LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant
Jul06

LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Chair, Victoria Sarjeant! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role with Living Fort Wayne is Chair. I decided to volunteer because I was already a blogger and I thought it would easily fit into my current personal activities. I also wanted to get involved with YLNI for a while and this seemed like the perfect area to get my start. I started as a writer in July of 2017 and became Vice Chair in November of 2017. I became Chair in early June 2018. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne  I love to stay busy volunteering, blogging, or making crafts. I am active with the Emerging Leaders Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters. If I am not working with any of those things, I am probably watching Netflix with my cats, Jacob and Amber. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If it was a different country, I would have to say Norway. That fits since most of my heritage is in the Scandinavian countries. If I went to any other city in the US, it would have to be Boston or Seattle. I am obsessed with Revolutionary War era history and Boston is full of it. I love Seattle because I love the scenery around the city and the atmosphere. I also love Maine! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would most likely take a visitor out to eat at a local restaurant or bar. Normally I take people to Wine Down, Hoppy Gnome, or JK O’Donnell’s. People don’t come somewhere and expect to go to a chain. I think those are all great examples of the unique places we have to offer. I also have friends that come just to go to DeBrand Fine Chocolate. Growing up in central Indiana, we didn’t really have a place like that...

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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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