This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/21/17
Nov21

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...

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I’m Not Wining – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov21

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....

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/14/17
Nov14

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
Nov13

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...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 11/7/17
Nov07

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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Desiree Wiercyski – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov07

Desiree Wiercyski – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

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.” What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? My business is primarily digital, but the growing start-up culture and arts scene in Fort Wayne allowed me to be confident in knowing that I’d be able to connect with other like-minded individuals outside of the Internet. In-person connections are essential for all business owners, even if you run a digital business. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I just moved here a few months ago from Portland, Oregon so am just starting to really get connected with the community here. That said, Fort Wayne has made it really easy! 1 Million Cups is a great opportunity to get outside of my own business-bubble, connect with other entrepreneurs, and see things in a different light. I also love the work that YLNI is doing and am excited to start getting involved. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Balance! The idea of work-life balance generally doesn’t resonate with me, I prefer the idea of work-life integration. But now, my office is in my home and it’s easy to just get sucked into 20 hour work days or realizing I haven’t left the house in days, because I’ve been so involved with building my business. I have to consistently remind myself to take a break and do something else. What person has helped you the most in your journey? Right when I knew I was going to start my own business, I tapped my husband to do all things related to graphic design. He’s also my editor and tech guy for the times I need another set of eyes. He’s always in the trenches with me, staying up to help until 2 or 3 am to make sure things get done. There’s no way I could do what I do without his help! What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Get really clear so you know without any hesitation what you want, and why you want it. That is what will keep you going when you just want to walk away. Also, know that fear is normal, and that it’s okay. A lot of times in entrepreneurship, if you’re not scared or if you don’t feel a little crazy, you’re...

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