Fort Wayne Entrepreneurial Summit set for Sept. 21

| September 18, 2013

FORT WAYNE—People in business for themselves or those hoping to start businesses have an opportunity to gain valuable insight into to the world of entrepreneurs and to share the benefit of their own experiences at the Fort Wayne Entrepreneurial Summit, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 21 at the Fort Wayne Public Safety Academy Ivy Tech South Campus in Southtown Crossing, 7602 Patriot Crossing.

The agenda for the event includes:

• 7:30 a.m.—Registration opens and includes coffee and breakfast.

• 8:15 a.m.—Opening greetings from Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne; Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D., chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast; John P. Dortch, president, Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Hoffman, executive director of Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI).

• 8:30 a.m.—Local Business Panel Discussion including inspirational stories of local business people.

• 9:30 a.m.—Break.

• 9:45 a.m.—Five breakout workshops—Youth in Business, Starting Your Business, Financing Your, Growing Your Business and Social Media—each featuring multiple speakers who will present a valuable topic.

• 10:45 a.m.—Break.

• 11 a.m.—Repeat of 9:45 workshops with and opportunity to choose a different workshop.

• 12 p.m.—Lunch.

• 12:45 p.m.—Keynote speaker, Michael Russell, CEO of H.J. Russell and Company, Atlanta. Russell is described as a visionary leader of a company that consistently ranks in the top construction companies in the U.S.  Having grown up in the construction business, Russell has served various roles in the company.  Today as CEO, he preserves the core values of entrepreneurship, empowerment and excellence that his father, Herman Russell, instilled in H.J. Russell and Company.

• 2 p.m.—Break.

• 2:15 p.m.—One-on-one breakouts offering personal insight and advice covering subjects offered in group breakout sessions but with speakers talking one-on-one with attendees.

• 4:15 p.m.—Closing remarks.

The Summit is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register or for more information, visit

Sponsors include CANI, ISBDC, the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce, the Urban Enterprise Association Inc. and Founders.


This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition.

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