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Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Posted by on May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’

This story was originally published in the May 23, 2018 issue of Input Fort Wayne as Waiter on the Way: Growing a business by ‘doing the right thing’.    Have you ever wanted delivery service from a restaurant that doesn’t offer it? That’s the idea behind Waiter on the Way. The process is simple. Visit the website, and you’ll find a list of local and national restaurants you can order from with detailed menus and weekly blog stories. Simply call or place an order on the mobile-friendly interface, and the food you’re craving will be delivered to your home or office. While other delivery services have come and gone in northeast Indiana over the years, Waiter on the Way has remained a community staple. Based out of downtown Fort Wayne, it continues to grow its influence in the region. When the owner, Derek Berkes, purchased the company in 2001, he had a staff of 20 people and delivered from 20 restaurants. Today, he has more than 110 employees, delivering from more than 140 restaurants, including local favorites like Casa, Coney Island, and Shigs In Pit. “When we started, we were averaging about 65 orders a day. Now, we average 265 orders a day,” Berkes says. He may have been honored with a 2017 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Business Excellence Award for “Business of the Year – Revenue Less than $5 Million,” but money was not always easily accessible for him. Instead, he says his personal failures and his ability to learn from them are what gave him the work ethic he has today. From debt to success Before Berkes turned 30, he accumulated massive amounts of debt as a result of trying to build a business, create cash flow, and hire a large staff. He wanted to take Waiter on the Way to the next level and believed that accumulating debt while doing so was the only viable approach. In his attempt to grow the company, the pressure of making money for the sake of making money become overbearing. He knew he needed to change something. “I used to chase money. I made the profit more important than anything else because I had so many people relying on the success of the business.” Berkes says. “That approach simply doesn’t work. I was very driven. I still am, but I changed what I allowed to drive me.” In his early 30s, he decided to reset his approach around creating value for the Fort Wayne community. “I focus on the quality and the relationships,” Berkes says. “I want to do the right thing every time and with every interaction. Those components will allow money to chase me instead of me chasing money. I never worry about the money now. My focus is on relationships and people.” Berkes describes this approach as customer-centric, starting with what customers need and then building a business out of that. “I want the customer to win first,” he says. “The restaurant wins second. The driver wins third. The operator wins fourth. I am happy to come in fifth. I win last, or I don’t win at all.” However, he’s found that with this approach, he does win more often than not, overcoming the odds even in dire circumstances. During the 2008 financial crisis, when a majority...

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Atrium’s Highlight on Justin Sheehan / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Posted by on May 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Atrium’s Highlight on Justin Sheehan / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Atrium’s Highlight on Justin Sheehan / 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” on Justin Sheehan of Crown Jewel Marketing. This highlight is by Atrium Team Member Jack Cantey. Age: 25 Hometown: San Diego, CA Months/Years Lived in Fort Wayne: 22 years Business Name: Crown Jewel Marketing Year Established: 2011 (in high school) Atrium Member Since: Early 2017 Current Membership Type: Private Office In one or two sentences, can you describe what your business does? We know how hard it is for businesses to reach the right customers, so we become their marketing team by first creating a clear and compelling message using storytelling. Our clients have marketing that works, more customers in their doors, and the freedom (and less stress) to grow their business like crazy. What do you find most challenging about being an entrepreneur? What’s most rewarding about being an entrepreneur? Challenging: Capacity, time, multiple hats. What do I say yes to and what do I say no to? When I struggle with this, though, I think about that the fact Elon Musk has the same amount of time as I do. Rewarding: We get the opportunity to impact difference makers (like other entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders), who in turn impact other people’s lives. That’s why we’re in business. In what ways has your membership at Atrium helped you and your business? Atrium stepped in when we needed it the most. My previous office burnt down. I found that out at 6:30 a.m., called Atrium at 8:30 a.m., and had my new “office” unpacked there by 9:00 a.m. Without Atrium, I would have been attempting to work from my house or overpaying for average office space. Not only that, Atrium became a place for me and my team to have a community with other creatives and entrepreneurs. Whether it’s a random white board session or just having engaging and humorous conversations, community is something we really value, but it was missing at our previous office. Where do you see yourself/your business three to five years from now? I see Crown Jewel Marketing as a company that will help build other companies; every startup needs marketing, right?! I do have big visions for Crown Jewel and other companies, but I enjoy the journey way too much to just focus on that. The journey is the destination for me. Why have you taken the path of starting and running your own company? Being an entrepreneur was always my dream job, but growing up, there were very few opportunities to explore owning a business as a “career path.” My ideas were discouraged, even shut down at times, and I was told to “just go to college.” It wasn’t until I met my business mentor, Bob Nelson, when I was 18 years old, that I realized I could start a business, even in high school. Bob exposed me to entrepreneurship, encouraged me, and showed me what being a business owner was like. He...

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Emerging Leaders Alliance expanding their membership

Posted by on May 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Emerging Leaders Alliance expanding their membership

Emerging Leaders Alliance expanding their membership

What is the Emerging Leaders Alliance (ELA)? The ELA is a small group of emerging leaders making a big regional impact. With the mission to create opportunities for action, growth and regional pride, the ELA is full of visionary and proactive young professionals working together to advance northeast Indiana. What are the benefits of being a member? Have a voice – Established leaders recognize the unique perspective and input of young professionals as critical to the development of the region. The ELA serves as an advisory council to the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and has two votes on the Regional Opportunities Council. Vision 2030 involvement – Spearheaded by the Regional Partnership, Vision 2030 works to accomplish three regional goals by the year 2030:  Increase PCPI annually against the national average Increase the population to 1 million residents Increase post-secondary educational attainment to more than 60%      To move the needle on these goals, three committees were formed to focus and take action on business attraction, talent attraction and talent development initiatives. ELA members have the opportunity to serve on these committees alongside influential business and community leaders. Professional development – Primary focuses of the the group include personal and professional growth. The ELA understands building up the region also means building themselves up as leaders. For this reason, books clubs, Gallup strengths training and networking events are all on the agenda. How can you get involved? The ELA is currently accepting applications for diverse, eager and engaged young individuals. If you or someone you know would enjoy being a part of this vibrant and forward thinking group, check out the ELA webpage and send in your application. To keep updated on the ELA’s involvement, follow them on the facebook and...

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Farnsworth Fund launches with inaugural grantees / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Posted by on May 7, 2018 | Comments Off on Farnsworth Fund launches with inaugural grantees / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Farnsworth Fund launches with inaugural grantees / 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. They brought out the big checks on Thursday, May 3 to launch a new entrepreneurship initiative at the former home of one Fort Wayne’s most legendary innovators, Philo T. Farnsworth. The Farnsworth Fund, powered by Elevate Northeast Indiana, plans “to make 50 $1,000 grants during 2018 to stimulate Northeast Indiana’s entrepreneurial culture.” Four inaugural grantees were announced today across several different industries. Ashli Pershing and Pamela Sprowl are registered nurses, Kyle Craig is an inventor and the founder of Apollo Dynamics, Chauntiel Smith of Capture Sports Agency (CSA) is a sports agent and Sean Rassavong is a 17-year-old filmmaker and a senior at New Tech Academy. #livingfortwayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 3, 2018 at 3:16pm PDT For more information on the Farnsworth Fund (powered by Elevate Northeast Indiana), visit their website at farnsworthfund.com.  Northeast Indiana Entrepreneurship Digest Living Fort Wayne provides this digest of entrepreneurship-related events and resources at the end of each entrepreneurship post. If you are an existing (or aspiring) entrepreneur, check out these resources to connected with who you need to be connected with to succeed in Northeast Indiana. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Weekly Presentations New Events and Resources on a Weekly Basis! 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 on how to present and a list of upcoming presenters. Watch past presentations on Facebook. Down the River Podcast New Content on A Regular Basis! “Down the River is committed to bringing to light the amazing stories of the entrepreneurs of Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. If you would like to be featured on our podcast please let us know! We would love to let the public hear your story.” Go to their website to listen to their latest episodes, which are released nearly every week. Input Fort Wayne Entrepreneurship Articles New Content on a Weekly Basis! 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.” New pieces on a variety of topics are released weekly. Subscribe to their weekly newsletter to have content delivered straight to your inbox. Click here to view the latest entrepreneurship content from Input Fort Wayne. Current Fort Wayne Calendar of Events 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. There are entrepreneurship and professional development subsections on this calendar. All other announcements may be directed to info@livingfortwayne.com. Resource and Event links Looking for more resources and events in the area? Browse the following resources for events and activities in the area. Links to Most Entrepreneurship Resources in the Area! Entrepreneurship in the Greater Fort Wayne area (by Greater Fort Wayne) Announcements, Discussions,...

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Entrepreneurship Activities, Events, and Camps for Students / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Posted by on April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Entrepreneurship Activities, Events, and Camps for Students / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Entrepreneurship Activities, Events, and Camps for Students / 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. Entrepreneurship Activities, Events and Camps for Students Do you have a student in your life who is interested in building up their skills to someday start their very own business? Organizations from around the area have put together several summer-only and year-round resources to help students succeed in entrepreneurship. Let’s take a look at some highlights! Lemonade Day – Northeast Indiana Lemonade Day in Northeast Indiana empowers young people to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by enabling them to participate in a free experiential learning program where they are taught to own and operate their own lemonade stand. Date – May 19, 2018 Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Do you remember Junior Achievement representatives visiting your classroom when you were a student in northeast Indiana? Junior Achievement (JA) continues to provide valuable resources to students from elementary school to high school. JA teaches basic business, career, workplace and economics concepts to kindergarten to 5th grade students. In addition to this, JA BizTown is a fully-simulated town where students are immersed in lessons and hands-on activities as they develop skills to participate in the economy. Junior Achievement Youth Entrepreneurship Camp This five-day summer camp is aimed at students going into grades six through eight in 2018-19. Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM JA BizTown – 601 Noble Drive, Fort Wayne, IN Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) Student Venture Lab (SVL) Program The Student Venture Lab program by the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center guides northeast Indiana high school and college students through three phases of venture formation: Phase 1 – Product Pitch Phase 2 – Product Execution Phase 3 – Product Launch Learn more on the NIIC’s website. South Bend Code School at Start Fort Wayne The South Bend Code School has partnered with Start Fort Wayne to expose students ages 11-18 to relevant technology skills and technology-related education and career paths. Students may take the skills they develop in this code school and apply it to their future careers or to a future business venture. Purdue Fort Wayne Continuing Studies – Summer Entrepreneurship Camp for Teens In the Purdue Fort Wayne Continuing Studies Summer Entrepreneurship Camp for Teens, High school-aged participants will learn their personal work style, motivators and skill sets as they develop their business idea. Participants will be guided through the start-up process by local business innovators who are passionate about helping the next generation succeed in serving the marketplace and the community. Monday-Wednesday, June 18-20, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM IPFW Helmke Library (Monday and Tuesday) Downtown Fort Wayne (Wednesday) *Disclosure – Blog writer is an employee of Purdue University Fort Wayne and assisting on the organizing for this event. Believe in A Dream – Believe in Your Business  Believe in Your Business prepares high school students in their journey to starting and owning their own ventures. Currently BIYB is creating programming for students to explore entrepreneurship by getting hands-on experience without being required to start a business while in school. Young Entrepreneurs Meetup by Believe in Your Business This program by Believe in a Dream’s Believe in...

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Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

Posted by on April 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Atrium’s Highlight on Emily Baransy / NEI Entrepreneurship Digest

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 | Comments Off on Build Your Career HERE – Starting a New Business

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

Posted by on April 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Conntempo Boutique – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

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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