Business Briefs – May 15


State aims to ramp up agribusiness development

INDIANAPOLIS — In an attempt to ramp up agribusiness economic development, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann recently announced the director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will assume additional responsibilities for agribusiness economic development within the Indiana Economic Development Corp.

In addition to his role as the director of the department of agriculture, Ted McKinney also will serve as director of agribusiness development.

Space available for National Road Yard Sale

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Main Street is renting space in downtown Greenfield for the National Road Yard Sale.

The National Road Yard Sale stretches more than 800 miles along Old National Road, known in Greenfield as Main Street.

Businesses and residents interested in selling items during the garage sale should contact Shelley Swift at 317-586-8166.

The booth space can be rented on the courthouse lawn and in city parking lots for $25.

The yard sale is set for May 30.

Chamber to host discussion event

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “Caffeinated Conversations” event for small-business owners Thursday morning at the Hancock County Public Library.

The discussion will focus on helping small-business owners plan for disasters, and attendees will receive information and resources to help better prepare their businesses for a quick recovery after a disaster strikes.

Attendees also will talk about the tools needed to create a comprehensive business continuity plan for when business disasters do happen.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield. 

To register, visit 

Chamber to host golf outing

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a golf outing July 24.

For more information, contact the chamber office by calling 317-477-4188.

Solid waste management to recycle flower pots

GREENFIELD — Four local garden centers have partnered with the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District to offer flower pot recycling.

Once residents finish planting this spring, they’re encouraged to return the plastic containers the flowers and plants came in to one the garden centers so they can be recycled. 

Participating garden centers are Marlins Plant Kingdom, 3333 S. State Road 9, Greenfield; Sunnyside Greenhouses, 3185 E. County Road 700N, Greenfield; Tuttle Orchards, 5717 N. County Road 300W, Greenfield; Well’s Nursery, 3710 W. U.S. 40, Greenfield.

This service will be available through the end of June. The service is free for all Hancock County residents.

Flower pots and trays are not considered “food-grade plastic” and, therefore cannot be included with your everyday household recycling. A separate recycling collection is needed for this type of plastic.

For more information on recycling, disposing of unwanted items or our upcoming events, visit the Hancock County Solid Waste Management District website,

New pharmacy to open in Fortville

FORTVILLE — Garst Rx will soon open its doors in Fortville.

The pharmacy, owned by Eric Garst, plans to open June 1 and will host a grand opening event June 13.

For more information, call 317-485-5555.