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Posted to Fishers, Indiana on January 13, 2015 at 4:20 PM by Tom Dickey
Fishers is experiencing a great deal of new business activity within the city by local entrepreneurs. Attracting and maintaining fresh entrepreneurial activity doesn’t just happen on its own. Much of the activity is spurred by Launch Fishers, a co-working space where local entrepreneurs gather to grow and develop their business ventures, collaborate with other entrepreneurs and receive mentorship and coaching.
The brainchild of serial entrepreneur and Fishers’ resident John Wechsler and Mayor Scott Fadness, Launch Fishers, and the activity therein, is the crux of Mayor Fadness’ vision of Fishers as an entrepreneurial city. In order to see the full fruition of this vision, Fishers has been committed to supporting Launch’s growth and development every step of the way.
In the two years since its inception, Launch has experienced a tremendous amount of growth and success. With nearly 400 members and more than $3 million in venture capital and investment raised in 2014 alone now, many of the entrepreneurs who signed up with just a big vision and a one- or two-person team have grown rapidly. Having outgrown their space at Launch, they now need to seek their own office space.
To help with this risky and sometimes scary endeavor for entrepreneurs, and to further the commitment made to our latest economic drivers, Fishers sought to devise a creative solution.
In 2013, Meyer Najem, one of the Midwest’s leading construction firms, was outgrowing its current office space in Fishers. As they explored relocation options, Fishers economic development team encouraged them to build their new headquarters in Fishers downtown area, the Nickel Plate District.
Fishers has worked diligently over the past few years to create a sense of place in the Nickel Plate District, where residents come to live, work and play. In addition to being an exciting amenity for residents, the Nickel Plate District is becoming a significant tool for attracting new business to Fishers.
While Meyer Najem’s plans for a brand new two-story, 40,000-square-foot headquarters in the Nickel Plate District started to take shape, Launch Fishers, also in the Nickel Plate District, was nearly bursting at the seams.During negotiations with Meyer Najem, the Fishers team saw an opportunity to further the strategy of attracting high-growth companies to Fishers.
As part of the City’s public-private partnership with Meyer Najem, the City agreed to lease the entire second floor of the Meyer Najem building. Then, in turn, Fishers would lease the space to businesses in or moving to Fishers. Through the master lease Fishers was able to provide incentive for Meyer Najem while absorbing risks for entrepreneurs with growing enterprises. The short-term leases with flexible terms provide a next step for entrepreneurs who have outgrown Launch Fishers but may not yet be in a position to lease their very own space.
Before construction on Meyer Najem’s new headquarters was complete, the second floor was fully leased. The tenants include QuadMed, a provider of onsite health clinics; BlueBridge Digital, a mobile app company and Launch Fishers first member, which has since grown to more than 25 employees; and Memory Ventures, a consumer brands company relocating from California to be a part of the budding entrepreneurial culture in Fishers.
Quad Med tenants review construction plans in their new space on the second floor of Meyer Najem's new headquarters.
BlueBridge Digital CEO, Santiago Jaramillo, and Memory Ventures CEO, Anderson Schoenrock, chat with a local reporter in one of Meyer Najem's open meeting areas.
Meyer Najem’s new headquarters is truly state-of-the art office space. The building features innovative building elements including a white roof to reduce solar heat gain and LED interior fixtures, locally harvested and recycled materials, three outdoor spaces offering a direct connection to Nickel Plate District amenities, bike storage facilities, indoor and water saving fixtures.
The master lease is a tool that surrounding communities are eager to learn more about and replicate. Creative partnerships are essential to cultivating economic and entrepreneurial growth in burgeoning communities.
Tag(s): Tom Dickey, Quad Med, public-private partnerships, Nickel, Meyer Najem, Memory Ventures, Mayor Scott Fadness, Launch Fishers, John Wechsler, Fishers Indiana, Entrepreneurship, Bluebridge Digital
Posted to Fishers, Indiana on November 26, 2014 at 2:04 PM by Blog Admin
This Thanksgiving, after families gather to feast on turkey, pie and all of the holiday favorites in between, many will turn their attention to the newspaper stuffed with Black Friday ads from retailers promising “door busters” and unbelievable deals. Many will wake early Friday morning – and some will begin even earlier on Thursday evening — to fight the crowds and stand in long lines to spend the day shopping at some of the nation’s largest retailers.
But, before you plan your Black Friday strategy, why not discover all that Fishers has to offer and instead shop local this holiday season?
When you choose to support local businesses, you reinvest in your own community. Each dollar spent at a local business generates three times more wealth to the local economy than a chain retailer. Additionally, local businesses donate more than two times as much sales revenue per dollar to local non-profits, events and teams compared to chain retailers.
While big-box retailers deliver on their promise with unbeatable deals on hot ticket items, local businesses offer unique products crafted by local entrepreneurs and artisans. It’s our local businesses that give our community its distinct personality.
This holiday season, we’ve teamed up with local businesses for #ShopFishers, a local shopping extravaganza. On Saturday, Nov. 29, many of our local businesses will offer special deals throughout the day. To learn more about participating businesses and the deals they’ll offer, visit www.fishers.in.us/ShopFishers or just look for the #ShopFishers decals in local storefronts.
#ShopFishers is a great time to discover new and “new to you” local businesses, but we encourage you to shop local as often as you can. On Dec. 4, a few businesses in the Nickel Plate District are hosting a progressive shopping event from 4-8 p.m. and each business will offer an appetizer, main course or dessert; it’s a perfect time to continue your holiday shopping.
Tag(s): Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday, Shop Local, Shop Fishers, Nickel Plate District, Local Businesses, Fishers Indiana, Entrepreneurship, Black Friday