Starting an Encore Career

Speaker: Susan St. Angelo, Daily Money Manager and Entrepreneur

               Susan St. Angelo

              Susan St. Angelo

Susan St. Angelo will be our June Encore Career: What’s Your Next speaker, wrapping up the seasonal Encore Program Series. On Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 3pm, Susan will be presenting, “How to Successfully Navigate Changing from One Career to Another Career.”

Are you thinking about what life might look like in your next chapter of life? Have you thought about owning a business? If this sounds like you, then there’s no better time to start planning for it. "When I decided to walk away from a successful career to start my own business, people thought I was crazy to leave," says Susan. "I thought I was crazy to stay since I was turning 50 and knew there was more to life than the life I was living. So, I started preparing myself for the change I would undergo, she says."

Here are some things to consider before you start or buy a business:

  • Discuss what you would like to do with your family BEFORE you do it and get their buy-in.
  • Can I start my business and work part-time before I leave my career?
  • Can you live without an income as you get your business off the ground?
  • What are my start-up costs? Assess your finances both debts and assets.
  • Collaborate with your CPA, attorney, Financial Planner, and banker. Make sure they are included and can be of assistance in your desire to start and run a business.
  • Look at what you are giving up and not just your income—social outlet, benefits, job structure (9-5PM), family commitments.
  • Are you going solo or partnering with someone to venture out into business?  Define your roles and responsibilities.
  • Are you organized and able to wear a lot of hats or do you need other people to assist you with some of your tasks as you start and develop your business plans?
  • Find a network of like-minded people who will offer support and encouragement.

Susan enjoys helping new Encore entrepreneurs to problem-solve and reduce daily stress, as well as consulting with clients on starting their own businesses and organizing legal documents. To register, click here.

QuickBooks for Start Ups Returning in June!

QuickBooks for Start Ups Returning in June!

June, 15 2017 | 9:00am - noon | $95

Given the interest and success of the last QuickBooks for Start Ups workshop, we are offering it again! If you missed out last time this was offered, now is your chance – there is still time to register to attend the Friday, June 15, 2018 QuickBooks for Start Ups workshop.

What happens when you open your business and soon after find QuickBooks overwhelming? Are you struggling? Is just the thought of having to learn the accounting and financial side of operating a business holding you back? You are not alone.

Learn the basics, affirm what you already know and gain the additional knowledge and confidence you have been seeking. This 3-hour course will cover "how to" to some "tips and tricks" of successful QuickBooks users. Our goal is to ensure you are a more comfortable and confident QuickBooks user.

While this course is geared towards Start Up businesses, QuickBooks software is commonly used in many fields. Even if you aren’t quite ready to start your own business yet, we invite you to join us to expand your current knowledge and add to your marketable skills.

Our course is taught with limited "accounting jargon" so you will find it easy to follow along. Our instructor, Becky Massa is a QuickBooks and accounting expert with extensive hands-on "real world" experience handling the accounting function in businesses and consulting with other companies. Becky teaches this course with an emphasis on the practical and relevant features, and makes it easy to understand even if you don’t have a financial background.

For more information about the QuickBooks for Startups workshop, contact us at 317-737-2155. To register, click here.

Summer Business Series begins on June 21

Three Part Series - $15 each session

The SOURCE RW Summer Business Series in partnership with Indiana Originals begins on June 21, 2018. These sessions are designed to stand alone or to be taken as a series, depending on each business’s individual needs.

                 Faith McKinney

                Faith McKinney

The first session of the three-part Summer Business Series will be taking place on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:30am-10am, titled "Shipping Solutions and New Technologies," presented by Faith McKinney, USPS worker for 29+ years. If you missed our in-depth look at this workshop geared towards how to leverage the current shipping technology and solutions to help increase your profits, check it out here. Seats are still available so register soon!

 

Are you growing your business or spinning your wheels?

                                 Ryan Hickey

                                Ryan Hickey

The second session will be taking place on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 8:30am-10am titled "Digital Marketing for Online Sales – Are you growing your business or spinning your wheels,” presented by Ryan Hickey, Founder of Pulp Functions. This session will focus on tactics and methods to increase your digital marketing productivity.

Business owners and organizational leaders: Are you gaining traction or spinning your wheels when it comes to digital marketing for your brand? Pulp Functions helps small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations with digital marketing strategy and ongoing management. If you find that you or your team is struggling to connect with existing customers or engage with new leads, this seminar is designed to help you figure out why that may be happening. Come ready to interact and participate.

Ryan Hickey is a native Hoosier; born in Indianapolis, though raised in Lansing, MI. He returned to Indiana in 1995 and graduated from the IU Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IU-SPEA) in 1999. Following his college days, he stayed in Bloomington for a year to serve in the AmeriCorps National Service program. Shortly after that, he landed in Indy and has lived here since.

Hickey's career has been non-traditional to say the least. After earning a degree in environmental science and public affairs, he taught himself how to DJ while he entered the world of residential real estate brokerage. Just a few months after moving to Indy, he co-founded ORANJE, an event that started as an idea for an 'art party' for a group of close friends and turned into one of the more exciting cultural events in the Midwest. Over the course of 13 years, ORANJE featured a long list of emerging artists and original music acts, attracting nearly 3,000 adults annually to the one-night event. Throughout this same time, he procured a variety of event planning contracts with Red Bull, Starbucks and Super Bowl XLVI, during which he helped organize the Super Bowl Village and created the Huddle After Hours party in the former downtown Nordstrom space.

In 2013, Hickey re-branded his event services company into Pulp Functions, adding digital marketing strategy and management to the list of services they offered. Pulp Functions helps businesses achieve new business growth through tools such as targeted social media advertising, fresh website content and email marketing. He spends the majority of his time developing new business and helping clients work through unique marketing challenges. Under the moniker DJ Helicon, he continues to play music around the city and beyond.

The complete line-up of the Summer Business Series will be:

"Shipping Solutions and New Technologies” | Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 8:30am-10am | Presenter: Faith McKinney, USPS worker for 29+ years

When it comes to shipping your products, the choices on how to do so can be overwhelming! Whether your business is large or small, shipping solutions at USPS are crafted to help you grow. Learn about the most cost-effective shipping methods for your specific business in this informative, money saving workshop.

"Digital Marketing for Online Sales – Are you growing your business or spinning your wheels?” | Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 8:30am-10am | Presenter: Ryan Hickey, Founder of Pulp Functions and native Hoosier

Business owners and organizational leaders: Are you gaining traction or spinning your wheels when it comes to digital marketing for your brand? Pulp Functions helps small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations with digital marketing strategy and ongoing management. If you find that you or your team is struggling to connect with existing customers or engage with new leads, this seminar is designed to help you figure out why that may be happening. Come ready to interact and participate.

"Perfecting Your Presentation: How to tell someone who you are, what you do, and how you can help in 30 seconds or less” | Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 8am-10:30am | Presenter: Mel McMahon Stone, Co-Founder of Indiana Originals, and radio and television personality

In sales, you often have 30 seconds or less to keep someone interested in what you are offering. In this workshop, we 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.

SOURCE RW Entrepreneur Spotlight

Shanel Poole, CEO/Founder of GLAM Inc. and Shanel Poole, LLC. Consulting

                   Shanel Poole

                  Shanel Poole

Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Shanel Poole, CEO/Founder of both GLAM Inc. and Shanel Poole, LLC. Consulting.

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

I have been working with SOURCE RW over the last several months in refining my business ideas. During this time, I’ve also utilized business coaching, am currently participating in the Business Owners Series - Kauffman and have looked into the Venture Fund.

What made you interested in business ownership?

I believe that God has called me to serve in a unique capacity as a social and business entrepreneur and this is how I serve. I also believe that God will always provide when you’re fulfilling your purpose here on earth.

What have you enjoyed most about business ownership?

I enjoy the opportunity to invest in myself. It is powerful to take your dreams, talents, skills and develop a business. It is even more rewarding to work for yourself and see the fruits of your labor. Being a business owner has helped me to know myself, my worth, and through that discovery God has allowed me to see my purpose. I love being my own boss and holding myself accountable. It truly develops character and leadership skills in the most profound ways.

What have you enjoyed least about business ownership?

What I have enjoyed the least about being a business owner are those beginning growing pains, the patience that is required, the discouragement you get from others as you’re trying to launch your business, and the lack of support from those you think you need the most. And last but not least, its hard work and that hard work and commitment is something that comes from within, so I have to remind myself constantly that I am fulfilling my purpose.

Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?

There have been numerous times that I have wanted to quit. Often, it’s when I have felt that I didn’t have the support of people believing in my vison. I have overcome those times by reminding myself of the “why.” God has called me and I will serve.

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

It was a matter of time. On March 28, 2018, I celebrated my 10 year anniversary. I am thankful for the ongoing support from my mentors, supporters and advisors including Angela Espada, Dr. Gene Crume, and Dr. Khaula Murtadha.

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?

You don’t need validation from anyone, just stay the course, trust the process and never be afraid to invest in you. It’s the best investment you could ever make!

SOURCE RW Wins Big

SOURCE RW Wins Big

Love Thy Neighborhood Awards Announced

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While it is an honor to just be nominated for a LISC Love Thy Neighborhood Award, we are grateful to have been recognized for the Opportunity Award on April 26, 2018.

Presented by LISC Indianapolis, the event showcases organizations whose work in local neighborhoods fall into the L.O.V.E. categories (Livability, Opportunity, Vitality, Education). Each category had 3 finalists with the winner in each announced during the sold-out event held at the Indiana War Memorial.

The Opportunity category focuses on building human capital, supporting existing businesses, and redeveloping commercial property for viable new businesses. SOURCE RW was recognized for significant impact within the neighborhoods of the Near West. The Award includes a $2500 cash prize that we anticipate reinvesting in our local entrepreneurs to assist them in achieving their dreams.

         Our neighbors from the Near West

SOURCE RW wants to thank our neighbors from the Near West who joined us for the awards event and we are grateful for the continued support from the community as we focus on creating opportunities for business professionals – from general business education to business start up/scale up. 

Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches

Indianapolis Public Library partners with Immigrant Welcome Center to assist non-English speaking citizens

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As part of The Indianapolis Public Library's strategic goal of introducing new immigrants and non-English speaking citizens to relevant community services and resources, the Library has joined with the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis to present the "Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" at several Indianapolis Public Library locations throughout the year.

These free sessions allow immigrants to interact with Natural Helpers from the Immigrant Welcome Center who can help them connect with local resources, including those of the Library. Attendees can drop in anytime during the sessions to speak with Natural Helpers in such languages as Arabic, English, French, Karen, Kiswahili and Spanish.

"Immigrant Welcome Center Mobile Branches" are presented at the following locations:

East Washington Branch, 2450 E. Washington Street, 46201
Tuesdays from 5 - 8 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Lawrence Branch, 7898 N. Hague Road, 46256
Mondays from 4 - 7 p.m.
Languages spoken: English and Spanish

Nora Branch, 8625 Guilford Avenue, 46240
Mondays from 5 - 8 p.m.
Saturdays from 1 - 4 p.m.
Languages spoken: Arabic, English, Karen and Kiswahili

Pike Branch, 6525 Zionsville Road, 46268
Thursdays from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Languages spoken: English, French, Karen and Spanish

Call 317-275-4088 for more information about these free Library programs.

 

Introducing the Summer Business Series

Three Part Series - $15 each session

Being an entrepreneur involves developing an array of varied skillsets, oftentimes very quickly! Here at SOURCE RW, we aim to provide entrepreneurs with easily accessible resources to learn new skills and identify “best practices” from local business owners providing their real world perspectives.

In this spirit, SOURCE RW and Indiana Originals have teamed up to create a new educational series for Indianapolis entrepreneurs. Our three-part Summer Business Series, made up of standalone sessions that can be taken together or individually, will run June to August. The Series will present business tips from experts on a variety of fundamental topics. From how to use services and new technologies of the US Postal Service to making the most of digital marketing to boost online sales, to creating the perfect 30 second “elevator pitch”, the Series promises to identify useful and practical business ideas.

The partnership between SOURCE RW and Indiana Originals is a natural one as Indiana Originals’ mission is “to create healthier, stronger communities and more jobs in Indiana by encouraging and facilitating a greater use of local, Indiana original businesses.” Here at SOURCE RW, we are all about small business growth and opportunity. Our Summer Business Series will provide valuable insights and information applicable to all small business owners.

Participants are welcome to attend one, two, or all three parts of the series, but are asked to register in advance. To do so, and for more information, find us online at www.sourcerw.org. All workshops will take place at SOURCE RW, 2230 W. Michigan St.

Workshop topics and presenters will be:

"Shipping Solutions and New Technologies” | Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 8:30am-10am

Presenter: Faith McKinney, USPS worker for 29+ years

                      Faith McKinney

                     Faith McKinney

When it comes to shipping your products, the choices on how to do so can be overwhelming! Whether your business is large or small, shipping solutions at USPS are crafted to help you grow. Learn about the most cost-effective shipping methods for your specific business in this informative, money saving workshop.

Speaker, Faith McKinney, is a Hoosier who has worked for The USPS for over 29 years. One year ago she joined the Sales Team, which is a perfect fit for her personality and love of people. Faith has a lot of experience working with Small Business owners throughout the state of Indiana and offers a wealth of knowledge and resources. Faith lives in Indianapolis with her husband and daughter and is very proud of her newly married son and daughter-in-law. Fun fact: Faith loves skydiving!

" Digital Marketing for Online Sales – Are you growing your business or spinning your wheels? ” | Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 8:30am-10am

Presenter: Ryan Hickey, Founder of Pulp Functions and native Hoosier

                            Ryan Hickey

                           Ryan Hickey

Business owners and organizational leaders: Are you gaining traction or spinning your wheels when it comes to digital marketing for your brand? Pulp Functions helps small-to-medium sized businesses and non-profit organizations with digital marketing strategy and ongoing management. If you find that you or your team is struggling to connect with existing customers or engage with new leads, this seminar is designed to help you figure out why that may be happening. Come ready to interact and participate.

In 2013, Hickey re-branded his event services company into Pulp Functions, adding digital marketing strategy and management to the list of services they offered. Pulp Functions helps businesses achieve new business growth through tools such as targeted social media advertising, fresh website content and email marketing. He spends the majority of his time developing new business and helping clients work through unique marketing challenges.

" Perfecting Your Presentation: How to tell someone who you are, what you do, and how you can help in 30 seconds or less ” | Thursday, August 16, 2018 | 8am-10:30am

Presenter: Mel McMahon Stone, Co-Founder of Indiana Originals, and radio and television personality

                        Mel McMahon Stone

                       Mel McMahon Stone

In sales, you often have 30 seconds or less to keep someone interested in what you are offering. In this workshop, we 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.

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 Fox59’s Morning News.

 

SOURCE RW Entrepreneur Spotlight

Teresa E. Tate-Lewis, CEO

Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Teresa E. Tate-Lewis, CEO of West of the River Diversified, LLC.

           Teresa E. Tate-Lewis

          Teresa E. Tate-Lewis

"Plan in pencil but dream in Ink!!! My return to Indianapolis’ Near West side where I grew up came from a desire to revitalize my family business and create business opportunities for family and friends while making a positive impact in the Haughville Community," says Teresa.

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

Source RW is helping me to breathe life back into our family business. Their educational services and coaching have all pointed me in the right direction by empowering me with tools and information that will sustain our business for many years to come.

What made you interested in business ownership?

My interest in becoming a community entrepreneur originally came from my father, Douglas D. Tate, Sr. He has always been active in the Haughville community and Tate's Barbershop has been somewhat of an icon in this community for over 50 years. My dad's passion to serve God's people essentially rubbed off on all of his 4 children in some capacity.

What have you enjoyed most about business ownership?

Business ownership is very challenging, often times scary, but I think just knowing that you are charting your own life's course, while giving others the opportunity to chart theirs as well, makes the journey worthwhile.

What have you enjoyed least about business ownership?

Getting others to see, invest and share in your vision has been the most daunting for me.

Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?

Many times I've wanted to 'take my ball and go home,' so to speak, but entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community has been the life's work of my father, that I too feel compelled to continue. As a retired firefighter and now a VA nurse, I am aware of community need and I want my encore career to be one of service, but with me at the helm.

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?

Plan in pencil but dream in Ink!!!

"Haughville Strong" neighborhood mapping project

                             Dr. Toya Crain

                            Dr. Toya Crain

"The Strength is in the People!" was the quote that Dr. Toya Crain repeated as she opened the April 10th, Haughville Strong! Neighborhood Association (HSNA) Meeting. SOURCE RW was, again, present and engaged in efforts to improve opportunity within Indianapolis’ Near West.  

In their ongoing efforts to improve the quality of life for the residents of Haughville, the HSNA hosted an evening workshop for Haughville residents at Christamore House. Students of the Herron School of Art + Design at IUPUI facilitated the discussion and led the group through both creativity and neighborhood mapping exercises. Mapping was used to allow the group to identify the resources that can be utilized to support development initiatives, identify gaps in the neighborhood, assess the strengths and weaknesses of assets, and promote connections/relationships between family, neighbors, businesses, and community partners. SOURCE RW joined in the conversation by mapping potential business opportunities and community partnerships within and between Haughville and throughout the Near West. 

HSNA plans to continue focusing on “workshop” style sessions rather than traditional meetings. All neighborhood residents, business owners, commercial/residential land and business owners and anyone interested in the success of Haughville and the Near West are welcome to attend. In upcoming sessions, Herron students will also be assisting the group in creating a community guidebook that will provide assistance in establishing and reestablishing overall community values.

Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Christamore House at 5:30pm, located at 502 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222.  More information is available at nearwestindy.org/haughville

Boomer TV and SOURCE RW – Coming to a TV Near You!

Boomer TV and SOURCE RW – Coming to a TV Near You!

Indy Boomer TV premiered on WFYI 20 this past April – and SOURCE RW was a part of it all! With two segments focusing on the business start-up to scale-up educational opportunities we provide and the recent addition of our Encore Career Series, we found ourselves a big part of their third episode which aired April 24th. 

If you missed the show, Saidah Pearsall, Board Member and local entrepreneur of Shea BODYWORKS, had an opportunity to discuss the “one-on-one attention” that SOURCE RW provides for those struggling to get their business started as well as mentoring and our venture fund program for those looking to scale their business. In a subsequent segment, Mark Roger, Center Director, discussed offering the “idea of business ownership as a viable career option” within the neighborhoods we serve and SOURCE RW’s coaching, workshops, and signature series like our Encore programs: Entrepreneurship for business owners 50yrs+.

Boomer TV, aimed at Indianapolis residents born between 1946 and 1964, previously aired on WISH-TV Channel 8 and will now run on WFYI 20 on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm. Boomer TV, hosted by Paul Poteet and Julie Patterson, highlights programs, opportunities, and information relevant to the “Baby Boomer” generation living in Indianapolis. 

While SOURCE RW aims to assist all ages and stages of business development, our Encore Series is specifically designed with those age 50+ looking for a “lifestyle career’ to take them into retirement.  Recognizing that this age group is in a unique position for entrepreneurship, SOURCE RW engages, encourages, and educates on how to take the leap into business ownership.

To view upcoming workshops from the Encore Series and more, visit our website!

ONLY ONE MONTH UNTIL SOURCE RW Kauffman Fasttrac® Business Owners Series!

ONLY ONE MONTH UNTIL SOURCE RW Kauffman Fasttrac® Business Owners Series!

April 26 - June 28 | Thursday evenings | 6:00pm - 9:00pm |  $500 $149 - Limited time only!

Have you started your business but are unsure if your business is set up correctly? Looking to deepen your understanding of business ownership and apply new ideas to a business you’ve owned for years? If this sounds like you, the Kauffman FastTrac® Business Owners Series may be a great fit. Over a 10-week period, our series of classes will provide you direction in determining your market, identifying your profit margins, and confirming what you need to grow your business. 

What do past graduates think about the Program? Last fall, Hannah Northup, owner of NorthupHR, graduated from our Kauffman Series and she expressed that she most enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with small business owners. “I wish I had come to SOURCE RW and taken the Kauffman class so much sooner. Even if you're not ready to start your business, it is important to learn about the start-up process and do your market research early on," Hannah said.

A key outcome of this program is a researched, developed, and written Business Plan that articulates your business concept. This process will help you reduce the normal risks of start-up and increase your chances of success by replacing guesses with facts. 

Weekly sessions include group discussions, coaching sessions, and networking opportunities with one another, staff and guest speakers. During the final week of the series, participants participate in a Pitch Fest. Our most recent class competed for $2,000 start-up capital award. Out of the Fall 2017 class, Hannah tied for first place along with Carlotta Stepp. Pitch Fest gives Kauffman class participants the valuable opportunity to practice and hone their business pitches before approaching potential investors. 

There are still a few seats left for the next round of the Kauffman FastTrac Business Owners Series! Classes begin on April 26th and will take place at the SOURCE RW office (2230 W. Michigan St.) Thursdays from 6pm-9pm. Thanks to the generous support of our JPMorgan Charitable Trust Grant, SOURCE RW is able to once again offer this valuable 10 week series at only $149. A significant discount from traditional $500 enrollment fee. 

For more information and to determine if Kauffman is the best fit for your business, contact Mark Roger, Center Director, at 317-737-2155.  Registration deadline is April 20th. Learn more and register here.

Introducing Elizabeth Davis

Introducing Elizabeth Davis

SOURCE River West's Operations Manager

We are pleased to introduce Elizabeth Davis, the newest member of our SOURCE RW team! Elizabeth has taken on the role of Operations Manager and will be working to manage the day-to-day operations of SOURCE RW. She brings with her 10 years of experience in the nonprofit world, most recently as the Special Projects Manager with Indy Reads. Before working with Indy Reads, she was the Volunteer and Intern Coordinator for The Salvation Army Indiana Divisional Headquarters. Elizabeth’s experience in creating new programs and trainings, developing organization-wide processes and procedures, grant writing and management, and so much more will serve her well in the role of Operations Manager.

As an avid canine enthusiast and Certified Dog Obedience Instructor, Elizabeth also owned and operated a dog training business for 4 years and understands firsthand the rollercoaster ride that business ownership can be.

“The mission of SOURCE River West really drew me to this position. As a former business owner, these are precisely the kinds of services that I wish had been available when I ran my business,” says Elizabeth. “I am excited to have the opportunity to work with SOURCE River West to help ensure that the word gets out about these great services and to help entrepreneurs on the near west side.”

In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time at home with her husband, two young children, and two mildly neurotic dogs. She also wishes she had more spare time to read, pretends to like gardening, has an affinity for tigers, truly enjoys snow, and is always up for trying out new restaurants with diverse vegetarian options.

Elizabeth would love to get to know everyone involved at any level with SOURCE RW. Please feel free to say hello anytime by emailing elkdavis@iupui.edu.

SOURCE RW Advisory Board Spotlight

Mohit Nigam, Co-Chair, SOURCE RW Mentor Connect program

This month’s spotlight is shining on Mohit Nigam, SOURCE RW Advisory Board member and co-chair of our new SOURCE RW Mentor Connect program.

                 Mohit Nigam

                Mohit Nigam

"The SOURCE RW Mentor Connect program matches entrepreneurs with seasoned professionals. I wanted to volunteer for this program because this work allows me to utilize my skills and background while learning from and with the individuals that are creating new ventures," says Mohit.

What made you want to be involved with SOURCE RW?

The mission of the organization is admirable. It is a great opportunity to engage in the community and promote growth on the Near West side.

What do you hope clients get out of it?

I hope that entrepreneurs will get to know themselves and their businesses better through Mentor Connect, so that they can truly feel more confident and accomplished on their journey.

What made you interested in business ownership?

My dad. He’s been a successful entrepreneur for 20+ years so now I have to match that or do better.

What have you enjoyed most about being a business owner?

Business ownership is very important to me. I hope that clients are able to gain clarity about their ideas and learn from experienced business leaders in their chosen industry.

What have you enjoyed least about being a business owner?

There are always a hundred things going on, so juggling tasks and prioritizing effectively has to be the most challenging part of the job.

What you say to an entrepreneur who wants to quit?

There is always a point, whether it is a new business or established, where a business owner has to decide to stop or continue. Keeping your eyes on the goal you set out to accomplish, pivot when needed, but stay strong and committed.

If you could tell aspiring business owners just one thing before they begin their journey, what would that be?

You are not going to be able to please everyone. There is just no way, so accept that you will fail, learn from it, and keep pushing forward.

Haughville Strong!

Haughville Strong!

Stay current! Watch for pink postcards

As an engaged neighbor of the Near West wanting to make the most of our neighborhoods, SOURCE RW is teaming up with the Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association (HSNA) to promote the Haughville STRONG movement!

You will start noticing pink postcards placed on the doors or windows of local businesses and homes that read, “Haughville Strong!” along with a website link. The link contains pertinent neighborhood information including details on the monthly Haughville Neighborhood Meeting that is open to the public. This is part of a resident-led unified effort to promote and empower residents of Haughville.

SOURCE RW also hosts Haughville’s Community Builder, Drew Rensberger, at our Center on Wednesdays. Drew says, “I strongly believe in the people and in the future of Haughville,” and can often be found engaging residents and encouraging neighbors to join the HSNA.

The HSNA was founded in Fall 2017 by a group of residents who wanted to be more involved in their neighborhood. While the neighborhood already had an active role in the Near West Collaborative, they had a desire to build their own association to continue improving the quality of life of Haughville residents by organizing and empowering those very same residents.

Every HSNA meeting begins with a statement of affirmation. Written by the President, Dr. Toya Crain, this affirmation demonstrates the goals and outlook of the organization. It reads:

The Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association (HSNA) facilitates community inclusiveness, awareness, investment and involvement to promote a safe, sustainable and vibrant neighborhood. As residents, we promote and share the LOVE with our neighbors and community. We believe in Loving Our Vibrant Environment (LOVE) and today is a new day. A new chapter in our community has begun. We are strong, fearless, proud and confident in who we are, Haughville STRONG. We ARE SOMEBODY and will be somebody the rest of our lives.

Haughville Strong! postcards are available at SOURCE RW anytime from 9am-2pm Monday-Friday and at monthly meetings. If you live in the Haughville area and are interested in learning more, the Haughville STRONG Neighborhood Association meets on the second Tuesday of every month at Christamore House at 5:30pm, located at 502 N Tremont St, Indianapolis, IN 46222.

Move Your Business Forward Through This Proven Education Series

Move Your Business Forward Through This Proven Education Series

April 26 - June 28 | Thursday evenings | 6:00pm - 9:00pm |  $149 (Value of $500)

SOURCE RW in partnership with the Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative (BOI), is again offering the Kauffman FastTrac Business Owners Series at SOURCE RW. Sessions are geared towards entrepreneurs who want to explore the next stage of growth. Our 10-week deep dive is taught in a supportive and encouraging environment. This training is ideal for newly established entrepreneurs and those looking to scale-up their business. Your business is your dream. Gain the tools to make it a reality.

Curriculum

Session 1: Exploring Entrepreneurship

Session 2: Identifying/Meeting Market Needs

Session 3: Setting Financial Goals

Session 4: Planning the Product/Service

Session 5: Researching/Analyzing the Market

Session 6: Reaching the Market

Session 7: Building the Organization & Team

Session 8: Planning for a Profitable Business

Session 9 - Cash Flow and Funds Seeking       

Session 10 - Implementing Next Steps and Pitch

Competition

This series will help you determine whether your business has a market, can make a profit, and can provide the money you need. Weekly sessions include group discussions, coaching sessions, and networking opportunities with one another, staff and guest speakers. The course ends with a pitch contest in which the entrepreneurs share their business concept, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals, and have the opportunity to win start-up capital provided by the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI.

Classes meet Thursdays from 6p-9p April 26 – June 28. Course Fee:  $149 – a $500 value with a portion underwritten by JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

For more info and to confirm that the series is the right fit for you, contact Center Director, Mark Roger, at info@sourcerw.org or by calling 317-737-2155. Register here.

NEW! Mentor Connect

NEW! Mentor Connect

Business owners connecting with industry experts

It’s hard work to build your business and there are challenges around every corner.  Fortunately, entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone. Recently, SOURCE RW begun offering Mentor Connect – a free, mentor program that matches clients to seasoned professionals who work to creatively and honestly solve specific problems and help mentees to build and expand their businesses. 

Through SOURCE RW’s Mentor Connect, you can connect with a mentor for a reality check, constructive criticism, or simply a pat on the back. A well-chosen mentor is someone who will: 1) care and invest in your professional growth, 2) share a similar value system in leadership and management, and most importantly, 3) speak the truth. Input that can make a significant difference to someone looking to start-up or scale up their business.  

Mentor Connect attempts to identify a mentor in the same or similar business industry or type of business. Someone who better understands your business's specific and unique challenges and concerns. Through mentoring, your chances of success increases with access to the business knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals who share their skills sets and expertise. It’s actually a “win” for our mentors too since they want to see progress and take pride in knowing that their input has been helpful.

A successful connection can really make a difference in getting your start-up started on the right foot or scale your existing business. Learn more about Mentor Connect by calling Jacey Stuckey, Program Assistant at 317-737-2155.

Entrepreneur spotlight

Marilyn Lopez, Owner/Designer

Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask them to share a bit of their entrepreneurship journey and how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Marilyn Ivette Lopez, Founder, Innovator and Engine of eStudio 429 and La Guia Indy.

 Marilyn Lopez

Marilyn Lopez

"La Guía Indy which translates as “The Guide Indy” and eStudio 429 were conceived in 2011 and our product, La Guía Indy was introduced to the public in January 2017," says Marilyn. eStudio 429 is a bilingual graphic design and marketing studio whose focus is on bridging the Latino community of Indianapolis with the general traditional Indiana market. Fundamentally, eStudio 429 creates the platform to provide multiculturalism marketing through a mobile app called “La Guía Indy.” 

What made you interested in business ownership?

Having an entrepreneur spirit since high school, I knew that one day I would own my own business. As I volunteered and immersed myself with my grassroots, I learned to appreciate the beauty, flavor, warmth, passion, and dedication my people have with their small businesses. Helping Latino business owners eventually became my passion.  

When I worked in Corporate America, I witnessed the lack of attention given to the Latino community. It was apparent that business owners needed a voice to introduce their businesses. This dream of becoming that bridge to connect Latino small businesses to the general market and vice versa was my inspiration and motivation.

What have you enjoyed most about being a business owner?

Becoming a business owner is an amazing journey of gathering courage, stirring a giant pot of ideas, becoming the wind to blow the seasoned ideas into existence, and being the servant that brings the actual business to serve the community or public at large. Seeing the doors open wide open and the connections of dots by services that are rendered to those who need it, and seeing their smiles of satisfaction that their goals are being accomplished gives me confirmation to keep running the race of being an entrepreneur and keeping the faith that I had since the beginning.

What have you enjoyed least about being a business owner?

Definitely experiencing the stresses of the unseen. Making sure you are prepared for the obstacles and challenges that may come, especially the ones that come from maintaining a steady cash flow.

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?

I would share with aspiring business owners, that there is help! You are not alone. There is a community of people and organizations that want you to succeed. There are mentors, assistance, and lots of open doors. Don’t start alone, begin with those who hearts’ desire is to see emerging business owners rise and succeed such as Source RW. With hard work, one open door will lead to many open doors. And an open door is worth much more than you can imagine.

How did you learn about SOURCE RW?

I was referred to Source RW by a professional acquaintance who thought I would benefit from their educational resources. I met with Mark Roger and it was an instant, successful connection and collaboration for my business.

What business topics have you addressed thus far?

I have worked regularly with a business coach at Source RW.  Those sessions have successfully guided me through simple business basics, decision making, problem solve strategies and has helped me make some amazing connections.

What “one” thing stands out that you have learned at SOURCE RW, thus far?  

What I have learned from Source RW is that there are so many ways to make decisions, but knowing that as a business owner, I am not alone. The Center is a place where I can share my business concerns and confident that professional advice will be provided by genuine professionals who want to see you succeed. SOURCE RW provides some amazing services and their staff shows real concern for the entrepreneur community of Indianapolis.

Overall, how have you benefited from your time at SOURCE RW?

As I continue to collaborate with Source RW and learn from their expertise, I am able to make the correct goals and have the accountability to keep myself focused. I am great at what I do in marketing and design, but I never studied business. Source RW has become my source for business expertise, so my business can flourish. 

LOVE Thy Neighborhood Awards

SOURCE RW is proud to be named finalist!

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We are excited to announce that SOURCE RW has been selected as a finalist in the Opportunity Category for the Annual LISC Indianapolis Love Thy Neighborhood Awards. Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is dedicated to transforming distressed neighborhoods in our community into healthy and sustainable communities—good places to work, do business, and raise children.

The winner in each category receives a funding award for their organization.  This 2nd annual event will take place on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Indiana War Memorial, 55 E. Michigan St., 46204, starting at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person and Corporate packages are available. Cocktail attire is suggested.

This annual event starts at 5:30p with an incredible reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks that showcase the authentic cultures of area neighborhoods. The awards ceremony follows at 6:30p which features videos telling each of the finalists stories, created specifically for this evening by LISC, being shown. The evening culminates with all attendees viewing a short video on each finalist and event attendees voting on their favorite Program for the People’s Choice Cash Award. It’s a significant event for SOURCE RW and we hope that you come and vote for SOURCE RW and celebrate the success of the Near West with us!

Purchase tickets to attend the Love Thy Neighborhood Awards here.

Professional Meeting Space

Professional Meeting Space

Workspace for evening/weekend meetings

SOURCE RW is available for corporate gatherings. Located in downtown Indianapolis on the Near West side, SOURCE RW has space for 20-30, parking, and costs only $45 for 3 hours. We also offer rental times on weekday evenings until 9pm and weekends based upon availability. 

SOURCE RW provides:

  • Free guest WiFi
  • Worktables and seating for 30ppl with additional seating available upon request      
  • Technology and presentation capabilities available upon request    
  • Kitchenette area for food preparation        
  • Coffee and beverage service available for a fee upon request
  • Neighborhood catering/delivery options available   

Our Center is just moments from the IUPUI campus. Conveniently located with quick access to downtown Indianapolis, airport, and I-465. Ample street parking available. Additional fees will be incurred on items made available upon request. For room date availability information and additional rental detail, call SOURCE RW at 317-737-2155.

Kauffman:  Business Owners Education Series

Kauffman: Business Owners Education Series

Next series begins April 26 - June 28, 2018

Thursday evenings | 6:00pm – 9:00pm | Price:  $149 - Limited Time only!

 

SOURCE RW once again is offering the Kauffman FastTrac® Business Owners Series, thanks to the generous support of our JPMorgan Charitable Trust Grant. Our program provides entrepreneurs the foundation and network needed to succeed. Your business is your dream. Gain the tools to make it a reality. Courses are geared towards entrepreneurs who want to explore the next stage of growth. Classes meet Thursdays weekly and the program concludes with a Pitch Fest where participants have an opportunity to introduce their concept.

Ideal if you are looking to move your business idea forward, our multi-week course provides a proven framework to help support you as an aspiring entrepreneur.  Lead by local entrepreneur Denise Herd, our course is taught in an interactive, group-oriented environment where you will be encouraged to network with class members to bolster your business idea.

Course Curriculum: 

Week 1 - Exploring Entrepreneurship

Week 2 - Identifying/Meeting Market Needs

Week 3 - Setting Financial Goals

Week 4 - Planning the Product/Service      

Week 5 -Researching/Analyzing the Market

                  - BREAK-

Week 6 - Reaching the Market

Week 7 - Building the Organization & Team   

Week 8 - Planning for a Profitable Business

Week 9 - Cash Flow and Funds Seeking     

Week 10 - Implementing Next Steps and Pitch Competition – April 1

 

REGISTER: http://www.sourcerw.org/new-events/2018/2/8/kauffman-new-business-education-series

For assistance, call 317.737.2155.

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