Business briefs: State touts economic development legislation

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers were pleased with the adoption of Senate Bill 361, a governor’s agenda bill they say will strengthen the state’s position as the best state for business through new tools.

The legislation addresses adjustments to the state’s 20-year-old investment tools and creates Innovation Development Districts which allow the state to capture property, income and sales tax for unique economic development needs, and improve the state’s speed and ability to attract large, dynamic economic development projects.

University, state launch agribusiness partnership.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue Extension and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced a partnership to launch the Agribusiness Initiative.

The Indiana SBDC Agribusiness Initiative offers Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector access to no-cost, confidential specialty business advising and training, including financing, crop yield projections, U.S. Department of Agriculture loan packaging, value-added product development and commodity exporting, among others. These businesses range from producers and processors of agricultural commodities to manufacturers of value-added products, machinery, technology and hardwoods. Indiana agribusinesses are encouraged to learn more about and register for the program at isbdc.org/agribusiness-initiative.

State chamber to host HR conference

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s 58th Annual Indiana HR Conference and Expo in May offers nearly 30 in-depth workshops and sessions on critical HR challenges in 2022. Top industry services and products also will be showcased at the full market expo.

The three-day program will take place May 4-6 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

Cost for the full three-day conference is $449 for Indiana Chamber members; $549 for non-members if purchased before April 1. Full price breakdowns and attendance options can be found at www.indianahrconf.com.

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