Message from Mark Roger, Director SOURCE RW

From Mark Roger:

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Mark Roger

I recently announced my resignation as Executive Director of SOURCE RW with my final day being October 5th. The decision to leave has been one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make both personally and professionally. My work at SOURCE RW has been incredibly rewarding and the success that we have shared here at SOURCE RW goes well beyond my expectations. The residents of Indianapolis’ Near West are fine people and welcomed my efforts and our Center with open arms. From providing an initial business ownership series to our fully-operational service and training destination, we now annually meet the interests of hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners. The icing on the cake for me was the winning of LISC’s Opportunity Award as part of the Love Thy Neighborhood Awards for 2018.  

While my leaving is bitter sweet, I do want to take this opportunity to thank those who have contributed in making SOURCE RW’s first two years a success. First, a round of applause to Denise Praul of Business Networking International, Ruth Morales of the Indpls Mayor’s Office, Mel McMahon Stone of Indiana Originals, and Ronda Crouch and Sharon Harvey of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) who seldom told me “no.” It’s rare to find a group of professionals who are so committed to volunteering whenever called upon. Second, thank you to the SOURCE RW Board and specifically Tom O’Neil, the SOURCE RW Board Chair, and Dr. Toya Crain, board member and Haughville STRONG convenor.  

My thank you list would not be complete without a special thank you to Sarah McInnis of Indy Chamber Business Ownership Inititiative (BOI), Teresa Francis of IUPUI Office of Community Engagement (OCE), and especially to Elizabeth Davis who is SOURCE RW’s current Operations Manager and one of the best “go to” people I have ever had the good fortune to work with. All three of these professionals have treated their roles and the Center with the utmost professionalism and more often than not going above and beyond without ever being asked. Finally, I also sincerely would like to thank the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement for taking a chance on me and the handful of business education ideas I arrived with.

I wish I could thank everyone but there are so many who have demonstrated their commitment to making the Near West and SOURCE RW thrive. While leaving is a difficult decision, having had the experience of working with such quality people on such a worthwhile endeavor has made coming to SOURCE RW one of my very best decisions.   


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Fall hours for SOURCE RW!

As the weather cools down and the holidays approach, SOURCE RW’s hours of operation are changing. Beginning October 1st, 2018, the SOURCE RW office hours of operation will be: 

Monday through Thursday – 9am-5pm

Friday – By appointment only

Saturday through Sunday - Closed 

Feel free to stop in and see us anytime for information on how you can get involved in the workshops, education, and programs offered by SOURCE RW! We are available by phone at (317) 737-2155 and email at info@sourcerw.org.

Entrepreneurship Indianapolis – Selecting the Right Encore Career For You

Local franchise owner, Bill Higgins, discusses leaving corporate America to become a franchise owner

Entrepreneurship Indianapolis is a monthly series designed for people who wish to explore entrepreneurship and for those who have already taken the leap into business ownership. Attendees have already learned about Opportunity Zones and marketing/branding of products.

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Bill Higgins

Next up – Franchises! 

If you have ever considered purchasing a franchise, it is important to know that it isn’t all burgers and fries! Bill Higgins, owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning, will be presenting “Selecting the right encore career for you” at Entrepreneurship Indianapolis on October 9, 2018, about his start-up journey, what “success” means to him, and general franchise ownership information.

Bill will share his experience of leaving his corporate job to become a business owner, complete with tips and tricks of the franchise trade. This is your chance to find out from a franchise owner exactly what it is like to take a leap into business ownership by way of a franchise!  

Since Entrepreneurship Indianapolis is designed to be discussion-driven, questions are always welcome. Ideas and experiences of the audience also become valuable content in this unique monthly series.  

We hope you can join us on October 9th. Register today! 

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Other upcoming Entrepreneurship Indianapolis workshops:

Going to Market and Promoting Your Business
November 13, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Mel McMahon Stone, Indiana Originals

Identifying a “Best Fit” Business Mentor
December 11, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Frank Davis, Circle City Rebar

A Look Behind the Mentor Connect Program

SOURCE RW’s Mentor Connect program is a free mentor program that matches clients to qualified, vetted, seasoned professionals. Mentors and mentees work together to solve specific problems and to generate ideas to grow and expand the mentees’ businesses.

Have you ever thought about what qualities make for a stellar mentor? A great mentor is someone who will:

1)    Care about and invest in your professional growth

2)    Share a similar value system in leadership and management

3)    Speak the truth

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Leanne Emery

Meet mentor professional, Leanne Emery

We couldn’t be happier to have an experienced mentor professional, Leanne Emery, involved with Mentor Connect. Leanne is a Certified Mentor from SCORE Association, a nonprofit association supported by SBA, of thousands of volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. Leanne sits on the Mentor Connect committee and is helping to guide and shape the SOURCE RW Mentoring program.

Leanne Emery came to SOURCE RW after recently retiring from SCORE Indianapolis Chapter 6. While with SCORE, she worked as a Certified Mentor Trainer and trained SCORE’s volunteer mentors. In addition to training SCORE mentors in best practices, Leanne also served as the Membership Chair and actively recruited other individuals wishing to volunteer. Leanne’s mentoring experience is mainly in working with individuals wishing to start their own businesses and her specialty is non-profits. With a passion for entrepreneurship and personal ties to the Near West neighborhoods, SOURCE RW is a natural fit for Leanne’s experience, talents, and skills.  

Leanne was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her involvement with SOURCE RW Mentor Connect, as well as her background as an entrepreneur.

What do you hope clients get out of a mentoring session?

A sense of connectedness to me as a mentor who is interested in their success and willing to support, as well as suggestions on moving forward. 

What made you interested in business ownership?

I was most interested in providing a quality service to my clients and a healthy environment for staff to grow. I also focused on a specific vision with direction that fostered growth, nurturing, and empowerment to clients and staff as they worked together. 

What have you enjoyed most about being a business owner?

Watching our clients reach a 96% success rate when the expected success rate was 90%. The enthusiasm of staff as they worked with the clients and as they grew together as a staff. 

What have you enjoyed least about owning my own business?

My biggest was the annual grant writing process because it was time consuming and I did it myself. The second was having to confront and discharge two employees who hindered our business.  

Was there a point when you wanted to quit?

There were times my husband and I were stressed due to cash flow, but we never thought of quitting, because of our commitment. The only reason we closed the business was because our contract was cut to the extent that we would have had to make major changes in our program which meant a poorer quality and we were not willing to do that.

Was there ever a point when you realized you had “made it”?

We had points when we knew things were going well, however since most of our work came from grants we were very aware of the volatility of those. We were a small business and really had no desire to become a huge organization which may have been our downfall, but it was our choice and we are extremely pleased with the one of a kind services we provided.  

If you could tell aspiring business owners just one thing before their journey – that you had wished you had known prior to starting your journey – what would that be?

First and foremost, have a mentor.  I was fortunate, however, what I wish I had known was that it is a slow process to build a business into one that pays your bills in full and sustains itself so be financially savvy always.

Learn more about the Mentor Connect program.

One of the Newest River West Small Businesses!

River West Coffee & Tea

 River West Coffee & Tea Owner, Bogdan Zgirta, talks with Near West customers.

River West Coffee & Tea Owner, Bogdan Zgirta, talks with Near West customers.

One morning, a surprise visitor walked through the door of SOURCE RW. Before us stood one of our One-on-One Business Coaching clients, Co-owners Bogdan and Marcia Zgirta, beckoning us outside. We followed and were greeted by such a lovely site – their new mobile coffee and tea truck! Very needed on that morning.  

River West Coffee & Tea has only been in operation for about a month, but judging by their quality of product and customer service, they will be giving more established businesses a run for their money! It just goes to show the difference that preparation and attention to detail can make for small businesses. 

It is always wonderful to have former and current clients stop by to share with us how their entrepreneurship journey is progressing. SOURCE RW is here to turn your business ideas into a reality!

So how are things going with your business? Stop by and tell us all about it! You are also welcome to call at (317) 737-2155 or send an email to info@sourcerw.org

Hope to hear from you soon!

Meeting Space For Rent – Near Downtown and Free Parking

Rent SOURCE RW’s Space

SOURCE RW is available to rent for meetings and events! A short drive from downtown, SOURCE RW boasts a convenient location, free street parking, tables, chairs, and a kitchenette with coffee service available. 

If you would like more information, or to schedule a time to see the space, please call (317) 737-2155 or email info@sourcerw.org.

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Business Ownership Series Starts 4th Class!

Business Ownership Series Starts 4th Class!

October 4 – December 13, Thursdays 6pm-9pm

Trying to decide when to jump “full-time” into your business start-up, ready to ramp up your existing business, or thinking about selling? It all starts with a strong business foundation. 

Let us help you build your foundation through our Business Owners Series-Kauffman FastTrac®. On Thursday evenings, October 4th – December 13th, SOURCE RW is once again hosting our Kauffman Business Owners Series in partnership with Business Ownership Initiative. Spend 10 weeks diving into your business and rethinking everything you thought you knew about how it works. This is your chance to take your business to the next level. 

Past participants will confirm it was time well spent.  Participants actively learn about:

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  • Identifying market niches;
  • Collecting, researching, and analyzing pertinent market research;
  • Communicating brand and marketing strategies;
  • Developing sales methods;
  • Building an organization and team;
  • Charting profitability;
  • Measuring cash flow and ongoing cash needs;
  • Seeking funding sources; and MORE!

Participation in the Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures Series is partially underwritten by a grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, bringing the total cost for the series down from $500 to only $149! 

This course is facilitated in a supportive environment where participants are able to learn and share with other entrepreneurs walking the same path. Previous participants stay in touch with their peers, and continue to support one another in entrepreneurship. Having a close group of business owner allies can be invaluable in staying on-track. 

To learn more, please click here. We hope to see you in October!

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SOURCE RW is now officially a 501c3

Moved to a full governance board

Effective this summer, SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center has officially been issued nonprofit status by the Indiana Secretary of State. This means that SOURCE RW is incorporated and recognized in the state of Indiana as an organization with legal status. With this change in status also comes a shift in SOURCE RW governance. IUPUI will continue to support SOURCE RW as its fiscal agent and the board of directors, previously acting as an advisory board, has now moved to a full governance board. In the near future, SOURCE RW will be filing the paperwork to receive federal tax exempt status as well. Watch for future articles and profiles of the board members. Big things are happening!
 

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IUPUI Students Study Near West Merchants and Residents

IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Capstone Program

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SOURCE RW takes an active role in the economic development of the Near West (NW) through its involvement on the NW’s Opportunity Task Force. The Task Force is comprised of NW residents and volunteers seeking to strengthen the viability of the Near West business community and connect merchants with business education and services provided by SOURCE RW.

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SOURCE RW is excited to announce that our NW Opportunity Project proposal was accepted by the students in the Fall 2018 SPEA Graduate Capstone Class. IUPUI’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Capstone Program provides Graduate students in their last year with the opportunity to share their expertise with the community by tackling real-world challenges. These students are learning how to work in government, nonprofit, and business roles to make positive changes in their communities.

Formally titled Development of Near West Merchant Alliance and Enhancement of Resident Patronage, our Project will focus on enhancing the shopping/purchasing relationship with and between Near West merchants and residents. The Project encompasses identifying and engaging merchants within the Near West to work with one another and increasing resident patronage. While an out-of-date NW merchant database exists, there is limited cooperation with and between merchants, and a perception that NW residents do not frequent NW merchants on a regular basis. Students’ efforts will include interviewing key merchants from each of the three corridors (Michigan, Washington and 16th Streets) to determine viability, interest, and input.

At the end of the Project, the Capstone students should provide the NW Opportunity Task Force with:   

1) a comprehensive list of Near West businesses encompassing the three major commercial corridors (Michigan, Washington and 16th Street), 

2) a list of identifiable models of and recommendations for a merchant’s association and/or programming to build merchant/resident relations and increase patronage, and

3) a roll-out strategy that includes connecting merchants to Near West residents.

SPEA students “win” too by developing the practical skills that prepare them for careers and to enhance their ability to craft solutions to society's problems. Student projects not only will produce useful knowledge but provide students with meaningful learning experiences and the opportunity to apply their education directly to community issues. We look forward to the Capstone results as we conclude the semester.   

 

SOURCE RW Entrepreneur Spotlight

Chaunda Fabio, Founder of Creative Custom Crafts

                          Chaunda Fabio

                         Chaunda Fabio

Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Chaunda Fabio, Founder of Creative Custom Crafts.

What services have you utilized at SOURCE RW and how have you benefited?

Actually, I utilized them all. I love the Kauffman and Business Track. Both are amazing because when a lot of people go into business, they start off in the dark. It was really great to have the option to sit down and go through each detail from everything like trade, marketing and supplying, to knowing how to research your competition. It really helps to give you a clearer path on not only how your business needs to be structured, but how you can actually increase your chances of having a successful business.

What made you interested in being a business owner?

To be completely honest I got into business by accident. Literally, I am a Minister and I had a very dark time in my life. I was coming out of a horrible divorce and I remember asking God to make me whole. With that being said, I had a ministry conference called “Be Made Whole” and I am a crafter, so for fun I just made T-shirts for my volunteers. The t-shirts didn’t really sell, volunteers didn’t show, and the meeting didn’t go as well as I planned. However, the next week I was attending an event and I was supposed to help someone with their vending table but at the last minute they couldn’t get their product. They suggested that I sell my shirts at their vending table. At that event I actually sold out, so I had to make more and that’s how I ended up in business.

What have you enjoyed most about being a business owner?

What I enjoy most is when I am in situations and I provide a service without being the person they were shopping for. Here is an example. I was at a wedding this last weekend, no plus one, and I was talking to a lady at the table and she was talking about her women’s conference. While she was talking I just got on my iPad and brought up some things for her. She said, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!” Then I told her that I have a shirt business and can do the T-shirts, make canvases, and coasters. She said, “Are you serious?” I love not necessarily needing to sell myself, but just having a product and a service that people need and being able to offer it.

What have you enjoyed least about being a business owner?

Being in business while I am still working a 9-to-5 job. My 9-to-5 I actually love. Most people hate their job, but I love what I do. I am an educator by profession, but I am an entrepreneur by passion. Sometimes it is just hard balancing both. I work with children with exceptionalities, and I always say I’m going to leave, but I love it so I won’t. But yet I have to find time to balance the business. What I have learned is that it is amazing for kids to do a canvas art project. So I have actually been able to incorporate my passion into my 9-to-5 but marketing my business separately has been hard.

Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?

Nope, I’m not there yet. I’m still trying to get started.

Was there ever a point where you realized you had “made it”?

Yeah, at my first actual business event - that I wasn’t even supposed to be at - I sold out. I think that’s making it. That’s success.

If you could tell aspiring business owners just one thing before their journey – that you wish you had known prior to starting your journey – what would that be?

The one thing I tell everybody is to use the resources at SOURCE River West. All of the time, people will tell them “don’t quit” or “you’ll have bad days,” but the real reason people feel like quitting and giving up is they don’t have the knowledge or support they need. If you are someone starting out right now, there is a wonderful organization who will give you training and the tools necessary for your business to succeed and thrive. SOURCE River West!

Entrepreneurship Indianapolis – Starting at the Kitchen Table

Local Entrepreneur, Saidah Pearsall, shares journey from concept to market

                           Saidah Pearsall

                          Saidah Pearsall

Entrepreneurship Indianapolis kicked off in August with a bang! Attendees learned more about what it means for businesses to exist inside an Opportunity Zone with Tedd Grain from Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC). As is the format of this series, Tedd spent a lot of time answering questions from the audience – some targeted to specific situations and others covering more general overviews of all things small business.

Tuesday, September 11th marks the second workshop in this series. Local entrepreneur, Saidah Pearsall, Owner of Shea BODYWORKS will be sharing her personal story of taking her idea from the kitchen table, to special events, to retail stores, and eventually to online sales!

Saidah will discuss all that she has learned as she went through rebranding of her business, repackaging her products, and all of the trial and error associated with being a start-up business. After sharing her story, Saidah will take questions from the audience and begin a group conversation chalk full of marketing tips and suggestions not only from her, but also from other attendees.

If you have ever wondered how a small business is created from idea to market, this is the session for you! Saidah is a wonderful example of perseverance and the crucial ability to pivot as the market, your customers, and your business change over time.

To learn more and register for this session, please click here!

Other upcoming Entrepreneurship Indianapolis sessions are:

Selecting the Right Encore Career for You
October 9, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Bill Higgins, Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning

Going to Market and Promoting Your Business
November 13, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Mel McMahon Stone, Indiana Originals

Identifying a “Best Fit” Business Mentor
December 11, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Frank Davis, Circle City Rebar

 

Ronalda Minnis and Shanel Poole win Pitch Fest

Summer Pitch Fest a big success

 (From left to right) Ronalda Minnis and Shanel Poole with Mark Roger, Center Director at SOURCE RW

(From left to right) Ronalda Minnis and Shanel Poole with Mark Roger, Center Director at SOURCE RW

On June 28th, SOURCE RW hosted the third Pitch Fest with participants competing for a $2000 cash business assistance prize. 

Six entrepreneurs successfully competed the 10-week Business Owners Education Series- Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures making them eligible to pitch their ideas to local judges. Participants bravely and boldly told the stories of how their businesses came to be, services/products offered, who their target market is, and what sets them apart – all to a packed house!

Participation in the Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures Series is underwritten by a grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation and Pitch Fest prize money is provided through the generosity of the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI! With businesses as diverse as window cleaning, business consulting, property management, and more, and with participants truly putting their best foot forward, the judges had a tough job ahead of them. After deliberating, the judges determined that the decision couldn’t be narrowed down to just one and ended up naming two winners. Both winners were also presented with one-year memberships to Indiana Originals.  Indiana Originals is a statewide directory of products, services, artisans, and businesses established and operating in Indiana with a mission to encourage a local preference and facilitate a greater use of local businesses, services, art, food and more.

The winners were Ronalda Minnis who presented her business: Minnis Consulting (specializing in supplier diversity and inclusion solutions) and Shanel Poole who presented her business: Finesse by Shanel (specializing in life skills and self-sufficiency curriculum for girls ages 9-18).

Honorable mentions include:

Chaunda Fabio – Creative Custom Crafts

Eric Hetland – Hetland Property Management

Al Talison – Benchmark Window and Specialty Cleaning, Inc.

Tia Williams – LifeSavers Plus, LLC.

 

A special thank you to our Pitch Fest judges:

Mel McMahon Stone, Co-founder of Indiana Originals

Leanne Emery, Certified Mentor with SCORE Chapter 6

Hannah Northup, Owner of NorthupHR

Todd Saxton, Associate Professor, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI

And, of course, thank you to all who came to support our participants! As any business owner can tell you, having the help and support from friends and family can make all the difference in the world to an entrepreneur.

Join us for the next Business Owners Education Series- Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures held October 4 - December 13, 2018. For more info and to confirm that the series is a good fit, contact Executive Director, Mark Roger, at info@sourcerw.org or by calling 317-737-2155.

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Business Ownership Series to begin October 4th

Taking your business idea to the next step

 2018 Summer Business Owner Series participants (from left to right). Chaunda Fabio, Eric Hetland, Shanel Poole, Tia Williams, Al Talison, and Ronalda Minnis  
  
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2018 Summer Business Owner Series participants (from left to right). Chaunda Fabio, Eric Hetland, Shanel Poole, Tia Williams, Al Talison, and Ronalda Minnis

If you read the 2018 Pitch Fest Winners article and wondered how you could get involved – you’re in luck! The fourth SOURCE River West Business Owner Series – Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures is beginning soon!

With the support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, SOURCE RW is able to offer the Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures complete course at a steeply discounted rate of $149. This 10-week course, facilitated by the Indy Chamber Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) guides new and established business owners through topics including business planning, market opportunities, target markets and competitive advantages, next steps to profitability, and so much more. Both new and established business owners will benefit from this series.

Participants from previous sessions have said:

“This was an experience that was better than my college classes.”

 “The class was above and beyond my expectations. The class materials and assignments were helpful, but there were so many additional resources and ideas provided during the class session.”

 “I feel much more prepared and ready to start.”

Join us for the next Business Owners Education Series- Kauffman FastTrac® New Ventures held October 4 - December 13, 2018. There's still time to take advantage of the payment plan. For more info and to confirm that the series is a good fit, contact Executive Director, Mark Roger, at info@sourcerw.org or by calling 317-737-2155.

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SOURCE RW Entrepreneur Spotlight

Ronalda R. Minnis – CEO and Owner of Minnis Consulting

Regularly we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Ronalda Minnis, owner of Minnis Consulting, which she started earlier in 2018.

What services have you utilized at SOURCE RW and how have you benefited? 

               Ronalda Minnis

              Ronalda Minnis

At SOURCE RW, I participated in the Kauffman FastTrac® New Venture Series. It was very insightful and informative on starting a business. I have also attended several workshops and seminars. Both offered great information and takeaways that I am utilizing in my journey in building my business. I have signed up for the Mentor Connect program and am looking forward to the assistance.

What made you interested in being a business owner?

My position was recently eliminated. After thinking about what was next on the horizon for me, I decided I wanted to go down the path of owning my own business.

What have you enjoyed most about being a business owner?

Developing an understanding of what it takes to own and operate a successful businesses; and identifying new potential business relationships while exploring opportunities with both potential clients and diverse suppliers. 

What have you enjoyed least about being a business owner?

The least liked has been self-doubt from time to time. So glad I have friends who encourage me that “I can do this.”

Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?

I wouldn’t say I wanted to quit, however, I did have some doubts regarding starting my own business.

Was there ever a point where you realized you had “made it.”

I am not there yet, but my vision to succeed is developing and on the horizon.

If you could tell aspiring business owners just one thing before their journey – that you had wished you had known prior to starting your journey – what would that be?

Be fully committed, have perseverance and enjoy your new venture!

Networking as an Entrepreneur

Networking as an Entrepreneur

Perfect your pitch and business presentations

Business ownership often involves developing a wide variety of skillsets. Of those, one of the most essential skills for any entrepreneur is that of networking. Just the very thought can have many entrepreneurs on edge – What to say? What not to say? How to pitch products and services without coming across as “salesy”? How to impress potential investors or business partners?

Business networking is extremely important for entrepreneurs. Networking allows professionals to share knowledge, learn about opportunities, make important connections, and leads to increased confidence. After all, the only way to improve a skill is to practice it!  Not to mention the increased level of connectedness, inspiration, and motivation that happens after quality interactions and networking events.

If you have ever wondered if you could be introducing yourself and your business, product, or service a bit better or more clearly, or if you’ve listened to others talk about their services and products and thought, “How do they do that so well?” Now is your chance to come and find out!

 

Perfecting Your Presentation | Thursday, August 16 | 8:30am-9:30am | $15

           Mel McMahon Stone

         Mel McMahon Stone

On Thursday, August 16th, Mel McMahon Stone will be leading the workshop, “Perfecting Your Presentation” from 8:30am-9:30am at SOURCE RW.

"Perfecting Your Presentation” will dive into the elements of an “elevator” speech, dissect the elevator speech you are using now, and perfect a pitch you can start using immediately to up your networking game. Participants will walk away with the ability to more clearly articulate what they, and their businesses, are all about!

Mel is known for her ability to articulate ideas and speak clearly and professionally about, well, almost anything! From radio and TV host, to business and nonprofit consultant, to co-founder of Indiana Originals, Mel is no stranger to the nuances of networking.

Register now to learn how to perfect YOUR presentation and up your networking skills! To register, click here.

 

"Perfect Your Presentation is the third session in the 3-Part SOURCE RW scale-up entrepreneurship Summer Business Series in partnership with Indiana Originals.

Partnering with Immigrant Welcome Center

July 12th 2018 | 6-7:30pm | FREE

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SOURCE River West and the Immigrant Welcome Center are working together to provide entrepreneurship education to immigrants who now call Indianapolis their home.

Here in the Near West, an estimated 12% of the population was born somewhere other than the United States. While their reasons for coming here are diverse, one desire unites all of us: To live a good life full of opportunity. Together, SOURCE RW and the Immigrant Welcome Center will provide education for Indy’s immigrants about the potential and opportunity of business ownership.

On Tuesday, July 12th from 6-7:30pm, SOURCE RW will be presenting our Business Trends workshop at the Hawthorne Community Center, complete with a Spanish language interpreter onsite. This workshop is free and open to the public so please plan to join us!

This workshop will be part of the Immigrant Welcome Center’s Reuben Education Series, which offers free monthly programs covering helpful topics for immigrants. This presentation of Business Trends is geared towards exploring the idea of starting a business, looking at potential profit models, business structures, and more. We are very excited to be able to offer this workshop to our city’s immigrant population alongside native English speakers, and with a Spanish translator present. The Immigrant Welcome Center is always happy to see immigrants, those who work with immigrant populations, and those who have an interest in immigrant-related topics and we are happy to see all aspiring entrepreneurs!

If you have ever thought you might be interested in starting your own business, come over to the Hawthorne Community Center for this unique presentation and learn alongside other aspiring entrepreneurs in your own community.

We hope to see you at Hawthorne Community Center, 2440 W. Ohio St., 46222. For more information about the Business Trends workshop with Spanish Translator available click here.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP INDIANAPOLIS is back!

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Monthly series starting in August | 6:30-8pm | FREE

 

Entrepreneurship Indianapolis (E Indy) is a monthly, free series of standalone discussions addressing business ownership from concept, to start-up, to scaling a business.

The Entrepreneurship Indianapolis Discussion Series (E Indy) begins its second season in August. Our popular series combines the stories of local entrepreneurs’ journeys into business ownership with basic business education. Each session, we identify the trending businesses ideas, new business fundamentals and pertinent business struggles the entrepreneur addressed.
 
Workshops are scheduled 6:30pm - 8pm on the second Tuesday of the month at SOURCE River West.  Featured guest speakers join the discussion to share their first-hand perspectives. 

 

Register for the following sessions:

           Tedd Grain

          Tedd Grain

Benefiting from Indianapolis’ Opportunity Zone Strategy
August 14, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Tedd Grain, LISC

Looking for an opportune location for your start-up? Trying to determine what local programs might help fund the scale-up of your business?

Join us as we discuss the exciting programs and public/private partnerships starting locally to foster entrepreneurship and employment. Tedd Grain, Deputy Director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Indianapolis (LISC), discusses how local businesses can benefit through the mobilizing of corporate, government and philanthropic support. With a passion for revitalizing communities and bringing greater economic opportunity to Hoosiers, Tedd will identify LISC’s focus on Opportunity Zones and innovative private market funding options.

                              Saidah Pearsall

                             Saidah Pearsall

Starting at the Kitchen Table
September 11, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Saidah Pearsall, Shea BODYWORKS

Wondering if your business idea is viable? Scrambling to figure out whom to ask to help you scale your business?  

Join us as we follow a local business owner from concept to market. Saidah Pearsall launched her Shea BODYWORKS skin care line in 2014. She has learned everything from rebranding her business to repackaging her products the hard way – through trial and error. With a passion for “telling it like it is” and paying it forward, join us as Saidah shares her inspiring entrepreneurship journey from kitchen table, to special events, to retail stores, and eventually to online sales. This session will be full of great marketing tips and suggestions to make your business successful. 

More upcoming dates:

Selecting the Right Encore Career for You
October 9, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Bill Higgins, Hoodz

Going to Market and Promoting Your Business
November 13, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Presenter: Mel McMahon Stone, Indiana Originals

Identifying a “Best Fit” Business Mentor
December 11, 2018 | 6:30-8pm | FREE
Frank Davis, Circle City Rebar

Introducing SOURCE River West’s Multimedia Intern

Josiah McMiller

                       Josiah McMiller

                      Josiah McMiller

We are pleased to introduce Josiah McMiller, the newest member of our SOURCE RW team! Josiah is our Multimedia Intern and will be helping to build up our social media presence as well as designing marketing material (brochures, banners, pamphlets, fliers etc.).

Josiah obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Ball State University in Telecommunications with a concentration in video production and media. He is continuing his education and will complete his master’s degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, fairly soon. During that time, he has earned a position at IUPUI working as a Research Assistant; which he feels very privileged to have obtained. His job involves conducting research on new emerging forms of media as well as assisting in the Professor’s lesson plan.

Josiah also worked as a graphic designer for the Indianapolis Recorder and he even had one of his comic strips picked up for syndication in the local newspaper. Last year, he released a new film, “Seeking Counsel”, that premiered at the Indianapolis Black Expo.

Josiah enjoys spending his time going to the movies and hanging out with his friends. He is currently in the process of developing his own movie for an upcoming film festival. We tried to pry some more details out of him, but he is keeping it top secret. We can’t wait to watch it. Josiah has proven to have an amazing eye, so we have high expectations. “Film is a passion of mine,” Josiah told us. “I guess that’s why I got involved with multimedia and graphic design. They go hand-in-hand.”

“I was contacted by my advisor that there was a potential opening at SOURCE River West that she thought I would be perfect for. I was excited for the opportunity, because I knew the job would allow me to utilize my skills to their full extent,” said Josiah. “SOURCE River West provides an excellent service. They help communities in need of economic empowerment. I think that’s great. I actually have family who lives in this area. If any of the work I do here pays off, then I will feel like I am truly contributed to my community.”

Josiah believes this job will allow him to connect with his community and truly make a difference in Indianapolis, and is truly happy to be a part of the SOURCE RW team.  

SOURCE RW Entrepreneur Spotlight

Al Talison, Owner, Benchmark Window & Specialty Cleaning, Inc.

                                         Al Talison

                                        Al Talison

Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Al Talison, owner of Benchmark Window & Specialty Cleaning, Inc.  which has been in operation since 1982.

What services have you utilized at SOURCE RW and how have you benefited?

At SOURCE RW I'm presently working with a Business Coach and have met with the Executive Director to discuss business development.  It’s been working well.  We have been spending time with my business finances which has always been a weakness for me. I’m also participating in SOURCE RW's business ownership series which I have found very beneficial.  

What made you interested in business ownership?

I had never given thought to owning a business.  But a friend--a mentor--told me that if I spent as much time in developing my own business as I spent in sales (in the late 70's-in Chicago) that I would probably be successful.  I immediately started considering what type of business to open. 

What have you enjoyed most about business ownership?

The joy of servicing a customer's needs, in the area of our expertise, and having them elated at the results. I have always appreciated the joy and freedom of determining my own destiny as a business owner.

What have you enjoyed least about business ownership?

I can't think of any negatives to owning my own business – at least not at this point.

Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?

Yes, only after I had down-sized the business, about 12 years ago, and I was doing all the work myself. It's pretty physical work and I was getting a little burnt-out. When the business was big and growing I never considered quitting.

Was there ever a point when you realized you had “made it”?

Yes, in the early 2000's we had large robust clients that we were servicing, and we continued to grow.  But one by one we started to loose accounts--through no fault of our own--losing about 70% of our business, and I had to consider down-sizing. I really did have a few very large accounts that made up a majority of the business.

If you could tell aspiring business just one thing before their journey – that you had wished you had known prior to starting your journey – what would that be?

The importance of consulting with an accountant, attorney, and business consultant -- all of the A-B-C's must be followed to ensure success.

Summer Business Series – Perfecting Your Presentation

3 Part Series - $15 each session

The third session in the SOURCE RW scale-up entrepreneurship Summer Business Series in partnership with Indiana Originals is right around the corner!

                            Ryan Hickey

                           Ryan Hickey

But first, if you haven’t already, there is still time to register for the second session in the three part Summer Business Series, "Digital Marketing for Online Sales", presented by Ryan Hickey. If your business has a website and you are looking for online sales, this is one you won’t want to miss! Come join us on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 8:30-10am.

The third session in the three part Summer Business Series, "Perfecting Your Presentation", presented by Mel McMahon Stone, will be taking place on Thursday, August 16, 2018 from 8:30-10am. These sessions are standalone or can be taken as a series, depending on an individual’s needs.

More about the third session "Perfecting Your Presentation":

                            Mel McMahon

                           Mel McMahon

Join the co-founder of Indiana Originals, Mel McMahon Stone, to learn how to introduce yourself and your company professionally.  This is your opportunity to perfect your presentation and fine-tune it to any audience you may encounter. After all, first impressions matter and in this busy world, there isn’t much time to get the word out!

In sales, you often have 30 seconds or less to keep someone interested in what you are offering. There is no time for a “sales pitch.”  In this workshop, we will dive into the elements of an “elevator” speech, dissect the elevator speech you are using now, and perfect an “intro” you can start using immediately.

Mel McMahon Stone is an entrepreneur, radio and television personality, and local business activist. She and her husband, Lance, are the co-founders of Indiana Originals, a growing statewide directory of locally owned and operated businesses headquartered in Indiana. Mel is a board member of the Indiana Chapter of the TEARS Foundation and the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana. She is currently heard on 93.1 WIBC, Country 97.1 HANK FM, and B105.7 and often seen on WISH-TV8’s Indy Style and Fox 59’s Morning News.

If you’re looking for a way to make a better first impression – no matter the audience – this is the workshop for you! Come join us on August 16th at 8:30am! Register for the third session, "Perfecting Your Presentation" here.

For more information about the Summer Business Series, click here.