said. “The boys are letting a girl play. It shows the county is moving in a direction that they are seeing women in leadership positions and roles. Morgan County is seeing that women can get the job done.”
Many small business owners start a business because they love to provide a particular service or a specific product. They are happy, sometimes content, to have a business that allows them to support their family comfortably. Entrepreneurs are a bit different because they want to build a small
business into an enterprise. The sky is the limit to them.
Smalling started out following in his father’s footsteps as an electrician. “I loved it and made good money,” Smalling said. But he had always wanted to own his own business. “I looked at business owners and I thought they were making a very good living. I had this idea that it was a way to build wealth.”
One thing is for certain, you never know when you will meet someone who will change your life. That person for Rich Myers was a good friend of his father who would come by their Eminence home to visit. His name was Rod Katter.
Katter was a policeman. Myers said, “I knew him, saw him, and saw what he represented: law and order.” He would show up in his crisp, sharp uniform and washed car, and young Myers saw what he wanted to be when he grew up – a policeman.
Engineer Brian Figg turns creativity and persistence into success
Like many youngsters who grew up in Speedway Indiana the sound of racecars flat out on the track fueled Brian Figg’s dreams of being a race car driver. The proximity of race shops and the cottage industries surrounding them offered the junior high student opportunities to explore the industry. “Racing was my desire, my passion,” Figg said. “I kept telling Amy Watson, daughter of A. J. Watson (renown racecar chief mechanic and winner of 6 Indy 500s), I was going to come out to work at her dad’s shop on Indy cars. I think she got tired of me saying that and finally one day she told me that her dad said I should come on out.” Figg did so and immediately got put to work washing body parts and waxing wheels. “I thought I’d died and gone to heaven,” Figg said.
Water Solutions Unlimited is making water safe and healthy.
Making that decision required changes in the distribution process. Special trucks and specifically trained and certified HazMat drivers were essential. To economically accommodate distribution, Water Solutions opened distribution warehouses in East Peoria, Illinois in 2013 and in 2019, another in Jackson,