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Seven Ways Entrepreneurs Find Inspiration

Entrepreneurship starts with an idea. One of the challenges once the business gets off the ground, though, is coming up with more ideas that push the company forward. An idea often stems from inspiration and lacking that, some business owners say, can result in stagnation or a failed enterprise. “Without innovation and forward thinking, no business can succeed,” says [...]

2019-03-19T10:59:55-04:00March 21st, 2019|

Tech Talk: Making Progress at the Statehouse

The end of the first half of the legislative session comes early next week. Your Indiana Chamber advocacy team is once again leading the way on several key technology and entrepreneurship measures. Here is a brief rundown: Senate Bill 563, also known as Gov. Holcomb's economic development bill, has many important provisions to help attract talent, businesses and capital. The [...]

2019-02-20T13:17:20-04:00February 20th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Welcomes Adam Berry as New VP of Economic Development and Technology

New Indiana Chamber VP Adam H. Berry (INDIANAPOLIS) — Adam H. Berry is the new vice president of economic development and technology for the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Berry is a former policy director and attorney for Governor Mike Pence’s administration where he focused on small business economic development and entrepreneurship policies. Berry is also the co-founder of [...]

2019-01-30T09:25:40-04:00January 30th, 2019|

Tech Talk: Health IoT Coming to The NIIC

While many facilities focused on entrepreneurship and innovation are relative newcomers, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC) has been leading in this space since 2000. We've profiled the organization and companies/ideas emerging from within its walls at various times over the years. Big news came in late December with the announcement of federal Economic Development Administration funding to [...]

2019-01-17T10:32:24-04:00January 17th, 2019|

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center: Registration Open for Women Tech Business Builders Program (Fort Wayne)

Women tech business builders are experiencing greater success in launching and growing their businesses through the Launch Women Business Builder Program in Northeast Indiana. Simply ask Melissa Hall, Sample Snap Founder. When the first cohort of the program completed phase one earlier this year, the milestone was marked with a pitch competition. Sample Snap was named Launch Women Business [...]

2018-12-05T10:54:19-04:00December 3rd, 2018|

Tech Talk: Crafting New Homes for Creativity

There is no shortage of news about Indiana places and spaces to boost creativity and innovation. A few of the recent highlights: The Mill, part of the downtown Trades District, is billed as Bloomington’s center of gravity for innovators, remote workers, entrepreneurs and innovators. The 19,000 square feet was part of the Showers Brothers Furniture Factory built in 1915. [...]

2018-11-28T10:25:30-04:00November 28th, 2018|

Research: Franchises vs. Independent Businesses

One of the key selling points of a franchise business – that it mitigates some of the risk of starting a business – can give franchisees a false sense of security, says a University of Michigan researcher. Economist Francine Lafontaine analyzed U.S. Census data for industries where franchising activity is strongest, such as restaurants and traveler accommodations, and found [...]

2018-11-16T12:26:18-04:00November 19th, 2018|

Scott Jones on Doing Business in the ‘Fast Lane’

Everyone is looking for a value. How about this one? A 30-minute (plus a few more) conversation with Scott Jones yields far more in innovation insights and entrepreneurial observations. Jones' geographic path went from computer science at Indiana University to Boston (including MIT and the invention of voicemail) and back to Indiana to be an early leader of developing the [...]

2018-10-24T14:49:40-04:00October 24th, 2018|

Tech Talk: Adding Up the Angel Numbers

Quarterly venture capital reports have become a popular barometer of financial activity in the entrepreneurial world. They provide a helpful snapshot, but also have their shortcomings – including a lack of complete data. Angel capital numbers have been far less organized, in part due to the nature of the investments. But the Angel Capital Association (ACA) is seeking to [...]

2018-10-11T09:38:45-04:00October 11th, 2018|

BizVoiceExtra: Start-Ups Take Seven-Week Journey

The entrepreneurial bug is busy in Indy. It almost sank its teeth into me this summer (and I don’t have any entrepreneurial bones in my body!) as I chatted with folks at several start-ups. All were graduates of gBETA Indy – a free, seven-week program for early-stage companies. gBETA Indy, Indiana’s first public accelerator, is a program of nationally-ranked [...]

2018-08-30T10:00:52-04:00August 30th, 2018|