Business briefs – July 14

Verizon stores to host backpack giveaway

GREENFIELD — Verizon-Authorized wireless retailers TCC and Wireless Zone stores are donating 172,000 backpacks full of school supplies to ensure children across the U.S. are well prepared for the start of the school year. Since 2013, TCC has donated more than 505,000 backpacks through its annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.

“This is our fifth TCC School Rocks Backpack Giveaway, and we are ecstatic to bring Wireless Zone on board to assist in supporting the education of young children in our communities,” said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC and Wireless Zone. “We are proud to help our local families prepare for the upcoming school year by taking some of the financial burden off their shoulders.”

The event is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. July 23, at 1663 N. State St., Space 202. Children will be able to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies. One backpack per child present will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

For a list of participating TCC stores, visit tccrocks.com/locations. Each participating TCC store will donate 220 backpacks. All leftover backpacks will be donated to local schools.

Wellness center offers boxing class

GREENFIELD — Hancock Wellness Center in Greenfield plans to offer Rock Steady Boxing, a boxing class especially for people with Parkinson’s Disease.

The 90-minute sessions, conducted 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Hancock Wellness Center, 888 W. New Road, aim to improve balance, hand-eye coordination, agility, muscle power, mental focus and rhythm, according to a news release. Rock Steady Boxing is only for people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s by their physician. All participants must go through an assessment before beginning classes, which can be scheduled by calling 317-468-6100.

A caregiver “cornerman” is required for some levels of the program, the release states. For more information, contact Linda Garrity at 317-468-4383 or lgarrity@hancockregional.org.

Gardener program seeks new volunteers

GREENFIELD — Those interested in sharpening their gardening skills and sharing knowledge with others are invited to a program hosted by the Purdue University Extension Office.

Beginning with orientation Aug. 28 at the Greenfield extension office, 802 N. Apple St., a Purdue Master Gardener training series will be offered this fall. Class size is limited to 30.

The Purdue Master Gardener Program provides a learning framework for participants to learn about horticulture and volunteer in their communities. As volunteers, participants grow by sharing knowledge while providing leadership and service in educational gardening activities.

Training sessions will be held on consecutive Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. from Aug. 28 to Dec. 11. Participants will learn about subjects including soil and plant science, plant nutrients, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, and culture of turf, vegetable, flower, landscape, and herb plants. The cost of the training is $125, which covers a manual, reference notebook, mailings, and more. There are a few remaining spaces in this training series.

For more information, contact Roy Ballard, extension educator for Hancock County, by stopping by the Hancock County Extension Office at 802 Apple St.; calling 317-462-1113; or e-mailing rballard@purdue.edu.

Offices support local school supplies drive

GREENFIELD — Local residents may help those in need of school supplies by bringing items to the Edward Jones branch offices during regular business hours until Wednesday.

The Greenfield branch addresses are:

  • Tania Cruser, 17 W. Main St.
  • Jill Dailey, 320 E. Main St.
  • Michael Mack, 1225 E. Main St.
  • Cary Smith, 108 W. Muskegon Drive
  • Brandon Smith, 400 W. Green Meadows Drive, Suite 100
  • Crystal Starkey, 704 N. State St., Suite C
  • Greg Knecht, 850 W. Main St.

Monetary donations cannot be accepted at Edward Jones sites.

2017 annual harvest clinic announced

GREENFIELD — Smith Implements announced their 2017 Annual Harvest Clinic will be conducted July 27 at the Indiana Grand Racing and Casino, 4300 N. Michigan Road, Shelbyville. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9 a.m.

The clinic will feature the following topics:

  • Equipment optimization
  • Harvesting data
  • New products to enhance grain quality
  • Walk around the 2018 S780 combine

Admission is free. To reserve a seat, email lisacoverdale@ smithimplements.com, call 317-462-5585, ext. 1062 or visit smithimplements.com. Leave a name, phone number and address.

Local body shop earns certification

GREENFIELD — Inskeep Collision Center, part of Inskeep Ford, 2651 W. Main St., Greenfield, recently received its certification from Assured Performance, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, adding to certifications from GM and Ford.

The certification signifies that Inskeep Collision Center has the right tools, equipment, training and facility necessary to repair vehicles to manufacturer specifications, according to a press release. Fewer than 5 percent of body shops tested are able to receive this certification, the release states.

“This certification supports our reputation for superior customer service,” said owner Jeff Inskeep. “We are your neighbors and friends, so it’s important to provide our customers with the peace of mind that their vehicles are being repaired correctly by highly trained professionals who care about them.”