Release – Weekend events to bring in over 16,000 visitors to city
Jan11

Release – Weekend events to bring in over 16,000 visitors to city

Press release from Visit Fort Wayne Music, basketball, volleyball, hockey, and softball will be bringing thousands of visitors to Fort Wayne over the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. The MLK Volleyball Challenge returns for a sixth year at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and will bring in an estimated 10,000 attendees from January 13-14. Meanwhile, over the same dates, SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse will host the popular Gym Rats MLK Basketball Classic (4,900 attendees) and SportONE Parkview Icehouse will host the 2018 Crossover Hockey Games, bringing in 250 in attendance. January 12-14, The Plex South welcomes the National Softball Association’s 2018 Snowflake Frenzy, which will bring an estimated 400 in attendance. In downtown Fort Wayne, the Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference (600) will convene at the Grand Wayne Convention Center for a sixth consecutive year. The conference will feature a large trade show, educational workshops and performances at the Historic Embassy Theatre. Fort Wayne’s restaurants, attractions and hotels will feel a generous bump in business as a result of these five events, as more than 16,150 people and $2.92 million dollars will enter our city over three days. The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum will also be hosting the annual Fort Wayne Farm Show immediately following MLK weekend on January 16-18. Attendance will be approximately 25,000. For more information on any of these events, contact Dan O’Connell or Kristen Guthrie at Visit Fort Wayne, (260)...

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Release – Savor Fort Wayne 2018 to run until January 21
Jan10

Release – Savor Fort Wayne 2018 to run until January 21

Press release from Visit Fort Wayne Starting today, 48 Fort Wayne restaurants are offering three-course, value-priced menus during the fifth annual Savor Fort Wayne from Wednesday, January 10 – Sunday, January 21. Participating Fort Wayne area restaurants will feature specially crafted menus including appetizers, salads, steaks, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, ethnic delights, dessert and more in addition to vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. Savor Fort Wayne restaurants include: 07 Pub Asakusa Bandidos- Aboite Bandidos- Glenbrook Bandidos- Georgetown Bandidos- Waynedale Black Canyon Bourbon Street Hideaway Casa Grille Casa Ristorante Italiano Casa Grille Italiano Casa! Ristorante Champions Chappell’s Coral Grill Chop’s Wine Bar Club Soda DeBrand Fine Chocolates Don Hall’s Tavern at Coventry Don Hall’s Takaoka Don Hall’s Factory Don Hall’s Guesthouse Grill Don Hall’s Gas House Don Hall’s Triangle Park Eddie Merlot’s el Azteca Mexican Restaurant Features Bar and Restaurant HT2 J.K. O’Donnell’s Junk Ditch Mad Anthony Brewing Co. Naked Tchopstix Nawa Nick’s Martini & Wine Bar Nori Asian Fusion Cuisine The Oyster Bar Park Place on Main Street Rack and Helen’s Red River Steakhouse Shigs In Pit – Fairfield Shigs in Pit – Maplecrest Shoccu Sweet Lou’s Pizza Tolon Trolley Steaks & Seafood Trubble Brewing Tucanos Brazilian Grill Wine Down Wu’s Diners can also make an evening out during Savor Fort Wayne by taking advantage of a special ticket offers from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Komets, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, First Presbyterian Theatre, Fort Wayne Mastadon Basketball and more. Learn more at SavorFortWayne.com! For a list of participating restaurants, menus and special offers, visit...

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Release – Young entrepreneur launches tax service business
Dec22

Release – Young entrepreneur launches tax service business

Release from Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That’s a popular quotation from Benjamin Franklin in a letter he wrote in 1789.  John Lawrence, a young Fort Wayne entrepreneur who is a licensed tax preparer, has launched a new tax service to help area residents deal with one certainty of their lives: income taxes.  Get It Done Tax Solutions, Inc. will serve Fort Wayne area taxpayers of all ages, occupations and tax brackets. Lawrence is a junior student at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with a double major in accounting and finance.  He expects to receive his degree in 2019, at which time he plans to study for the Certified Public Accountant exam. Hard work has always been a part of Lawrence’s life.  His first job involved working at a local plant nursery when he was 14 years old.  At the time, he was a student at Columbia City High School, where he ran cross country and competed on the swim team. Now, in addition to working on his college degree, Lawrence also works full time in accounts receivables for a local printing firm, which he will continue to do after he launches his new business.  He previously worked one year as a licensed tax preparer for a local office of a national franchise, where he says he became aware of “a better way of doing things.” Lawrence says he plans to operate Get It Done Tax Solutions as a “more conscientious” tax preparation firm focused on helping his customers at an affordable price.  Customers will be made aware of tax preparation fees upfront, and the fee structure will be based on the client’s filing status and their deadline. “I would rather do it right than make a lot of money quickly,” he says in a prepared release. Unique services include “house calls,” which Lawrence foresees being popular with families having young children at home, as well as senior citizens and individuals with a physical disability who find it difficult to travel outside their residence. As is common with many young entrepreneurs, Lawrence plans to give back to his community.  He says he plans to donate a portion of his business profits “to support my community and help low-income people do their taxes in this time of uncertainty.” Lawrence is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, where he received information and guidance on business start-up procedures, identifying target markets and marketing strategies to reach potential customers. For more information on Get It Done Tax Solutions, call Lawrence at 260-431-3001 or...

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Release – Just Relax Esthetic Services launches in Leo-Cedarville
Dec22

Release – Just Relax Esthetic Services launches in Leo-Cedarville

Release from Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Fort Wayne area residents looking to pamper themselves while improving their skin quality and relieving stress now have another option.  Local entrepreneur Haley Durbin recently launched Just Relax Esthetic Services in Leo-Cedarville. The business, which is located at 9715 Saint Joseph Street (also known as State Road 1 and Leo Road), offers skincare, facial services and full body waxing, along with relaxation massage and Skin Script facial products. Online gift cards and gift certificates are available for any of the offered products and services. Durbin describes Just Relax as being “slightly more upbeat than a spa setting, but still a place to come relax and feel comfortable asking questions regarding waxing and skin care” in a prepared release. Her menu of skincare and facial services includes derma-plane treatments to exfoliate and improve skin quality, along with makeup training sessions, Brazilian waxes, and sunless tanning travel services done in the comfort of one’s home. Massage services include a 75-minute sugar scrub massage along with full-body massages available in 30-, 60- or 90-minute increments. Durbin, who resides in Fort Wayne, has been an esthetician for five years. She grew up in Adams County and graduated from Adams Central High School before moving to Fort Wayne, where she achieved an associate’s degree in business from Ivy Tech. As a business owner, she says she hopes to become more involved in the Fort Wayne community and in environmental-related initiatives for recycling, clean water and city clean-up. Durbin is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, where she received guidance on starting and registering her business. For more information on Just Relax, visit the firm’s Facebook page, or call 260-223-8060 to schedule an appointment.  To learn more about the services of the Northeast ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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Release – Solar panels boost The Summit’s goals for innovation, sustainability
Dec22

Release – Solar panels boost The Summit’s goals for innovation, sustainability

Release from The Summit There may be snow in the forecast, but one Fort Wayne neighborhood just got a little greener. An array of solar panels now graces the roofline of The Summit Athletic Center on West Rudisill Boulevard. One of the city’s largest solar installations, the 100-kilowatt unit produces enough electricity to power 10 homes. “At The Summit, we want to offer great space at a fair price to community-building organizations,” said Melissa Dessaigne, executive director, in a prepared release. “Energy and water account for more than 17 percent of our expenses, and energy prices are outpacing inflation, so this investment in renewable energy is an important step toward keeping our space affordable. We’re trying to build the best space for the best organizations in a way that is economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.” The Summit Athletic Center is home to AWP Sports and Parkview Sports Medicine. The building’s new solar array is expected to generate approximately 132,000 kilowatt-hours of power each year. That’s enough to offset the building’s entire energy bill, depending on weather and facility use. “It’s like saving 116 acres of forest,” explained Spencer Mize, director of strategic initiatives, in a prepared release. “Each year, the renewable energy from this solar array will offset the equivalent greenhouse-gas emissions of burning 107,407 pounds of coal or 11,047 gallons of gasoline. The idea that we can save money while being good stewards of the environment is what fueled our desire to make this investment a reality.” Sustainable energy is right in line with The Summit’s focus on innovation. Five years ago, The Summit debuted a modern collaborative classroom to foster twenty-first-century learning. In 2015, campus opened CookSpring, one of the region’s first shared commercial kitchens for culinary entrepreneurs. “Now in 2017, we’re testing the idea that even urban campuses can harness energy produced by the sun,” Mize said. “If the project proves successful, there may be additional sustainable energy initiatives in The Summit’s future.” The Summit is a shared campus of socially-minded organizations and entrepreneurs working together to create thriving community. Partner organizations work to achieve social impact in the areas of education, economic development, social sustainability, health & wellness, and spiritual vitality. In addition, The Summit offers top-quality space for meetings, conferences, and retreats. To learn more, visit The Summit’s website. # #...

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