Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Feb05

Proper Pastry – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we are serving up something sweet as we catch up with Anna Roudebush of Proper Pastry. This gourmet bakery is located in Roanoke – just a short drive from southwest Fort Wayne. Roudebush (or “Chef Anna”) is a classically-trained chef who specializes in all-natural wedding cakes, all occasion cakes, macarons, artisan breads and other handcrafted pastries. After receiving a degree in culinary arts and food service management in 2004, Chef Anna worked as a pastry chef at a variety of locations before returning to Fort Wayne in 2014 to begin her journey as a culinary entrepreneur. What made you decide to open a business in Northeast Indiana? I started my business in Northeast Indiana because this is my home and where my family is. I wanted to be close and still pursue my dream. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jan 8, 2018 at 6:45am PST What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? Media – getting a press release by the [Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center] from IPFW. I also had a small segment on [WANE NewsChannel 15] last year. That brought me a considerable amount of business. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Feb 24, 2017 at 5:50am PST What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? It has been challenging to run my shop and still have time to network with other businesses and marketing. Also, buying large equipment and figuring out how to just get it into my pastry shop. No one teaches you that at culinary school. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jul 9, 2016 at 2:37pm PDT What people have helped you the most in your journey? Mike and Maureen Catalogna from Catablu restaurant. I started my business in 2014 and did not have a kitchen to work in yet. I approached them to sell them pastries and they were generous enough to let me borrow their kitchen during off hours at a very low cost until I could find my own space to work out of. We still continue to do business together. A post shared by Proper Pastry (@properpastry) on Jun 13, 2016 at 8:07am PDT What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? Get out there and tell everyone you meet about your dream. Find other entrepreneurs who have been successful and try to get some advice. You also have to ask yourself what you are willing to sacrifice because it will take up your whole life until you can make it. You really have...

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Release – Just Relax Esthetic Services launches in Leo-Cedarville
Dec22

Release – Just Relax Esthetic Services launches in Leo-Cedarville

Release from Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Fort Wayne area residents looking to pamper themselves while improving their skin quality and relieving stress now have another option.  Local entrepreneur Haley Durbin recently launched Just Relax Esthetic Services in Leo-Cedarville. The business, which is located at 9715 Saint Joseph Street (also known as State Road 1 and Leo Road), offers skincare, facial services and full body waxing, along with relaxation massage and Skin Script facial products. Online gift cards and gift certificates are available for any of the offered products and services. Durbin describes Just Relax as being “slightly more upbeat than a spa setting, but still a place to come relax and feel comfortable asking questions regarding waxing and skin care” in a prepared release. Her menu of skincare and facial services includes derma-plane treatments to exfoliate and improve skin quality, along with makeup training sessions, Brazilian waxes, and sunless tanning travel services done in the comfort of one’s home. Massage services include a 75-minute sugar scrub massage along with full-body massages available in 30-, 60- or 90-minute increments. Durbin, who resides in Fort Wayne, has been an esthetician for five years. She grew up in Adams County and graduated from Adams Central High School before moving to Fort Wayne, where she achieved an associate’s degree in business from Ivy Tech. As a business owner, she says she hopes to become more involved in the Fort Wayne community and in environmental-related initiatives for recycling, clean water and city clean-up. Durbin is a client of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, where she received guidance on starting and registering her business. For more information on Just Relax, visit the firm’s Facebook page, or call 260-223-8060 to schedule an appointment.  To learn more about the services of the Northeast ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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Business Notes – CapeAble Sensory Products Advances in Business Challenge
Oct09

Business Notes – CapeAble Sensory Products Advances in Business Challenge

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Two Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs have been selected to compete as finalists in the national InnovateHER Business Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Marna Pacheco of Winona Lake and Susan Hickok of Fort Wayne and their company CapeAble Sensory Products, LLC will compete for $70,000 in prize money at the National Pitch Competition on October 26 in Washington, D.C.  The announcement of the 10 finalists was made last week on October 5. CapeAble Sensory Products, based in Fort Wayne, produces weighted blankets for better sleep, fashionable weighted wearables and sensory-enrichment tools.  “In today’s overscheduled and hectic world, CapeAble’s innovative products provide something that everyone needs: comfort, focus, and hope,” said Pacheco in a prepared statement. “We refer to our exclusive, patent-pending design as ‘the science behind the comfort’.” The InnovateHER announcement comes on the heels of CapeAble being named the Outstanding Innovative Business of 2017 at the national SCORE Awards gala on September 14 in McLean, Va.  In their acceptance speech, Pacheco and Hickok shared their belief that “every person deserves to feel capable.” CapeAble also won a state award on May 3 from the Indiana Small Business Development Center for Economic Development and Growth through Entrepreneurship (EDGE), in recognition of the firm’s initial success as a Hoosier business. For InnovateHER, CapeAble Sensory Products was named the regional winner in April after competing against five other companies in a local competition at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) in Fort Wayne.  The local competition was hosted by the Fort Wayne Chapter of SCORE in partnership with The NIIC, the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (Northeast ISBDC), Brightpoint, the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Northeast Indiana, and the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC). After CapeAble and all the 120 regional winners were chosen, an executive committee of SBA officials evaluated the semi-finalist nominations and chose 10 finalists to participate in the National Pitch Competition.  InnovateHER was developed by the SBA to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families.  Judging criteria for the InnovateHER Business Challenge include the product’s potential for commercialization, its impact on the lives of women and families, and its ability to fill a need in the marketplace. CapeAble Products and the other InnovateHER Business Challenge finalists have been invited to conduct a marketing pitch before a team of expert judges at the National Pitch Competition on October 26 in Washington, D.C. They will be competing for the top three awards totaling $70,000 in prize money, provided by the Sara Blakely Foundation, with their trip expenses being paid by...

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Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location
Oct09

Business Notes – In Touch Salonspa Breaks Ground On Second Location

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Business is booming for In Touch Salonspa in northern Fort Wayne, so much so that the salon and spa facility, located at 939 East Dupont Road (just east of Coldwater Road), broke ground for a second, larger location. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 10 for the new facility, to be located adjacent to the new 1st Source Bank building at 4005 East Dupont Road, which is just east of the Parkview Regional Medical Center complex. With 6,000 square feet of space, the new $1.6 million project will provide more than 50 percent more capacity than the existing salon. Like the original location, the new facility will offer beauty services, hair care, and Aveda retail products, along with “our extremely high standards of customer service and our top-notch technical abilities,” according to InTouch Salonspa owner Cindy Kirkland in a prepared statement. She notes that all of her guests “enjoy the ultimate experience during each visit, with up-to-date, high-end services and technology. Taking services one step further, however, Kirkland says that the new, state-of-the-art location “will streamline the beauty industry by also including an upscale barbershop.” The new salon/spa will have more than 50 employees, including hair stylists, barbers, estheticians, a massage therapist, a nail technician, a manager and guest service coordinators. Kirkland says that the original location of In Touch Salonspa, which opened in October 2003, currently has 30 employees and averages more than 150 new customers each month. The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center created financial projections to secure funding for the project. While ground is being broken next week for the new salon, construction is estimated to take four to six months, with a tentative completion date of the Spring of 2018. For more information on In Touch Salonspa, call 260-410-0350 or visit www.InTouchSalonSpa.com. To learn more about the services of the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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Business Notes – Cat People Press Launches in Fort Wayne
Oct09

Business Notes – Cat People Press Launches in Fort Wayne

From Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center Fort Wayne freelance artist Rebecca Stockert has combined her artistic talents with her love of cats to create a greeting card business for a very niche market that she calls “crazy cat people.” Cat People Press is a web-based business that went live on October 3. Stockert holds a bachelor of art degree with a concentration in ceramics, and a master of arts with a concentration in painting, both from the University of Saint Francis. She also is an adjunct instructor teaching art courses at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast, and the visual arts columnist for the Fort Wayne Reader. “Cat People Press offers quirky, artist-made greeting cards for crazy cat people and those who love them,” according to Stockert in a prepared statement. The products are 4-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch, folded greeting cards that can be purchased individually or in a package of six. “The cards express life with cats: funny, cute, and furry, with the occasional appearance of claws or small dead animals,” Stockert says, adding that “Cat People Press delivers correspondence perfect for cat lovers with a mix of comedy, dark humor, and absolute adorableness.” While the business mainly will exist online, Stockert plans to sell the cards wholesale nationally to boutique retailers. In Fort Wayne, customers can find the greeting cards at Fancy & Staple at 1111 Broadway and at Green Dog Goods at 3421 North Anthony Boulevard. In addition, Stockert will be selling her cards at a booth at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Holiday Art Fair on November 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Thanksgiving weekend date has been set as a “Shop Local Saturday” and the event is a part of the Downtown Improvement District’s annual Holly Trolley tour. Stockert worked with Business Advisor Nicole Heffelfinger from Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center regarding business start-up assistance and industry research. For more information on Cat People Press, visit the firm’s website at www.catpeoplepress.com, its Facebook page or call 260-750-8652. To learn more about the services of the NE-ISBDC, visit www.isbdc.org or call...

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