Business briefs – April 21

Greenfield Science group plans meeting for May

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Laboratories Science Exploring Post No. 75 will host its monthly meeting 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 15 at Covance, 671 S. Meridian Road, Greenfield. The topic for the May meeting will be “The Importance of Vaccination in Animal Health: Who, What and How” by Jon Snyder of Elanco.

The Science Exploring Post is hosted by Elanco (Eli Lilly and Co.) and Covance in Hancock County. The post provides STEM-related programs related to careers in veterinary science, medical research, and pharmaceutical development.

The program is open to anyone 14 to 20 years old.

To register, visit

Hope House Thrift Store hires new retail manager

GREENFIELD — Hope House officials announced Angie Lyon has been named the new retail manager for the Hope House Thrift Store.

Lyon, a graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, aims to organize the thrift store’s stock for a better shopping experience for county bargain-hunters, she said.

The Cumberland resident also is working to decrease the amount of time between when items are donated to when they are placed for sale in the 8,000-square-foot thrift store, she said.

Executive director Andrea Mallory said the new plan should ensure that different items will be on the store floor every day.

The Hope House Thrift Store, which was formerly called the WEARhouse Thrift Store, currently funds 55 percent of the Hope House shelter’s $289,000 annual budget, said board of directors president Robb Farris.

The store employs Lyon, four part-time positions and several volunteers, Lyon said. The organization is hoping to increase its roster of volunteers staffing the thrift store. The Hope House, which can hold 35 people, serves Hancock, Shelby, Rush and Henry counties and is Hancock County’s only homeless shelter.

The Hope House Thrift Store is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 317-477-0213.

Area auctioneer earns certificate in industry

RUSHVILLE — Auctioneer Rusty Harmeyer recently completed training at the Certified Auctioneers Institute, joining a group of fewer than 900 other auctioneers worldwide, according to a news release.

The three-year program, developed by the National Auctioneers Association, provides auction professionals the opportunity to earn their designation through an intensive executive development program, which includes instruction and coursework in business management, ethics, finance, communication, strategic planning and marketing. The National Auctioneers Association conducts the training every March at Indiana University Bloomington.

Rusty Harmeyer is the owner of Harmeyer Auction and Appraisal Co. of Rushville and the auction director for Halderman Real Estate Services. He lives in Richmond with his wife, Judy.

The Halderman companies have been in business since 1930, specializing in the appraisal, sale, acquisition and management of agricultural properties. For more information, call 765-561-1671 or email

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