Business briefs – January 5

Motivational speaker, life coach opens for business

HANCOCK COUNTY — Donalyn Scheuner, Ph.D., is a motivational speaker and a professional and personal development coach who is bringing her services to the community as a corporate consultant for YB12, a training and support business established in 1989 by John and Jarmila Grant with a mission of improving the lives of 1 million people.

Scheuner’s mission is to give clients their best year ever by coaching them to identify and execute on the right goals for their business, career, and life. Her business offers a free Keynote Presentation, Total Focus Workshops, and personalized coaching for businesses and individuals.

She has 30 years of experience in academia and industry excelling in research, teaching, writing, coaching, mentoring and public speaking. Scheuner has held faculty and senior scientist positions at the University of Michigan, The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Eli Lilly and Co.

She has been a resident of Greenfield for seven years and is a member of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce. Contact her at

County unemployment rate remains lower than state’s

HANCOCK COUNTY — The unemployment rate in Hancock County in November was 2.9 percent, according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force, according to a press release. Indiana’s unemployment rate stands at 3.4 percent for November and remains lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent, according to a report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

The unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people as a percentage of the labor force. Indiana’s labor force decreased by 18,099 over the previous month due to a 15,827 decrease in employment and a 2,272 decrease in unemployment. Indiana’s total labor force continues to stand at more than 3.28 million.

Hancock County’s unemployment rate in November of 2.9 percent was one of the lowest in the area. Hamilton County’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent, one of the lowest in the state; Henry County’s was 3.5 percent, Shelby County’s was 3.0 percent and Marion County’s was 3.3 percent.

Central Indiana housing market shows upward trend

INDIANAPOLIS – Monthly real estate stats from F.C. Tucker Company indicate that the housing market in Central Indiana continues to climb. November 2017 pended sales increased an impressive 10.5 percent compared to November 2016 while the average year-to-date home price for the 15-county central Indiana region rose 5.9 percent to $199,302.

Home-buyers quickly purchased available homes as the number of houses for sale continued to decline; 2,308 homes were purchased in central Indiana in November, an increase from 2,088 sold in November 2016. Many of the counties that F.C. Tucker tracks experienced an increase in sales.

Hancock County showed a 2.4 percent increase in pended single-family and condo sales; the rate in November 2017 increased by 3.9 percent over the same time period last year.

Just as they have all year, homes sold more quickly and for more money in November, signaling that it’s still a strong seller’s market.

Listings dropped a noteworthy 21 percent. In November 2017, inventory stood at 7,259 homes, a decrease of 1,935 compared to November 2016 and the lowest all year. No county showed an uptick in active listings this month.

“Another substantial sales increase puts the Central Indiana housing market in a good position as we approach the end of 2017,” said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company. “Despite a competitive sales environment, buyers are finding homes at reasonable price points.”

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Rorye Hatcher is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at ​317-477-3211 or