Collaborative Work Spaces

If you are an entrepreneur/start up/business consultant and are seeking work spaces outside of your home, our area has some new and creative places for you to discover.

Workspace Solutions

workspace solutions logoCelebrating their 40th anniversary, Workspace Solutions has opened up brand new “coworking” spaces at their headquarters located at 2208 Production Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808.  They offer a wide variety of spaces for your needs as well as a private phone room to keep calls confidential.  Click on this link to set up a personal tour:  http://www.workspacesolutions.com/coworking.html

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The NIIC

the NIICThe Northeast Indiana Innovation Center houses dreams and passions of entrepreneurs intent on bringing who they are and what they offer to reality.  With coaches on staff and a creative work environment, the NIIC offers coworking spaces serving startups and entrepreneurs from NE Indiana.  For more information and to set up a tour, please visit them at:  https://theniic.org/start/coworking/

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The Atrium

atrium.JPGThe Atrium is located in downtown at 111 W. Berry Street, Suite 211, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.  They have multiple options for work spaces from private meeting rooms to larger conference space.  For more information and to set up a tour, click on this link:    https://atriumfw.com/

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First Fridays is Expanding Again!

Do you know what excites us?  This!

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First Fridays started in Fort Wayne, Indiana in November, 2017.  We helped launch First Fridays Cincinnati in 2018.  And on June 7, 2019, First Friday Indianapolis North will launch!

We are excited about helping leaders grow and network in 3 major cities now!  We are grateful for Indiana Wesleyan University National Global for hosting these events.  We are grateful for the dynamic speakers we have introduced our communities to.  We love our leaders who are committed to becoming better in order to help their communities become better and stronger.

 

Chuck Surack – Super Achievers Interview

If you are from Fort Wayne, you know who Chuck Surack is.  Watch this excellent interview of Chuck to learn even more about his story and the story of Sweetwater’s success:

See more interviews of Super Achievers at:  http://genealogycenter.info/LifeStories/mylifeindiana/

Thank you, Bruce Buck, for giving us permission to share this with First Fridays Fort Wayne.

Lunch with a Leader – Justin Clupper

Justin ClupperA couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege to have lunch with Justin Clupper at one of my (and his) favorite places downtown.  I had reached out to Justin to meet for lunch so I could get to know him better.  What prompted this?  One of the leaders on my team, Amanda Muldoon, had just graduated from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.’s Leadership Fort Wayne.  At their spring event at Sweetwater, I heard Justin speak which led me to reach out to him.

Justin’s story can be summarized this way:  he seeks to improve whatever he is involved in.  From his early days at a high school student in Columbia City where he helped lead that effort to make their on-campus radio station one of the best in the nation to his work at Taylor University’s on-campus radio station.  There he helped lead the work to move from an over-the-air station to an online station.  Justin’s passion was to make things better.

After graduation, Justin worked in various fields before landing at Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.  Again, his “M.O.” was to step into a situation and create better processes which led to better results.  And he continues that today in his role as Director of Signature Programs.

If you want to know where leadership is heading in the Fort Wayne area, Justin Clupper is one of your go-to people.  Justin is more than just an insightful, intelligent man.  He is passionate about “building community leaders and attracting great talent” in NE Indiana.

Justin is a great family man.  It also turns out we attend the same church, Emmanuel Justin Clupper familyCommunity Church (hey, it’s a big church!).

You’ll see Justin from time to time at First Fridays.  You’ll find him on LinkedIn and on Twitter, too.  Make a connection with Justin.  You’ll quickly see how and why Justin adds value to NE Indiana.

 

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Lunch with a Leader: Marlin Stutzman

marlin stutzmanI (Jim) had the privilege of having lunch with Marlin Stutzman today.  Marlin, as you know, was the former Congressman from the 3rd District in NE Indiana.

This man is one busy person!  He manages to balance several businesses and ventures in Indiana and out of state.  He supports his wife as she runs for a State office and they both stay busy with their kids.  And then there’s a flooded basement (but that’s another story…)

Marlin served in Congress for 6 years.  Upon completing his service to our State, he began his work with WishBone Medical where he now serves as the Chief Development Officer.   What does WishBone do?

“WishBone Medical is a Warsaw, Indiana based pediatric orthopedic company dedicated to the unmet needs of children suffering from orthopedic challenges.            Our commitment is to provide global access to anatomically appropriate innovative implants and instruments in sterile packed, single use, disposable kits for children who are still growing, because kids are not just little adults.”

Beyond WishBone, Marlin is very involved in Stutzman Power Equipment, Ava Laurenne Bride, and the Principal Partner of The Stutzman Group, LLC.

We talked about balancing all of this.  Marlin said he is blessed to be in business and involved with mostly family members.  This can be challenging for some, but Marlin said the family works well together to make so much of this work.  His parents were great role models on how to serve and lead.

In my experience in watching and following Marlin in his time in Congress and now meeting with him, it is clear that he is a servant leader.  He is passionate about helping others and connecting them with others who can help them succeed.  He shared an incident just the other day where he was able to directly help a Goshen-based business owner trying to recover and reopen after northern Indiana’s recent floods.  Marlin’s efforts helped this business reopen quickly to avoid any more loss in revenues.

Innovation, servant-leadership, business growth – all this and more is Marlin’s heart.  And here’s the good news for us – Marlin will be a featured presenter at next year’s First Fridays!  We will be building out our 2018-2019 calendar soon, so be looking for Marlin’s month.

Leverage experiences.  Serve others.  Build businesses.  Marlin Stutzman is doing this here in NE Indiana.

Chicken & Web Development

What does chicken and web development have in common? Come to First Fridays tomorrow from 8-9 am to find out. We still have some seats available. RSVP here:

December 1 RSVP Ticket Reservation

 

The Catalyst Leadership Experience – a local resource

Here at First Fridays, we want to be able to share resources, events, and individuals that can help you grow in your leadership abilities and broaden your influence. Below is information for a brand new leadership conference coming to the Grand Wayne Center here in Fort Wayne Indiana on January 9, 2018.

It will be an exciting day filled with multiple sessions led by local leaders. Follow the link below to register today. It is worth the time and the investment! Be sure to share this post with others who would benefit from attending the Catalyst Leadership Experience.

Register for the Catalyst Leadership Experience

Some of the featured presenters:

  • Scott Druhot, CEO of Catalyst 1440
  • Mayor Tom Henry
  • Kate Virag, VP Marketing and First Fridays presenter
  • Dr. Mark O’Shaughnessy
  • Scott Lasater, the Lasater Institute
  • Many more!

I hope to see you there!