HEDC awarded Duke Energy Marketing Partnership Program grant

Hancock County Economic Development Council is pleased to be a 2019 recipient of Duke Energy’s Marketing Partnership Program grant.

The program is designed “to help local economic development groups strengthen marketing efforts to help attract jobs and investment to the communities within our Indiana service territory,” said Erin Schneider, director of economic development for Duke Energy Indiana.

To qualify for program consideration, each applicant must submit a marketing plan that has a direct impact on the community’s economic growth and supports Duke Energy’s economic development goals.

“We are certainly appreciative of Duke Energy’s generosity and the funds are a very welcome addition to our marketing budget,” says HEDC executive director Randy Sorrell. “We will use the funds to make our website more appealing and user-friendly to visitors to our site.”


2018: Indiana Closes Out Record-Breaking Year for Small Business Growth

News from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation …

INDIANAPOLIS– The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) announced a record-breaking year for small business growth with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helping launch 318 small businesses and secure $86.3 million in government contracts for Indiana businesses, respectively, in 2018. Together, the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC assisted small businesses in the creation of 1,554 new jobs.

“With more than 508,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in maintaining long-term economic growth in Indiana and supporting good jobs in our communities,” said Elaine Bedel, president of the IEDC. “As a state, we’re excited to celebrate not only another record-breaking year for job creation, but also for small business growth in Indiana. Working hand-in-hand with the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC networks, we’ll continue to strengthen Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and provide Hoosier innovators with the resources and expert counseling needed to help launch and grow their dream businesses.”

Along with leading Indiana’s economic development efforts, the IEDC, which recently celebrated a second-consecutive, record-breaking year for new job commitments, works to support entrepreneurs and small businesses through the Indiana SBDC and Indiana PTAC networks.

  • INDIANA SBDC: The Indiana SBDC offers a one-stop shop for entrepreneurs looking to start and grow a business, delivering no-cost, expert guidance and resources ranging from business planning and valuation to export assistance and market research. Through its network of 10 regional offices across the state, the Indiana SBDC assisted in 318 new business starts and registered 2,266 new clients – the highest annual totals in the organization’s history.

    Moreover, of the 318 new business starts, 41 percent are women owned, 19 percent are minority owned and 5 percent are veteran owned. Together in 2018, Indiana SBDC advisers helped entrepreneurs and small businesses create 1,265 new jobs (+20% from 2017) and generate $97.9 million of capital infusion (+9% from 2017). For every dollar spent on Indiana SBDC services, $21.88 was earned or returned in various forms of capital infusion to small businesses.

    SMALL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT:
    In 2018, Heliponix, an Evansville-based agbioscience startup which developed and commercialized an indoor plant-growing system called a GroPod while its founders were at Purdue University, utilized the Southwest Indiana SBDC to prepare its business plan and financial projections along with a successful loan application through the Vectren Foundation loan program.

  • INDIANA PTAC: The Indiana PTAC helps Indiana businesses compete for and win federal, state and local contracts. With free, one-on-one counseling, resources and training across its five regional offices, Indiana PTAC counselors registered 382 new clients (+15% from 2017) and helped secure 3,078 government contracts – which is an 805 percent increase from 2017. As a result of the $86.3 million (174%+ from 2017) in government contracts awarded, Indiana businesses created 289 new Hoosier jobs (+36% from 2017).

    Together in 2018, 78 percent of the Indiana PTAC clients assisted were either women-owned, minority-owned, service-disabled veteran or veteran-owned businesses. For every dollar spent on the PTAC network, $110 was earned or returned in contract dollars awarded to small businesses.

    SMALL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHT:
    Pro Seal & Plastics, a Fort-Wayne based stocking distributor specializing in industrial sealing solutions, recently announced plans to invest $2.5 million to double the size of its facility in Allen County. The company is growing in part due to securing more than $500,000 in federal contracts in 2018, which were awarded with assistance from the Northeast Indiana PTAC. To fulfill the contracts, Pro Seal & Plastics has already added 12 new jobs and plans to expand further.

According to the Small Business Administration, more than 508,000 small businesses operate across Indiana, and together those companies support 1.2 million Hoosier jobs. Indiana ranks first in the Midwest and top 10 in the nation for entrepreneur friendliness (SBE Council 2018) and received an A grade for ease of starting a business (Thumbtack 2018).

About Indiana SBDC
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosted by the IEDC, which leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping entrepreneurs launch, grow and locate businesses in the state. The Indiana SBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business. With a network of 10 regional offices through the state, the Indiana SBDC creates a positive and measureable impact on the formation, growth and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses.

The Indiana SBDC is funded, in part, through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. For more information about the Indiana SBDC, visit www.isbdc.org. 

About Indiana PTAC
The Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), which is a part of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), works to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by helping businesses identify opportunities, compete smarter and win government contracts. With five regional offices across the state, Indiana PTAC provides procurement technical assistance through counseling and education to help businesses sell products or services to local, state and federal government agencies.

The Indiana PTAC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. For more information about the Indiana PTAC, visit www.indianaptac.com.

About IEDC
 The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.  

Hancock Economic Development Council is proud to serve the communities of Hancock County, Indiana.

Let us put our resources to work for you. Call us at 317.477.7241 or e-mail executive director Randy Sorrell today. Like Hancock EDC on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.


Celebration of Life for Nolan “Skip” Kuker set for January 9, 2019 in Greenfield

Nolan Skip KukerNolan E. “Skip” Kuker, Jr., age 55, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 9:59 a.m., on Sunday, January 6, 2019, in Hancock Regional Hospital in Greenfield, surrounded by his wife and two sisters.

Born in Fort Wayne on June 9, 1963, he was the son of Nolan E. Sr. and Constance ‘Connie’ M. Miller Kuker.

On August 31, 2002, in Logansport, he was married to Ellen M. Williams.

Skip graduated from Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne, Vincennes University, Indiana State University and Indiana University, culminating with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration along with the coveted Certification in Economic Development from the IEDC.

Economic Development became his career choice and concluded as Executive Director for Hancock County, for almost six years. He worked with many companies bringing almost a billion dollars of new investment and over 3,200 new jobs during his tenure. Continue reading…


Hancock County region named 2018 Stellar Community

The Hancock Economic Development Council congratulates the “Health and Heritage Region” which includes the communities of Greenfield, Fortville and Hancock County on being named a 2018 Stellar Community by the State of Indiana.

According to a news release from the Office of Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, “a focus on substance abuse treatment, expanding trails and revitalizing their downtowns are just a few of the facets of their plan to help create the front porch of Eastern Indiana.”

The region will receive $4.5 million from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural affairs, and will receive additional set amounts from the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Continue reading…


Kuker named “Game Changer” by Keihin

During the summer of 2018, Hancock County Economic Development Council director Skip Kuker congratulated a local company, Keihin, for celebrating its 30th anniversary in Greenfield.

On Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, Robb Farris and Jake Hughes of Keihin surprised Kuker, who is retiring, with Keihin’s “Game Changers” award. It’s the first time the award has been presented to someone outside of Keihin. Continue reading…


HEDC meets with Indiana National Guard

HEDC Executive Director Skip Kuker and Major General Courtney P. Carr of the Indiana National Guard

Hancock Economic Development Council’s executive director, Skip Kuker, was one of ten central Indiana community leaders invited by Major General Courtney P. Carr of the Indiana National Guard to attend a community leader lunch.

Kuker says the meeting marked the first time that four generals were in the same room. Continue reading…


HEDC assisting with two expansions in Hancock County

Three men at desks

Darrell Hawkins of Indiana Becknell, Larry Siegler of The Peterson Group and attorney Ron Pritzke at the Redevelopment Commission reviewing their new building and $25 million in investment in Hancock County, Indiana.

Hancock Economic Development Council works with numerous companies in their endeavors to create jobs and build quality buildings in our community.

Larry Siegler of The Peterson Group recently presented information on two projects to the Hancock County Council. Continue reading…


Idea Co-Op Coming to Hancock County

Hancock Economic Development Council looks forward to welcoming the Idea Co-op to Hancock County.

Opening in the Fall of 2018, the mission of Idea Co-op is to attract and retain talent to Hancock County, provide a co-working facility with state of the art technologies, offer an education center to host all types of technology classes, seminars and training, establish an IoT (Internet of Things) lab for agritech, utility solutions and many other possibilities and to create a maker space to support local demand and interest in specific technologies.

“I can see that this unique project will help a great many new ideas start or grow for all of Hancock County,” says HEDC executive director Skip Kuker. “Having a facility with these assets will be great for our community.”

Located in Greenfield, the Idea Co-Op is powered by NineStar Connect, a communications, energy, water and sewer cooperative offering the latest technological solutions to business and residential clients in Central Indiana.

Learn more at www.ideacoop.com.


Four spec buildings planned for Mt. Comfort in Hancock County, Indiana

Construction of four spec buildings in Mt. Comfort, Indiana is expected to begin in early 2019. The Peterson Company is working with Shear MC2, LLC to build the structures near the intersection of West County Road 300 N and Mt. Comfort Road in Hancock County.

Three of the buildings will average about 250,000 square feet while the fourth will be about 100,000 square feet.

Shear and The Peterson Company are also constructing a 400,000 square-foot spec building on the north side of 300N.

Read more about the project in this article by the Greenfield Daily Reporter.

For more information about economic development opportunities in Hancock County, call Hancock Economic Development Council at (317) 477-7241.