Miller College of Business

November 12, 2014
Cecil Bohanon, economics professor, pens a guest column.
Note: The column was also posted by The Star-Press, Kokomo Tribune and Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
September 30, 2014
Cecil Bohanon, an economics professor, pens a guest column.
Note: The Indiana Police Review will distribute this column to newspapers throughout the state this week.
September 15, 2014
Cecil Bohanon, an economics professor, pens a guest column.
September 12, 2014
Cecil Bohanon, a Ball State economics professor, is quoted.
September 7, 2014
Source: Star Press
The story cites a CBER study co-authored by Michael Hicks, director of CBER, and Dagney Faulk, director of research for CBER.
Note: District Administration linked to this story.
August 19, 2014
Dan Boylan, finance instructor, pens a guest column.
August 11, 2014
Dan Boylan, finance instructor, pens a guest column.
August 10, 2014
Dan Boylan, finance instructor, pens a guest column.
May 7, 2014
Huffington Post: Women in Business: Q&A with Kate Endress, co-founder of DITTO
Story focuses on career of Ball State graduate.
March 7, 2014
Inside Indiana Business: U.S growth remains slow
CBER director Michael Hicks is interviewed.
February 5, 2014
Orangeburg Times and Democrat: Steps to protect assets required in cyberspace too
Finance instructors Daniel Boylan and Olga McAtee are quoted in story.
January 24, 2014
Indianapolis Star: Still thirsty? Indy's craft beer industry is growing up
Rob Mathews, assistant director at the Ball State Entrepreneurship Center, said there still is some room for craft beer-making, despite the crowded market. “It all starts with quality, no matter what their go-to market strategy is,” he said. “And they probably won’t all make it, truthfully.”
December 21, 2013
Indianapolis Star: State jobless rate drops again, to 7.3%
Ball State University economist Michael Hicks put it this way: “Santa himself” couldn’t have delivered a more important Christmas present to Hoosiers.
December 11, 2013
Indianapolis Star: Ball State economist predicts 'tough year' ahead for economy
Michael Hicks thinks 2014 will be “a pretty tough year” for the U.S. economy. The Ball State University economist and director of Center for Business and Economic Research has only a slightly rosier outlook for west-central Indiana.
December 9, 2013
Small Biz Survival: Want to keep your customers through the holidays? Know their names and ask these 6 questions
When the aisles are packed and checkout lines are long, customers will shop at trusted retailers that place a premium on knowing their needs, says Ramon Avila, a marketing professor and the founding director of the H.H. Gregg Center for Professional Selling at Ball State University.
December 5, 2013
Fort Wayne Business Weekly: BSU economist: Region will see 2% growth in 2014
Center also releases tax abatement study.
November 22, 2013
Is Local Tax Abatement Worth It?
A Ball State University economist says employment-based tax credits are more effective than tax abatement in attracting jobs to Indiana. Center for Business and Economic Research Director Mike Hicks says between 2005 and 2010, state EDGE credits created one manufacturing job per $1,000, while local abatements resulted in one manufacturing job per $30,000 in tax dollars lost. Hicks expands on the research in an interview to air this weekend on Inside INdiana Business Television, including member affiliate WTHR-13.
November 22, 2013
Region beats US for growth in personal income in '12
While the city had a larger percentage gain, Fort Wayne continues to lag significantly behind the national average annual income, which is more than $45,000. There’s still reason to stand up and cheer, said Michael Hicks, a professor of economics at Ball State University and director of the school’s Center for Business and Economic Research. He attributes the higher income percentage to companies paying employees more and an influx of workers into the job market.
November 2, 2013
Businesses tend to reflect social values
Cecil Bohanon, economics professor, penned a guest column.
November 1, 2013
Seasonal slump
Michael Hicks, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at Ball State, wonders whether tight times during the recession have caused a lasting shift in consumer spending trends.
October 15, 2013
Burberry share price plummets after CEO Angela Ahrendts quits fashion house to take key role at Apple
The mother-of-three, a committed Christian who reads the Bible every day, has spent the last two decades working her way up in the fashion industry after gaining a merchandising and marketing degree from Ball State University.
August 23, 2013
Indiana's average personal income equals that of US - in 1996
Many Hoosiers earn personal incomes that are decades behind their working counterparts in the rest of the country, a new Ball State University study says.
April 20, 2013
Indiana's jobless rate holds steady in March
Michael Hicks, an economist and director of Ball State University's Center of Business and Economic Research, said the resiliency and relative strength of Indiana's economy is the one bright spot in the unemployment report.
"With job losses of 11,000, we still see overall job numbers over the past year exceeding all but a few states," he said. "Moreover, we enjoy a growing labor force, which speaks well to long-term prospects. Still, these numbers are bad, and with a worsening national economy, employment data are likely to disappoint for months to come."
April 15, 2013
How to Have a Good Day
Record a Daily Message. Effective use of voice mail “can eliminate much inefficiency concerning business communications,” says Marilyn Chalupa, a business education and office administration professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her advice: Change your message each day, and make it specific and useful. For instance, you might leave a message saying that you’re in the office, but in meetings most of the day, and so won’t be returning calls until the next morning. Or you could leave a message saying that you’re in the office, but working on a major project all day, and will only be checking messages at lunch and 4 p.m. You can even leave a voice mail for one person if you know someone is calling for specific information. Some phone mail systems enable you to leave this information in a separate place on your voice mail.
April 11, 2013
Ball State Economist Explains Chained CPI
Source: WIBC FM
Those opposed to the chained CPI say it will mean smaller increases in Social Security checks over time. Ball State Economist Mike Hicks says the chained CPI allows people to choose between similar products in places where they're cheaper. He says many economists believe the current CPI overstates inflation because it doesn't take this into account.
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