Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest
Jul24

Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest

A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN, July 24, 2018 – Many people are aware of the health benefits that can result from eating a plant-based diet including the reduction of numerous health conditions including diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. It also eliminates the suffering of animals in our food system and creates a healthier environment. And, across the globe, everyone from celebrities to health professionals, and chefs are adopting a plant-based lifestyle to take advantage of these benefits. Here in Fort Wayne we’ve seen an explosion in the vegan movement as well with a number of grocery stores and restaurants now offering plant-based options including Loving Cafe, 800 Degrees Three Fires, D-lightfuls, Mitchell’s Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, West Central Microcreamery, Hop River Brewing Company, and many more including two new restaurants opening soon – Bird & Clever and Taste of Lakeside. Now, a new festival, the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a plant-based lifestyle and its many benefits. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is a free festival open to all ages and will be held October 6, 2018 at Headwaters Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This one-day event will feature local and regional restaurants offering vegan fares, vendors, rescue groups, a plant-based cooking demonstration, and speakers on zero-waste living. Mitchell’s Sports Bar will also be on hand serving alcohol and local breweries will be serving up their suds to the beat of some of Fort Wayne’s finest musicians. Kids are also welcome, as we’ll have fun activities for them as well, even yoga classes for fitness-minded friends. “We’re very excited to bring the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest to our community and there’s no better time than right now,” says Heather Dahman, chairman of Fort Wayne’s newest festival and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group. In recent years, Fort Wayne has experienced a rise in interest in health, animal welfare, and the environment. We’ve also seen a growing movement both locally and nationwide to reduce the use of plastic straws. While ditching plastic straws helps our planet, adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make to aid the Earth as animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their health and reduce animal suffering.” Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:...

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Hop River Brewing Company – Creating an inclusive environment
Apr19

Hop River Brewing Company – Creating an inclusive environment

This story was originally published in the April 4, 2018 issue of Input Fort Wayne as Creating an inclusive environment.    With a fifteen-barrel brew house, Hop River Brewing Company has seven to nine beers on tap with plans to grow that number by this summer. But what they are building is more than a brewery and taproom. They have relationships with other local breweries, like Junk Ditch Brewing Company and Mad Anthony Brewing Company. Both are currently available on guest taps. On top of that, the taproom is open to all ages—not just ages 21 and over. It’s not uncommon to see kids and high schoolers sitting at the community tables, playing board games. In many ways, the brewery has built an inclusive environment on Fort Wayne’s Historic Wells Street Corridor that is not only a welcoming place for guests, but also for the staff. With 13 employees, the brewery puts as much emphasis on its team members, its relationships, and its community as it does the quality of its beer. It’s this emphasis that is paying off. A brewing family The 1515 N. Harrison Street location is home to the Hop River Brewing Company staff, and it is clear that their love for each other is as great as their love for beer. The brewery started as a dream in 2015 by co-founders Ben Jackson, President, and Paris McFarthing, Vice President. Hard work by these founders and their team members lead to a grand opening on January 29. Team members include Kevin Debs, Mary Corinne Lowenstein-DeGood, Amanda Wendt, and Zach Croy. Watching them interact is like watching siblings with a long history. They get along, and there is an easy camaraderie among them. Debs, the Head Brewer, moved to Fort Wayne from Detroit to join the Hop River Brewing Company family. “I moved here for the job, and to be able to share beer with people,” he says. “I wanted to be able to develop recipes and a beer culture. To turn people on to different beer styles they didn’t know about is what this is all about.” Lowenstein-DeGood, Director of Marketing, came on board in January, 2017, and is equally excited about being part of the team. She says the opportunity to be part of a community and a business focused on staff culture was what she signed on for. “We have learned each other’s dynamic, and we grew close during the process of opening the brewery,” Lowenstein-DeGood says. “We rocked the grand opening because we learned to trust each other.” A longtime local resident and previous employee at downtown hangouts like Dash-In, Wendt is the Head...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – March 5, 2018
Mar05

This Week in Entrepreneurship – March 5, 2018

Fort Wayne Soup Winner for March 2018 Rich Hoppe of Fort Wayne Indoor Skatepark won the March 1st Fort Wayne Soup event. Fort Wayne Soup is a community-minded, crowdfunding dinner – read more here. New entrepreneurship podcast releases another episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. This episode features one of the owners of Mr. Polymath. Follow Down the River on the following platforms: Facebook – @Downtheriverpodcast Twitter – @DownTheRiverPod YouTube – Down The River Podcast iTunes – Down The River 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. Last week’s presentation was from Rich Hoppe of Security Source Plus. 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 space gives entrepreneurs room to thrive Soda business sweetens downtown Huntington Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – Cara Ley, Epiclassy – At Sweetwater Coders+=Beer Monday, March 5, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Learning Lunch Friday, March 9 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum Monday, March 12, 2018 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Transformational Growth Strategy Planning Session Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM Branding for Small Business Workshop Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup – March 2018 Saturday, March 17, 2018 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM Strengthening Professional Communication Skills: Workshop: Email – Write for Results Thursday, March 22, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne Tuesday, March 27, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Business Plan Workshop Tuesday, March 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Business Mentoring Fuels Success Tuesday, March 27, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Founders + Coffee Thursday, April 5, 2018 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Ideas@work Event Series...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 26, 2018
Feb26

This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 26, 2018

  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 releases another episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. The third episode features Tyler Butcher and Logan Barger of Kekionga Cider 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. Last week’s presentation was from Heather Schoegler of Augustus Advisors. 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. A look inside the culture of Amish entrepreneurs Growing interest in a local food network Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: February 28 – Rich Hoppe, Security Source Plus – At Sweetwater Social & Marketing Breakfast Fort Wayne – What’s New and What Should We Do? Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM How the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Small Business Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Why Entrepreneurs Need Mentors Workshop Wednesday, February 28, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ESB -Encourage Small Business Symposium 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM Coders+=Beer Thursday, March 5, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Northeast Indiana Local Food Forum Monday, March 12, 2018 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM Transformational Growth Strategy Planning Session Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM Branding for Small Business Workshop Tuesday, March 13, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Young Entrepreneurs Meetup...

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This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 19, 2018
Feb19

This Week in Entrepreneurship – February 19, 2018

  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 releases second episode Down the River, a podcast about Fort Wayne entrepreneurs, influencers and motivators, premiered on earlier this month. The second episode features Aaron Pence, co-owner of Three Rivers Distilling Co. 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. Last week’s presentation was from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. 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. Growing Fort Wayne’s creative community from the inside out Upcoming Event Highlights 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne Recurs weekly on most Wednesdays (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) Upcoming presenters: 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 – 2:00 PM How the New Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Your Small Business Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Why Entrepreneurs Need Mentors Workshop Wednesday, February 28, 2018 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Launching Your Own Business – A Sound and Proven Path Wednesday, February 28, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM ESB -Encourage Small Business Symposium 2018 Wednesday, February 28, 2018 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM Coders+=Beer Thursday, March 5, 2018 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Branding for...

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