Taking Flight at Sweet Aviation
Jun02

Taking Flight at Sweet Aviation

Interview with Joel Pierce, Sweet Aviation (Video)  1955 North American T-28 Trojan 1945 North American AT-6 Texan Helicopter and Airplane Rides for All...

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InstaQuick Hit – Visit Grabill, Indiana!
Apr29

InstaQuick Hit – Visit Grabill, Indiana!

Grabill, Indiana – just a hop and a skip from Fort Wayne in northeastern Allen County. A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Apr 29, 2018 at 4:10pm...

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2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open
Dec11

2018 Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open

News release from polarplungeIN.org Special Olympics Polar Plunge Registration is Open Organization’s largest fundraiser is February 10 at Metea County Park Special Olympics Indiana and Special Olympics Allen County will host their annual Polar Plunge on February 10 from 10am-2pm at Metea County Park near Leo-Cedarville and registration is now open at polarplungeIN.org. This fun and safe event consists of individuals and companies from all over Northeast Indiana, including Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben, LaGrange, Whitley, Wells, and Adams Counties, raising funds through pledges and donations for the chance to take a “plunge” into the freezing cold water and prove they are Freezin’ for a Reason. The event helps raise funds for state and local Special Olympics programs and generates awareness of the power of Special Olympics, which allows children and adults with intellectual disabilities to live active lives through socialization, exercise, and friendly competition. Currently there are over 13,000 athletes that participate in at least one sport through Special Olympics in the state. Past Fort Wayne Plunges have had more than 100 Plungers and have raised more than $10,000. This year those numbers are both expected to increase as awareness of the event grows in local schools and businesses. The Polar Plunge is fun, safe, and simple—to be a Plunger all one has to do is register online at polarplungeIN.org, raise a minimum of $75 in pledges, and show up at Metea County Park (8401 Union Chapel Rd., northeast Fort Wayne, near Leo-Cedarville) on February 10 between 8am-10am where they’ll prepare to take a quick dip in the ice-cold lake water. Following the Plunge, participants and spectators are invited to join the free After Splash Bash in the Metea Park Nature Center to socialize and enjoy food and beverages. Special Olympics is encouraging as many businesses and schools as possible to get involved by putting together teams of Plungers or by nominating one lucky person to serve as their Plunge representative and helping them raise funds. Prizes are awarded for fundraising levels met and door prizes will be drawn at the After Splash Bash. For more information, please contact Julie Burkholder at jburkholder@soindiana.org or 260-466-1528 or online by visiting polarplungeIN.org. Special Olympics is also seeking door prize donations, in-kind sponsors, and event volunteers. Join us as we are Freezin’ for a Reason!   Photos are courtesy of Natalie...

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Release – Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne
Nov13

Release – Youth coding projects to be on display at Start Fort Wayne

Release from Start Fort Wayne South Bend Code School // Fort Wayne will conduct its inaugural “demo day” for students and guests at the Atrium co-working space downtown at 5:30 p.m. on November 14 (Tuesday). This is the school’s first cohort in Fort Wayne and first-ever expansion program outside of South Bend. Students ages 11-18 will be showing off the apps and websites they have built over the last eleven weeks. The demonstration is open to the public. The “Jumpstart Web Development” course offered an introduction to web development. Students learned three coding languages (HTML, CSS, and JavaScript) and built two websites. One of the websites is an app aimed at bettering the students’ community; more specifically to raise awareness around mental health issues and resources. The students will also have the opportunity to present their new products to tech professionals at Google in Chicago later this month. The SBCS // FW is a partnership, formed earlier this year between South Bend Code School and Start Fort Wayne designed to give youth technology skills, and to expose youth to technology-related career and education paths at an early age. Start Fort Wayne began in 2015 with a mission to strengthen the infrastructure that supports entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana, supporting a long-term vision to attract innovation and high-growth companies to launch their venture in northeast Indiana. “We have been so pleased with our inaugural class in Fort Wayne,” said Alexandra Liggins, co-founder of South Bend Code School, in a prepared release. “The students were eager and receptive learners, and are now equipped to consider the next steps in their coding and tech education. We are excited to continue our partnership with Start Fort Wayne to give students real-world skills to prepare them for the future.” Start Fort Wayne Executive Director, Rhonda Ladig states in a prepared release, “Today, every venture is impacted by tech. The Narwhal and the Manatee is a good example. They make bath and skin care products here in Fort Wayne, but they do much of their business online. So, e-commerce is a core part of their model. This type of education is vital to supporting the needs of our current entrepreneurs and also helps grow the workforce in the area of coding to make northeast Indiana a more attractive place to launch a venture.” Start Fort Wayne’s other programs include entrepreneur coaching services called LevelUp and the Atrium coworking space downtown at 111 W. Berry St. Start Fort Wayne also launched Indiana’s first chapter of the Kauffman Foundation’s “1 Million Cups” program, which is a free program that meets every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. at Sweetwater with...

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Desiree Wiercyski – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Nov07

Desiree Wiercyski – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we are highlighting a new resident to our area who recently relocated from Oregon. Desiree Wiercyski is a life and business coach, a digital course creator and a podcaster. She describes her audience as “creative, driven and restless quarter-life women who are ready to own their future.” What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana? My business is primarily digital, but the growing start-up culture and arts scene in Fort Wayne allowed me to be confident in knowing that I’d be able to connect with other like-minded individuals outside of the Internet. In-person connections are essential for all business owners, even if you run a digital business. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? I just moved here a few months ago from Portland, Oregon so am just starting to really get connected with the community here. That said, Fort Wayne has made it really easy! 1 Million Cups is a great opportunity to get outside of my own business-bubble, connect with other entrepreneurs, and see things in a different light. I also love the work that YLNI is doing and am excited to start getting involved. What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? Balance! The idea of work-life balance generally doesn’t resonate with me, I prefer the idea of work-life integration. But now, my office is in my home and it’s easy to just get sucked into 20 hour work days or realizing I haven’t left the house in days, because I’ve been so involved with building my business. I have to consistently remind myself to take a break and do something else. What person has helped you the most in your journey? Right when I knew I was going to start my own business, I tapped my husband to do all things related to graphic design. He’s also my editor and tech guy for the times I need another set of eyes. He’s always in the trenches with me, staying up to help until 2 or 3 am to make sure things get done. There’s no way I could do what I do without his help! What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Get really clear so you know without any hesitation what you want, and why you want it. That is what will keep you going when you just want to walk away. Also, know that fear is normal, and that it’s okay. A lot of times in entrepreneurship, if you’re not scared or if you don’t feel a little crazy, you’re...

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