Someone will win a Taurus 

Quality Auto Mart & Service, 7307 State Road 46 E., Batesville, will give a car away as part of a national Wheels to Prosper ( initiative.

The vehicle is a 2002 taupe Ford Taurus, reports Nancy Roepke, who has owned the automotive repair shop with husband Mark for almost 30 years. 

The vehicle will be given to a deserving person who is an active community member. They explain, “We are looking for someone who makes a difference in the lives of others, in spite of their own challenges or problems. If you know of a caring, giving friend, family member, co-worker, church member or neighbor ... you can help someone by nominating them.” Self nominations are not permitted.

Forms, which are due by Oct. 5, are available on the Web site or at the shop. Three local judges will determine the winner.

In order to win the car, the nominee must be present Saturday, Oct. 11, during an 11 a.m.-1 p.m. open house, when the winner will be announced. “We’re the first (repair shop) in Indiana” to participate in this Wheels to Prosper contest, she notes. “It’s all about giving back to the community.”

Bank organizes coat drive

Local Old National Bank employees are making plans for a second annual coat drive. “Last year was such a long, cold winter. We want to thank our community for the donations and unwavering level of support. It’s a heartwarming experience to provide warm coats to those in need during the winter months and we are so excited to continue our coat drive event,” says Kelly Caudill, Old National Bank, Batesville, assistant manager. 

“As you can imagine, this is a great, yet essential, event for our community. We are committed to providing as many coats as possible to the people in our area who are in need.” Donations, accepted now through Oct. 31, can be dropped off at the bank, Kroger or Batesville Area Chamber or Commerce office. “Our greatest need is kids’ coats; any sizes from toddler to teenager,” she notes. Gently used donated coats should not have rips or stains. “While all coats are dry-cleaned prior to distribution, we want to ensure we are providing good quality items.”

The coats will be distributed to families at the Batesville Fire and Rescue Department Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 12-14, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Two Lawrenceburg businesses hiring

Applications will be accepted for Hollywood Casino, Lawrenceburg, and the new Lawrenceburg Event Center at a job fair Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Ivy Tech Community College Business Conference Center, 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg.

Info: Hollywood Casino Human Resources, 812-539-8350.

Columbus chamber hosts marketing workshop

A Columbus Chamber of Commerce Sell it Like a Rock Star workshop is slated for Oct. 14 from 8-9:30 a.m. at its office, 500 Franklin St., Columbus.

Thaddeus Rex will discuss how companies are blending secret songwriter strategies into their sales and marketing to grab customer attention and keep them repeating words. For those who’ve already built exemplary products and services, this workshop offers new ways to get the word out. Topics include three stages of customer engagement, and how you pass them all; a simple technique for standing out from the competition; and the four most common sales and marketing turn-offs and how to avoid them.

The fee is $15. To register:

Wanted: business adviser

Mark Hemmerle, the Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center business adviser for Franklin, Ripley, Dearborn, Ohio and Switzerland counties, recently accepted an offer for a position after a months ago interview, according to an e-mail newsletter.

Laura DeDomenic is temporarily taking over his clients. SISBDC director Blayr Barnard at 812-952-9765 or will be the point of contact for inquiries about the position and program questions. She said, “We look forward to finding another excellent candidate for the area business adviser very soon.”

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