Business Briefs – March 11

Local leader steps down from area nonprofit

GREENFIELD — Cliff Strachman, executive director of Shares, a Greenfield nonprofit factory offering work, life-skills classes and enrichment for people with disabilities, has retired.

Strachman, who worked for the organization for more than 41 years, stepped down from the position at the end of February.

Shares, 645 S. State St., employs adults with special needs who work in a variety of jobs — from packaging to light manufacturing — and strives to teach them the skills needed they need to live independently.

Greenfield Chamber of Commerce to host Indy 500 historian

GREENFIELD — Donald Davidson, historian of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will deliver a presentation to members of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s next luncheon, April 5.

The lunch event, which costs $15, will be conducted at NineStar Connect, 2243 E. Main St. in Greenfield.

Organization plans collection event

GREENFIELD — Hancock County Solid Waste Management District will hold a collection event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23 at the Covance Laboratories campus, 371 S. Meridian Road, Greenfield.

Residents can drop off unwanted electronics, including televisions and computers, documents to be shredded and tires for prices between $3 and $5. To see a detailed list of what items will be accepted, visit recycle

Expedite tax refunds by filing online

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Revenue is encouraging residents who are eager to receive tax refunds to file returns electronically.

Returns that are filed through the website are processed and refunded in 12 to 14 days on average, while paper-filed returns take about 12 weeks for the same service, according to a release from the department.

To check the status of a tax refund, visit or call 317-233-4018.