LFW Member Spotlight – Rob Hines
Sep28

LFW Member Spotlight – Rob Hines

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 Contributing Writer, Rob Hines! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am a feature writer for Living Fort Wayne and I reached out to LFW after learning about the blog because I have lived here for…several years and I think this city has so much to offer that most people here don’t realize. I hope I can help increase awareness of our awesomeness. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne? In my spare time (which, as the father of a seven-year-old, may be a myth), I enjoy writing comic book scripts. However, my gross lack of artistic skill prevents these scripts from becoming actual things. If there’s an artist out there interested in drawing my books in exchange for Hot Wheels cars, let me know. We have plenty. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? Our dream is to buy a home on Mackinac Island overlooking the water. 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? The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo after a few Coney Island hot dogs, of course. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Sweet Caroline Keep your eyes peeled for the next Spotlight with another one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email at info@livingfortwayne.com or reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook. We’re always interested in meeting with other folks who are passionate about sharing all that’s great about living, working and playing right here in Fort...

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Lauren Caggiano – Entrepreneurship Spotlight
Oct31

Lauren Caggiano – Entrepreneurship Spotlight

In this week’s “Entrepreneurship Spotlight,” we profile Lauren Caggiano, a Fort Wayne-based writer, editor and French translator with more than a decade of experience. Caggiano is chief wordsmith and founder of WriteOn, LLC and offers a broad spectrum of services from copywriting to brand audits to tutoring. What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne? Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say. In 2007, I was working a low-wage job right out of college and needed a way to supplement my income. I met someone on the job who encouraged me to freelance and one thing led to another. Over time I had built up a significant portfolio and made some key connections that helped me take my business to the next level. Also, my late father, Chris Cage, was an entrepreneur and he really inspired that initial drive in me. I helped with the family business and saw how fulfilling entrepreneurship can be. What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community? We have a pretty strong network of people locally who either freelance full-time or pursue side gigs. Either way, there is a mentality of “we’re in this together.” I don’t feel like there’s an attitude of competition but collaboration. Everyone wins that way! What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business? No doubt all things money! I have bootstrapped my business since day one. The first few years I operated on a loss and depended on my full-time job to sustain me. Also, it has been an eye-opening experience to navigate the tax code. It’s both an art and a science really. What person has helped you the most in your journey? My husband has always been very supportive of my endeavors. He’s very analytical, so he helps me think of things from that standpoint. I am very much a creative, so it can be a struggle to think outside of that box. What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs? It’s all about connections. Buy someone a cup of coffee and don’t have an agenda other than getting to know them. It’s amazing how much relationships I’ve made from those efforts alone. What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion? I wish there were some of grant program (not a loan) that helped people start a business after a job loss. It was fortuituous that my business really took off after I was laid off, but I was in a predicament because I didn’t make enough to live on. I still needed...

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Faces of the Fort – Jaclyn Goldsborough
Mar27

Faces of the Fort – Jaclyn Goldsborough

Jaclyn, we see your name all over the place; can you tell us what all you’re involved in here in the Fort Wayne community?  I’m a reporter with The News-Sentinel and have worked at various positions at Fort Wayne Newspapers for more than three years. As a Fort Wayne transplant, being a reporter has been a great opportunity to fully immerse myself in the Fort Wayne culture and community. It’s a great job to have when you’re a newbie in town. It also has provided me the chance to met great folks and share beautiful stories. I am also involved in Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. I joined when I first moved here as a way to develop personal and professional relationships. YLNI does absolutely amazing things for Fort Wayne and develops a culture that attracts and keeps young professional in Fort Wayne. I am also involved with two organizations called Earth Charter and Sustainability Indiana 2016. I learned about it while interning at NUVO in Indianapolis where my mentor taught me the importance of environmentalism and sustainability. As two statewide organizations, the leaders were looking for a Fort Wayne coordinator to help connect our environmental leaders and their endeavors with various groups and activists around the state to build an understanding and connect citizens. We meet once a month or so to update each other on project, talk about current events and have a drink. I am also have a deep love and respect for the Central Branch YMCA that helps promote healthy living and an active lifestyle.  How long have you lived in Fort Wayne and what brought you to the Summit City? I’ve lived in Fort Wayne for more than three years. What brought me here was a job, and right out of college that’s a huge blessing, but I never realized how much of a blessing living in Fort Wayne would be. Since I lived here, I have learned to love a lot about Fort Wayne. From the trails and parks to the downtown revitalization projects, Fort Wayne is the perfect size. I hate driving so I love the fact commutting is a breeze around here and I can even ride my bike anywhere I need to go. I also love the fact it’s a healthy and active the community. My large adopted lab/boxer mix Napoleon’s favorite part is the dog park. A job brought me here, but my love of Fort Wayne is keeping me here. Where are you from originally, and what are some of the similarities and differences between your hometown and Fort Wayne? I was born and raised in Elkhart, which...

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