Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More details on the FREE business services showcase

Yesterday, we announced the free Business Services Showcase sponsored by the city of Fort Wayne and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce. It will be October 20 from 8 a.m.-noon at the Public Safety Academy behind Southtown Centre.

Below are details on the offerings planned for the event:

Introducing the City of Fort Wayne
An overview that includes the city budget, the 311 Service, boards and commissions, and city contracts and city financial reports through the SmartGov website.

City Biz Resources
Business assistance programs and services from the Community Development Division, including loans, bonds, grants, tax abatement, tax credits, brownfield and international trade assistance.

Business Resources 101
Other local and state business assistance programs and services, including those of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the N.E. Indiana Innovation Center and WorkOne Northeast.

Selling to the Government, Part I
Doing business with the city, the county, the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority and Fort Wayne Community Schools.

Selling to the Government, Part II
Doing business with the State and Federal Government, including HUBZone opportunities, Small Business Innovation grants, MBE and WBE certification assistance from Women’s Enterprise, and government contracting assistance from PICC.

Business Permits: When Do I Need a Permit?
Business assistance from the Allen County Department of Planning Services and the City of Fort Wayne Right-of-Way Department, including the improvement location permit process and special permits and inspections for business.

Ready, Set, Go…Local Business Startup Assistance
Business start-up assistance programs and services from the SBDC, SCORE, Women’s Enterprise and other resources.

Easy to Be Green
How to make your business more green and sustainable, including information on city waste reduction, the Green City Business Certification Program, and the Northeast Indiana Sustainable Business Council.

Safeguarding Your Business
Prevention programs of the Fort Wayne Police and Fort Wayne Fire Departments.

Unlocking the Commercial Code
The new commercial code and enforcement of weeds, broken windows and business disrepair.

The event is free, but your RSVP is requested. Make your reservation by e-mailing showcase@CityofFortWayne.org or by calling economic development specialist Elissa McGauley at 427-1127.

For many more details, read and download the brochure here. (PDF)

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