Innovation Connector Welcomes Secretary of State Connie Lawson

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson will speak at the Muncie Innovation Connector on Tuesday, September 23rd at 3:00pm. Most recently, her office has focused on two primary initiatives to support Hoosier businesses: Business One-Stop Portal and Crowdfunding. The Indiana Secretary of State’s Business One-Stop Portal is in the process of eliminating confusion for Hoosier business owners by offering a “one stop shop” for all business transactions within state government.  Instead of business owners registering their business with multiple state agencies, which can often times cause unnecessary stresses, the Secretary of State’s office is working to make it so businesses will eventually only need to register once within the office.

The Crowdfunding initiative offers a new way for Hoosier entrepreneurs to raise money in order to start or continue a business right here in Indiana with the help of Hoosier investors.  Not only will this strengthen the state’s economy, but it also opens the door to a new type of Hoosier investor.

Connie Lawson is Indiana’s 61st Secretary of State. As Indiana’s Chief Elections Official, she is focused on ensuring integrity and security for our state’s elections. Since taking office, Secretary Lawson championed the most sweeping election reforms since photo ID, and has led the effort to clean Indiana’s voter rolls. A tireless advocate for increasing Indiana’s financial literacy and protecting Indiana investors, Secretary Lawson educates Hoosiers about smart money decisions and fights for stringent penalties for white collar criminals. She has also partnered with Indiana’s motor vehicle industry to ensure the best possible customer service,including prompt title delivery. Secretary Lawson is directing substantial innovation and leveraging cutting edge technology to improve how businesses interact with

Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson

Indiana Secretary of State          Connie Lawson


“This is a great opportunity for Muncie area business owners, business development advisors and others interested in learning about these two issues to meet and hear from Secretary of State Lawson. The Innovation Connector is very proud to host this event,” states Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector.

The event is FREE but please RSVP to 765-285-4900. Light refreshments will be served.

Innovation Connector to Host The BIG Pitch Competition for Local Entrepreneurs

August 25, 2014 – Muncie, IN – The Innovation Connector of Muncie, Indiana is hosting a baseball-themed competition called The BIG Pitch for local entrepreneurs and innovators to “pitch” their business, business concepts, product or invention to a panel of judges from the business and investment community. This event is for individuals in all phases of business, including startup or pre-startup, idea stage. High school seniors and college-age students also are encouraged to apply. Those interested can submit their ideas in one of two categories: technology or non-technology. Read more

Farmhouse Creative Expands Business

July 8, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Farmhouse Creative is pleased to announce another expansion of their business.  Effective June 30th, they welcome the clients of Printing Creations into the Farmhouse Creative family. Read more

ECI-Regional Planning District Names New Executive Director

July 10, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Pam Price has been named Executive Director of ECI-Regional Planning District. The decision was made by ECIRPD’s Board of Directors during their quarterly board meeting as part of a succession plan for President E. Roy Budd’s upcoming retirement. Read more

Shafer Leadership Academy Presents Workshop on Leading Multi-Generational Teams

July 1, 2014 – Muncie, IN – Shafer Leadership Academy, East Central Indiana’s nonprofit leadership development institute, will present the leadership program Fusion: Leading Multi-Generational Teams on Thursday, July 31st, 2014. The workshop will be from 8:00am to 12:00pm at the Innovation Connector in Muncie, Indiana. Read more

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CTS adds Kenneth Bartling to Staff

April 21, 2014, Muncie, IN – CTS (Complete Technology Solutions) is pleased to announce the addition of Kenneth Bartling to its Muncie staff.   Ken will serve as a PC and Network Technician for CTS. 

“We are delighted to have Ken join our team,” said Travis Street, President and Owner of CTS.  “Due to the growth and impact of our business, this position became necessary for CTS to continue to provide our business clients with needed services.” 

Ken comes to CTS with a wide array of experiences and talents.  He is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College with an A.A.S. in Computer Information Systems Technology with a Technical Certificate in PC Support and Administration.  Ken’s certifications include: CompTIA A+(2006 & 2009 Standards), Network+, Multiple Dell, HP, Samsung, Toshiba, Apple 10.5 Support Specialist as well as Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 & Mac OS X systems and multiple Server Systems. 

“We are proud of the growth and impact that CTS is making in the Muncie community,” said Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Muncie Innovation Connector.  “We are glad that CTS has chosen the Innovation Connector as its home to build and grow their business.”

Innovation Connector Adds Project Coordinator to Staff

March 18, 2014 – Muncie, IN – The Muncie Innovation Connector is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Greene to its staff as Project Coordinator for operations and programming.  

In her new role, she will be responsible for planning and managing events with IC clients, offering graphic design assistance for marketing pieces and the quarterly IC newsletter, maintaining all social media outlets for the organization, and implementing the IncuTrac software management system for the IC. Jennifer will also serve as Community Outreach Coordinator for the East Central Indiana Regional Planning District, located in the Innovation Connector.

 “Due to the growth in clients and overall impact of the Innovation Connector, this position became necessary to continue providing our business clients with the wide variety of services they need,” said Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector. 

Jennifer comes to the Innovation Connector with a wide array of experiences and talents.  She is a graduate of Jay County High School and International Business College.  Jen’s work experience includes serving as Director of Montessori Academy of Goshen, IN, Assistant to the Dean of the School of Business at Ivy Tech Community College East Central Region, and most recently, Administrative Assistant for the ISBDC East Central Region.  Jen also serves on the ECI Social Media Group Committee, is a member of Women in Business Unlimited (WIBU), and is very active in school activities with her two children.

Lori Albert, Financial Director for the Innovation Connector added, “Jen’s experience with social media management and graphic design, along with her organizational abilities, make her a great fit for this role and we are thrilled that she has joined our team.” 

Innovation Connector to Host Event on Understanding the Legal Side of Your Business

February 10, 2014 – Muncie, IN – The Innovation Connector will host an event for business owners to speak with three reputable attorneys on understanding the legal side of their businesses and discuss how to better protect their organization. The event will be held on Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

The attorneys that will be presenting include Jim Borgman and Shawn Neal from Defur Voran, LLP as well as Chuck Schmal from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett, & Henry LLP.  Jim Borgman, whose primary focus is on Business and Corporate law, will discuss establishing, acquiring, assisting, and transferring businesses. Shawn Neal will detail employment law, focusing on human resources issues.  Chuck Schmal will give insight to business protection through patent, trademark, and copyright laws.

To attend this event, you must register by calling the Innovation Connector at 765-285-4900. The cost to attend is $60, which includes the three hour presentation and lunch. All proceeds will to go the BSU Chapter – American Marketing Association.

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Innovation Connector and East Central ISBDC to Host Affordable Care Act Event for Small Businesses

December 2, 2013, Muncie, IN – The Innovation Connector is partnering with East Central ISBDC to host an event for small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to learn more about the Affordable Care Act, and its effects on their businesses. This event is free and will be held on December 10th, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Innovation Connector.

To attend this program, organizations must register online at Conferences.action?centerID=11 or call Jennifer Greene at 765-282-9950. The event sponsored by U.S. Small Business Administration will be presented by Gregg McAllister from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services- Health and Human Services and Deborah Hester from Indiana ACA Health Navigator- Plus One Enterprises. Topics will cover the ACA insurance program basics, discussion of the Small Business Health Options program, decision-making tips, and health insurance registration guidance.

Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector notes, “There is so much information out there about the Affordable Care Act. As a business incubator, we are pleased to host a program that offers better understanding to small business owners and how they can best prepare for these changes.”