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A Purdue University consumer sciences and retailing professor says there are signs retailers are being more aggressive about the upcoming holiday shopping season. Richard Feinberg says they include early promotions and increases in hiring. He adds many retailers had a "relatively positive" back-to-school season, which is an indication of how holiday sales could go. Feinberg says many companies are increasing seasonal hiring.

College Aims to Increase Awareness

The oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the country is trying to raise its profile. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College near Terre Haute is launching an $11 million capital campaign to build an on campus sports and recreation center. President Dr. Dottie King says the school has also issued a tuition freeze and is looking to expand cooperation with other area colleges and businesses. She discussed the plans during an appearance on Inside INdiana Business Television.

Health Care Systems Form Consortium

Three health care providers in the state are forming a partnership designed to improve patient care and lower costs. Community Health Network, St. Vincent Health and the six hospitals that make up the Suburban Health Organization are launching an accountable care consortium. The organization will have its own board and chief executive officer and is not connected to any federal initiative.

Big Ten to Hold Virtual Career Fair

An interactive job fair will launch next month leading up to the Big Ten Football Championship Game. The Virtual Career Fair is open to alumni of Big Ten member institutions and will feature Internet chats with recruiters.

Purdue Sets Entrepreneurship Event For Vets

A Purdue University workshop next month will focus on agricultural entrepreneurship for military veterans. The event will include sessions on business funding, small farm marketing, and agritourism.

Study Assesses Lafayette Quality of Life

An assessment of the Greater Lafayette-area's quality of life suggests young professionals want more out of the region. The report, from a Wisconsin-based consulting firm, shows half of the area's residents under 40 who responded are planning to leave within the next four years.

Dow AgroSciences Acquires California Company

Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences LLC is expanding its alfalfa business with the acquisition of California-based Cal/West Seeds. Dow AgroSciences says the move will make the company's forage business one of the largest in the industry.

Celadon Bumps Up Expectations

Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. (NYSE: CGI) anticipates it will exceed analysts' first quarter estimates. President Paul Will attributes the expectations to recent acquisitions and lower maintenance costs.

Grissom Hangar Renovation Moving Along

A nearly $14 million expansion project at a Grissom Aeroplex hangar is on schedule. The Kokomo Tribune reports officials from Texas-based Dean Baldwin Painting LP and Miami County say upgrades are set to be complete in December. The initiative is expected to create around 200 jobs.

BrightPoint Partners With Tracking Device Maker

Indianapolis-based BrightPoint Inc. (Nasdaq:CELL) has struck an agreement with Texas-based eTrak Corp. The deal means BrightPoint will provide distribution and inventory services for the wireless location-tracking device manufacturer.

IPFW Lands Athletic Merchandise Retail Deal

Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne has announced licensing partnerships with two major retailers. The deals allow area Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Walgreen Co. (NYSE: WAG) locations to carry official IPFW Mastodons merchandise.

Film Festival Announces Sponsor Lineup

Sponsors continue to lineup in support of one of the major annual cultural events in the state. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures says the central Indiana corporate community is again providing vital financial support to the Heartland Film Festival. Organizers say the contributions help underwrite screenings during the event and the annual awards ceremony.

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