KARL R. LAPAN, PRESIDENT & CEO, THE NIIC
Passion. Grit. Legacy. Overcoming fear. Hesitancy. Feeling overwhelmed.
These contradictory words describe the ups and downs aspiring business builders in our community face when building and growing a successful and sustainable venture. This is why they reach out to The NIIC/WEOC for a hand-up to access important business-building services. We walk alongside them in their entrepreneurial journeys.
For nearly 20 years, my family and I have been a “donor of record” at The NIIC. We financially support The NIIC, because we love what it does. We care about the programs offered to assist budding business builders. The NIIC has successfully fundraised from the government, its own fee for service programs, foundations and corporations. Yet, individual and family giving is a critical component of philanthropic and The NIIC’s future.
We believe in The NIIC’s mission, and more importantly, in the business builders operationalizing the purpose of The NIIC. Through all walks of entrepreneurial life. We recognize each business builder has a personalized entrepreneurial journey and story. The NIIC is an enabler, walking alongside our business builders to help them realize their full entrepreneurial, human, and community potential.
This is why we give to The NIIC. We invest in the hometown team – creating higher quality, higher-paying jobs, and cool companies for Northeast Indiana. We are NIIC proud!