SOURCE River West and Indiana Originals have teamed up Present our Summer Business Series!

This three part series is made up of standalone sessions that can be taken together or individually and will run from June to August. The Summer Business Series will provide valuable insights and information applicable to all small business owners.

A $15 registration fee per session will ensure that you have the opportunity to learn business tips straight from the experts by reserving your seat.

All workshops will take place at SOURCE River West, 2230 W. Michigan St.

See below for a complete list of workshops within the Summer Business Series


Workshop one:

Shipping solutions and new technologies

Thursday, June 21 - 8:30am-10:00am

                             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 your business grow. Learn about the most cost-effective shipping methods for your specific business, how to capture data, and how to know what is coming to your mailbox - even when you won't be there - in this informative, money saving workshop.


Presenting the, "Shipping Solutions and New Technologies" workshop, Faith McKinney, 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!


Workshop two:

digital marketing for online sales:

are you growing your business or spinning your wheels?

Thursday, July 19 8:30am-9:30am

                                   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.


Ryan Hickey is a native Hoosier; born in Indianapolis, though raised in Lansing, MI. He returned to Indiana in 1995 and graduated from IU Bloomington in 1999 from the SPEA school. 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.


workshop three:

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 - 8:30am-9:30am


                           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. She also acts as a consultant to several nonprofits and local small businesses and is a proud member of the 2013 IBJ Forty under 40 class.