BUILD your business in Adams County

The BUILD Fort Wayne Institute is an eight-week basic business education program for early-stage startups. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations.

Join our community of builders

This business and project planning course is designed for emerging entrepreneurs. Cohorts of up to 12 participants will meet for three hours once per week for eight weeks - a total of 24 education and community building hours. Our trained facilitators lead you through the basics of starting a business, including:

  • Establishing an entity
  • Market research
  • Loan types
  • Financial literacy
  • Cash flow management
  • Cost-benefit analyses

In addition to a completed business plan, invaluable resources and contacts, you'll graduate with the confidence to take your idea to the next level.

We invest in you

Your one-time $175 investment fee covers all costs and is refunded TO YOU upon completion of the program. Why return the fee? Because we have confidence that our graduates make a positive impact in their communities regardless of the path they take after graduation. The fee covers education, resources and community building, specifically:

  • Curriculum book and facilitation
  • Subject-matter expert presentations
  • Personal strengths assessment
  • Food and beverage
  • Class-time childcare
  • Connection to the NE Indiana regional entrepreneur ecosystem

Ready? Let's go!

For more information, contact:

Melissa Norby, Director of Community Development, City of Decatur

260-724-7171 or 260-301-4871

This program is funded by SEED Fort Wayne in partnership with the City of Fort Wayne, American Electric Power, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

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