This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 12, 2018
Feb12

This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 12, 2018

  ICYMI – In last week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we caught up with Proper Pastry’s Anna Roudebush. Proper Pastry is located in Roanoke – just a short drive from southwest Fort Wayne. Roudebush is a classically-trained chef who specializes in all-natural wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, macarons, artisan breads and other handcrafted pastries. Read more in today’s Entrepreneurship Spotlight. 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. Each week there is space available right here to display your tips and advice to other small business owners in the area. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. ICYMI – New entrepreneurship podcast launches Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on February 1. The first episode features Ben Jackson and Paris McFarthing, co-founders of the new Hop River Brewing Company. Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod 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. The presenter for January 31 was Lisa Mungovan of Mungovan HR Consulting. Go here to view a Facebook video recording of this presentation. 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. Fort Wayne SOUP – Connecting people, ideas, and funding for impactful change Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: February 14 – TBD – Held at the Summit February 21 – Heather Schoegler, Augustus Advisors – At Sweetwater Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn Monday, February 19, 2018 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM SCORE Chapter 50 Lean Canvas/Idea Evaluation Workshop Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:00 PM 2nd Annual Midwest’s Largest Construction WorldExpo – Commercial & Residential Wednesday, February 21 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM 5 Shortcuts to Small Business Success Thursday, February 22, 2018 1:00 PM –...

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Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Feb05

Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we are serving up something sweet as we catch up with Anna Roudebush of Proper Pastry. This gourmet bakery is located in Roanoke – just a short drive from southwest Fort Wayne. Roudebush (or “Chef Anna”) is a classically-trained chef who specializes in all-natural wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, macarons, artisan breads and other handcrafted pastries. After receiving a degree in culinary arts and food service management in 2004, Chef Anna worked as a pastry chef at a variety of locations before returning to Fort Wayne in 2014 to begin her journey as a culinary entrepreneur. What made you decide to open a business in Northeast Indiana? I started my business in Northeast Indiana because this is my home and where my family is. I wanted to be close and still pursue my dream. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jan 8, 2018 at 6:45am PST What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? Media – getting a press release by the [Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center] from IPFW. I also had a small segment on [WANE NewsChannel 15] last year. That brought me a considerable amount of business. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Feb 24, 2017 at 5:50am PST What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? It has been challenging to run my shop and still have time to network with other businesses and marketing. Also, buying large equipment and figuring out how to just get it into my pastry shop. No one teaches you that at culinary school. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT What people have helped you the most in your journey? Mike and Maureen Catalogna from Catablu restaurant. I started my business in 2014 and did not have a kitchen to work in yet. I approached them to sell them pastries and they were generous enough to let me borrow their kitchen during off hours at a very low cost until I could find my own space to work out of. We still continue to do business together. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jun 13, 2016 at 8:07am PDT What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Get out there and tell everyone you meet about your dream. Find other entrepreneurs who have been successful and try to get some advice. You also have to ask yourself what you are willing to sacrifice because it will take up your whole life until you can make it. You really have...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 5, 2018
Feb05

This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 5, 2018

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we catch up with Proper Pastry’s Anna Roudebush. Proper Pastry is located in Roanoke – just a short drive from southwest Fort Wayne. Roudebush is a classically-trained chef who specializes in all-natural wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, macarons, artisan breads and other handcrafted pastries. Read more in today’s Entrepreneurship Spotlight. 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. Each week there is space available right here to display your tips and advice to other small business owners in the area. Click here for a complete listing of past spotlights. New entrepreneurship podcast launches Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered last Thursday. The first episode features Ben Jackson and Paris McFarthing, co-founders of the new Hop River Brewing Company. Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod Soundcloud – Down the River 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 almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presenter was Lisa Mungovan of Mungovan HR Consulting. Go here to view a Facebook video recording of this presentation. 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 kitchen cooks up new food ventures Downtown lifestyle leads to less waste Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: February 7 – No 1 Million Cups Meeting February 14 – TBD – Held at the Summit February 21 – Heather Schoegler, Augustus Advisors – At Sweetwater eCom18 – eCommerce and Logistics Conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Founders + Coffee Thursday, February 8, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM   Learning Lunch Friday, February 9, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM     Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn Monday, February 19, 2018 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM   SCORE Chapter 50 Lean Canvas/Idea Evaluation Workshop Tuesday, February...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – January 29, 2018
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This Week in Entrepreneurship – January 29, 2018

  Follow along with an aspiring entrepreneur as she develops a business plan Read “My Entrepreneurship Journey with Chelsea Thompson” in our blog today. Chelsea is Living Fort Wayne’s new assistant editor and an aspiring entrepreneur. Read along with her as networks with the area’s entrepreneurship resources as she develops a business plan for The Story Café. 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. Each week there is space available right here to display your tips and advice to other small business owners in the area. 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 almost every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Visit their website for more information. Last week’s presenter was Leesa Ackermann of Advocated Healthcare LLC. 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. Sustainable agriculture grows opportunities in Northeast Indiana Water cart entrepreneur makes a splash with the pros A startup community starts with entrepreneurs Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: January 31 – Lisa Mungovan, Mungovan HR Consulting February 21 – Heather Schoegler, Augustus Advisors How to Land and Become a Great Mentor (Webinar) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Biggest HR Mistakes Small Businesses Make (and How to Fix Them) (Webinar)  Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Help Fort Wayne Brand the New SEED District Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM eCom18 – eCommerce and Logistics Conference Wednesday, February 7, 2018 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Generate Sales on Autopilot with Pre-Recorded Webinars (Webinar) Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Create a Winning Customer Experience (Webinar) Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Transform Your Business and Your Life Using Freelancers (Webinar) Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn Monday, February 19, 2018 5:00...

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My Entrepreneurship Story with Chelsea Thompson
Jan29

My Entrepreneurship Story with Chelsea Thompson

Hi. I’m Chelsea. Or Chels, if you’d like. I am a recent 2017 IPFW grad with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Professional Writing. I love to start things; projects, poems, stories, companies, Etsy shops, you get the picture. So naturally in the few weeks that I have had to digest this “no more school thing,” I have been drawn to the entrepreneur community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. So far, I have taken to Start Fort Wayne’s Atrium— a mod entrepreneur coworking space on Berry street. Entering Atrium, I found a quite nice receptionist there to greet me and introduce me to the space. Atrium includes desks with computers, tables with convenient charging ports, mini conference rooms with trendy white boards, regular-sized conference rooms, and, of course, a spot for some very delish coffee. The mugs are hanging on the back wall, and you are free to grab one and fill it with robust, delightful Utopian Coffee. After filling my mug, I settled down to work on my business plan for a café where writers and community members can convene and collaborate (more on this later). All-in-all, Atrium is a fabulous entrepreneur’s retreat. I enjoyed the space to work on my business plan around like-minded individuals and the great view, but more importantly, I enjoyed being welcomed for collaboration, shared ideas and dreams, and general connection between peers and mentors. It is located on 111 Berry Street – check it out! I’m looking forward to attending the BIYB (Believe In Your Business) “Young Entrepreneurs Meetup” this February 10. Hosted by Steve Franks (an experienced entrepreneur coach extraordinaire), the meeting should be a fun-filled, energetic way to meet and share ideas and experiences with fellow young entrepreneurs! I am excited to pitch my “The Story Café” idea and see what kind of feedback I receive from my peers! I am also looking forward to attending the One Million Cups meeting Wednesday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater. I have been to Sweetwater before (for a Ben Folds concert), and from what I remember, it is a wonderful and imaginative space complete with a café, of course. This venue seems perfect for the entrepreneurs of Fort Wayne to gather and express their visions. Now, a little bit more about my own entrepreneurial endeavors, experiences, and hopes. I have created an Etsy shop that sells handmade bracelets, a coffee club that toured local coffeehouses, and a few websites just to name a couple things. Experience-wise, I have been involved in TEDxPurdueU marketing and an entrepreneur class at Purdue University. Though I ultimately decided to pursue writing for my college degree, entrepreneurship and marketing...

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Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service
Jan26

Cartt Delivery: What you don’t know about this popular local delivery service

You’ve probably heard the buzz around the local, on-demand moving service called Cartt that took off in 2017, but did you know that these local entrepreneurs didn’t always plan to be the “Uber of Movers” or the “Uber for pick-up trucks?” Join me in this quick “Did you know?” conversation with Dylan Belcher, co-founder and CEO of Cartt. They have a small but mighty team. In 2017, Dylan Belcher, Justin Davis, and Seth Lugibihl built Cartt with the assistance of Steven Kennedy, one of their drivers. Like other on-demand companies, they use technology, helpers, and hands to keep the community moving. Helpers and hands make from $12-$25 an hour. They had to change their plans early on. LFW: What started the conversation with your team when you started this? Cartt: Cartt was actually supposed to be an on-demand grocery delivery service, all done through a mobile app. We came up with brand identity back in November of 2016. We were getting ready to release our beta version of the app to the FW community in February 2017, but two very big, well known on-demand grocery delivery services launched in Fort Wayne, SHIPT & INSTACART.  Both companies are backed by millions of dollars from Investors and since we were so young and not backed by any investors, we decided we needed to pivot our business model. We spent most of the summer in 2017 formatting and constructing the new business model. My partners and I knew that we didn’t want to leave the on-demand economy. Companies in this space like Uber, Lyft, Postmates, and many others have been blowing up and attracting a large new customer base. In today’s economy and society, people want things FAST. It’s all about “Instant Gratification”. After many meetings and brainstorming (and much help from our mentors in FW), we transformed Cartt into an on-demand moving and delivery company. It’s kinda like “Uber for pick-up trucks.”  They are modifying the wheel (or at least the traditional business model). LFW: Were you intending on being the Uber for movers (or uber for pick-up trucks), or did that just kind of just happen? Cartt: We most definitely intended to be the Uber for movers. With the opportunity right now, we have the potential to take over the Midwest with this business model. The on-demand economy is here to stay for many years.  They have a service for everyone. LFW: What does Cartt offer that other moving companies don’t? Why go with Cartt instead of a well-known company? Cartt: We offer 6 key services from Store Delivery, Small Moves, Junk Removal, Craigslist Delivery, Donation Pick-Up, and Storage Moves. We also offer helping hands which helps our...

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