09.06.16

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center Adds Seasoned Entrepreneurial Business Coach

September 6, 2016, Fort Wayne, Ind.–The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), a comprehensive entrepreneurial resource center based in Fort Wayne, Ind., announces the addition of Gary Fry as a new Business Coach. Fry will lead the NIIC Student Venture Lab (SVL) Program and advance The NIIC’s entrepreneurial education initiatives. He will also provide coaching support to the Women’s Economic Opportunity Center (WEOC) clients.

The NIIC SVL is designed to assist high school and college students to launch their businesses and provides the business support services necessary to do so. The NIIC SVL program focuses on the four entrepreneurial success pillars essential to the development, growth and success of innovative ventures. These pillars include access to capital, talent, place making and connectivity to key resources on the NIIC campus and in the region.

The WEOC Program is an official U.S. Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center and strategically located on The NIIC campus. It serves entrepreneurial women, immigrants and the under served in the Northeast Indiana region that desire to launch and grow their businesses.

“Gary brings strong entrepreneurial business experience to The NIIC. He owned and operated his own business for more than 20 years. He understands the importance of advancing entrepreneurship and inspiring entrepreneurs. He has also mentored small business owners at various stages of their business life cycles and has also been mentored by several successful business leaders in the region. He has also taught in our local school systems at the middle school level,” said Karl R. LaPan, President & CEO, The NIIC.

“I look forward to serving the diverse SVL Program and WEOC Program clients coming through The NIIC to launch their businesses. Through leveraging my entrepreneurial experience, I will coach them to achieve their business goals,” said Fry. For more information about The NIIC and its programs, please visit http://www.niic.net/.

About The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC)
The NIIC is a non-profit, community-based entrepreneurial resource center that assists in the growth and development of innovative companies in Northeast Indiana. Formed in 1999 by a consortium of community and government leaders and organizations, The NIIC was recently recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top four under-the-radar incubators in the country. The Innovation Center is the country’s only ISO9001:2008 registered business incubation and acceleration programs, serving entrepreneurs, business owners and existing businesses who want to launch, expand or re-invent a company. For more information visit: www.niic.net.

Media contact: Tammy Allen, Director, Marketing Communications & Programs – The NIIC. tallen@niic.net, Telephone: 260-407-6442

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