Coding Connector – Summer Robotics Camp 2017

In the week of July 10-July 14, the Coding Connector held the first Robotics Camp at Southside Middle School. During this week of activities, students learned how to program EV3 LEGO robots to move different directions, follow a line by using color sensors, and some even learned how to make sounds with their robots. (An elephant noise was programmed into one of the robots!)

The hot word for the week was Algorithm. – A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

The students were taught that the robots would not move if they did not have rules or a process to be followed. By having this way of thinking, each student walked through the steps with their group before programming the steps into the EV3 LEGO robot.

Ryan Hunter and Brandon Coppernoll with TechWise Academy instructed the students all week long with help from Roza Selvey (teacher) and Joyce King (teacher.) The instructors made sure each student knew that the number one rule throughout the week was to HAVE FUN.

The Coding Connector (a partnership between TechWise Academy and the Innovation Connector) was honored to have held the robotics summer camp at Southside Middle School.

Make sure to watch for future Coding Connector classes and camps.

 

 

Special thanks to Southside Middle School and TechWise Academy. 

First Ever Robotics Camp Coming To Southside Middle School

By: Ted Baker of the Innovation Connector and Ryan Hunter of TechWise Academy—

Muncie, IN—The idea for the camp was conceived by Roza Selvey, Southside STEM teacher, and Ryan Hunter of TechWise Academy during a MCS Professional Development Day in January. Ryan reached out to Ted Baker at the Innovation Connector who was immediately on board with the vision. As an outcome of this partnership, the first Robotics Summer Camp will take place at Muncie Southside Middle School during the week of July 10 -14 from 9am to noon each day. Muncie Southside Middle School has taken care of signing up interested students. There is no cost for the camp.

“This really is a great example of multiple organizations in the community working together for a common goal of impacting our youth,” says Hunter. “These students will be engineers for the week and use math, science, computer programming, and problem solving to address real-world problems with the robots. And they’ll have tons of fun while doing it.”

“This is an exciting “first” for the Innovation Connector,” states Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector. “This camp is a direct result of the success of our Coding Connector initiative and is our first move to partner with local schools.” The Innovation Connector recently purchased ten Lego robots with funds received from a grant by The George and Frances Ball Foundation and will be used in many other classes that will be held at the Innovation Connector.” Baker continues, “Programs like this camp and others would not be possible without the financial support from our community partners. These robots are definitely the most innovative learning tool we have now at our center.”

While the Innovation Connector focuses on the behind-the-scenes work, TechWise Academy does the hands-on code and robotic training. Led by Brandon Coppernoll and Ryan Hunter, TechWise Academy provides the technical training for all of the Coding Connector programs and is now leading the Robotics Summer Camp initiative. Future computer coding sessions and robotics programs will start again in the fall and will be posted on www.innovationconnector.com as soon as available.

For more information, contact: Alexis Dishman, 765-285-4900, or via email at akdishman@innovationconnector.com

 

 

Story copied from: http://www.munciejournal.com/2017/07/first-ever-robotics-camp-coming-to-southside-middle-school/ 

Innovation Connector Partners with the Venture Club of Indiana to Host Regional iNX3 Pitch Competition

June 2, 2017– Muncie, IN – The Innovation Connector of Muncie was thrilled to partner with the Venture Club of Indiana to be the sanctioned host for the Regional iNX3 Pitch Competition that took place on May 31st, 2017. The event consisted of a panel of judges listening to eight pitches from qualified candidates  who shared their business ideas in hopes of being one of the three finalists to qualify for the iNX3 Final Pitch Competition.

Pitches that will move to the Finals include:

  • 1st place – Drone Camp (dronecamp.org)
    Drone Camp is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure. You’ll take to the skies and become an honorary junior drone pilot. Come make friends, play creative games and jump in at the forefront of an emerging field. This one-of-a-kind summer camp is for anybody and everybody. No experience needed, great memories guaranteed! We even supply the Drones and you will be able to BUILD your own drone!
  •  2nd Place – Aubry Lane (www.aubrylane.com)
    Aubry Lane is inspired by women’s intrepid pursuit of personal style. Each handbag is constructed from the highest quality materials. The Aubry Lane Amulet is a 1 Touch Emergency SOS, Cellular, and GPS device that allows you or your Aubry Lane handbag to be tracked almost anywhere in the world. Aubry Lane seamlessly integrates fashion and technology into each unique bag, ensuring both style and security.
  • 3rd Place – The Traveler (mytravelerapp.com)
    Whether you are planning your next vacation, road trip or weekend getaway, be sure to take The Traveler along for the ride.  For globe-trotting travelers to casual vacationers who struggle to capture, organize, and share their travel experiences, The Traveler is a road-tested mobile app, with a companion web site, that creates an immersive and digital journal of all those cherished memories.

“We were honored to be chosen as a sanctioned site for the inaugural iNX3 Regional Pitch Competition,” stated Innovation Connector Executive Director, Ted Baker. “A total of eight prepared, investor-ready pitches were delivered at the Innovation Connector.  All eight were worthy of being selected to move to the finals, the Innovation Showcase on June 14th, but the judges could only select three.  The Innovation Connector looks forward to a continued partnership with The Venture Club of Indiana and all that they do to encourage and promote entrepreneurship in our great state.”

These three finalists will pitch their ideas at the iNX3 Pitch Finals on June 14, 2017 for a chance to win over $100,000 in cash and services.

iNX3 is a phenomenal week of venture-focused events where entrepreneurs across all industries, venture capitalists and investors, and service providers of all kinds converge to inspire, innovate, and invest. It brings together multiple venture-focused events in one week to help venture capital and investors connect with scale-up and investment-ready companies. It combines the Venture Club of Indiana’s Innovation Showcase with TechPoint’s Winner’s Circle Event, and a series of other elements designed specifically to cause interaction between early-stage and later-stage companies and venture capital of all forms.

Innovation Connector Hosts Pitches for the Regional iNX3 Pitch Competition

The Innovation Connector is proud to be the sanctioned host of a Regional Pitch Competition for The Venture Club of Indiana’s first iNX3 event.

Be a part of the excitement that is in every corner of our state to send the best startup and early stage companies to the iNX3 Pitch Finals in Indianapolis in June.

Join us on Wednesday, May 31st and be a part of the excitement that is in every corner of our state to send the best startup and early stage companies to the iNX3 Pitch Finals in Indianapolis.

The prize package for the Finals is over $100,000 in cash and services.

The event is FREE to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

iNX3 is a phenomenal week of venture-focused events where entrepreneurs across all industries, venture capitalists and investors, and service providers of all kinds converge to inspire, innovate and invest.

 

Please register by clicking HERE if you plan to attend.

 

 

 

Check out the Venture Club of Indiana by clicking here.

Legal Assistant Needed – Job Description 05/02/17

JOB DESCRIPTION FOR LEGAL ASSISTANT

 

Job brief

Our expanding law firm is currently seeking a qualified applicant to fill a part-time position of Legal Assistant. We are looking for a self-motivated Legal Assistant to ensure smooth running of the law office and effective case management. You will provide a broad spectrum of legal services under the supervision of an attorney.  The areas of legal services which this law office provides to its clients are: estates, estate planning, real estate, corporate, family law, guardianships, adoptions and general corporate matters.

The anticipated number of hours of work needed for this position is 10 to 20 hours a week.  As the law firm’s business increases, the number of hours for this position will increase.  The rate of pay will be based on skills and prior work experience of the person hired for the position.

Responsibilities

  • Provide administrative support to lawyer and enhance office effectiveness
  • Handle communication with clients, witnesses, courts, etc.
  • Prepare court pleadings, contracts, wills, power of attorneys and other legal forms
  • Prepare correspondence to clients, witnesses, courts, etc.
  • Conduct investigations and statistical/documentary research
  • Locate and develop case relevant information
  • Monitor deadlines and juggle calendars
  • Assist attorney preparation of trials and hearings

Requirements

  • Familiarity with law, legal procedures and protocols, and court system
  • Satisfactory knowledge of day-to-day operations of a legal office
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Working knowledge of legal research programs
  • Excellent secretarial and organizational skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple activities and work under pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to take direction and work independently with little or no supervision

 

Contact

If interested in applying for this position, please contact Alexis Dishman by email: Akdishman@innovationconnector.com

Further instructions will be given to interested applicants. 

WIBU 2017 Empowerment Series

The Innovation Connector has partnered with WIBU (Women in Business Unlimited) and WEOC (The Women’s Economic Center – Ft. Wayne) to bring you the WIBU Empowerment Series. With outstanding speakers and presentations, we bring you four different inspiring luncheons.

All meetings will take place at the Innovation Connector with lunch provided.

 

Thursday, April 27th 2017:

11:30AM-1:00PM

“How to Recession Proof Your Business”

During this luncheon attendees will hear from Melissa St. John, President and Owner of Relocation Strategies, on her topic of: How to Recession Proof Your Business.

Melissa St. John is President and Owner of Relocation Strategies, a move and furniture management firm in Indianapolis, IN. Melissa joined the company in 2004 as Project Manager. She has 20+ years of experience in Indianapolis working in various capacities in interior design services and real estate. With her extensive experience in furniture procurement and facility management, she expanded the firm’s offerings from move management to a more all-inclusive offering. She has a passion for building relationships. Having bought the business in late 2007, Melissa was forced to start from scratch having lost most, if not all, of Relocation Strategies reoccurring clients in the fallout from the housing market crash. Through smart marketing strategies, top talent hiring and sheer force of will Melissa doubled and then tripled Relocation Strategies’ worth. Today she is adamant that any business should have a plan on how to survive and thrive come the next economic downturn.

She’s a high-energy motivator, with a gift for recruiting the right people to support her. Her influence extends beyond her industry and out into the community, where she serves on boards of various causes she enthusiastically champions such as the Indiana Construction Round Table, Girl Scouts Capital Campaign, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Melissa is a graduate of the Stanley K. Lacey Leadership Program. In 2010 she received Indy’s Best and Brightest award by Junior Achievement and NAWBO Indy’s (National Association of Women Business Owners) Visionary Award. In 2012, she was named Runner-Up for the Starkey Entrepreneurial Woman Business Owner which awards inspiration and success.

Let us know you are coming by clicking here.

 

Thursday, May 25th

11:30AM-1:00PM

“Transforming a Leaky Row Boat into a Cruise Ship”

During this luncheon attendees will hear from Janet South who has served as President and owner of DECO Coatings, since its incorporation in 1995. Janet will speak on her topic of: Transforming a Leaky Row Boat into a Cruise Ship

Janet has served as President and owner of DECO Coatings, since its incorporation in 1995. She is a certified WBE, DBE, ACDBE, and two national certifications DECO Coatings is an industrial coating/painting which applies liquid protective high performance coatings in a 26,000-controlled environment. What began with a paint brush & roller knocking on doors evolved into an industrial 5-acre campus with 12 overhead cranes from 3-ton up to 100-ton capacity. Janet has treated the company like a cruise ship rather than a row boat…even when the row boat was leaky and she had to bail water to stay afloat. Janet oversees company operations, finances, reviews and directs proposal preparation, contract negotiation, and reviews all social media before it is posted.

Janet has been an active member of NAWBO-Indy since she joined in 2007 and was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors then NAWBO National Presidents’ Assembly. She serves on Indiana Subcontractors Association (ISA) Industry Advancement Committee. Immersed in the construction industry, she is active in public policy for job training, technical education pathway for those who are wired to work with their hands. She belongs to the National Protective Coatings Society, Indiana Fabricators, and Indiana Constructors. Janet has been recognized for mentoring, business, promoting women in business, women in construction, best business practices, and philanthropic efforts. In addition, Janet supported Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom wounded soldiers and their family members in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas from 2004-2011 while assisting her critically wounded Marine during his extensive recovery.

 Let us know you are coming by clicking here.

 

Thursday, June 22nd 2017:

11:30AM-1:00PM

*Presentation to be announced*

Lorelei VerLee

Executive Director of Creative Women of the World

“Every person on earth is gifted with at least one asset that can transform their world.”
Lorelei VerLee

Since high school, Lorelei felt called to help people through the power of creativity but it wasn’t until she turned 56 that her dream found full expression.

After a career in art related businesses and opportunities to travel to many corners of the world in mission projects, she found she enjoyed them but none of them seemed to fulfill her full vision.

Then in 2007 she was invited to Haiti to help start an artisan-based organization called Haitian Artisans for Peace International or HAPI. That was it!  Lorelei partnered with artisans in product development and business management skills and set up a HAPI distribution center in the US where their products could be sold.

When invitations from several other countries started pouring in, she knew it was time in the summer of 2011 to start a new social business called Creative Women of the World.

It is a nonprofit devoted to offering business training through our unique curriculum, “Unlocking Your Design” and sells products made by artisans from 49 countries around the world.

Creative Women of the World has trained hundreds of women in eleven countries and has grown a retail customer base to several thousand locally and online.  Lorelei passionately works to give a voice to those who want to get out of poverty through the power of their own creativity!

Lorelei’s past work experience and certificates include:

BS- Indiana Wesleyan University – Art Education Major

MA- Ball State University— Art with a Textile Design Emphasis

Work Experience:

  • Art teacher for ten years
  • Entrepreneur in several art related businesses- including Friend to Friend, a company that sold handmade cards in every state and exported to three countries; Free-lance artist who painted over 200 murals in several states and various countries
  • 2007-2011 Full time volunteer as Artistic and Marketing Director for Haitian Artisans for Peace International
  • 2011- Current- Founder and Executive Director of Creative Women of the World

 

 

Thursday, August 24th 2017:

11:30AM-1:00PM

*Presentation to be announced*

First Lady Janet Holcomb

First Lady Janet Holcomb / State of Indiana
Janet Holcomb is the wife of Indiana’s 51st Governor, Eric Holcomb. Janet grew up on a horse farm near Muncie, Indiana, where horses and ponies were her first passion in life. Janet rode competitively in Western, English, and Contesting Events at 4-H and regional shows.

Janet also developed a love of the Arts, particularly drawing, early in life. She went on to complete her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts at Ball State University. As the daughter and granddaughter of small business owners, some of Janet’s most valuable lessons were learned at the dinner table. Most recently, Janet served as Vice President of her family’s manufacturing business, R&R Engineering, which has been producing and distributing bolts and fasteners across the U.S. and Canada for the past 47 years.

Prior to joining the business, Janet led fundraising efforts for a number of Federal, and Statewide campaigns for a decade. She has utilized her fundraising experience to benefit many non-profit organizations, including Veterans, Social Service providers, Arts organizations, animal welfare advocates, and Scouting groups.
Janet and Eric are also staunch supporters and defenders of the 2nd Amendment. Both are Life Members of the NRA, and Janet is a certified NRA pistol instructor. She has led training classes throughout the state, and particularly enjoys sharing her passion for shooting sports and personal protection with other women.
Janet is a multi-discipline shooter with experience in pistol, shotgun, and rifle shooting. She has been included in a NRA Armed and Fabulous video. For fun, you might find Janet hunting hogs from a helicopter, gardening, or just hanging out at home with Eric and their dog Henry.

Let us know you are coming by clicking here.

 

Thank you to:

WIBU (Women in Business Unlimited)

Women’s Economic Opportunity Center – Ft. Wayne 

SBA (Small Business Administration) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Enrollment for Coding Connector Classes

With an eye on the future of our community, the Innovation Connector launched the Coding Connector on January 1, 2017. This initiative is intended to reach school aged children in 1st-12th grade. Utilizing the expert instructors from TechWise Academy, the Coding Connector combines a state-of-the-art facility with fiber based internet access, computer resources, an active marketing and business center and the absolute best coding instructors and facilities in our community. Please consider having your daughters and sons join us on this exciting and educational journey. Coding does not have to be difficult to learn and we make it fun to learn.

Watch as your child learns the ways of code through gaming. Events such as the Minecraft Party and Kodu Game Lab Party allow kids to code within a game and show the class what they have created at the end of the class.

 

Please join us as we teach your children…

THE NEW LANGUAGE OF THE FUTURE.”

 

Classes offered are listed below.

 

2/14/17

Scratch Level 1 (Three Session Class)

  • February 14, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • February 21, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • February 28, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

3/14/17

Kodu Game Lab Party

 

4/4/17

Unity Level 1 (Five Session Class)

  • April 4, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • April 11, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • April 18, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • April 25, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • May 2, 2017 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

 

4/8/17

Day of code: Foundations Level 1 & 2

 

5/9/17

Foundations level 3

 

5/19/17

Minecraft party

 

By clicking the link below, you will be taken to the list of classes offered this school year. All classes are open enrollment and offer a limited number of laptops that can be used for each class.

http://innovationconnector.com/coding-connector/

 

Muncie Innovation Connector Hosts 2016 Excellence in Innovation Awards

November 18, 2016 – Muncie, IN – Muncie Innovation Connector recently hosted the second annual Excellence in Innovation Awards at the Horizon Convention Center. This celebration recognized leaders in business innovation including those who are well established and others who are emerging.

Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector, served as the evening’s emcee. Karl LaPan, President & CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center in Fort Wayne, was the evening’s keynote speaker. His presentation was entitled, Innovation is a Messy Business.

Awards were presented in four categories throughout the evening. Two individuals were recognized for their impact on innovation in East Central Indiana.  Nathaniel Spell, a local high school student, was presented with the Young Innovator’s Award for his unique marketing business. Longtime business and community leader, Stefan Anderson received the Excellence in Innovation Mentorship Award for his many years of business leadership and investment in the lives of others.

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Attendees celebrated five business owners and organizations with the 2016 Excellence in Innovation Award. These businesses have demonstrated the entrepreneurial characteristics necessary to remain solid anchors for the business community in East Central Indiana.

Winners included:

·         Dustin Humm – eKeeper Systems, Yorktown, IN

·         Jason Brooks – Jay-Crew, Muncie, IN

·         Math Pathway Teams – Ivy Tech Community College, East Central Indiana Region

·         Ralph Amos & Family – R&R Engineering Company, Inc., Summitville, IN

·         Roy Padgett and Tim Padgett – Small Engine Warehouse, Inc., Muncie, IN

In the spirit of innovation, the five finalists of the 2016 BIG Idea Pitch competition delivered their business ideas in live, two-minute pitches to all in attendance. A panel of ten distinguished judges then awarded first through fifth places later in the evening. These five finalists emerged from nearly fifty original ideas during the BIG Idea Pitch. Winners walked away with prize packages totaling nearly $40,000 in cash and services.

·         First Place:  Scott Massey – Hydro Grow, Grobot

·         Second Place: Travis Hickey – Vacuums Are Just the Beginning

·         Third Place: Ashley & Robert Runkle – Smallmark Creations

·         Fourth Place: Kyle Parker – The Traveler

·         Fifth Place: Sandy Brown & Jerry Mack – Hook ‘n Ladder Pizza

 

“Our region has a strong base of entrepreneurial and innovative leadership, and it was certainly on display at the Excellence in Innovation Awards. It was energizing to bring together innovators, both young and old, to celebrate the power of the entrepreneurial spirit,” stated Innovation Connector Executive Director, Ted Baker.

At the Innovation Connector, we are the ‘gateway to entrepreneurship’ which is why we create events like this for local entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business ideas right here in East Central Indiana.”

The 2016 BIG Idea Pitch and the Excellence in Innovation Awards were presented by the Innovation Connector and sponsored in part by First Merchants Bank and Ball State University.  Additional sponsors included The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Indiana Michigan Power, MutualBank, Whitinger & Company, Star Bank, Ontario Systems, Whitinger Strategic Services, Ivy Tech Community College, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Bingham Greenbaum Doll, Chick-fil-A, R&R Engineering, Co., WLBC Radio and The Muncie Journal.

The Landing Zone has Spaces Available

July 7, 2016 – Muncie, Indiana – The Innovation Connector’s Landing Zone currently has open work spaces available. Monthly passes are available for only $50/month.

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The Landing Zone is a dedicated co-working space [that allows you] to work privately while being connected to an abundance of services including one desk in a shared workspace, high-speed internet, 24/7 access, use of IC conference rooms (Next Level & John W. Fisher), an individual locker with key, a USPS mailbox, access to a printer/copier, bookkeeping, business coaching, fully equipped kitchen, and ample parking. It offers a community work environment with like-minded entrepreneurs, independent professionals, freelancers, and startup business owners.

Interested in a space at the Landing Zone? Contact Ted Baker at tbaker@innovationconnector.com.

Muncie Innovation Connector Recognizes Entrepreneurs and Innovators at Excellence in Innovation Awards

November 23, 2015 – Muncie, IN – Muncie Innovation Connector recently hosted the Excellence in Innovation Awards at the Horizon Convention Center. The purpose of this inaugural event was to recognize leaders in business innovation including those who are well established and others who are emerging.

Ted Baker, Executive Director of the Innovation Connector, served as the evening’s emcee. Keynote speakers for the evening were Ontario Systems co-founders, Wil Davis and Ron Fauquher. The duo recounted the challenges they faced and the lessons they learned as they launched their software company, literally out of a garage. They also challenged the crowd of more than three hundred in attendance to learn from every experience, take the time to hire the right people, be committed to developing your staff, create a sustainable organization, understand your corporate and individual purpose, and always innovate.

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Awards were presented in three categories throughout the evening. Attendees celebrated five business owners and organizations with the Excellence in Innovation Award. These businesses have survived many challenges over the years to remain solid anchors for the business community in East Central Indiana. Also accepting an award was local high school student who was presented with the first ever Young Innovator’s Award. Lastly, the Innovation Connector awarded five emerging businesses with the top prizes in the 2015 Big Idea Pitch Competition.

These five recipients were honored as inaugural Excellence in Innovation Award Winners and inductees into the Innovation Connector’s “Innovation Wall of Fame”.

  • Thomas Office Solutions, Muncie, IN – represented by Gary & Michael Thomas
  • Little Diecast Corp, Albany, IN – represented by John Littler
  • Jacks Camera Shop, Inc., Muncie, IN – represented by Mike Powell
  • Carrera Manufacturing Inc., Portland, IN – represented by Jim Hiester
  • Boyce Systems, Daleville, IN – represented by Mike Galliher

The Young Innovator Award was presented to John Pugsley from Daleville High School.

In the spirit of innovation, the five finalists of The 2015 BIG Idea Pitch competition delivered their business ideas in live; two-minute pitches to all in attendance. A panel of distinguished judges then awarded the following winners later in the evening. Big Idea Pitch winners walked away with prize packages totaling nearly $40,000 in cash and services.

  • First Place: Brent Allred & Tyler Harris – Avec Audio
  • Second Place: Alex Call & Hunter Radke – Healthy Cookie
  • Third Place: Mark Ullom – Digital X-Ray Holder
  • Fourth Place: Greg White – GW Hops & Honey
  • Fifth Place: Johnell Kelley – Royale Curves

“The Excellence in Innovation Awards and the finals of the BIG Idea Pitch Competition met all of the criteria we established, including the number of businesses and individuals that were involved,” stated Innovation Connector Executive Director, Ted Baker. “Our region has a strong base of entrepreneurial and innovative leadership, and these two events were intended to highlight and encourage this strength. The Innovation Connector will continue to create opportunities for local entrepreneurs to develop and grow their business ideas and businesses right here in East Central Indiana.”

The 2015 BIG Idea Pitch and the Excellence in Innovation Awards were presented by the Innovation Connector and sponsored in part by First Merchants Bank, Ball State University, Ball Brothers Foundation, Indiana Michigan Power, MutualBank, Whitinger & Company, Star Bank, Ontario Systems, Whitinger Strategic Services, Ivy Tech Community College, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, LEAP Managed IT, and Defur Voran.