Announcing The NIIC Re-imagination Fund

We were honored to have been selected to participate in the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne #GivingTuesdayNow campaign. Through the generosity of gifts from our community, The NIIC has established the NIIC Re-imagination Fund. We established this fund to support underestimated founders located in Northeast Indiana who are facing liquidity problems and looking to reset […]

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SBA Announces Funding Competition to Organizations Providing Training to Women Veteran ...

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced that nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and institutions of higher learning are eligible to compete for funding of up to $300,000 to deliver entrepreneurship training to women service members, women veterans, and women military spouses. Up to six awardees receive a total of $300,000 in […]

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Innovation Day at Purdue University Fort Wayne, A Day of Entrepreneurial Thinking

Imagine Purdue Fort Wayne as a catalyst for regional innovation and entrepreneurship, bringing together students, faculty and business/industry partners to provide the creative fuel for research that leads to industrial innovation… What would that look like? The faculty and staff of ETCS have been working in close partnership with college’s stakeholders to implement various initiatives […]


Build Institute Upcoming Sessions For Early Stage Startups

By Rochelle Joseph-Ulanowicz, Build Institute Coordinator/Administrative Assistant, SEED Fort Wayne Build Institute Fort Wayne, Powered by SEED, is a nine-week basic business education program for early-stage startups. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations. Classes are facilitated by seasoned entrepreneurs who guide you through topics […]

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Office Optimization: Getting Your “Ducks” In A Row

“Good order is the foundation of all things.” – Edmund Burke Building upon a previous post about goal setting, this is an excellent time of year to fully prepare for a productive year. Set aside 4 hours a week. This could mean one hour, four days in a row, or even thirty minutes spread out […]

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WKI Podcast: An Interview with Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Karl LaPan

By Wendy Kennedy, Founder, WKI Karl LaPan, President & CEO of The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center is no stranger to the world of company building. As the first president and CEO of the NIIC, Karl has been able to shape the organization with his core values surrounding entrepreneurship, helping it grow into one of the […]

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays from The NIIC Team

On behalf of the entire NIIC Team, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May you have a joyous and prosperous New Year filled with inspiration and success. Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC

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4 Tips to Pivot in Your Career – Panel Discussion Takeaways

By Suzie Haga, WEOC Coordinator Have you wondered what it would be like to start your own business, change roles in your current workplace, or do something completely different? While it may sound scary, we heard from three local professionals who shared about how they have done just that.    The recent Pivoting in Your Career […]

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Who doesn’t love a pop-up shop? Shop local at The NIIC Pop-Up, December 13.

Need help finishing your holiday shopping list? Join us for The NIIC Pop-up Shop on December 13, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Holiday shoppers won’t want to miss the variety of featured vendors featured, like: Fort Wayne Chocolate Fountain (boxed items – hand-dipped peanut butter balls, pineapple, and strawberries, etc.) Creations by AC Bossy Gloss, […]

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Grassroots Giving Supports Hometeam Business Builders

Donations Exceed Goals Thank you for joining us for our first ever #GivingTuesday Campaign. Because of you, we exceeded our campaign and stretch goals (NIIC Board of Directors $850 dollar-for-dollar match challenge). Total gifts received = $2,930. These funds will be used to help NIIC and WEOC clients start, build and innovate their companies. This campaign […]

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REIMAGINE: Survive and Thrive During COVID-19

Browse our new digital guide for strategies and resources

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