Building an Ecosystem for Entrepreneurial Success

Entrepreneurs and start-ups looking for a place to grow should take a look at Wabash County because exciting things are happening here.

INNOVATE at INGUARD's Co-Working Space

INGUARD Insurance in collaboration Manchester University and Grow Wabash County opened the county’s first collaborative Co.workspace in February 2017. Located at the INGUARD headquarters in downtown Wabash, the workspace will provide students and entrepreneurs with a state-of-the-art workspace to help them develop and grow their businesses.

The innovation space is loaded with all the tech and amenities you need to fuel your next big idea—and it’s open 24/7 so you can use it whenever inspiration strikes. Just show up, let yourself in and get to work alongside local entrepreneurs, business people and high-performing students. The space features a stunning modern design, engineered to spark maximum creativity and the perfect layout to get you in the zone. Sign up to use the space or find out more information here 


CO.STARTERS Entrepreneur Classes

Grow Wabash County along with Manchester University and INGUARD are pleased to announce they are gearing up for the third cohort of CO.STARTERS entrepreneurship classes made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

CO.STARTERS is a nationally recognized program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights relationships and tools needed to turn ideas into action and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor. The class is designed to help entrepreneurs as well as existing businesses that want to grow their business while learning from successful entrepreneurs and community leaders about what it takes to launch and run a successful business.

The next cohort begins soon and runs one evening a week for nine weeks at INNOVATE at INGUARD located at 231 W Canal St, Wabash, IN 46992. The cost for the course is $300 to cover cost of materials but do not let limited funds dissuade you as financial grants may be available.


Sign up for the next CO.STARTERS Cohort 3  here.






 Free Business Consultation through SBDC

Thinking of starting a small business? Own a small business and want to grow? Want to improve your marketing?  The IPFW Division of Continuing Studies has partnered with The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center to offer you free consultations, practical advice, and workshops to help you reach the short- and long-term goals of your small business. Schedule an appointment for free business counseling by emailing Consultation is available every 3rd Thursday of the month in our office from 10am to 3pm by appointment with Small Business Development Center (SBDC) representative Scot Goskowics from Fort Wayne.