Start Fort Wayne Annouces $90,000 in Support
Oct21

Start Fort Wayne Annouces $90,000 in Support

From Start Fort Wayne Start Fort Wayne announced support from local organizations on Thursday, October 19. The announcements were held at the Atrium, Start Fort Wayne’s coworking space, while celebrating the space’s one year anniversary. Greater Fort Wayne Inc. announced $35,000 of support for Start Fort Wayne. “Entrepreneurs are the risk-takers, innovators, and job creators that can fuel us toward becoming a nationally recognized economy,” said Eric Doden, CEO of Greater Fort Wayne Inc. in a prepared release. “We’re thrilled that Start Fort Wayne is helping startups succeed. The Atrium provides a tremendous collision space for entrepreneurs, and we look forward to seeing those collisions turn our innovation economy into a powerhouse.” Additionally, Elevate Northeast Indiana announced their support of Start Fort Wayne. Mark Michael, President and COO of Fort Wayne Metals and board member of the Elevate Northeast Indiana board says in a prepared release, “The Elevate Northeast Indiana board, in an effort to enlarge and elevate our region’s entrepreneurial culture, is providing Start Fort Wayne $35,000 to grow its support of entrepreneurs.  When we formed Elevate Northeast Indiana this month, our first order of business became the support of the entire entrepreneurial culture, beginning with this grant.” In addition to the announcements at the Atrium event, Fort Wayne Metals yesterday announced a donation of $10,000 a year for three years to Start Fort Wayne. Also, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne granted Start Fort Wayne a $10,000 Agency Support Grant on Thursday. Start Fort Wayne Executive Director, Rhonda Ladig states in a prepared release, “We’re thrilled at these announcements of support! We view the partnerships with these organizations as a stepping stone to collaboratively strengthen the entrepreneur infrastructure and startup community in our region.” Additionally last evening, Start Fort Wayne announced a new annual award named for local entrepreneur coach Steve Franks (read more about Steve Franks). The Steve Franks Award for Entrepreneurial Effectiveness was awarded to it’s namesake. The award will be given by Start Fort Wayne annually to recognize and individual who is doing extraordinary things to support entrepreneurs in our region. Start Fort Wayne began in 2015 with a mission to strengthen the infrastructure that supports entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana, supporting a long-term vision to attract outside tech and innovation companies to launch their venture in northeast Indiana. Some of Start Fort Wayne’s programs include entrepreneur coaching services through Steve Franks’ LevelUp program and youth coding education through a partnership with the South Bend Code School. Start Fort Wayne also started the first chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s “1 Million Cups” program in Indiana in 2015 and the chapter is one of the most active chapters in the country, meeting every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater with 40-60 entrepreneurs attending each week. The Atrium...

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Coming to Fright Night – DIA Fort Wayne – A Celebration of Life!
Oct20

Coming to Fright Night – DIA Fort Wayne – A Celebration of Life!

From DIA Fort Wayne To conclude the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate the upcoming Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos holiday, Parkview Health, University of Saint Francis and Sweetwater are excited introduce DIA Fort Wayne- A Celebration of Life! This event will be a part of this year’s Fright Night event on October 21, 2017, hosted by the Downtown Improvement District. The event will take place at the USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Wayne. Festivities Include: Live Music Local Taco Vendors Beer Garden Face Painting Games Lucha libre wrestlers and altars with ofrendas (elaborate offerings dedicated to the spirit of the departed) Contests including “Best Calaca/Skeleton” Costume Additional sponsors include University of Saint Francis Culturas Unidas, Sud-n-Impact Gym, Fort Wayne’s CW, Sol Kitchen, Salsa Grille, Monterrico To Go, Flora & Lily’s, Mitchell’s Sports Bar & Grill, 5 Star and Cruz Studios. Admission is free from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm on October 21, 2017. At 5:30 p.m., calacas will meet up with participants of Fright Nights 10th Annual Zombie Walk. For more information, please visit...

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Atrium Coworking Space Celebrates First Anniversary
Oct17

Atrium Coworking Space Celebrates First Anniversary

LoadingCenter mapTrafficBicyclingTransitGoogle MapsGet Directions From Start Fort Wayne Start Fort Wayne, a nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurs and startups in northeast Indiana, is planning a one-year anniversary celebration for their downtown coworking space, the Atrium. The event is this Thursday, October 19th from 5:30-8 p.m. Coworking is using shared office space and resources with other individuals who may work in a variety of industries,  who would have otherwise been working from home offices, the library, or coffee shops. The Atrium launched in October of 2016. It is a 5,500 square foot coworking space that offers a space for entrepreneurs to launch their startup. Since opening, the Atrium has had over 140 members, with the current membership hovering around 100. There are three membership levels for the coworking space: general, shared membership areas for $50 per month; dedicated desks for $150 per month; and private offices with two desks for $350 per month or four desks for $700 per month. All memberships are month-to-month, so there is no lease commitment for startups but they get a desirable downtown business address. The space also has conference spaces for members or non-members. In addition to the coworking and conference spaces, the Atrium is the home of Start Fort Wayne, it’s parent organization. Start Fort Wayne began in 2015 with a mission to strengthen the infrastructure that supports entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana, supporting a long-term vision to attract outside tech and innovation companies to launch their venture in northeast Indiana. Besides the Atrium coworking space, Start Fort Wayne also provides entrepreneur coaching services through Steve Franks’ LevelUp program and youth coding education through a partnership with the South Bend Code School. Start Fort Wayne also started the first chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s “1 Million Cups” program in Indiana in 2015 and the chapter is one of the most active chapters in the country, meeting every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater with 40-60 entrepreneurs attending each week. The Get Local event will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a short program that will highlight several entrepreneurs, in a “pitch-style” presentation, sighting the impact that Start Fort Wayne’s projects and programs have had on their venture over the past year. There will also be exciting announcements of partnership and support from other local organizations and recognition of entrepreneurial impact. Following the event, there will be free food from Calhoun Street Soup, Salad, and Spirits, a cash bar from Mad Anthony’s, and locally made cupcakes and cake. There will also be a free art display and live, local music from Jess Thrower. The event concludes at 8 p.m. To learn more about Start Fort...

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Business Notes – CapeAble Sensory Products Advances in Business Challenge
Oct09

Business Notes – CapeAble Sensory Products Advances in Business Challenge

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Two Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs have been selected to compete as finalists in the national InnovateHER Business Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Marna Pacheco of Winona Lake and Susan Hickok of Fort Wayne and their company CapeAble Sensory Products, LLC will compete for $70,000 in prize money at the National Pitch Competition on October 26 in Washington, D.C.  The announcement of the 10 finalists was made last week on October 5. CapeAble Sensory Products, based in Fort Wayne, produces weighted blankets for better sleep, fashionable weighted wearables and sensory-enrichment tools.  “In today’s overscheduled and hectic world, CapeAble’s innovative products provide something that everyone needs: comfort, focus, and hope,” said Pacheco in a prepared statement. “We refer to our exclusive, patent-pending design as ‘the science behind the comfort’.” The InnovateHER announcement comes on the heels of CapeAble being named the Outstanding Innovative Business of 2017 at the national SCORE Awards gala on September 14 in McLean, Va.  In their acceptance speech, Pacheco and Hickok shared their belief that “every person deserves to feel capable.” CapeAble also won a state award on May 3 from the Indiana Small Business Development Center for Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE), in recognition of the firm’s initial success as a Hoosier business. For InnovateHER, CapeAble Sensory Products was named the regional winner in April after competing against five other companies in a local competition at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) in Fort Wayne.  The local competition was hosted by the Fort Wayne Chapter of SCORE in partnership with The NIIC, the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (Northeast ISBDC), Brightpoint, the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Northeast Indiana, and the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC). After CapeAble and all the 120 regional winners were chosen, an executive committee of SBA officials evaluated the semi-finalist nominations and chose 10 finalists to participate in the National Pitch Competition.  InnovateHER was developed by the SBA to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.  Judging criteria for the InnovateHER Business Challenge include the product’s potential for commercialization, its impact on the lives of women and families, and its ability to fill a need in the marketplace. CapeAble Products and the other InnovateHER Business Challenge finalists have been invited to conduct a marketing pitch before a team of expert judges at the National Pitch Competition on October 26 in Washington, D.C. They will be competing for the top three awards totaling $70,000 in prize money, provided by the Sara Blakely Foundation, with their trip expenses being paid by...

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Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location
Oct09

Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Business is booming for In Touch Salonspa in northern Fort Wayne, so much so that the salon and spa facility, located at 939 East Dupont Road (just east of Coldwater Road), broke ground for a second, larger location. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 10 for the new facility, to be located adjacent to the new 1st Source Bank building at 4005 East Dupont Road, which is just east of the Parkview Regional Medical Center complex. With 6,000 square feet of space, the new $1.6 million project will provide more than 50 percent more capacity than the existing salon. Like the original location, the new facility will offer beauty services, hair care, and Aveda retail products, along with “our extremely high standards of customer service and our top-notch technical abilities,” according to InTouch Salonspa owner Cindy Kirkland in a prepared statement. She notes that all of her guests “enjoy the ultimate experience during each visit, with up-to-date, high-end services and technology. Taking services one step further, however, Kirkland says that the new, state-of-the-art location “will streamline the beauty industry by also including an upscale barbershop.” The new salon/spa will have more than 50 employees, including hair stylists, barbers, estheticians, a massage therapist, a nail technician, a manager and guest service coordinators. Kirkland says that the original location of In Touch Salonspa, which opened in October 2003, currently has 30 employees and averages more than 150 new customers each month. The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center created financial projections to secure funding for the project. While ground is being broken next week for the new salon, construction is estimated to take four to six months, with a tentative completion date of the Spring of 2018. For more information on In Touch Salonspa, call 260-410-0350 or visit www.InTouchSalonSpa.com. To learn more about the services of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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