Startup Tips—Knowledge Shared from a Serial Entrepreneur

I had the pleasure of hearing serial entrepreneur Marlin Stutzman speak at First Fridays Fort Wayne. He’s Principal Partner, The Stutzman Group, LLC. You may also recognize his name as Former Congressman Indiana 03. Afterward, we talked about the one piece of advice he would give to individuals starting their businesses. And because he is generous to share his […]

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Creating a sense of belonging in the business building workplace

Photo by Amer Mughawish on Unsplash It is no accident that The NIIC tag line is “an entrepreneurial community”. But what is community? Peter Block wrote a book that has profoundly influenced and provoked my thinking about community. In his book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, he opined, “The essential challenge is to transform the isolation and self-interest within our communities into […]

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KonMari Method: A New Year’s Resolution

Photo credit: Darwin Vegher, Unsplash Have you been following Netflix’s latest hit, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo? Kondo’s method of organizing is known as the KonMari method. It consists of gathering together all of one’s belongings, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that “spark joy.” While many people have been […]


Creativity starts here

Creativity is not something exclusive to artists types. Business builders across any discipline can benefit from harnessing the power of creativity. After all, without creativity and commercialization of good ideas, most companies would not grow or be relevant. One of the things I learned, earlier this year, at the Disney Customer Experience Summit is, “creative processes must not […]

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A call to action on rural entrepreneurship

This is not a myth. This is a call to action. Only 1 in 10 new businesses will likely start in a rural community. While not lacking in entrepreneurial energy or potential, rural start-ups are lacking in proportion to their more urban counterparts. To foster business builders in less populated areas, rural communities need targeted […]

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