Fort Wayne Basketball Quiz
Mar15

Fort Wayne Basketball Quiz

It’s March Madness time and this season we’re serving up another quiz to test your Fort Wayne knowledge! From the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Fort Wayne Mastodons of today to the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons and Fort Wayne Fury of yesteryear, our city has had a long history with “Indiana’s game.” This quiz isn’t limited to just college hoops, so give it a try (and let us know how you...

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Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills
Mar02

Build Your Career HERE – Learning New Skills

Part of securing yourself in a job is having the skills to go all the way. Yes, you need to know the essential functions of a job before you sign on the dotted line, but if you really want to succeed, you should also know how to communicate, how to be a leader, and how to fail gracefully. Depending on your comfort zone and your age, there are a variety of different ways for you to go out and find a little leadership coaching. Age has been on my side, and I have been afforded the opportunity to be a part of the Emerging Leaders Alliance through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. This group’s mission is to develop a community of future leaders in Northeast Indiana and create opportunities for action, growth, and regional pride. We do this through working on Vision 2030 committees, hosting social and professional development events, working on strengths training, connecting with our community leaders with professional development book clubs, and of course, supporting our entire region however we can. Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI) similarly affords this to me. While it is meant for a larger audience and a broader age range, it has different focus areas and many leadership roles for those who are interested. The opportunities to be vice chair of Living Fort Wayne (part of YLNI) and secretary of the ELA were only because I stepped out of my comfort zone and went out and looked to make myself and my community better. Luckily, many people were there to hold my hand, figuratively. Not everyone is in their 30s and able to dance between the kids and the adults. Some of us have more to lose and need to get the skills and networking now. I went back to the same experts I talked to last week and asked them about where you need to go in order to go far.   What are the best networking groups in the area? I will tell you this now because three people said it, but First Fridays is the place to be. According to Karl LaPan of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center(NIIC), Theresa Steele of Steele Business Coaching and Jim Johnson of 3 Rivers (also one of the founders), it is the best networking experience in town. According to Karl LaPan, “it is more than a networking group, it is also solid leadership development, so First Fridays is exceptional. This monthly meeting is a high return on investment. On one of my visits, I had five meetings and lunches as a result of attending and participating in the monthly event. The content and...

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Science Central celebrates students at Science Fair Recognition Day
Feb28

Science Central celebrates students at Science Fair Recognition Day

Press release from Science Central   Science Central celebrates students at Science Fair Recognition Day FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Feb. 26, 2018) – Join Science Central as we honor student science projects from local schools! March 18 is Science Fair Recognition Day at Science Central. We invite students in grades K-8th who did not advance to the IPFW Regional Science Fair to recognize and commend them for their hard work. Each school can be represented by two projects. Students and no more than two chaperones get into Science Central for free on March 18 if registered by their school. As always, certified teachers also get in for free with a valid school ID. “This is an exciting opportunity for students to continue to show their wonderful research projects,” said Martin S. Fisher, Science Central’s Executive Director. “I’ve even had parents tell me they have more fun at the educational Science Central event than the competitive school event.” Admission for the general public on Science Fair Recognition Day is $9 for ages 3 and up, and free for Members. Schools must have their students’ projects registered by March 12 to get free admission. Check in on Science Fair Recognition Day is from noon to 1 p.m., and projects will be displayed until 3 p.m. Registration can be completed on Science Central’s website. For more information about, or to register for Science Fair Recognition Day, contact Elyse, School and Public Programs Manager, at efaulkner@sciencecentral.org or 260-424-2400 ext. 426....

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15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort
Feb04

15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort

It’s that time of year: the holidays are over, but winter is still upon us, spring and summer are too distant to get excited about just yet. Boredom is constantly lurking, and lazy nights it seems like the only option every weekend.  If only there were another way… Fort Wayne to the rescue!  Despite this annual lull and chilly weather, our city is never short on activities, happenings, and events.  We’ve done the research: check out our top 15 ideas for the whole family on staying busy and entertained this winter.   1. Cheer the Komets on to Number One! View this post on Instagram Monday would be a lot better if we all had popcorn guns. A post shared by Fort Wayne Komets (@fwkomets) on Jan 8, 2018 at 7:41am PST The Komets are on fire this season with some of the best skaters in their league and are currently ranked second in their division.  Join Icy at the rink and help bring them to number one! 2. Go Mad for the Mad Ants View this post on Instagram 📸 from our first game of the #gleagueshowcase yesterday afternoon A post shared by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (@fortwaynemadants) on Jan 12, 2018 at 9:50am PST Mad Ants games are fun for the whole family, and promo nights keep things fresh. Don your capes and masks for Superhero Night on February 3rd.  Moms and Dads can enjoy a Wayne’s World theme on March 16th with a crowd-singing of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Party on! 3. Hit the Lanes View this post on Instagram It's Saturday night and we're in the spot! A post shared by Crazy Pinz (@crazypinz) on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:56am PDT Fort Wayne has no shortage of awesome bowling alleys.  Besides its 56 lanes, Pro Bowl West claims to have the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the city.  Thunderbowl #1 has daily specials.  Crazy Pinz doesn’t stop at bowling; mini golf, a ropes course and a rock wall are just a few of their extra attractions. 4. Jump Around  View this post on Instagram ugly sweaters, sick jumps A post shared by Sky Zone (@skyzone) on Dec 23, 2017 at 9:51am PST Ever wanted to dunk a basketball like the pros?  Give it a shot (pun intended) with a trampoline at Sky Zone.  More trampolines stretch wall-to-wall for endless jumping, including a dodgeball court and foam pit.   5. Take an Intergalactic Adventure View this post on Instagram Tag other players through the grates! #ultrazoneftw #ultrazone #fortwayne #lasertag #visitfortwayne #familyentertainment #familyfun A post shared by Ultrazone Fort Wayne (@ultrazone_laser_tag) on Apr 3, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT Is there...

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Release – Young entrepreneur launches tax service business
Dec22

Release – Young entrepreneur launches tax service business

Release from Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” That’s a popular quotation from Benjamin Franklin in a letter he wrote in 1789.  John Lawrence, a young Fort Wayne entrepreneur who is a licensed tax preparer, has launched a new tax service to help area residents deal with one certainty of their lives: income taxes.  Get It Done Tax Solutions, Inc. will serve Fort Wayne area taxpayers of all ages, occupations and tax brackets. Lawrence is a junior student at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) with a double major in accounting and finance.  He expects to receive his degree in 2019, at which time he plans to study for the Certified Public Accountant exam. Hard work has always been a part of Lawrence’s life.  His first job involved working at a local plant nursery when he was 14 years old.  At the time, he was a student at Columbia City High School, where he ran cross country and competed on the swim team. Now, in addition to working on his college degree, Lawrence also works full time in accounts receivables for a local printing firm, which he will continue to do after he launches his new business.  He previously worked one year as a licensed tax preparer for a local office of a national franchise, where he says he became aware of “a better way of doing things.” Lawrence says he plans to operate Get It Done Tax Solutions as a “more conscientious” tax preparation firm focused on helping his customers at an affordable price.  Customers will be made aware of tax preparation fees upfront, and the fee structure will be based on the client’s filing status and their deadline. “I would rather do it right than make a lot of money quickly,” he says in a prepared release. Unique services include “house calls,” which Lawrence foresees being popular with families having young children at home, as well as senior citizens and individuals with a physical disability who find it difficult to travel outside their residence. As is common with many young entrepreneurs, Lawrence plans to give back to his community.  He says he plans to donate a portion of his business profits “to support my community and help low-income people do their taxes in this time of uncertainty.” Lawrence is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, where he received information and guidance on business start-up procedures, identifying target markets and marketing strategies to reach potential customers. For more information on Get It Done Tax Solutions, call Lawrence at 260-431-3001 or...

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