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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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne
Nov03

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne

Do you remember Start Fort Wayne? We covered this initiative earlier this year (see article), and some exciting changes have happened since then for this organization with a mission of supporting and strengthening the entrepreneurial community right here in our area. It has barely been a week since Start Fort Wayne publicly announced its new status as a non-profit organization to the community (!!!), and it’s already starting a buzz in the entrepreneurial community by working to build relationships within the entrepreneurship ecosystem here in northeast Indiana. Up first is 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne, presented by Start Fort Wayne with The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, at 9 a.m. this Wednesday at the Crescendo Café at the Sweetwater campus (see map). “1 Million Cups will bring our entrepreneur community together to solve the business problems that entrepreneurs face every day,” said Dave Sanders of Start Fort Wayne, in a prepared statement from the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. According to the 1MC website, this program, developed nationally by the Kauffman Foundation, “is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.” Each event will feature a short presentation by a local entrepreneur followed by a discussion with the audience. This week’s event will feature Brendon Maxwell, owner of Utopian Coffee. Upcoming presenters include: November 11 – Jeremy Diller, owner of Scenario 77 November 18 – Jennifer Ford, owner of Jennifer Ford Art December 2 – Bo Gonzalez, owner of Bravas. 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne is sponsored by Sweetwater and Utopian Coffee. For more information about 1 Million Cups, visit www.1millioncups.com/fortwayne. For more information on Start Fort Wayne, please visit www.startfortwayne.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, please visit www.neindiana.com. Get Directions This post is the first in a series of posts on Start Fort Wayne where Living Fort Wayne explores resources available to entrepreneurs and spotlights entrepreneurs who decided northeast Indiana is the place to operate their...

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Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Vertical Leap
Apr10

Entrepreneurship Spotlight: Vertical Leap

This is the return of our popular article series on entrepreneurship in Northeast Indiana. There isn’t a better topic to cover first than the return of a popular event on entrepreneurship! Join us as we explore the resources available to you as a resident of this area and some of the new businesses that are shaking things up in the area. Let’s Startup Fort Wayne! (-Tim) *** How do founders, entrepreneurs, creatives, and other community leaders do it? And by “it” we mean finding success in building thriving businesses and creative ventures in the Summit City. Is it having a great idea? Does it come down to having the best skill set or having access to funding? Is it passion or maybe confidence? It can be some or all of those things, but there is one big ingredient you need to be successful and thrive here or anywhere – that is people. As someone interested in the entrepreneurship culture here in Fort Wayne, there has been one event I have been missing. Vertical Leap is returning to Fort Wayne on Wednesday, April 15 at 6:30 pm at The Center for Creative Collaboration (The C3) at Indiana Tech. This free event is now brought to you by Start Fort Wayne and will repeat monthly. This month’s food, drink, and space is sponsored by The C3. Here you will find people to network with and bounce ideas off of, plus opportunities to listen to presenters. You never know who you might collide with – a young start-up, an artist, a student, a musician, an experienced business person, or maybe someone just exploring. “We plan on moving [Vertical Leap] around town and holding it at different venues and choosing programs that appeal to different audiences, so that we can bring together the different ‘starter’ communities around Fort Wayne,” said Dave Sanders, organizer of Start Fort Wayne. “That’s a really big deal to me, to help gain that critical mass.” A typical event will start out with casual networking, followed by a presentation and speakers, 60 second pitches, and more networking to close out the night. Want to know what a 60 second pitch is? If you have an idea in your head (not already in business), get up, share it in 60 seconds, and get feedback from the group. From past experience, this is really casual and can be quite fun and engaging. And don’t forget to network – maybe you’ll find out for yourself just how they do it! If you are interested in checking out Vertical Leap, RSVP on Eventbrite as seats are limited for the event, and visit www.startfortwayne.com/verticalleap. Here are the speakers...

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Unemployed or Underemployed? Click HERE!
Mar06

Unemployed or Underemployed? Click HERE!

The dreaded job search. If you’re anything like me, your resume may not do you as much justice as it should. I have no problem getting an interview, but it’s almost never been from simply submitting my resume and has almost always been from selling myself in person. This is one reason why I love job fairs. These meccas for job-seekers are the best way to get your foot in the door with a company and it gives the company rep a chance to interact with you face-to-face. And let’s be honest – a lot of the exhibitors hand out free stuff. Free is definitely in my budget. We’re going to make this short and sweet: for your convenience I have taken it upon myself to dig up the info on a few upcoming local job fairs happening within the next few weeks. Happy hunting!   DeKalb County Career Development Expo 2015 Thursday, March 12th from Noon – 4 pm Located at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum (1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn, IN 46706) Free to attend and open to the public. CLICK HERE for complete details! ——————– Automotive Student/Employer Networking Night Tuesday, March 24th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Located at Ivy Tech Community College’s Technology Center Automotive Lab A rep from Ivy Tech stated that current and potential Ivy Tech students are invited to attend. For more info, please contact Victoria York at vyork2@@ivytech.edu ——————– 4th Annual Linking Michiana Job Fair Tuesday, March 31st from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm Located at Howe Military Academy (5755 North State Road 9, Howe, IN 46746) Find complete details HERE! ——————– NICE Career Fair 2015 Tuesday, April 14th from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Located at IPFW Gates Center Field House (2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805) According to an IPFW rep, this fair is mainly for college students and alumni of all the participating educational providers, but community members are still welcome to attend. CLICK HERE to see...

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