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Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

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Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

The Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest is a recurring series of curated posts highlighting entrepreneurship, start-ups and small businesses in the Fort Wayne area. Contact Living Fort Wayne at info@livingfortwayne.com if you have stories or information to share. Atrium Member Highlight There are numerous ways to work in Fort Wayne outside of the traditional office space. Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium coworking space is highlighting its members. They have provided this “Member Highlight” by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey to our blog. “Start Fort Wayne is a 501(c)3 that began in March 2015 as a rag-tag band of entrepreneurs and educators dedicating their spare time to help build a lasting community and culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in northeast Indiana.” Name: Emily Baransy Age: 29 Hometown: Ottawa, Ohio Years Lived in Fort Wayne: Six Company Name: Grantmakers In Aging Position: Program Manager Length of Time as Employee: One year Atrium Member Since: May 2017 Current Membership Type: General Can you briefly describe what the company you work for does? Grantmakers In Aging is a national membership organization that is dedicated to improving the experience of aging. We utilize networking, education, resources, and events to support our members’ grantmaking. Does your work with Grantmakers In Aging fit in with your educational and professional experience? It does. I am a licensed social worker, and although I never imagined myself in this job when I was in college, I have developed a passion for improving the lives of older adults. Within the next decade, we will see huge demographic shifts in the United States. Older adults will soon outnumber children under the age of five for the first time in history. And it’s no secret that our society is unprepared to handle this boom. I’m glad to play a small role in making sure older adults are valued throughout their entire lifespan. In what ways has your membership at Atrium helped you with working remotely? Working at Atrium has allowed me to maintain structure and focus in my work. It also allows me to separate my home and work life. And I occasionally use it to correct people who think working from home means sitting in your pajamas all day doing laundry! What are the challenges that come with working remotely? What would you say are the benefits? The company I work for has three employees: the CEO, another manager, and myself. That means we all wear multiple hats and are spread pretty thin. Communication is key to make sure the jobs are getting completed, and technology plays a big role in helping us stay connected. Strangely, I have found that working remotely has provided me with more focus. Perhaps it is the lack of distraction from other office mates or the avoidance of lengthy in-person meetings? Do you have any professional goals for this year that you’re currently working on? I have been asked to take on some increased responsibility in our financial management, so I have been working on getting some additional education and understanding about our financial statements. Learn more about Grantmakers in Aging. Member Highlight Provided by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Weekly Presentations 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of...

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Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business

Posted by on April 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business

Northeast Indiana is obviously a great place to live and work. In the past few weeks, we have talked to a variety of employers and experts that have given testimony to the opportunities and resources at your disposal here. While it may not be for everyone, our experts agree that sometimes it is okay to venture out on your own. No one knows your passions and work style better than yourself. Taking a bold step toward independently sharing your skills and expertise may just be what the career counselor ordered. If entrepreneurship is in your future, you need to know how to succeed and who is here to help.     What are the best industries in northeast Indiana? Whether you are going for a more traditional work path or venturing out on your own, you need to know what our region has to offer. According to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Logistics & E-Commerce, Specialty Insurance, Medical Device & Technology, Vehicles, Food & Beverage, Advanced Materials, and Design and Craftsmanship are the seven target industries in our region. What does that mean? It means that these industries are growing and producing quality jobs in our region. These industries are a result of our region’s culture and need for economic growth. Now that you know the fields, how do you pick which one to pursue? Is one better than another? According to Sonya Snellenberger-Holm, there isn’t really a best. “I’m a fan of all walks of life and all jobs.”  The Partnership is there to promote all fields that could potentially bring growth. On the other hand, Karl LaPan believes health care and financial services offer compelling opportunities as these industries transform and innovate. This translates to more potential opportunities. I sat down and chatted with Rhonda Ladig of Start Fort Wayne, an entrepreneurial resource center in downtown Fort Wayne. She said that successful local entreprenuers are in just about every field. The common industry that most of these local entrepreneurs are connected to is e-commerce. It doesn’t matter if you are selling something physical or a service, it is all selling online. You can effectively run a business from the comfort of your laptop. When you are looking for research on these industries, where exatly do you go? Jim Johnson said “a great resource to answer this question is the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. No one knows more about northeast Indiana more than this dedicated group of professionals. Their website is full of resources and information.” If you want to learn more about the specifics of target industries, you can download a report straight from the website. Theresa Steele added to Jim’s sentiment by recommending going to individual Local Economic Development Organization (LEDOs) to see what their initiatives are.  Another great source Theresa recommends is the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What resources are out there for new businesses? Starting a new business is not for the faint of heart, but it can be one of the most rewarding career moves you can make. Two major resources are available to entreprenuers in our region, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and Start Fort Wayne at the Atrium. You have heard me mention the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) throughout this series. We were lucky to have Karl LaPan provide his insight to career...

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – April 3, 2018

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – April 3, 2018

“This Week in Entrepreneurship” is a weekly digest of entrepreneurship and small business activities in northeast Indiana. There is a ton of activity in the area and each week we compile highlights for current and prospective small business owners from a variety of sources. Read this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” on Conntempo Boutique in our blog. Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presentation was from Kristine Logan Photography. Read and Subscribe to Start Fort Wayne’s monthly newsletter Start Fort Wayne has helped entrepreneurs turn ideas into growth-oriented businesses, since 2015. Each month they compile a newsletter of entrepreneurship-related events and happenings. View April’s newsletter here and subscribe at the top left of your screen. Notes from Around the Region News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne. Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. New Content Organizations join forces to address systemic problems Better together: Cities drive economic growth with greater inclusion Regional Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Network with other entrepreneurs and supporters over coffee from Fort Wayne’s Utopian Coffee on the Sweetwater campus. This event recurs weekly each Wednesday from 9-10 am, unless otherwise noted. This week’s presentation – TBD – Check their Facebook page for any updates. Founders + Coffee Location – Atrium Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Repeats Monthly on the First Thursday of the Month Art Night at Atrium Location – Atrium Friday, April 6, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM The Story Cafe Pop-up Location – Artlink Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Coders +=Beer Location – Atrium Monday, April 9, 2018 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Student Entrepreneurship Trade Show Location – The City Exchange Shops Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Learning Lunch Location – Atrium Friday, April 13, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Learning Lunch Seminars take place on the second Friday of every month. Fort Wayne Engage 2018 Location – Indiana Wesleyan University Fort Wayne Education and Conference Center Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – April 2018 Location – IPFW Helmke Library Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM The NIIC Ideas@work 5th Annual Signature Event Location – Parkview Mirro Center for Research Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Angie Hicks – “What Does It Mean to be an Entrepreneur?” Intellectual Property Workshop Location – Ivy Tech North Campus, Keith Busse Technology Center Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM National Small Business Week Sunday, April 29 – Saturday, May 5, 2018 Other events links Current Fort Wayne calendar (general events) Elevate...

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Conntempo Boutique – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

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Conntempo Boutique – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Madison Conn is this week’s featured entrepreneur in our spotlight series. Conn is the owner of Conntempo Boutique, an online women’s boutique clothing store based right here in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Conn launched Conntempo Boutique in 2016 and the business has become a family activity with her husband Brian and young son Morgan helping her along on her entrepreneurship journey. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne? Fort Wayne is an amazing community. Supporting local businesses is important to me as a resident and something I strive to do no matter if I’m buying carpet, a gift for a friend or a new outfit. I have many friends in the community that are like me – busy career women that need the convenience of online shopping but absolutely love the boutique experience. Having both of these options in a boutique that is local to Fort Wayne and that offers free shipping – that was on my wish list and that is what we offer at Conntempo Boutique. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I have found that other local entrepreneurs here in Fort Wayne have been incredibly helpful. I’ve walked in to many locally-owned stores and have found the owners and managers always willing to talk, share their experiences, etc. The Fort Wayne community really wants others to succeed and that has been instrumental in helping me grow and learn as an entrepreneur. I also think the power of Facebook is helpful! When local residents find something that is based in Fort Wayne, they are always so willing to try something new or to lend their support. I love how local residents support local businesses! What person has helped you the most in your journey? My husband and my son have helped me the most. When I decided to begin this adventure, it was with their backing 100%. I already had a demanding full-time job, so to add opening and running a business was just taking a little more time away from the family. They have been so understanding of this dream of mine and lend their support with many tasks – it truly is a family business! What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Research, research, research! Starting your own business is daunting, but you can limit how overwhelmed you feel by researching other successful businesses first – get a feel for why they are successful and then apply what makes sense to your business. I spent six months doing significant research before we officially opened and launched and I never regretted one single second of that. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? Personally I’d love to see more networking opportunities. While I’ve been in business almost two years now, it’s been hard at times connecting with others and networking. I’ve learned a lot myself and would love to share that information with others that might want to start a business. With my business being online only, that limits my opportunities to network in person. I’d love to see more organized events. What are some of the benefits and challenges with starting an online venture? Opening an online business has its benefits – less money is...

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 26, 2018

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 26, 2018

“This Week in Entrepreneurship” is a weekly digest of entrepreneurship and small business activities in northeast Indiana. There is a ton of activity in the area and each week we compile highlights for current and prospective small business owners from a variety of sources. Read about this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” on Envirose LLC in our blog. Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presentation was from Jenna Biggins and Envirose LLC. Notes from Around the Region News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne. Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. New Content The Resurgence of Downtown Columbia City Regional Event Highlights   Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Repeats monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Business Plan Workshop Location – Ivy Tech Fort Wayne North, Keith Busse Lecture Hall, Room TC1225 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Business Mentoring Fuels Success Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Network with other entrepreneurs and supporters over coffee from Fort Wayne’s Utopian Coffee on the Sweetwater campus. This event recurs weekly each Wednesday, unless otherwise noted. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 This week’s presentation – Kristine Logan Photography Can’t make this week’s 1MC event? Follow 1MC on Facebook for a live video. Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Location – Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM SBIR/STTR Program for Early Stage Financing Location – Ventura Room, 1st Source Building Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM Measuring Your Online Business Success Location – Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 5:30 PM Founders + Coffee Location – Atrium Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Repeats Monthly on the First Thursday of the Month Coders +=Beer Location – Atrium Monday, April 9, 2018 – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Student Entrepreneurship Trade Show Location – The City Exchange Shops Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Learning Lunch Location – Atrium Friday, April 13, 2018 – 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Learning Lunch Seminars take place on the second Friday of every month. The NIIC Ideas@work 5th Annual Signature Event Location – Parkview Mirro Center for Research Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Keynote Speaker – Angie Hicks – “What Does It Mean to be an Entrepreneur?” National Small Business Week Sunday, April 29 – Saturday,...

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Envirose LLC – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

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Envirose LLC – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we spotlight Jenna Biggins and Envirose LLC. Environmental health and safety is an important aspect for preparing your business for long-term success. Envirose LLC is a new local environmental health and safety consulting firm focusing on that. Envirose partners with clients to prevent occupational accidents, illnesses and harmful environmental releases while avoiding costly citations and unnecessary exposure. What made you decide to open a business in Northeast Indiana? My business partner Stephanie Phillips and I have lived and worked in Northeast Indiana our whole lives and saw an amazing opportunity to take our skills and training and apply it to not just one company but to many. We can see Fort Wayne beginning to grow and we want to be sure that the new company’s that establishing themselves here are keeping their employees and the environment safe. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? The best resource that has helped us thrive is the local entrepreneurial community and the different organizations that help small businesses get on their feet. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, Start Fort Wayne to name a couple. It opened our eyes to see that there are people who support us and want to see us succeed. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? I think one of the biggest challenges for any small business is getting your name out there. If people hear about you, talk about you, eventually the right person will take notice and contact you. We had to make sure that right person was taking notice. From cold calls to social media posts, we are trying to stay on top of getting our name out there. What people have helped you the most in your journey? Honestly, my business partner, Stephanie has helped me the most in our journey together. It was months and months of preparation, attorney and tax meetings, website development, everything you need to have established before you are “open for business”. On the long days where it seemed like there was too much to do with no end in sight, she was there to get me motivated again and reminded me why we’re doing this! What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Don’t think you can’t be the one to do it. If you have an idea for a business and really see that as your passion, research it, study it, and then go for it! It does take a lot of work to get a business set up but remember that drive and that passion for what you are doing to help you keep going. You’ll thank yourself later. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? Support would be the best thing Fort Wayne as a whole could do for entrepreneurs. Shop local, for products and services. Don’t turn a company away for being small or not well-known until you know the value of their product or service. Learn more about Envirose LLC by visiting their website at envirosellc.com. Envirose LLC was a presenter at a recent 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne event. Watch this recording of their presentation below. Looking for more local entrepreneurship information? Check out “This Week in Entrepreneurship.”...

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 19, 2018

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 19, 2018

“This Week in Entrepreneurship” is a weekly digest of entrepreneurship and small business activities in northeast Indiana. There is a ton of activity in the area and each week we compile highlights for current and prospective small business owners from a variety of sources. Down the River Podcast releases another episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered earlier this year. This episode features Mike Fritsch of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC). Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod YouTube – Down The River Podcast iTunes – Down The River Soundcloud – Down the River Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presentation was from the Linvill Center. New videos from the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) Check out this new video series on YouTube from the Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC). Getting Vulnerable and Going Strong Getting Vulnerable and Going Strong: Jay Johns More information from their website – “The Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC), in partnership with The NIIC, serves women entrepreneurs at all stages of their venture paths. From ideation and startup through growth and expansion, WEOC was designed to understand and respond to the unique needs of women entrepreneurs. We do this through business growth coaching, training and entrepreneurial education, connectivity and access to capital. We help you define your unique pathway then provide resources and connectivity for your venture’s success using our proprietary Entrepreneurial Pathway – Assess. Discover. Do.™ If you’re ready to get started, click here to schedule a meeting with a business coach.” Notes from Around the Region News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne. Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. New Content Growing innovative employment opportunities What to expect at TEDxFortWayne Sharing a taste of northeast Indiana The spark that lit Fort Wayne’s craft brewing scene Regional Event Highlights Future Founders Meetup Location – Atrium Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Repeats monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Network with other entrepreneurs and supporters over coffee from Fort Wayne’s Utopian Coffee on the Sweetwater campus. This event recurs weekly each Wednesday, unless otherwise noted. Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 This week’s presentation –Jenna Biggins, Envirose LLC Can’t make this week’s 1MC event? Follow 1MC on Facebook for a live video. Strengthening Professional Communication Skills: Workshop: Email – Write for Results Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Get Your Business Online Location – Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 5:30 PM Social & Marketing Breakfast...

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 12, 2018

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This Week In Entrepreneurship – March 12, 2018

“This Week in Entrepreneurship” is a weekly digest of entrepreneurship and small business activities in northeast Indiana. There is a ton of activity in the area and each week we compile highlights for current and prospective small business owners from a variety of sources. Down the River Podcast releases another episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. This episode features Fort Wayne Industrial Revolution.  Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod YouTube – Down The River Podcast iTunes – Down The River Soundcloud – Down the River Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presentation was from Cara Ley with Epiclassy. Notes from Around the Region News Resources from our news partner, Input Fort Wayne Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. New Content A Taste of Hometown Spirit Regional Event Highlights Branding for Small Business Workshop Location – Ivy Tech North, Student Life Center Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Transformational Growth Strategy Planning Session Location – Room SL149, Student Life Building, Ivy Tech North Tuesday, March 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Network with other entrepreneurs and supporters over coffee from Fort Wayne’s Utopian Coffee on the Sweetwater campus. This event recurs weekly each Wednesday, unless otherwise noted. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 This week’s presentation – Pitchfest Can’t make this week’s 1MC event? Follow 1MC on Facebook for a live video. Young Entrepreneurs Meetup Location – IPFW Helmke Library Saturday, March 17, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Repeats monthly on the second Saturday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Future Founders Meetup Location – Atrium Tuesday, March 20, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Repeats monthly on the third Wednesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Strengthening Professional Communication Skills: Workshop: Email – Write for Results Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Get Your Business Online Location – Ivy Tech Coliseum Campus Thursday, March 22, 2018 – 5:30 PM Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Repeats monthly on the last Tuesday of the month, unless otherwise noted. Business Plan Workshop Location – Ivy Tech Fort Wayne North, Keith Busse Lecture Hall, Room TC1225 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Business Mentoring Fuels Success Location – Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Cole Auditorium Wednesday, March 28, 2018 – 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Location –...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – March 5, 2018

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – March 5, 2018

Fort Wayne Soup Winner for March 2018 Rich Hoppe of Fort Wayne Indoor Skatepark won the March 1st Fort Wayne Soup event. Fort Wayne Soup is a community-minded, crowdfunding dinner – read more here. New entrepreneurship podcast releases another episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. This episode features one of the owners of Mr. Polymath. Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod YouTube – Down The River Podcast iTunes – Down The River Soundcloud – Down the River Previously at 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne 1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. The events occur almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presentation was from Rich Hoppe of Security Source Plus. Notes from Around the Region News Resources from Input Fort Wayne Input Fort Wayne (inputfortwayne.com) is a news resource that has a “mission is to ignite passion and inspire innovation in northeast Indiana by highlighting bold startups, places, projects, and ideas.” Below are select entrepreneurship and small business-related pieces from Input. New pieces on a variety of topics are being released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. Shared space gives entrepreneurs room to thrive Soda business sweetens downtown Huntington Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Cara Ley, Epiclassy – At Sweetwater Coders+=Beer Monday, March 5, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Learning Lunch Friday, March 9 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum Monday, March 12, 2018 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Transformational Growth Strategy Planning Session Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM Branding for Small Business Workshop Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – March 2018 Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Strengthening Professional Communication Skills: Workshop: Email – Write for Results Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Business Plan Workshop Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Business Mentoring Fuels Success Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Founders + Coffee Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ideas@work Event Series Tuesday, April 17, 2018 National Small Business Week Sunday, April 29 – Saturday, May 5, 2018 Other events links Current Fort Wayne calendar (general events) Elevate Ventures (compilation of statewide events) Eventbrite (general business events) Fort Wayne SCORE (online and in-person events) Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (local events and webinars) Small Business Association events calendar  Submit Your Entrepreneurship Events and Announcements Do you have an event coming up? Submit your details to our Living Fort Wayne calendar here, which is part of the Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to info@livingfortwayne.com. Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our...

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Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills

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Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills

Part of securing yourself in a job is having the skills to go all the way. Yes, you need to know the essential functions of a job before you sign on the dotted line, but if you really want to succeed, you should also know how to communicate, how to be a leader, and how to fail gracefully. Depending on your comfort zone and your age, there are a variety of different ways for you to go out and find a little leadership coaching. Age has been on my side, and I have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Emerging Leaders Alliance through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. This group’s mission is to develop a community of future leaders in Northeast Indiana and create opportunities for action, growth, and regional pride. We do this through working on Vision 2030 committees, hosting social and professional development events, working on strengths training, connecting with our community leaders with professional development book clubs, and of course, supporting our entire region however we can. Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) similarly affords this to me. While it is meant for a larger audience and a broader age range, it has different focus areas and many leadership roles for those who are interested. The opportunities to be vice chair of Living Fort Wayne (part of YLNI) and secretary of the ELA were only because I stepped out of my comfort zone and went out and looked to make myself and my community better. Luckily, many people were there to hold my hand, figuratively. Not everyone is in their 30s and able to dance between the kids and the adults. Some of us have more to lose and need to get the skills and networking now. I went back to the same experts I talked to last week and asked them about where you need to go in order to go far.   What are the best networking groups in the area? I will tell you this now because three people said it, but First Fridays is the place to be. According to Karl LaPan of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center(NIIC), Theresa Steele of Steele Business Coaching and Jim Johnson of 3 Rivers (also one of the founders), it is the best networking experience in town. According to Karl LaPan, “it is more than a networking group, it is also solid leadership development, so First Fridays is exceptional. This monthly meeting is a high return on investment. On one of my visits, I had five meetings and lunches as a result of attending and participating in the monthly event. The content and people are amazing. According to Jim, “There are many events and forums available in our area. Some charge a fee for participation. Some do not. I’m partial to First Fridays – the networking forum that my brother and I created.” I think we all are too, Jim. Just in case you can’t get away from work on a Friday morning, check out Shane Grantham and his networking rules of engagement, Business Network International (BNI), Greater Fort Wayne, Eventbrite, and the NIIC calendar of events for networking opportunities for women and entrepreneurs.   Where can you learn new skills? “Anywhere and everywhere,” according to Sonya Snellengberger- Holm. “I think it’s important...

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