Economic & Business Development
Purdue agricultural economics professor Maria Marshall
Citing her extensive work in impacting the livelihoods of small and family businesses, a committee named Maria Marshall, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University, as the recipient of the 2017 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award.
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Main Street corridors and county lines no longer bound society. The geographic boundaries of business expand nationally and globally for many small businesses. With that expansion, communication is critical for their success. Various forms of communication include multiple forms of media as well as traditional, such as phone and mail.
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Small businesses are the primary driver of job growth in Indiana. In fact, existing second stage businesses generated 36% of all new jobs in Indiana between 2010 and 2015.
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Did you know that half of all businesses in Indiana are small businesses? These companies are the economic drivers of the local economy. Typically, these same companies employ fewer than 10 employees.
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On July 25, 2016, USDA Rural Development (RD) State Director Philip G. Lehmkuhler announced the designation of a new North Central Indiana region for the next phase of the Stronger Economies Together (SET) program.
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In January 2015, Purdue's Community Development Educators were trained by Ohio State University to implement their comprehensive, award-winning Business Retention & Expansion program. Parke County, home of the Covered Bridge Festival, was the first county to contact Purdue to initiate a local BR&E program.
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A team of Purdue University community and regional development professionals will play a key role in advancing the efforts of two groups of Indiana counties that are working to develop regional approaches to growing businesses and creating jobs.

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