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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/12/17

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/12/17

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. Last week’s guest was Rich Hoppe of the Fort Wayne Indoor Skatepark. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: December 13 – Coaches Roundtable December 20 – Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC January 3 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM SCORE – Creditworthiness Workshop Tuesday, December 12 5:00 PM WEOC – Strengthening Professional Skills Workshop Series Wednesday, December 13 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM NE ISBDC – Launching Your Own Business: A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, December 13 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM NE ISBDC – Funding Options and Financial Literacy for Small Business Monday, December 18 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM SCORE – Finding the Money Workshop Tuesday, December 19 5:00 PM News Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED) – Bill No. R-17-11-25 Proposed ordinance advances in Fort Wayne City Council 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 new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/05/17

Posted by on December 5, 2017 | 0 comments

This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/05/17

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. Last week’s guest was Kam Eley of Ely Software Consulting, LLC. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs Weekly on Most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: December 6 – Rich Hoppe, Fort Wayne Indoor Skatepark December 13 – TBA December 20 – Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC January 3 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Pitch Fest – Center for Creative Collaboration Wednesday, December 6 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM WEOC Workshop – Funding Your Business – Sessions 1 & 2 Thursday, December 7 Thursday, December 14 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Membership & Networking Meeting Thursday, December 7 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PowerUP – Start Fort Wayne Friday, December 8 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM SCORE – Creditworthiness Workshop Tuesday, December 12 5:00 PM NE ISBDC – Launching Your Own Business: A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, December 13 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM NE ISBDC – Funding Options and Financial Literacy for Small Business Monday, December 18 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM SCORE – Finding the Money Workshop Tuesday, December 19 5:00 PM 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 new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/29/17

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/29/17

From a food cart to a food truck to a brick and mortar location serving up hot dogs, burgers and more, Bo Gonzalez and Bravas has experienced impressive growth in the Fort Wayne community since 2011. We caught up with one of the city’s most successful young restaurateurs in today’s entrepreneurship spotlight. (Read more) Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. November 15th’s guest was Dylan Belcher of Cartt. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs Weekly on Most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: November 29 – Kam Eley, Eley Software Consulting December 6 – TBA December 13 – TBA December 20 – Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC January 3 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM   SCORE – Intellectual Property Workshop – Grace College Wednesday, November 29 3:30 PM First Fridays at IWU Fort Wayne Friday, December 1 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM WEOC Workshop – Funding Your Business – Sessions 1 & 2 Thursday, December 7 Thursday, December 14 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Membership & Networking Meeting Thursday, December 7 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM PowerUP – Start Fort Wayne Friday, December 8 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM SCORE – Creditworthiness Workshop Tuesday, December 12 5:00 PM NE ISBDC – Launching Your Own Business: A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, December 13 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM NE ISBDC – Funding Options and Financial Literacy for Small Business Monday, December 18 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM SCORE – Finding the Money Workshop Tuesday, December 19 5:00 PM Announcement There are still open slots for the next cohort of the Compass entrepreneurship coaching program, which starts on December 2. Email Steve Franks at sfranks@startfortwayne.com for more details. See archived news release from Start Fort Wayne.   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 new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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Bravas – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Posted by on November 29, 2017 | Comments Off on Bravas – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Bravas – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

From a food cart to a food truck to a brick and mortar location serving up hot dogs, burgers and more, Bo Gonzalez and Bravas has experienced impressive growth in the Fort Wayne community since 2011. We caught up with one of the city’s most successful young restaurateurs in today’s entrepreneurship spotlight. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne? I think being born and raised here has a lot to do with it. When I started Bravas back in 2011 there was a lack of local food trucks/restaurants ran by local entrepreneurs so that was also a big part of the motivation to open in Fort Wayne – tons of opportunity. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I would have to say the other small business owners in the city. There’s a great community of local entrepreneurs that have been super helpful. Getting to talk to another person about real life business challenges/successes has been huge for my own success. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Growth. We have grown pretty quickly over the last five-six years and that brings about so many challenges like staffing, sourcing more ingredients, investing company capital, training, etc. What person has helped you the most in your journey? This is hard because so many people have helped myself and Bravas get to where we are. If I have to pick it’s gotta be Mom and Dad. They were on board from the beginning and have continued to support us in so many ways. My mom even named the company. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Do work that makes you feel good everyday. You’re going to work insane hours so love what you do. Take breaks when needed and take care of yourself mentally and physically. Great work demands a lot. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? This is hard because I feel Fort Wayne is actually pretty great for entrepreneurs. Maybe some sort of incentive for local options as opposed to chain, out of state options. For example if a grocery store wanted to open downtown, open it up to a local entrepreneur first before getting bids from larger chains.   For more information on Bravas, go to their website. Browse our website for a complete listing of past “Entrepreneurship Spotlights.” If you are an entrepreneur in the area who would like to share your story like today’s spotlight did, connect with us...

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Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Posted by on November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Peace of Mind Wellness Center – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

This week in Entrepreneurship Spotlight, we are highlighting Stacey Patalita, owner of Peace of Mind Wellness Center, to share her experience as an entrepreneur. Stacey is from Fort Wayne and has always been interested in helping people manage stress in a healthy and creative manner, but it wasn’t until this year that she was finally able to channel that passion and start her own business. In August of this year, she opened Peace of Mind Wellness Center on Lake Avenue, just down the street from Parkview Randalia. She and her team provide affordable stress management and wellness services, including massage therapy, yoga, life-coaching and more. Their mission is to provide affordable stress and health management services to everyone.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I was already here, but also, I wanted to reach more of the average person. I don’t need to look elsewhere for that, everyone has stress. For people who want to be yogi masters, there are plenty of places that offer that. For the people who are intimidated by that, I wanted to provide something that can help them mentally and physically. People can sign up for one session/class or five. It’s what they want and are comfortable with doing. Peace of Mind Wellness is more for the average person who isn’t a pro at yoga or meditation, but wants to take care of their mind and body through stress management. We provide a safe, comfortable environment where we can help them do that.   What are some of the challenges you have encountered in starting your business? We’re doing a lot of trial and error right now with our offerings and the timing, so that’s been a challenge, but we learn as we go. Getting the word out, too, has been a challenge because we don’t have the budget for marketing. Facebook has been huge, though, a lot of people commenting and sharing their experiences. That’s been super helpful.   What person has helped you the most in your journey?  We had a meeting with Rhonda Ladig, from Start Fort Wayne at the Atrium and she was awesome. She gave us some really great ideas and potential connections, and recommended we participate in 1 million cups. We haven’t participated yet, but I’m working on it.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?  Really, the local community. Through Facebook, the people interacting with us, sharing, commenting, it’s helped us a lot. I did a few free classes at Lakeside Park before opening and the people who came really enjoyed it and reached out to us on Facebook to let us know. A lot of people were excited about us opening up Peace of Mind Wellness Center, so the response from the community was great and really key to our success so far. Another way the response from the community has been helpful is with our team. Almost all of our employees came to us based on their own interests from hearing about us on Facebook or coming to our events. They would tell me they really liked that idea that I wanted to give back to the community by offering discounts to people in high-stress jobs that are important to the community, like...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/21/17

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/21/17

Businesses can come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of them are big – some of them are small. Little did I know one of our very own committee members has a small business she is running in addition to her full-time job and volunteer work with us in YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne blog committee and with the Emerging Leaders Alliance. Check out Victoria Sarjeant and I’m Not Wining and Essential Oils in today’s post. (Read more) Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Coming up next week – one of our city’s up-and-coming young restaurateurs. Be sure to check it out! Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. Last week’s guest was Dylan Belcher of Cartt. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs Weekly on Most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: November 22 – No event due to the Thanksgiving holiday November 29 – Kam Eley, Eley Software Consulting December 6 – TBA December 13 – TBA December 20 – Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC January 3 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Tuesday, November 28 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM SCORE Chapter 50 – What’s in a Business Plan Workshop – Angola Tuesday, November 28 5:00 PM SCORE – Intellectual Property Workshop – Grace College Wednesday, November 29 3:30 PM PowerUP – Start Fort Wayne Friday, December 8 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM SCORE – Creditworthiness Workshop Tuesday, December 12 5:00 PM NE ISBDC – Launching Your Own Business: A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, December 13 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM NE ISBDC – Funding Options and Financial Literacy for Small Business Monday, December 18 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Resource Spotlight Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) YouTube Channel New videos about last week’s Global Entrepreneurship Week and past videos from the NIIC. Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana JA is sharing tips and advice from entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana on their social media from their 100+ Entrepreneurs campaign. Check it out today for a little inspiration for both children and adults alike. 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 new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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I’m Not Wining – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Posted by on November 21, 2017 | Comments Off on I’m Not Wining – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

I’m Not Wining – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

Businesses can come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of them are big – some of them are small. Little did I know one of our very own committee members has a small business she is running in addition to her full-time job and volunteer work with us in YLNI’s Living Fort Wayne blog committee and with the Emerging Leaders Alliance. Check out Victoria Sarjeant and I’m Not Wining and Essential Oils in today’s post. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I have been living and working here in Fort Wayne for about ten years. I needed a reason to keep myself here, so I started a business and began immersing myself into the community and advocating for other community causes seemed like the perfect way to do it. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I have received so much support from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and they probably don’t even realize it. I have been a member of the Emerging Leaders Alliance since January and other members were like me doing side businesses along with day jobs and I realized that I could do it too. They really helped build my strengths, helped with professional development, gave networking options that I never would have had, and still give us real responsibility that most other places don’t. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Time and resources. I work a full time job and had no idea that I would have to work from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep on the weekends and every evening in order to stay on target. When I create a product, I have to go get supplies and that costs money. Even having the right technology is huge these days. What person has helped you the most in your journey? I would say my mom and my friend Karen. They both have real patience in me as I learn everything. Karen is always giving me advice. My mom helps think of new products. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Don’t go at it alone. Tons of people are willing to do something crazy. If you are at least going to have fun doing it, you might as well have fun with someone. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? Fort Wayne is actually great for entrepreneurs. I look back on where I came from and you couldn’t survive unless you were some big chain. Here, we have boutiques and local restaurants that are heavy hitters. The only thing I would change would be opening up the education to different age groups. Places like [Junior Achievement] are fantastic with teaching students about starting a business. It is the generations a little bit older that were not quite encouraged. We were taught that you go to college and get a job. For more information on I’m Not Wining, go to Victoria’s website. Browse our website for a complete listing of past “Entrepreneurship Spotlights.” If you are an entrepreneur in the area who would like to share your story like Victoria did, connect with us...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/14/17

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/14/17

Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. Last week’s guest was Josh Smith of Donor Wrangler. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs Weekly on Most Wednesdays This week’s presenter will be Dylan Belcher of Cartt. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Student Entrepreneurial Meetup Tuesday, November 14 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM SCORE Chapter 50 – Finding the Money Workshop Tuesday, November 14 5:00 PM South Bend Code School // Fort Wayne Demo Day Tuesday, November 14 5:30 PM Caffeinated Conversations Wednesday, November 15 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch & Workshop: Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Protection Wednesday, November 15 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Attorney One-On-One Consultation Wednesday, November 15 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Elevate Northeast Indiana Investor Network Event Wednesday, November 15 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Five Common Money Mistakes of Entrepreneurs Thursday, November 16 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM The Ultimate Entrepreneurship Expo 2017 Sunday, November 19 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM SCORE Chapter 50 – Branding Workshop Tuesday, November 21 5:30 PM Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Tuesday, November 28 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM SCORE Chapter 50 – What’s in a Business Plan Workshop – Angola Tuesday, November 28 5:00 PM Intellectual Property Workshop – Grace College Wednesday, November 29 3:30 PM Announcements 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 new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne

Posted by on November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne

Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne

Release from Start Fort Wayne South Bend Code School // Fort Wayne will conduct its inaugural “demo day” for students and guests at the Atrium co-working space downtown at 5:30 p.m. on November 14 (Tuesday). This is the school’s first cohort in Fort Wayne and first-ever expansion program outside of South Bend. Students ages 11-18 will be showing off the apps and websites they have built over the last eleven weeks. The demonstration is open to the public. The “Jumpstart Web Development” course offered an introduction to web development. Students learned three coding languages (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and built two websites. One of the websites is an app aimed at bettering the students’ community; more specifically to raise awareness around mental health issues and resources. The students will also have the opportunity to present their new products to tech professionals at Google in Chicago later this month. The SBCS // FW is a partnership, formed earlier this year between South Bend Code School and Start Fort Wayne designed to give youth technology skills, and to expose youth to technology-related career and education paths at an early age. 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 innovation and high-growth companies to launch their venture in northeast Indiana. “We have been so pleased with our inaugural class in Fort Wayne,” said Alexandra Liggins, co-founder of South Bend Code School, in a prepared release. “The students were eager and receptive learners, and are now equipped to consider the next steps in their coding and tech education. We are excited to continue our partnership with Start Fort Wayne to give students real-world skills to prepare them for the future.” Start Fort Wayne Executive Director, Rhonda Ladig states in a prepared release, “Today, every venture is impacted by tech. The Narwhal and the Manatee is a good example. They make bath and skin care products here in Fort Wayne, but they do much of their business online. So, e-commerce is a core part of their model. This type of education is vital to supporting the needs of our current entrepreneurs and also helps grow the workforce in the area of coding to make northeast Indiana a more attractive place to launch a venture.” Start Fort Wayne’s other programs include entrepreneur coaching services called LevelUp and the Atrium coworking space downtown at 111 W. Berry St. Start Fort Wayne also launched Indiana’s first chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s “1 Million Cups” program, which is a free program that meets every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater with 40-60 entrepreneurs attending each week. For more information: More about South Bend Code School: southbendcodeschool.com More about Start Fort Wayne: startfortwayne.com More about the Atrium: atriumfw.com If you have child who is interested in participating in the next cohort, please...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/7/17

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/7/17

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we are highlighting a new resident to our area who recently relocated from Oregon. Desiree Wiercyski is a life and business coach, a digital course creator and a podcaster. She describes her audience as “creative, driven and restless quarter-life women who are ready to own their future.” (Read more here) Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner interested in participating in our popular “Entrepreneurship Spotlight” survey like Desiree just did? Visit our Entrepreneurship Spotlight page for more information about how to submit your information. New Q&As will go up weekly at the top of “This Week in Entrepreneurship” as they come in. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. Last Week 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 every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for more information and to learn about more area entrepreneurs. Last week was a follow-up discussion on “A Very Special Episode” of 1MC. Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs Weekly on Most Wednesdays This week’s presenter is Josh Smith of Donor Wrangler. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Intellectual Property 101 For Business Owners Tuesday, November 7 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Lean Canvas/Idea Evaluation Workshop – Angola Tuesday, November 7 5:00 PM The Elements of Marketing Wednesday, November 8 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM Global Entrepreneurship Week Monday, November 13 – Sunday November 19 Business Builder Breakfast Monday, November 13 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Student Entrepreneurial Meetup Tuesday, November 14 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM SCORE Chapter 50 – Finding the Money Workshop Tuesday, November 14 5:00 PM Caffeinated Conversations Wednesday, November 15 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Lunch & Workshop: Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Protection Wednesday, November 15 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Attorney One-On-One Consultation Wednesday, November 15 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Five Common Money Mistakes of Entrepreneurs Thursday, November 16 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM The Ultimate Entrepreneurship Expo 2017 Sunday, November 19 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM SCORE Chapter 50 – Branding Workshop Tuesday, November 21 5:30 PM Announcements   Submit Your Entrepreneurship Events and Announcements Do you have an event coming up? Submit your details to our Living Fort Wayne calendar here, which part of the new Current Fort Wayne network of calendars. All other announcements may be directed to...

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