Business Briefs – April 17

Local adviser honored for performance

GREENFIELD — Michael Mack, who has been an Edward Jones financial adviser in Greenfield since 2009, was recently invited to attend the Edward Jones Managing Partner’s Conference in Arizona.

The annual event honors the top 350 for the firm’s more than 14,000 financial advisers.

Mack will be in Scottsdale, Arizona, from April 22 to April 24.

The meeting allows the company’s most successful advisers to network with others and enables them to learn about trends in the market and industry.

Economic development council partners with Purdue

GREENFIELD — The Hancock County Economic Development Council is partnering with Purdue University to help local businesses accelerate growth.

The program is called “Economic Gardening” and is designed to provide second-stage firms — those that are locally and privately owned, have between 10 and 100 employees and $750,000 to $50 million in annual sales — with specialized expertise to help accelerate business growth.

Firms interested in learning more about the program should contact Skip Kuker, executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Corp., by calling 317-477-7241.

If selected to participate, companies will work with a team that has specialized training and expertise in areas including market analysis, lead generation, social media strategy and search engine optimization.

CEO celebrates 30-year anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS — Rob Collier, a New Palestine resident, is celebrating his 30th anniversary with Indiana Members Credit Union.

Collier began his career in 1982 and joined Indiana Members Credit Union in 1985 when he was hired as a training director.

In 2003, he became CEO of the credit union. Under his leadership, the credit union celebrated 50 years in business and attained $1 billion in assets in 2006.

He’s also a member of the Indiana League Governmental Affairs committee, the Credit Union Executive Society and was inducted into the Credit Union House Hall of Leaders in 2013.

He is a member of the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Indiana League’s Professional Achievement Award.

INDOT sponsors small-business training

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation’s economic opportunity division is hosting an education event April 21 for women- and minority-owned small businesses. 

The department’s economic opportunity staff will give information about becoming certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise and offer help in filling out the application.

The workshop is from 1 to 3 p.m. at Indianapolis Public Library in Indianapolis.

To register, visit Contact Kim Sons, certification coordinator, at with questions.

Space available for National Road Yard Sale

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Main Street is renting space in downtown Greenfield for the National Road Yard Sale.

The National Road Yard Sale stretches more than 800 miles along Old National Road, known in Greenfield as Main Street.

Businesses and residents interested in selling items during the garage sale should contact Shelley Swift at 317-586-8166.

The booth space can be rented on the courthouse lawn and in city parking lots for $25.

The yard sale is set for May 30.