Business briefs – October 20

NineStar gives mulch path facelift

MCCORDSVILLE — The Town of McCordsville again was the beneficiary of NineStar Connect’s Cooperative Day of service. Ten employees with NineStar spread new mulch around the Town’s half-mile mulch path in Town Hall Park.

NineStar Connect was established in 2011 when Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power merged their cooperatives, one of only two collectives to combine telecommunications and utilities companies in the country.

The communications division offers services including broadband Internet, telephone, video and security to residential and business customers. The electric services division provides electric power to customers in Hancock and parts of Hamilton, Madison and Rush counties. NineStar Connect has approximately 14,000 customers with about 5,000 customers having services from both the communications and electric divisions.

Local Kroger adds curbside pickup

GREENFIELD — A second grocery store in Greenfield now offers online ordering and curbside pickup.

Kroger unrolled its ClickList online grocery ordering program this week.

To shop, customers make an account at and select the Greenfield location at 1571 N. State St. To shop from some 40,000 items, shoppers select a time slot when they’d like to pick up their groceries and then pick from the items listed.

Foundation honors businesswomen

INDIANAPOLIS — Pass the Torch for Women Foundation awarded four local women with achievement awards for their work in the local business community at their third annual Netwalk, presented by Strada Education Network.

Awards were given to the following honorees:

Business Achievement Award: Kelly Huntington, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy for OneAmerica

Entrepreneur Achievement Award: Dr. Jamyce Curtis Banks, founder and CEO of Whatever it Takes Consulting, Inc.

Nonprofit Achievement Award: Shanel Poole, founder of G.L.A.M. (Guidance, Life Skills and Mentoring)

Lifetime Achievement Award – Melissa Greenwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Finish Line

“These women represent some of the strongest female business leaders we have in Indianapolis,” said Julie Petr, Executive Director of the Pass the Torch for Women Foundation. “They are great examples for upcoming leaders in our community, and we are proud to honor and support them for their impact on our local business community.”

The Pass the Torch for Women Foundation supports women at all stages of their career development through providing mentoring and networking opportunities for professional development.

Group aids women with careers

Pass the Torch for Women Foundation is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to create a community that guides women along their career pathways by providing mentoring, networking and leadership development. The Foundation envisions a world where all women are equitably represented at all levels of leadership in business and government. The community supports the Project Grow program, which focuses on developing female college students, and facilitates mentoring relationships among college students, developing leaders and established professionals. For more information on Pass the Torch for Women Foundation, visit