1:24 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Downtown Lafayette hosts Small Business Saturday

Downtown Lafayette shops and restaurants want to lure in customers through Small Business Saturday.
Credit Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette

Merchants in downtown Lafayette want holiday shoppers to know they have something to offer.

The shops are celebrating Small Business Saturday this weekend. It’s designed to draw customers to mom-and-pop stores on Main Streets across America.

Diane Gee owns Grateful Heart Gallery and Gifts. She says while she and her neighboring storeowners don’t have everything, they have something unique.

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9:15 am
Tue November 19, 2013

"Growing Ag Leaders" pilot program includes IN

According to a U.S Department of Agriculture report, roughly 25,000 agriculture jobs go unfilled each year.

To address the issue, Monsanto and the National F.F.A. are partnering to encourage more students pursuing a degree in the field.

Most of Indiana is part of their scholarship pilot program, including Tippecanoe and surrounding counties.

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8:17 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Greater Lafayette looks to recruit, retain top talent

Human resources representatives of Greater Lafayette companies are working to attract and retain young professionals.

They were part of a daylong discussion on the topic sponsored by Tippy Connect, Purdue and Greater Lafayette Commerce.

One issue they’re dealing with is what’s available for young professionals to do outside of work.

Tippy Connect president Brianne Keyes says she was not surprised by any of the points brought up, but she thinks executives learned quite a bit.

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9:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Relationships to Partnerships event at Purdue

Purdue is hosting its annual Relationships to Partnerships event Friday, Nov. 15.

It’s designed to help minority and women business owners connect with other companies throughout Indiana.

The university’s Office of Supplier Diversity Development cosponsors the daylong conference. Director Jesse Moore says bringing so many different businesses together benefits everyone involved.

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8:47 am
Mon November 11, 2013

IN Sheep and Wool checkoff program

The official number of Indiana sheep producers recognized to vote to establish the checkoff program was 1,833 this spring.
Credit Purdue Extension

The sale of wool or sheep in Indiana will have a special assessment tacked on to it beginning next month.

Members of the industry approved the checkoff program this summer after a petition initiated the process last year. The 0.5% assessment for each transaction is expected to raise $30,000-$40,000 annually.

Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue (ARP), administered the check-off process. ARP is within the College of Agriculture.

He says funds may be used for promotion, consumer and producer education, and research.

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