Business briefs: Registration open for Women in Business conference



GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Women in Business conference is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Hancock County Public Library, 900 W. McKenzie Road, Greenfield.

The event will include a panel of women from various backgrounds and experiences, a fashion show and lunch. The guest speaker is Mia Johnson of Ivy Tech Anderson. Panelists include Kathy Hall of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Frances Hull of Hometown Comics and Games, Missy Tennant of Davant and Clara Starkey of Edward Jones.

Registration is $50 per person, with lunch included. Register at under the News and Events tab.

Market and eatery opening in early 2022 in McCordsville

McCORDSVILLE — Leo’s Market & Eatery recently began construction on its third store; it is expected to employ about 40 people and slated to open in early 2022 in McCordsville.

The 7,200-square-foot hybrid grocery and eatery, located at the intersection of County Road 900N and Mt. Comfort Road, will join Leo’s flagship location in Greenfield and its Noblesville store, which opened in 2020.

AIM Media chief executive receives service award

Jeremy L. Halbreich, chairman and CEO of AIM Media Management, parent company of the Daily Reporter, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Inland Press Foundation Distinguished Service Award.

Jeremy Halbreich
Jeremy Halbreich

The award recognizes the contributions of newspaper industry leaders and executives, honoring individuals “who have distinguished themselves in service to the foundation, to their communities, their companies and the industry.”

Halbreich has served on Inland’s board of directors for many years. He was elected the foundation’s president in 2017, and served in that role until he was elected chairman in 2020.

Halbreich began his career at The Dallas Morning News, where he worked for 24 years including the last 10 years as president and general manager. He stepped down from The Morning News to start American Consolidated Media, growing it to 110 publications in 10 states. After selling ACM, he became chairman, president and CEO of Sun-Times Media in Chicago. After selling STM to a group of Chicago investors, he left to found AIM Media Management, where he serves as chairman and CEO. AIM Media Management operates 50 publications in Texas, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia.

New vice president joins state economic development arm

INDIANAPOLIS — Laurel Judkins has been named executive vice president of external engagement for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Judkins most recently served as director of global communications operations for Cummins Inc.

Laurel Judkins
Laurel Judkins

In her role, Judkins will report to Indiana Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers and will oversee marketing, brand, communications and a reimagined data and analytics division.