Business Briefs – January 20

Local event firm gets industry honor

GREENFIELD — Debonair, an Indiana-based company that specializes in planning and coordinating events and providing marketing for small businesses, was recently honored for its work with couples planning weddings across the country.

Debonair recently was given a 2017 Couple’s Choice Award by WeddingWire, an online marketplace that connects couples with more than 200,000 wedding professionals, the company recently announced.

The Couples’ Choice Awards recognize wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism, according to a press release. Awards are given to the top local wedding professionals across more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year, officials said.

Debonair was honored as one of the website’s top wedding planners in the Indianapolis area, officials said.

“It is our honor to work with high-caliber merchants, such as Debonair Marketing & Events, who not only make a couple’s big day possible, but also contribute to the more than 2.5 million U.S. reviews represented on WeddingWire,” Timothy Chi, CEO of WeddingWire, said in a press release. We congratulate all of this year’s winners on their achievements.”

Debonair is owned and operated by Debra Cochran, a Greenfield resident. For more information about the company, visit Use the “services” tab to find out more about wedding planning offerings.

$6.5 million grant to help homeless

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration recently awarded Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development with a $2.5 million grant to operate Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessment (RESEA) programs for unemployment insurance beneficiaries, according to a news release.

Officials said $65 million were divided among 52 state workforce agencies, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. The funding will allow states to continue operating their assessment programs through April 2017.

“Unemployment insurance claimants in danger of exhausting their benefits require responsive, timely services to avoid becoming long-term unemployed,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu. “The RESEA program offers these claimants access to the wide array of services available in the workforce system to help them find good jobs. The grants also help us maintain the integrity of the UI program by ensuring their continued eligibility for benefits.”

The funds will be used to conduct in-person assessments in American Job Centers, department of labor officials say. The assessments include:

•Developing an individual re-employment plan for each claimant selected for services.

•Providing career and labor market information to inform their job search.

•Help developed job skills and employment prospects.

•Customizing reemployment services.

•Reviewing the claimant’s continued eligibility for benefits.