03.19.20

Ideas@Work Event Rescheduled, Ongoing Events Transitioning to Virtual Format

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC
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For Immediate Release

March 19, 2020, Fort Wayne, Ind.— The NIIC Ideas@Work entrepreneurial event is rescheduled from April 21, 2020, to October 28, 2020.  “The health and safety of our staff, clients, and community are important to us. In collaboration with our partner organizations, we rescheduled Ideas@Work until the fall,” said Karl R. LaPan, president and CEO.

The NIIC has secured a keynote speaker and will announce details soon. “We’re excited to celebrate with the entrepreneurial community, educators, and business leaders at our annual signature event. This year is extra special, as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary at the event,” said LaPan. For more information about Ideas@Work, visit https://theniic.org/ideasatwork/.

Training and workshops offered through The NIIC and Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity (WEOC) are transitioning to virtual delivery. “Earlier this year, we announced our events for this year. The topics are robust and are what our clients and new business builders need as they launch, build, innovate, and grow. We are proceeding as planned, except for how we are providing this information,” said Leslee Hill, WEOC Director. “We are also in the process of providing additional virtual resources to serve our clients and the broader entrepreneurial community. Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about that.” For more information about The NIIC events, visit https://theniic.org/our-events/.

“These are challenging times for our clients and our community. We are here to support our entrepreneurial community. We have transitioned our one-to-one coaching to a virtual model. Our WEOC Mastermind Groups will continue to meet virtually, which has always been an option for them,” said LaPan.

About The NIIC

467 new products launched, 189 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,290 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $91 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures. The NIIC bolsters innovative companies to move ideas into action. The NIIC is located in a designated U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone. In April 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated The Northeast Indiana Innovation Park Campus as an Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. TheNIIC.org. Click here for The NIIC press kit.

About WEOC

2,354 women and immigrants served, trained, and counseled—since WEOC’s formation five years ago. The Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) serves Northeast Indiana women at all stages of their business ventures. WEOC responds to the unique needs of women entrepreneurs through business growth coaching, training, and entrepreneurial education, connectivity and access to capital. WEOC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. As the Host organization, The NIIC also provides supplemental funding and complementary resources. WEOC is an SBA designated Women’s Business Center—one of two in Indiana. For more information, visit www.inweoc.com.

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