Business briefs: Financial advisors move to new office


GREENFIELD — Crystal and Clara Starkey have moved their Edward Jones office in Greenfield to 1780 Melody Lane.

The Starkeys and their branch teams — Vette, Linda and Michelle — can be reached at 317-462-7707. You may also visit their website at

Unemployment rises slightly, still low

HANCOCK COUNTY — The county’s estimated unemployment rate for March was 2.3%, according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, up slightly from February’s 2.1% but down from March 2021’s 3.4%.

The latest estimation ranks Hancock County tied for the sixth lowest unemployment rate out of Indiana’s 92 counties. LaGrange County has the lowest, at 1.7%, while Lake County has the highest, at 4.6%.

Indiana’s estimated unemployment rate for March was 2.7%, the same as February’s but down from March 2021’s 4.6%.

The nation’s unemployment rate for March was 3.8%, down from February’s 4.1% and March 2021’s 6.2%.

Single-family building permits trending down

INDIANAPOLIS — A limited quantity of available lots, ongoing supply issues, project backlog and a strong continued demand for new homes has led the Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis to see a 17% decrease in single-family building permits in Central Indiana’s nine-county area.

The association reported 933 permits were issued last month compared to 1,127 in March 2021.

Hancock County had 231 permits from January through March compared to 271 from that same time period last year, according to information from the association.

Forbes recognizes financial advisor

GREENFIELD — Michael Mack of Edward Jones was recently named to the Forbes Magazine – Best-In-State Wealth Advisors List for 2022.

Mack’s office is located at 1225 E. Main St. in Greenfield and can be reached at 317-462-7187. More information is available at

USDA accepting proposals for wildlife program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is welcoming new and modified proposals from conservation partners for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement initiative, a part of the Conservation Reserve Program focused on effectively managing wildlife habitat.

Eligible entities include government entities, nonprofits and private organizations.

More information on developing proposals is available at