Resident Client Spotlight – Tisha Gierhart

 Tisha Gierhart was hired as Shafer Leadership Academy’s first Program Director in January 2014. She is primarily responsible for all activities related to the development, delivery, and assessment of leadership programs presented by Shafer Leadership Academy. In this role, she focuses on building collaborative relationships with Shafer Leadership Academy’s participants and partners. Her work reflects her passion for making a difference, building relationships, and motivating others. She believes in leading by example and developing purposeful connections. Find out more about the Shafer Leadership Academy at

Resident Client Spotlight – Ryan Ellsworth

Ryan Ellsworth is an architect working remotely for Studio M Architecture and Planning located in Carmel, Indiana. They started the practice with 6 people in 2013, and they currently have 42 employees and are looking to grow. They specialize in multi-family and mixed-use projects but work on all project types at home in Indiana and across the country. Architecture is a fast-paced but rewarding field where you get to dream things up and if many things go right, watch it get built in the real world. Check out their website to see some of our latest projects:

Resident Client Spotlight – Melissa DeWitt

Melissa DeWitt is the HEAD OF SCHOOL for The Virtual Preparatory Academy of Indiana at Madison-Grant. Mrs. DeWitt is entering her 20th year in education. Her roles have included principal, Academic Director, data coach, and teacher. She is most proud of her work to launch Indiana’s first full-time online school, giving students and families another school choice here in the state of Indiana.

If you are interested in learning more about The Virtual Preparatory Academy of Indiana and its services, please visit or call 888-436-0234.

New Fall Coding Connector Schedule

Coding Connector is back with a new schedule for Fall 2022. The new fall schedule has classes available for grade school children Kindergarten through 8th grade with activities sure to spark their interest including Minecraft, robotics, Roblox, LEGOs and more!  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. August and September classes are available for registration. Register your child(ren) for a fun and educational experience today!

Resident Client Spotlight – Karen Lloyd

Karen Lloyd is a business advisor at the East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which is proudly hosted by Ball State University. In her position, Karen engages with small business owners through no-cost, one-on-one support and community workshops that facilitate connections to people, tools, and resources that help clients start, grow, finance, innovate, and transition their businesses.

If you are interested in learning more about the East Central Indiana SBDC and its services or would like to schedule a meeting, please visit or call 765-282-9950.

Resident Client Spotlight – Mark Slusher

Mark Slusher founded Endpoint Creative in 2014, a media production and digital marketing company that provides solutions to build their client’s image and brand awareness. Mark has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and management for businesses, organizations, and government agencies.

Endpoint Creative focuses on professional media production including live streaming, corporate productions, podcast production, and more.

Mark moved Endpoint Creative to the Innovation Connector after outgrowing his workspace at home.  The space, the staff and services they provide have been pivotal to the growth of Endpoint Creative.

Need someone to produce your next video or podcast? Call Endpoint Creative at (765) 273-3231.

Ted Baker at the INT’L Conference on Business Incubation

Our very own Ted Baker represented the Innovation Connector at the INT’L Conference on Business Incubation in Atlanta, Georgia. Ted taught courses on Fostering Your Entrepreneurship Center’s Role in Your CommunityBuilding Profitable Programs That Serve Entrepreneurs, The Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs – A Look at Mental Health in Your ESO, and Leading Ecosystem Development in Your Region. At the INT’L Conference, Ted was able to share and teach others about the process of entrepreneurship and the steps to take to become a successful business owner. With these courses, aspiring entrepreneurs learned how to thrive in a competitive startup market, practices to develop services that are relevant to their target client audience, and how to create a healthy balance between work and life to avoid burnout to maintain a healthy state of mind. To learn more about the INT’L Conference on Business Incubation, visit click here.

Resident Client Spotlight – Peggy Cenova


Resident Client Spotlight – Peggy Cenova

Peggy Cenova has been the Regional Director of the East Central Indiana SBDC since 2011. The Indiana Small Business Development Centers help Hoosier entrepreneurs’ businesses start, grow, and flourish.

Need help starting a business or improving the one you have?
Reach out to the East Central Indiana SBDC by emailing them at  or calling them at 765.282.9950.

Nevertheless – First Session

Nevertheless, a Business Sisterhood, was nothing short of an amazing business and connection gaining experience for the women who participated in the first program at Innovation Connector. Nevertheless is an opportunity for women business owners to connect and meet with other women entrepreneurs to discuss their experiences and learn from each other. These successful women met every other week to learn, challenge and share with one another.

While at Nevertheless, the women were not only able to share their goals and successes but their stresses and frustrations with women who may have the same experiences. It was an opportunity to listen to other professionals share about their business, branding, the enneagram and much more. The sisterhood met at the Innovation Connector but also had meetings at Rosebud Coffee House and Re/Max in Yorktown.

The first Nevertheless recently ended and there is no doubt the next group of women will benefit from participating in this experience.  Since the first session ended, the group has already met again to have a cooking demonstration and looks to continue to meet as a group once a month to maintain those relationships created in Nevertheless. We are looking forward to the future of Nevertheless, A Business Sisterhood, at Innovation Connector.  

Resident Client Spotlight – Josh Mathews

Josh Mathews, Regional Vice President of Primerica, is located in Suite 106 at the Innovation Connector.

Josh has been helping families save and invest since 2008 and has been renting space at the Innovation Connector for many of those years.

Josh works with adults of all ages and stages of their savings and retirement process.