Celebrating Black Business Owners

In honor of Black History Month, we at the NIIC want to highlight and celebrate two women who are running their own businesses here in Fort Wayne. Thanks in part to business coaching they received at the NIIC, these women are realizing their dreams of become small business owners. We recently sat down with owners […]

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NIIC and Fort Wayne Urban League Propel Black Business Owners to Success

Relationships and resources are essential for budding entrepreneurs need as they build their businesses, and that’s just what a recent partnership between the NIIC and the Fort Wayne Urban League provided to underserved members of our community. Thanks to the Community Navigator Pilot Program, we were able to partner with the Fort Wayne Urban League […]

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Buy a Business, Save a Town

Over the next five years, the anticipated retirement of Boomer business owners will have significant impact on small-town economies in Northeast Indiana.  Many Boomer-owned businesses may close as owners retire, especially if there are no successors or buyers. This can lead to a loss of economic activity, jobs, and services within the community. Small businesses […]


The Art of Scaling Up

Here at the NIIC, we focus our business coaching on helping small businesses to scale. While we are well known for our work with start-ups, we also provide resources and support for businesses of 20-200 employees that are ready for breakthrough growth. One of the resources I recommend is Scaling Up, a book by Verne Harnish that […]

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A New Perspective On Childcare

This article first appeared in the Journal-Gazette on December 16, 2023 In the heart of Indiana, the often-overlooked heroes of childcare are grappling with challenges that hinder their ability to thrive as business owners. In-home childcare providers, a crucial but undervalued sector of the childcare landscape, face a myriad of obstacles that not only affect […]

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