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.

CO.STARTERS for Causes: Non-Profit Strategic Planning Course to Launch in June

Leaders of nonprofit organization in Wabash County are invited to participate in a nine-week training program called CO.STARTERS for Causes offered by Grow Wabash County and the Community Foundation of Wabash County. CO.STARTERS was developed as a highly successful course for entrepreneurs who have a burning idea they want to turn into a business. CO.STARTERS for Causes employs the same high quality principles to turn a passion for bettering your community into a sustainable and thriving endeavor. Whether you are starting a new nonprofit or growing an existing one, your organization will benefit.

A free informational meeting will take place at INNOVATE at INGUARD located at 231 West Canal Street in Downtown Wabash on May 23, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Non-profit leaders are encouraged to attend to learn more about the program and how it could benefit your organization. Certified CO.STARTERS facilitators Alan Tio of Michael Kinder and Sons, Keith Gillenwater CEO/President of Grow Wabash County, and Julie Garber, Program Director of the Community Foundation of Wabash County will be there to talk with you about the course and answer any questions about the program before you make a decision. RSVPs are kindly requested for the informational meeting but not required to Grow Wabash County at or by calling 260.563.5258.

The first CO.STARTERS for Causes course will start June 19th and will meet every Tuesday for 9 weeks from 2pm to 5pm at INNOVATE at INGUARD located at 231 West Canal Street in downtown Wabash. The course fee is $300, which includes course materials, office hours with the program facilitator to address your individual needs, and access to community events, networking opportunities, and other resources. Grow Wabash County Investors will receive a $50 discount for the program. Scholarships may be available.

To encourage hard work, incentives in the form of grants and marketing services will be awarded to several participants of the program. REGISTER 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.


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 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.