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'Indiana Entrepreneurship Week'

Jun 20

Supporting Local Entrepreneurs: Our How & Why

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on June 20, 2016 at 4:42 PM by Blog Admin

This week, we’re joining Hoosiers in celebrating entrepreneurs through Indiana Entrepreneurship Week. In Fishers, we work diligently to cultivate an environment where entrepreneurs – and their business ventures – thrive.

Watch the video below to learn about our how and why. 


 
Indiana Entrepreneurship Week is all about our state and our local communities championing entrepreneurs. We can all find ways to do that. Let this week be a reminder to be intentional about supporting local entrepreneurs and their endeavors in your community.

Jun 19

Indiana Entrepreneurship Week: Celebrating Local Entrepreneurs

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on June 19, 2015 at 5:16 PM by Blog Admin

Guest Blogger: John Wechsler 

This week, we’ve been gathering virtually and in person to celebrate “all things entrepreneurial” during Indiana Entrepreneurship Week. The ultimate celebration took place last night at our new Launch Fishers facility, with more than 700 entrepreneur enthusiasts showing up to join the celebration.

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So why do more than 700 people show up in Fishers on a Thursday night to celebrate entrepreneurship in Indiana?

I’d say it’s because they understand that entrepreneurship is essential to vibrant communities and our state’s economy at large. They’ve come to realize that each of us play a role in building entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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While you may not have entrepreneurial ambitions, you may have the resources to help jumpstart another person’s. You can be intentional about supporting local entrepreneurs and their endeavors in your community. And sometimes, like the hundreds that showed up last night, you can find a way to just to celebrate an entrepreneur.

Entrepreneurship is a journey, and along the way most entrepreneurs have great successes as well as great failures. From the elementary school student selling cookies at a neighborhood garage sale to the college student running a business from his or her dorm room to the tech startup founder, we must show our support and encouragement for our entrepreneurs in times of success and in failure. That’s when entrepreneurial communities are made and innovation thrives.

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Indiana Entrepreneurship Week and last night’s celebration were all about our state and our local communities championing entrepreneurs. This celebration was about adding fuel to their fire, which in turn will rev the engine of our local economies.

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Last night wasn’t your only chance to celebrate entrepreneurship in Indiana. Next week, and in the weeks to come, make a point to stop and shop with a young entrepreneur in your community and watch their entrepreneurial spirits soar.

Jun 16

Why Entrepreneurship is Important to Our Children

Posted to Fishers, Indiana on June 16, 2015 at 4:39 PM by Mayor Scott Fadness

As a budding entrepreneurial city, we celebrate entrepreneurship of all shapes and sizes. From the startup, high-growth, high-potential enterprises in operation at Launch Fishers to the food truck operator or local boutique owner, all roads lead to organic economic growth and development in our community.

That said, entrepreneurship is not an adults-only endeavor. I’m proud to see so many of our local children running with entrepreneurial ideas of their own, including HSE schools student Maddy Corbin, who runs Luxury 45, a line of all natural, handmade bath and body products available online and in several local boutiques.

Just last month, lemonade stands were up all over the city as local students participated in Lemonade Day, which teaches kids how to start, own and operate their own business. By participating in Lemonade Day, kids get hands-on lessons in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, philanthropy, customer service and more.

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This year, Launch Fishers took hands-on entrepreneurial learning to another level with the Launch Fishers High School Fellowship program. The program is open to HSE schools juniors and seniors with the goal of discovering and developing future entrepreneurs. After a weeklong boot camp, 10 students were selected to interview for a paid summer internship with a Launch Fishers company. Throughout the summer these students will receive mentoring and exposure to multiple areas within their host company. I’m excited to see what lies ahead for these students; we hope that they add to the entrepreneurial activity in Fishers by starting their future entrepreneurial endeavors right here in our community.

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Exposing our children to entrepreneurship has long lasting benefits, both for them and our community. Through entrepreneurial endeavors, our children learn:

  1. Effective problem solving skills. As young entrepreneurs they learn to analyze problems and brainstorm solutions.
  2. Decision-making skills. Decisions are required by entrepreneurs daily. Through entrepreneurial endeavors, children learn to make informed decisions and deal with the effect of their outcomes.
  3. Leadership skills. Entrepreneurship builds leadership skills as children learn to chart their own course and persuade others to buy in to their vision.
  4. Communication skills. We all know the frustration that results from poor communication. Entrepreneurship provides a great way for children to improve their communication skills as they learn to interact with all kinds of people, not just their peers. Regular interaction with people of all ages helps children to learn to communicate with confidence.
  5. Responsibility. We’ve all come in contact with young adults who had little to no responsibility growing up and the struggles they have trying to become accustomed to the many responsibilities all adults must juggle. Engaging in entrepreneurial endeavors teaches children the value of responsibility and the benefit of being committed to the tasks required of them to be successful in business.

It’s never too early for a child to begin their entrepreneurial journey. Encourage your children, and all those you influence, to think big.  Expose them to the entrepreneurial activity happening right here in our city. Maybe they’ll be the next Launch Fishers High School fellows, startup founders or boutique owners. As a community, we’re committed to supporting our entrepreneurs – of all shapes and sizes.