Business briefs: Local photographer plans “Boss Ladies” event


CARMEL – Greenfield-based boutique photographer Victoria Odekomaya is planning an inaugural Boss Ladies Gala at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Carmel.

The “Party with a Purpose” will be at Iron & Ember and benefit Dove Recovery House for Women. Odekomaya specializes in magazine shoot-style photography meant to celebrate and empower women, according to a press release. The $60 tickets includes a glam studio, celebrity-style red carpet photo opportunities, hors d’oeuvres and dinner, networking, dancing and more. The “Boss Ladies” magazine reveal will also take place, a project of Odekomaya’s to highlight women in business.

Odekomaya’s goal is to raise $10,000 to support at least three women at the recovery house. To learn more, or to buy tickets, visit

Pennsy Trail receives grant from Duke

HANCOCK COUNTY – Expanded parking and Pennsy Trail access at the West Eagle Station will be possible due to a grant from Duke Energy Foundation.

The foundation awarded Hancock County’s Pennsy Trail $13,561 to expand the parking lot to accommodate additional cars and school buses, allowing visitors to easily access the recently-constructed outdoor classroom and educational signage space.

The Duke Energy Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling more than $20,000 Indiana-based organizations for environmental initiatives, according to a press release from Duke Energy.

Hancock County’s home sales higher than average for region

HANCOCK COUNTY – The residential real estate market in Hancock County cooled slightly in September, with prices and inventory continuing their upward trend, according to a press release from the F.C. Tucker Company.

The year-to-date Hancock County average home sale price was $323,712, up 17%, which is slightly higher than the 16-county region average of $319,568.

Hancock County had the largest inventory increase of the region, up 170% compared to September 2021. Pended home sales decreased by 7.5% compared to September 2021.

“Despite the decrease in September pended homes sales, homes are still selling quickly compared to previous years,” said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company, in a press release. “The unusually active residential real estate market of the past couple of years is returning to a more normal pace where we expect to see activity cool down slightly during the fall and winter months.”