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West Michigan Design is Steeped in Research and Strategy

Emily Carbonell-Ferguson describes her design career as a lily pad hop. From her home office in Cedar Springs, she works as an experience designer for BetterUp. She’s also served as a digital project manager in digital agencies and a studio manager at an ad...

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NIIC Catalyze Pilot Program Receives $90K Funding Round

Two supporters of entrepreneurial growth in Northeast Indiana are backing a Northeast Indiana Innovation Collective (NIIC) initiative with almost $90,000 in financial support. The Don Wood Foundation and Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED) are...

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What Problem Are You Solving?

What problem are you solving? It’s one of the first questions we ask aspiring entrepreneurs. People pay problem solvers. Consumers seek ways to overcome an obstacle, experience a better product or service, or simplify a process. Need support for your innovative, entrepreneurial journey? Contact us at NIIC. 

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Tech Startups — Winning in the Innovation Economy

Did you know Fort Wayne, Indiana, is home to an Indiana Certified Technology Park? It’s located at Northeast Indiana Innovation Collective (NIIC). You may recognize some of the companies that have launched here, including Allied Payment Network, Aptera Software,...

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NIIC Embraces More Collaborative Ethos

People who start and run businesses in northeast Indiana are having a hard time finding the right support services and programs to help them get started, grow, or even survive. In many cases, they don’t even know such services exist. It’s time we provide these...

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Rebranded, Refocused Mission for The NIIC

A business incubator serving northeast Indiana has rebranded and is refocusing its mission to help not only budding entrepreneurs, but all types of business ventures. Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, more commonly known as The NIIC, is now operating as Northeast...

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New Leadership, New Vision, Collaboration Drive Entrepreneurship for ALL in Northeast Indiana

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) is now Doing Business As (DBA) Northeast Indiana Innovation Collective to emphasize its commitment to a new collaborative plan for entrepreneurship support. “We believe all aspiring entrepreneurs deserve the chance to pursue economic prosperity through entrepreneurship. With a new attitude, vision, and brand, NIIC is activating Entrepreneurship for ALL,” said Mike Fritsch, President & CEO, of NIIC.

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BioPoly® Announces FDA Clearance of Its Lesser Toe Implant

FORT WAYNE, IN – BioPoly LLC has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted clearance for its BioPoly® Lesser Toe System, BioPoly’s second FDA-cleared product in the U.S. market. BioPoly’s Great Toe System was the first product to receive FDA...

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Why Innovators are Racing to Indiana to Build their Businesses

Excerpt from The state’s economic support, educational ecosystem, and a “culture of collaboration” are attracting entrepreneurs from near and far It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur. With a Global Entrepreneurship Index of 86.80—a figure that...

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Get Real Glass Floor Network Educates Women on Investing

WEOC Women’s Business Center’s Get Real Glass Floor Network eduates women on investing. Check out this video. Register to attend. The network meets quarterly, with the next meeting on December 1, 5:00 – 6:15 p.m....

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Digital Ready Making Big Impact for Small Businesses

Small businesses in Northeast Indiana are making a big impact on their businesses through a collaborative program through WEOC Women’s Buisness Center and Verizon. Online training is offered at no charge through the end of this year. Simply create an account...

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Business Leaders Explore and Reach Full Growth Potential through John Minnich, LLC

John Minnich, LLC, dba, Strategic Executive Advisory, serves as a business partner to CEOs, business owners, and executive teams. He focuses on the complete business model. His years of expertise in accounting, finance, technology, H.R. oversight as CFO, operations, and business administration uniquely qualify him to serve his clients with a broad view.

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