Nonprofit looks to boost veteran-owned businesses

GREENFIELD — Amplify Indy, a Hancock County nonprofit organization, is seeking 50 veterans with ambitions of owning their own business.

Amplify Indy has partnered with Collaborate 317, COFFE (Community Outreach for Financial Education) and others to create the Amplify Vets program, a support system for military veteran-owned businesses.

Amplify Vets is a collaborative, six-month program that offers veterans all of the tools needed to start or grow a business, officials said. Members of the Amplify Vets program will undergo weekly training and attend a monthly accountability group, said Amplify Indy owner Harrison Painter in a news release.

Painter, a veteran himself, hopes to find fellow current or former service members with an interest in entrepreneurship and help them navigate the challenges ahead, he said.

Veterans who take part in the program also will have an official business address at Collaborate 317, which gives them mail service, 24/7 building access, a 300-person event center, 50-person training room, media studio and three boardrooms, according to a news release.

The Amplify Vets Program is designed around the Amplify Hope Program, a similar program for social entrepreneurs and emerging nonprofits. Amplify Hope currently is 50 non-profits strong and in the third month of its program.

Applications will be accepted until March 31 and can be found at

For more information about Amplify Indy, visit or contact Harrison Painter at 317-871-1000 or

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