Business Briefs – October 28

Business breakfast event benefits local schools

McCORDSVILLE — The Mt. Vernon Education Foundation is inviting local business leaders to participate in a series of education program aimed at addressing hot-button issues impacting small businesses in the community, organizers said.

The series includes lecture and discussion sessions that will feature guest speakers who are experts in varying areas of the business world.

The first session of the series takes place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Nov. 18 at McCordsville Town Hall, 6280 W. County Road 800N.

The program is titled “New Overtime Regulations,” and it will focusing on the Department of Labor’s recent revisions to federal overtime regulations that will impact millions of small businesses across the country, organizers said. The guest speakers will be Christine Robinson and Trent Toohman of PAYCHEX, a New York based company that helps small businesses connect with payroll, human resource and benefits providers.

The cost is $10 per person. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation.

Those interested in attending can visit for more information, or contact Renee Oldham at 765-462-6313 or by email at

Local farm joins state effort

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-based Heritage Summit Farm recently joined Indiana Grown, a statewide initiative developed by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to promote and support agriculture businesses throughout Indiana, state leaders recently announced.

Heritage Summit Farm was founded in 2012. It specializes in naturally-grown produce, including corn, green beans, potatoes and cabbage. The farm is also a charter member of the Hoosier Harvest Market, a virtual food hub for Indiana-grown foods and produce, officials said.

Heritage Summit Farm joins 600 other agriculture businesses involved with Indiana Grown program, officials said. The initiative educates consumers on the importance of buying locally-grown products.

For more information on Indiana Grown or to apply for membership, visit

Central Indiana home sales grew steadily in September

HANCOCK COUNTY — Statistics compiled by F.C. Tucker Company show Central Indiana’s real estate market showed steady growth in September, according to a press release from the company.

Pending sales in September 2016 in Hancock County increased 5.3 percent from the same time in 2015, officials said.

For Central Indiana overall, pending sales rose 6.1 percent from September 2015 to September 2016, officials said. The average sales price increased 2.5 percent to $188,145, officials said.

Of the 15 Central Indiana counties where F.C. Tucker Company tracks real estate trends, Marion and Hamilton counties showed the most significant growth in the number of homes sold, according to the press release.

Hamilton County had 69 more pended sales in September 2016 than September 2015, a 17.2 percent increase. Marion County had 121 more sales, representing a 12.4 percent increase, officials said.