First Fridays: Experience Networking in a New Way
Jan30

First Fridays: Experience Networking in a New Way

First Fridays is a place where people can network, learn and grow. When Jere Johnson moved to Fort Wayne from Chicago, he was looking for an uplifting and energetic community. Brothers Jere and Jim Johnson launched First Fridays to create a space where people could come together to learn more about our region and about each other. “We want to create a meeting forum where members can grow as individuals and where they can network and really primarily focus on Northeast Indiana,” Jim said, “because that’s where we are and we think there’s a lot of great things that go on here and a lot of great things that people maybe don’t even know about.” First Fridays is hosted at Indiana Wesleyan University on, you guessed it, the first Friday of each month. Different speakers are featured at each gathering to take on a variety of leadership topics like conflict, collaboration, entrepreneurship, etc. Each session, attendees will come away will a better understanding of leadership in Northeast Indiana. How it all started: Jim told Living Fort Wayne that the idea for First Fridays was inspired by the 2017 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). GLS is a leadership conference broadcast world-wide from Willow Creek Church in Chicago, which, much like First Fridays, invites a variety of speakers to discuss what effective leadership looks like. Their first conversation about bringing a regional leadership forum to life transpired on the second day of the GLS. They sat down over some “very expensive Coliseum hamburgers” and at the end of their discussion decided the goal for this programs was to,“have a purpose to come together that’s beyond networking, but networking happens within the context.” Once the idea came to head, the brothers were eager to move their plan into actions. Jim told Living Fort Wayne he and his brother covered his office with large Post-it notes, mapping out their vision for First Fridays. Recalling wisdom he learned from another influential leader, Author Tony Robbins, Jim said, “if you’ve got a great idea when you’re working on something don’t try to make it perfect, get out there and take massive action on it and you’ll see success.” Incidentally, the brothers only planned to host First Fridays for a season and evaluate the need to continue or adjust. “We’ve already had people saying, ‘well you’re going to do this again next year aren’t you?’” Now there is no stopping this momentum, the First Fridays team already has several speakers lined up for 2019 and are continuing to build upon their vision. Why you should go: The First Fridays team has successfully created an environment where talking...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/02/18
Jan02

This Week in Entrepreneurship – 01/02/18

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. There was no 1MC presenter for last week. The presenter for December 20, 2017 was Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC Notes from Around the Region Community Resources Launch Women Business Builder Program is seeking applicants for pilot cohort From Women’s Economic Opportunity Center FAQ Sheet Women-owned businesses in Indiana are under-represented—lack of access to capital, entrepreneurial tools, mentoring, and resources. Most women-owned businesses remain a solopreneur. That’s perfectly fine for some. For female founders demanding more, we offer Launch Women Business Builder. Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: January 3 – Josh Garno Computer Graphics January 10 – TBD January 17 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM First Fridays Leadership Forum – Karl LaPan, NIIC Friday, January 5, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Learn about SBA 8(a) Certification (Online) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Easy Tax Planning and Organizing for Small Businesses (Webinar) Tuesday, January 9, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Business Start-Up 101 (Online) Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Tips for Getting High Paying Clients (Webinar) Thursday, January 11, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – Believe In Your Business Community Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Fundamentals of Selling B2B (Webinar) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Marketing to the Federal Government (Online) Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Is Your Workplace Safe? (Webinar) Thursday, January 18, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Digital Marketing Trends in 2018 (Webinar) Tuesday, January 23, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Uncover Untapped Revenue in Your Business (Webinar) Thursday, January 25, 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 Generate Sales on Autopilot with Pre-Recorded Webinars (Webinar) Thursday, February 8, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/26/17
Dec26

This Week in Entrepreneurship – 12/26/17

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 presenter was Erik Magner, Meister Cook LLC Notes from Around the Region Upcoming Events 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays Upcoming presenters: January 3 – Brett Meyer, Donation Spring 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM First Fridays Leadership Forum – Karl LaPan, NIIC Friday, January 5, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – Believe In Your Business Community Saturday, January 13, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM ESB -Encourage Small Business Symposium 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM Ideas@work Event Series Tuesday, April 17, 2018 Community Resources Medium – +1 Entrepreneur Interview: Reactiv Social (with Steve Franks) News Releases Young entrepreneur launches tax service business Just Esthetic Services launches in Leo-Cedarville 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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