October 29, 2013

Business news in brief, week of Oct. 27, 2013


---- — Little receives NCLA scholarship

Logansport school administrator James Little was presented the “Dave Berryman Scholarship for Leadership and Development” by the National Council of Local Administrators at the NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference in San Diego, Calif.

The NCLA conference Sept. 25-27 was attended by school administrators and career and technical education instructors from around the nation. Little is the director of the Century Career Center.

NIPSCO sends $100K to Red Cross

NIPSCO employees gave 193 volunteer hours, 389 pints of blood and $100,000 to help the American Red Cross through the gas supplier's 2013 Charity of Choice campaign.

"We were blown away by the investment of the entire organization in this campaign,” said Regional Red Cross CEO John Lyter.

Activities included encouraging employee volunteering at Red Cross chapters for the United Way Day of Caring, recruiting employee blood donors and sponsoring a Hometown Heroes event that recognized Red Cross volunteers and other community responders, among other initiatives.

NIPSCO, headquartered in Merrillville, provides natural gas for the Cass County area. More information about NIPSCO is available at

Logan-Cass chamber dinner approaching

The Logansport-Cass County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Angie’s Catering and Cakes, 1107 17th St. The organization’s annual awards will be announced at that time. For more information, call the chamber at 574-753-6388.

Arts commission opens grant process

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until Feb. 7, 2014, to submit applications for the Indiana Arts Commission's Individual Artist Program grant.

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of visual arts, photography, design, media, crafts and folk arts related to these traditional disciplines. Artists with disabilities are also encouraged to apply for projects related to these eligible disciplines, either through the discipline directly or through the access category.

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

Application guidelines and the online grant application system can be found at First-time IAP applicants may submit a draft application by Jan. 17, 2014.

For more information, contact Kristina Davis-Smith at 317-232-1279 or email

Webinars set on fruit, vegetable food safety

WEST LAFAYETTE — Purdue Extension online workshops helping fruit and vegetable farmers meet food safety regulations should they want to sell their products to restaurants, wholesalers, food hubs and other operations will continue in November.

The webinar series "Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z" will be Nov. 14, 19 and 21 at numerous locations in Indiana. It will include sessions on health and hygiene, water quality and treatment, animals and animal products, sanitation on the farm, documentation and recordkeeping, and farm food safety plans.

Jodee Ellett, Purdue Extension's local foods coordinator, noted that farmers wanting to sell to restaurants, brokers, wholesalers, food hubs and some auctions will be required to not only register with the state as a wholesale fruit and vegetable wholesaler but also show proof of knowledge of food safety Good Agricultural Practices, known in the industry as GAPs. Attending "Good Agricultural Practices from A to Z" will meet this requirement of the new regulations.

Attendance at all three sessions is required to receive a GAPs Certificate of Attendance from Purdue Extension.

The webinars will be given 1-4 p.m. EDT. The nearest location to Cass County is at the Purdue University Campus Agricultural Administration Building, Room 121, 615 W. State St., West Lafayette.

Registration, due by Nov. 5, costs $30 per person and $10 for each additional person from the same farm. Those who would like to join from another location with high-speed Internet connection can do so at no charge.

Participants can register online at Those interested in participating, needing special accommodations or having questions should contact Jodee Ellett at 765-494-0349 or