Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Full Circle Wellness
Jun20

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Full Circle Wellness

What is the one commonality we have in our daily lives? Stress. In 2007, Vicki Eber began her career in massage therapy; thus creating Full Circle Wellness. As a certified yoga instructor and receiving a Wellness Coach certification from Mayo Clinic, Eber works with individuals and corporations to build personal and professional stress-free lives. Creating specific wellness plans for her clients, Eber is helping people make small lifestyle changes to manage their stress and incorporate in any of the seven aspects of wellness they may be missing because stress has taken over. Though her journey has been long, she is now looking to digitize her business into podcasts and webinars to better reach a national audience. Eber spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what she had to say.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? I opened Full Circle Wellness in 2007 after getting tired of making notes of what I would do to improve the places I worked for. I knew I was going to be staying here, and it wasn’t going to be easy, but I took the opportunity to make a leap when my place of work was closing. I know I’m meant to be an entrepreneur now that I’ve been doing it for a little over a decade!   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Always being a few years ahead of what my clientele may be prepared for, and trusting it will be a success. Fear and doubt is always a struggle of an entrepreneur and I’ve been putting faith in myself as a standard practice since the beginning, even when fear and doubt start creeping in.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I am connected to a women’s entrepreneur group, Own Your Success. They are such a wonderful support system, give great advice, and inspire me every day with what all they do. Also, my clients and students. They inspire me each time I connect with them. They are why I do what I do, which helps me to continue thriving. I am constantly reminded why I do what I do. If I lost that, I wouldn’t be thriving.   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Scrape your knees, fall down, but get back up! Those are the best moments to learn and grow from. Never cave under doubt and fear! The scariest moments are going to be the best decisions you’ve ever made because you took a chance. Lastly, ask for help! Invest...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 3B Apps
Jun13

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 3B Apps

If you are looking for motivation this week, look no further than Mitchell Skees and his two brothers, Nathan and Connor Skees. Founding 3B Apps in 2015, their first job was creating a mobile app for Fortune 500 company, Aramark – oh and did we mention the three boys were just 15 and 13 years old at the time? Fast forward two years. In between juggling high school homework, the team has produced a SaaS business model by building and maintaining customized mobile ordering applications for restaurants. With a client list that boasts many of the region’s top restaurants, 3B’s goal is to give small to medium sized restaurants the technology that matches their large chain competitors, without the large price tag.   What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? We grew up in an entrepreneurial household and had that business spirit so to speak, plus we loved the flexibility that it offers. Ever since the introduction of the App Store we’ve been fascinated with programming. A couple of years ago while working on some smaller projects, we asked ourselves if we could turn this hobby into a business. Looking at a number of restaurants Fort Wayne has, we decided to launch our apps to help local restaurants because they were so underserved in the technology sector.   What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Just getting the app built and making sure it was ready to be in the real world took a lot of work. My brother Connor, who heads up technology for 3B Apps, is entirely self-taught in his programming skills, so there was definitely a learning curve. Something that we’re still working to overcome is balancing school and work. The fact that we’re homeschooled gives a lot of flexibility, but it’s still a challenge nonetheless.   What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? We’re currently involved in the Student Venture Lab program at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC). They’ve been able to help connect us to who we need to talk to, give us coaching, as well as provide office space for 3B Apps. There’s more of a support network here (in Fort Wayne) than people realize.   What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Finding a strong set of mentors and people who are ahead of you in their careers is crucial, as well as focusing on the one thing that is the most important to your business. For us right now, that’s sales. Focusing on that drives all other areas of our...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne
Nov03

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

Do you remember Start Fort Wayne? We covered this initiative earlier this year (see article), and some exciting changes have happened since then for this organization with a mission of supporting and strengthening the entrepreneurial community right here in our area. It has barely been a week since Start Fort Wayne publicly announced its new status as a non-profit organization to the community (!!!), and it’s already starting a buzz in the entrepreneurial community by working to build relationships within the entrepreneurship ecosystem here in northeast Indiana. Up first is 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, presented by Start Fort Wayne with The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, at 9 a.m. this Wednesday at the Crescendo Café at the Sweetwater campus (see map). “1 Million Cups will bring our entrepreneur community together to solve the business problems that entrepreneurs face every day,” said Dave Sanders of Start Fort Wayne, in a prepared statement from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. According to the 1MC website, this program, developed nationally by the Kauffman Foundation, “is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.” Each event will feature a short presentation by a local entrepreneur followed by a discussion with the audience. This week’s event will feature Brendon Maxwell, owner of Utopian Coffee. Upcoming presenters include: November 11 – Jeremy Diller, owner of Scenario 77 November 18 – Jennifer Ford, owner of Jennifer Ford Art December 2 – Bo Gonzalez, owner of Bravas. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne is sponsored by Sweetwater and Utopian Coffee. For more information about 1 Million Cups, visit www.1millioncups.com/fortwayne. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit www.startfortwayne.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, please visit www.neindiana.com. Get Directions This post is the first in a series of posts on Start Fort Wayne where Living Fort Wayne explores resources available to entrepreneurs and spotlights entrepreneurs who decided northeast Indiana is the place to operate their...

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