11.02.17

Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Northeast Indiana

Tammy Y. Allen, Director, Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

November 2, 2017, Fort Wayne, Ind. – November 13-19, 2017, is Global Entrepreneurship Week, with the intent of helping people unleash ideas to start or grow and scale their existing business through being more innovative. Several events are scheduled at The NIIC to convene and connect the entrepreneurial community with one another to discuss topics for entrepreneurial success.

“Communities like ours recognize that business creation is responsible for nearly all net new jobs in our economy. Especially during this celebration week, we thank entrepreneurs for what they do to positively impact our community’s economic success,” said Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC. To kick-start the week, Business Builder Breakfast is scheduled for Monday, November 13, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This is an informal networking breakfast for Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs to connect. Continental breakfast is provided at no charge.

A Student Entrepreneurial Meet-Up is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. Entrepreneurial-minded students are invited to meet up to talk about their ventures and/or ideas to start a business, connect with Student Venture Lab participants and NIIC business coaches. Food and beverage are provided at no charge.

Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) resource partner Innovation Connector invites entrepreneurs to Excellence in Innovation Awards. Celebrate and learn from six companies who have persevered through change to remain anchors of the community, leading through innovation. Also, finalists from The Big Idea Pitch Competition will deliver their business ideas to those in attendance, including a panel of judges.

Women entrepreneurs are invited to Caffeinated Conversations on Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sherry Aden, Vice President of Operations, Brightpoint, will discuss micro-lending for women-owned businesses. This will be followed by roundtable discussions with table topics led by Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) Advisory Council members. Registration and networking are 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Complimentary breakfast provided, and registration is required. Click here to register.

The entrepreneurial community is invited to learn from Certified Financial Advisor John Foxworthy about what not to do while starting, launching, and growing your business. On Thursday, November 16, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Money Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make is the topic of the Innovator Insights event from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration and networking are 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., and breakfast is provided at no charge. Registration required—click here.

“We look forward to celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with aspiring as well as accomplished Northeast Indiana entrepreneurs,” said LaPan. For additional information, contact The NIIC.

About The NIIC

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community. We help business builders and entrepreneurs launch and grow successful business ventures. Formed in 1999 by a consortium of community and government leaders and organizations in 2013, The NIIC was recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the top four under-the-radar incubators in the country. This basically means Entrepreneur magazine, with the help of International Business Incubation Association, picked four U.S. incubators to highlight, and we were one of them. In their words, we “stand out in a state not always perceived as small business friendly.” The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001: 2008 registered business incubation and acceleration program. For more information visit TheNIIC.Org .

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