Indiana Originals is excited to announce we are changing our name to Indiana Owned! The change in name is a result of our expansion of membership. For the last seven years, membership in Indiana Originals has been exclusive to independent business owners. We were designed to support owners that did not have the benefit of national brand recognition, logo design, turn-key sales programs, marketing assistance, etc. that being part of a franchise provides. Franchises have always been an important part of our economy and our communities, and to recognize the work of those Indiana franchise owners, Indiana Owned will begin accepting membership applications from both independent owners and Indiana franchise owners to help you support even more Indiana owned businesses.
Franchises are a very important contributor to the economy in Indiana. As a result of the franchise business model, 16,506 local businesses provide 189,000 jobs to the Indiana economy and account for $14.5 billion of the state’s economic output, and $5.4 billion of private sector payroll. * Economic Impact of Franchised Businesses, Vol IV, Sept. 2016
Throughout 2020 and the pandemic, it has been brought to our attention that these Indiana franchise owners need our support and recognition, too. They are an imperative part of our mission to create healthier, stronger communities and more jobs in Indiana. We are pleased to announce that, as of September 15, 2021, Indiana franchise owners will be welcomed as members to “Indiana Owned.”
Franchise members will enjoy the same benefits as our current Indiana Originals members. Requirements for franchise membership include a registered business in Indiana, must not be an absentee owner, and must agree to support our mission. Through our search engine, consumers will be able to sort Originals and Franchise Friends so we can best help them find the type of business they are needing and wanting to support.
The businesses shown in the search results are our members. Membership in Indiana Owned is not free, so we pride ourselves on providing you a vetted list of Indiana owned businesses. Our members are business owners that want you to know they live here, work here, and play here. They are the business owners donating food to shelters, sponsoring the little league teams, and employing hundreds of thousands of people in our state. Every business on IndianaOwned.com falls into one of two categories. They are either an “Original,” meaning the company is Indiana-owned and operated, headquartered here, and not part of an out-of-state chain, or they are a “Franchise Friend,” meaning the company is Indiana-owned and operated, the owner lives here in Indiana, and is engaged in our community. The businesses are owned by our neighbors.
Buying local is more than just a trend. It’s imperative for healthy, vibrant communities. Thriving communities are nurtured by local businesses. When dollars are spent locally, they are more likely to be recirculated locally, raising the overall level of economic activity, paying more salaries and building the local tax base. When you see the Indiana Owned badge, you know you are supporting a local business.
This launch wouldn’t be possible without the encouragement and membership of our charter franchise member, Jiffy Lube of Indiana. Jiffy Lube of Indiana is an employer of more than 400 team members. Aside from their business goals, Steve and Jennifer Sanner believe they have a duty to their Jiffy Lube team members to help them improve their lives, to take better care of their families, and to develop pride and confidence in who they are. Jiffy Lube is a very special place to work, they take pride in their team, and they take pride in providing excellent service for the community. Indiana Owned is honored to have them as our charter franchise member.
Find locals now, apply for membership, and learn more about our mission at IndianaOwned.com/apply.
Thank you to our launch sponsor Jiffy Lube of Indiana.