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June 2020

21st Century Scholarship Deadline is June 30

Indiana offers a unique opportunity to help income-eligible Hoosiers afford a higher education. Those who sign up for the 21st Century Scholars program while in 7th or 8th grade can receive a scholarship for up to four years covering all tuition costs at Indiana colleges and universities.

The June 30 deadline for eighth-grade students to enroll in the program is quickly approaching, so sign up today and join the more than 36,000 fellow Hoosiers who earned a college degree with the help of a 21st Century Scholarship.

Not only do scholars have 100% of all tuition costs covered, they receive guidance and support so they can succeed in high school and college. To be eligible, students have to maintain their Scholar Pledge for excellence in school and life.

For more information, visit learnmoreindiana.org/scholars, or plan to join Learn More Indiana’s Facebook page for virtual assistance at 6 p.m. (EST) on Monday, June 29.

For many young Hoosiers, this program makes college attainable and more affordable. Don’t let the June 30 deadline pass! Enroll your student in the 21st Century Scholarship program today at scholars.in.gov/enroll.

Shop Virtually To Support Local Farmers, Producers

Safety precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 are limiting how some businesses operate with customers face-to-face, including our Indiana farmers and producers. There are multiple online resources making it easier to shop for homegrown food and handmade products.

Indiana Grown is a network of local farmers and producers helping connect consumers to Indiana products. Hoosiers can find locally grown products in their nearby grocery stores, restaurants, farmers markets, convenience marts, wineries, breweries and more – just look for the Indiana Grown logo. An online directory features hundreds of farmers, businesses, artisans, grocers, restaurants and more listed by county that sell Indiana products. There is also a statewide map to find nearby farmers markets. Interested Hoosier food producers and crafters can also register to become an Indiana Grown member and benefit from the free program and marketing opportunities.

Indiana-based Market Wagon is an online delivery service where shoppers connect with local food vendors and artisans, and purchases can be delivered directly to homes or a specified Market Host. It also offers delivery networks serving every part of the state and is continually adding merchants. No membership or minimum purchase is required.

LocalFarmMarkets.org is another source for finding local food producers broken down by region and county. Shoppers can filter markets and products that are organic or sustainably grown produce.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to support Hoosier vendors by shopping locally. These online resources make it easy to find and buy food and products made right here in Indiana.

Great State For Biz Continues To Reopen

Indiana is moving to stage 4 of its “Back On Track” plan while getting recognized as one of the best states in the country to do business.

Chief Executive Magazine recently ranked Indiana fifth in the nation for doing business, while highlighting the state’s low taxes, investment and commitment to growing the workforce, and focus on innovation and tech. All reasons the Hoosier State stands out as an economic leader.

As we enter stage 4 and continue getting back on track, social gatherings of up to 250 people may take place following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s social distancing guidelines. Much of Indiana’s tourism sector can reopen at 50% capacity, including cultural and entertainment venues like museums, zoos and aquariums. VisitIndiana.com recommends consulting with the websites of particular events and attractions for up-to-date information.

In this stage, staff in professional office buildings may resume work at full capacity, as well as retail stores and malls. Dining room services may now operate at 75% capacity, with movie theaters, bowling alleys, bars and nightclubs opening at 50% capacity.

As these businesses and others resume and expand operations, those unable to source and procure personal protection equipment can utilize the state’s online marketplace to request masks, face shields and hand sanitizer. Click here to place an order for Hoosier-made items on Indiana’s PPE Marketplace.

Stage 4 is projected to continue through Saturday, July 4. For more information about Indiana’s Back On Track Plan, click here.

IN Helps Entrepreneurs, Small Businesses

Several new economic recovery efforts are now underway offering aid to Hoosier businesses and entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19, while boosting the economy.

Indiana’s Small Business Restart Fund works to accelerate economic recovery by providing funding to cover COVID-19-related expenses. Hoosier businesses with less than 50 employees and $5 million in revenue in 2019 that have also experienced a 40% drop in revenue will be eligible to be reimbursed for up to 80% of qualified expenses. This could cover rent, utilities, or safety investments such as personal protective equipment and infrastructure improvements to help reduce the spread of the disease. Applications are now being accepted at backontrack.in.gov.

Additional resources are also available through the Indiana Small Business Development Center for Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses. Through federal funding, the Indiana SBDC is able to increase no-cost services, such as counseling and training, for businesses that were operating prior to and that have been impacted by COVID-19. Services will be available through the Indiana SBDC’s 10 regional offices across the state, and will include financial assistance, e-commerce, business adaptation and innovation, disaster resiliency and planning, and reopening plans.

The Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement program supports technology and operational advancements in the manufacturing industry. The program includes three initiatives, the Smart and Advanced Manufacturing Focus Fund, the Manufacturing Readiness Grants and the Smart Manufacturing Studio Lab. Launched by the Indiana Economic Development Corp., the program encourages manufacturing investments to position Hoosier operations for future growth by prioritizing startup investment and resources, technology modernization and development, and training assistance.

These programs are additional tools for Indiana’s businesses and entrepreneurs as many work to reopen, get back on track and limit the impact of COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

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