A Decade of Gratitude: Celebrating 10 Years of Indiana Owned

Upon this significant milestone, I am filled with immense gratitude and reflection. It is with great pleasure and humility that I write to you today, marking the 10th anniversary of Indiana Owned.

Banner of images including image of Mel McMahon behind a vendor booth for Indiana Originals (right), the original logo for Indiana Originals (centered), and photo taken from a vehicle of HomeSpun with a Indiana Originals business card propped in the car window (left).

A decade ago, we embarked on a journey fueled by a shared vision—to foster a thriving ecosystem of local businesses and support vibrant communities across our beloved state of Indiana. In the years since, your dedication, partnership, and support have been the cornerstones of our success.

Various images of Mel McMahon with business partners over the years.

To our cherished business partners, thank you for entrusting us with the opportunity to showcase your passion, craftsmanship, and ingenuity. Your relentless pursuit of excellence has enriched our platform and inspired countless individuals to explore Indiana’s offerings.

Banner of photos, including photos of Bennett Stone, Mel's son, and Mel standing in front of the new home of Indiana Owned at 101 E Main St. in Lebanon, IN.

To our loyal supporters, thank you for your commitment to the Indiana Owned community. Your patronage and advocacy have been instrumental in amplifying our mission and empowering local entrepreneurs to realize their dreams.

We have witnessed the transformative power of collaboration, resilience, and community spirit. Your collective efforts have impacted Indiana’s economy and culture, from bustling city streets to quaint rural towns.

As we celebrate this significant milestone, let us take a moment to reflect on the journey that has brought us here—the triumphs, challenges, and shared achievements that have shaped our collective narrative. While the road ahead may present new opportunities and obstacles, I am confident that our shared dedication to unity and progress will guide us toward a brighter future.

In closing, I extend my deepest gratitude to all of you for your unwavering support and dedication over the past decade. Indiana Owned would not be where it is today without your invaluable contributions, and for that, I am eternally grateful.

Here’s to the next decade of growth, innovation, and community empowerment. Together, we will continue building a stronger, more resilient Indiana for generations.


All the best,

Co-Founder, Indiana Owned