Weekly Update from Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance
Business Recovery Series: How Local Food and Beverage Makers Survived
Looking for a way to gain insights into the local economic landscape? Starting today and over the coming months, this newsletter will spotlight how key industries driving our local economy are recovering from the pandemic and reopening. Today’s first installment highlights food and beverage establishments. Meet local business leaders and learn how the pandemic impacted them, and how the local impact contrasts with regional and national trends.
Purdue University Offers No Cost Business Research
Nearly 38% of new Hoosier jobs were generated by second-stage businesses (10-99 employees) in 2019, higher than larger-sized enterprises in the state. Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is now accepting company applications to participate in its no-cost business assistance program. The University invites stage-two companies (10-99 employees) negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply to receive research and guidance through its “Economic Gardening” program.
Indiana to Drop out of Federal Unemployment Insurance Program, Reinstates Work-Search Rule
Indiana’s unemployment rate is just below 4% and jobs are taking longer to fill, reflecting a pre-pandemic labor market. Employers will be relieved to know Governor Holcomb recently announced decisions to end special pandemic unemployment programs, including the $300 per week federal unemployment program. The State will also reinstate the rule requiring those receiving Indiana unemployment to continue searching for work.
Join Aspire as we host Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers' State of the City address. Attend to learn about 2020 city developments and plans for continued transformation in 2021. Key projects and the Mayor's community vision will be highlighted in the "Pride and Progress" room (sponsored by Citizens Bank and Johnson Memorial Health) as you enter the event. This luncheon, presented as part of the 2021 Aspire Legislation Matters series, attracts the community's top leaders and company executives. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged; at-the-door seating cannot be guaranteed.
We are Bargersville Wellness; a salon, spa, yoga/wellness studio, and now a barbershop located in downtown Bargersville! In January, BW was able to send co-owner Ashley Auld and stylist Sarah Barnard to barbering school and they graduated on May 21! We believe we are the first barbershop ever in BVille!