New Book Release Entrepreneurial Life Hacks to benefit Dr. Daryl Yost Fund

In honor of The NIIC’s 20th Anniversary, Karl R. LaPan, NIIC President and CEO, wrote a book summarizing lessons learned and insights gained over the past 20 years. The proceeds from the book will go to the Dr. Daryl R. Yost Fund. Everyone sponsoring Ideas@Work Event at $1,000 or more will receive a complimentary signed […]

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SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

Economic relief prioritized for underserved communities This week, the Small Business Administration announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF), a $28.6 billion initiative to aid and revitalize the country’s small restaurants most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Today, we are starting the process to help […]

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Innovator Mindset

The Kendallville Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Innovator Mindset Workshop and was hosted by the Community Learning Center, a space to connect community members. The day-long workshop brought together Kendaville business and non-profit leaders and some bright young minds from East Noble Highschool to explore the Innovator Mindset. The Innovator Mindset tool and e-learning modules […]


U.S. SBA Announces Key Changes for PPP

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is available for a limited time to ensure America’s smallest businesses get exclusive access. If you are a small business owner with fewer than 20 employees or are self-employed, new information is available for you. Upcoming webinars cover the rules change briefings for: Asian-American+Pacific Islander, Native American+Tribal Small Business Owners, March 4, 3 p.m. Register […]

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The NIIC’s Karl LaPan Testifies on the Importance of Certified Technology Parks

February 25, 2021, Fort Wayne, Ind.— Earlier this month, Karl LaPan, President and CEO of The NIIC, testified before the Indiana Senate Committee on Tax & Fiscal Policy in favor of Senate Bill 213 — a bill which would expand funding for the state’s Certified Technology Parks (CTPs), and spoke to their importance in the […]

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Virtual Health During COVID-19: What’s Working, What’s Not, What’s Next

How is health IoT changing healthcare during the pandemic? What changes will stay with us? We will discuss this and more during this month’s Connected Health Lab 3rd Thursday Connections on December 17, 2020, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Our featured expert is John MacDonald, CEO, ClearObject. MacDonald also serves as Chairman, The Technology & Innovation […]

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IEDC Supports Small Businesses During Pandemic

During a recent innovation leadership breakfast at The NIIC, Linda Walczak, Director, Northeast Region, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), mentioned the many resources IEDC offers to business owners. “We want to help businesses during this challenging time and help them to know what’s available for them,” said Walczak. IEDC Grants—To help accelerate economic recovery activity, […]

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Gratitude – 2020

Dear NIIC Friends, We have all experienced a challenging year. As the holidays approach, I pause to express gratitude for the remarkable things we’ve seen at The NIIC during 2020. Ideas@Work Keynote Speaker Wendy Kennedy refers to these milestone moments as silver linings. First, I am grateful that The NIIC team worked diligently to keep […]

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STRE.ME Selected for SoCap Accelerate Program

Congratulations to Jack Patton, Stre.me, for acceptance into the inaugural cohort of SoCap Accelerate. SoCap Accelerate strives to help cultivate a community and culture of innovation dedicated toward making Kentucky a healthier Commonwealth and foster the next generation of Health Innovation. Five dynamic companies were selected who are changing how to approach and tackle health […]

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About Wendy Kennedy, The 2020 Daryl R. Yost Ideas@Work Livestream Event Keynote Speaker

This year’s Dr. Daryl R. Yost Ideas@Work Keynote Speaker, Wendy Kennedy is a powerhouse in design thinking, technology, an award-winning professor, author and business owner. She founded WKI (WendyKennedy.com), which leads teams through commercialization to grow their businesses. In addition to leading our keynote address on November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., she will […]

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