Business briefs – September 16

Company celebrates end of multi-year project

GREENFIELD — Bastian Automation Engineering, a division of the Indianapolis-headquartered company Bastian Solutions, is in the final stages of a multi-year project to design and build a custom lift platform vehicle.

This vehicle acts as a work surface for technicians as they test a jet engine, Robert Humphry, a spokesman for Bastian, said in an email. Operators are able to raise or lower the height of the work surface depending on which jet engine they are working on, he said.

Bastian’s mission is to design and create custom-made equipment, including supply chain software, industrial controls and robots, to help companies across the world operate with ease.

The lift platform vehicle project was completed in partnership with a U.S.-based aircraft engine manufacturer and generated 10 years of work for Bastian’s Greenfield-based engineers and manufacturing personnel, officials said.

Seminar for entrepreneurs, small business owners set

GREENFIELD — The Central Indiana Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Hancock Economic Development Council to offer a seminar for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The class, titled “Write your business plan,” will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Hancock County Public Library, 600 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. The fee to attend is $20, which covers the cost of a workbook and other instruction materials.

The objective of the two-hour seminar is to give attendees the information, tools and motivation to write a business plan, officials said.

Register for the class online at Attendees are required to pre-register and pre-pay for the course online.

The first five Hancock County residents to register for and complete the seminar will receive a fee rebate from the Hancock County Economic Development Council.

For more information, contact at the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center at 317-233-7232.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or