Bloomington Economic Development Corp. President Ron Walker hopes a new angel fund chapter will help connect the city's "very thriving entrepreneurial community" with much-needed resources. Indianapolis-based StepStone Business Partners LLC has formed a new chapter in Bloomington. The organization is planning to launch up to three more chapters during the year and currently includes a network of more than 50 investors interested in early-stage companies.
Virtual food hub set to launch
A virtual marketplace designed to link some central Indiana farmers to consumers will launch next month. The Hoosier Harvest Market, which is based in Greenfield, will allow producers to set their own prices and buyers to buy goods online for pick up at a predetermined location. Hancock County Purdue Extension Educator Roy Ballard says there is no "physical" location for the market, but eventually it could grow to include a distribution facility catering to larger clients.
Job fair set for Decatur County
More than 200 positions will be available at a job fair this month in Greensburg. Organizers say employers such as Honda, Hitachi Powdered Metals and Old National Bank are expected to participate.
Lilly acquires Alzheimer's technology
Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. hopes technology it has acquired from Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. will help in the battle against Alzheimer's disease. The investigational tracers are designed to detect irregularities in the brain that are hallmarks of the disease.
DePauw students advance in technology competition
A team from DePauw University has advanced to the U.S. finals of a prestigious Microsoft Corp. student technology competition. The team has developed an app for Windows Phone 8 that allows users to share locations and messages during an emergency.
Elkhart mayor to deliver state of the city
Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore will deliver his annual State of the City address this evening. The speech will take place at the downtown Lerner Theater.
Accelerated degree coming to South Bend
Ivy Tech Community College is extending an accelerated program to its South Bend campus. The 11-month associate degree in business administration, which is already offered in Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Indianapolis, will begin this fall.
Growth council selects president
The Grant County Economic Growth Council has chosen Joe Certain as its new president. He is a partner with Marion-based business law firm Kiley, Harker & Certain and succeeds Scott Murphy, who served in the role on an interim basis.
MainSource picks new regional president
Greensburg-based MainSource Financial Group Inc. has named Thomas Dowd regional president. He will be responsible for banking locations along the Interstate 65 corridor from Indianapolis to Louisville.
Grant to help IU education effort in Africa
Indiana University has landed a $4.2 million federal grant to help with an initiative to promote women's access to higher education in South Sudan. The funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development supports the two-and-a-half year project through IU's Center for Social Studies and International Education.
Purdue program to offer travel grants to China
A Purdue University partnership is offering travel grants for researchers wanting to partner with colleagues in China. The school's U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability says the program aims to address issues in both nations such as climate change, energy and food security.
Research outlines company's central Indiana impact
A study commissioned by an Illinois-based aerospace and defense contractor suggests the company supports more than 1,600 central Indiana jobs. AAR Corp. says research from the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute in Wisconsin highlights the economic impact on Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Morgan counties.
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