Business Spotlight: Tori Leigh Fitness

Victoria Soto operates a unique business— keeping prenatal and postnatal moms physically fit.  And the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center’s Kiva loan program has been instrumental in keeping her business financially fit. Victoria has operated Tori Leigh Fitness since 2017 — initially from a far north side Fort Wayne studio and now from her home. Having […]

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Client Spotlight: Gwendolyn Walker

Gwendolyn Walker’s innovative techniques and dedication to healthy, natural locks are making waves in the hair care world. The Fort Wayne-based hair-care entrepreneur styles hair for a nationwide clientele, and also nurtures hair, through special procedures and products she has developed and marketed with assistance from friends at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC). Gwendolyn […]

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NIIC Coach Rosalina Perez and team win “Entrepreneurship and Innovative Design Pi...

For two years, Rosalina Perez has been telling women how to succeed in starting and building their own businesses. And she’s setting an example for them as well. Rosalina, an entrepreneurship coach at the WEOC Women’s Business Center (WBC) located at the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC), was part of the three-person team that took […]


Does Your Business Card Work?

Recently I decided to create a spreadsheet that would hold the relevant business card info I had gathered over the last several months from the people I had met. I know, there is likely a better way to manage this type of information, but this seemed like the best solution for me. Sorting through actual […]

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Fourth generation business owner now advises other entrepreneurs

Family businesses come in all shapes and various sizes but, by definition, but have one thing in common — tradition. Carey Schmucker, as sole owner and principal of Aegis Sales & Engineering, Inc., carries the banner for her family business into a fourth generation. As part of a new wave of local business leadership, she […]

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