Entrepreneurship Showcase Week

Entrepreneur Showcase Week

November 13-17, 2023

2023 ESW Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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Entrepreneur Showcase Week 2022 Highlights

The Innaugural Entrepreneur Showcase Week brought many entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members together to learn, network, and celebrate. Beginning with a Mayoral Proclamation presented by Mayor Dan Ridenour and a presentation of the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Entrepreneur Showcase Week kicked off with a bang! Each of the 21 sessions was led by qualified and experienced professionals in the community who spoke about their experiences in the industry and gave insight into a variety of business-related topics.

If you missed out on Entrepreneur Showcase Week, there is good news. This is just the beginning of all the workshops, resources, and networking events the Innovation Connector will be providing to the Muncie community! Stay tuned for more events coming soon

2022 Entrepreneurs of the Year Award Recipients

2022 Business Entrepreneur Support Award

Mayor Dan Ridenour

Mayor of Muncie

2022 Legacy Mentor Award

Peggy Cenova

East Central Indiana Small Business Development Center

2022 Community-Impact Entrepreneur of the Year

Tiara Hicks

Rosebud Coffee House

2022 Restaurant Entrepreneur of the Year

Lynn A. Moore

Café at the Crossing

2022 Technology Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Kurt Harrington, Founder

OEM Combustion Service LLC

2022 Life-Style Business Entrepreneur of the Year

Bernisa Elliott

BE’s Beauty Inc. & Elliott Property Rentals

Entrepreneur Showcase Week of Events 2022

Monday, 11/14/2022
Tuesday, 11/15/2022
Wednesday, 11/16/2022
Thursday, 11/17/2022
Friday, 11/18/2022
Saturday, 11/19/2022
Event Sponsor: City of Muncie, Dan Ridenour, Mayor

Kickoff Celebration – Press Conference – Coffee with Mayor and Entrepreneurs of the Year Awards

Event Sponsor:
Spotted Monkey Marketing –

Creatively Marketing Your Business

Event Sponsor:
Thrive Credit Union-

Entrepreneur Mental Health Awareness – A Discussion Creating a Work-Life Balance

Event Sponsor: Northwest Bank –

Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses

Event Sponsor: Innovation Connector –

Importance of

Event Sponsor: First Merchants Bank –

Women’s Entrepreneurship Brunch at the IC – Panel Discussion Celebrating Women Businesses

Event Sponsor: First Merchants Bank –

Navigating Opportunities for Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

Event Sponsor:
Ivy Tech Community College –

Continuing Education Opportunities for Small Business Owners

Event Sponsor:
Community Business Connections –

CBC Open House/Guests

Event Sponsor:
Shafer Leadership Academy

Creating an Inclusive Work Environment for College Grads & Individuals with Disabilities
Event Sponsor:
BSU Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

Chic Innovate Event
Event Sponsor: Deltec Solutions –

What Small Businesses Need to Know about Computers, Business IT, and Security

Event Sponsor:
Madjax Makers Force

Building a Community
of Maker Entrepreneurs
Event Sponsor:
Amazing Joe’s –

How to Start/Grow a Restaurant – A Panel Discussion

Event Sponsor:
Whitinger & Company –

Bookkeeping and Accounting – What
Your Small Business Needs to Know

Event Sponsor:
Deltec Solutions

Ice Cream Celebration with Innovation
Connector Clients
Event Sponsor: Whitinger & Company –

Start Your Own Business Workshop

Event Sponsor:
Innovation Connector

Tailgate Celebration
Event Sponsor:
Techwise Academy –

Tech Business Ideation Bootcamp: A Roundtable Discussion about
Starting and Growing
a Tech Business in
East Central Indiana

Event Sponsor:
Innovation Connector

Becoming a Mentor for
a Startup Business

Title Sponsor

Thank you to the ESW Partners!

City of Muncie-Mayor Dan Ridenour

Thank you to Foto Therapy!

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