12.30.21

The NIIC Moves Signature Event Date to May 12, 2022, Announces Upcoming Webinars for Small Businesses

Tammy Allen, NIIC Director | Marketing & Programs

For immediate release

December 30, 2021, Fort Wayne, Ind. The NIIC moved the Dr. Daryl Yost Ideas@Work Event https://theniic.org/ideasatwork/ date to May 12, 2022. “We have all endured much during the pandemic. It is important to us at The NIIC to maintain the integrity of our signature event creation—how our community shines brightest through it. That is through in-person interactions. So, we decided it is best to have the event a bit later than planned,” said Mike Fritsch, NIIC President and CEO.

The annual Ideas@Work Event was designed to be an in-person event. It provides a way to honor business owners, celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit in Northeast Indiana, and offers an opportunity for individuals to connect personally. It features a phenomenal keynote speaker to inform and inspire event participants.

Keynote Speaker James (Jay) A. Bailey, President and CEO, the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), located in Atlanta, Georgia, will share the message Inspiring through the Exponential Power of Inclusive Prosperity: Advancing Black Entrepreneurs. “I’m excited to share life-changing insights and true examples of how founders can always position themselves to win, no matter what stage, challenge, or situation they face,” said Bailey. He is a change agent, thought leader, entrepreneur, and emerging philanthropist. Register or sponsor through the Ideas@Work website pagehttps://theniic.org/ideasatwork/

Webinars kick off the New Year.

What better way to start the New Year than upskilling, learning and honing professional skills to succeed? The NIIC invites small business owners and the public to participate in the following webinars. Learn more and register for each here. https://theniic.org/our-events/

5G: What is it, and why does it matter?, January 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

The NIIC Connected Health Lab and Verizon host this webinar with Presenter Sanjay Udani, Technologist and Vice President for Public Policy at Verizon. “5G is being deployed globally and has created a lot of excitement across every industry, from self-driving cars to factories and healthcare. The possibilities of this advanced network are endless, and the challenges are also significant,” said Udani.

You to Full Potential—Mindset Reset, January 13, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

WEOC Women’s Business Center (WBC) and SCORE Northeast Indiana host this webinar with Trainer Lori Zacharias, Owner, You to Full Potential (U2FP). Zacharias will lead participants to discover how to better travel through their lives, get focused on the life they want to live, identify the route to take and keep motivated along the way.

Recognizing and Supporting Yourself and Employees Struggling with Substance Dependency, January 26, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

WEOC Women’s Business Center (WBC) and SCORE Northeast Indiana host this webinar with Trainer Mental Health America.

Since 2020, there has been an increase in alcohol and drug use among Americans. Those experiencing anxiety are 41% more likely to misuse and become dependent upon substances. Considering business owners experience a high level of anxiety and typically manage two or more psychological imbalances at a time, we are prone to substance use as a coping mechanism. Our employees are also stressed from life and work, which is why we see 68.9% of the estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users are employed full or part-time.

Webinar participants will learn how to recognize the signs of substance abuse, receive guidelines for supporting themselves and employees from recognition through sobriety, and discover resources for in-the-moment needs.

Succession Planning: Raw Stories of Business Inheritance and Sales, February 3, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

WEOC WBC and The NIIC host this webinar with Trainer SYM Financial Advising.

Many family-owned businesses are passed on to the next generation of family members. This used to be done with a signed, hand-written note or changing the owner’s name. We now know more is involved, like establishing a solid retirement for the original owner and setting the new owner up for success.

Webinar participants will learn from second-generation business owners’ real-life stories about navigating family dynamics during and after the sale, plus so much more.

About The NIIC

499 new products launched, 196 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,351 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 $100.4 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. Additionally, the International Business Innovation Association (inbia.org) recognized the NIIC as the 2020 Entrepreneur Center of the Year – Mixed-use and awarded it one of the two prestigious industry awards – the 2020 Dinah Adkins Award. TheNIIC.org.

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