Celebration, workshops mark Small Business Week

2013-06-04T10:21:00Z 2013-06-04T15:29:10Z Celebration, workshops mark Small Business WeekTimes Staff nwitimes.com
June 04, 2013 10:21 am  • 

The Northwest ISBDC is marking National Small Business Week with a luncheon and free workshops, including one focused on veterans.

Celebrate Small Business will honor SBA’s Indiana Young Entrepreneur of the Year Wade Breitzke, president of 27 Entertainment Inc. in Valparaiso. Breitzke was recognized as the region’s entrepreneur of the year during the NW-ISBDC’s annual E-Day event in 2012.

Breitzke, along with Indiana Small Business Person of the Year Dan Schmidtendorff, will be honored at the event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time) June 18 at the Hilton Garden Inn South Bend, 53995 Ind. 933, in South Bend.

Tickets are $25 and can be bought by visiting www.nwisbdc.org and following the “Celebrate Small Business Event” link. Registration is requested by June 11.

The event also includes presentations by Joe Abraham, an author and founder of bosiDNA.com, on the big deal about small business, as well as by Tom Ross, vice president at Fifth Third Bank, on SmallBizU.

Small Business Administration District Director Gail Gesell will present the honorees with their awards.

“We are excited to see our E-Day honoree in the state spotlight,” said Lorri Feldt, regional director of the NW-ISBDC, in a statement. “Wade is so talented and is now also running a second company, We Create Media, making a mark in the region and beyond.”

Also, two free workshops will be offered at the Purdue Technology Center of Northwest Indiana, 9800 Connecticut Drive, in Crown Point.

Launch your own Business will be presented from 9 to 11 a.m. June 19.

Business Opportunities for Veterans will be from 9 to 11 a.m. June 21, with registration and networking beginning at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided. This seminar is for veterans and members of the military community who would like to start or grow their small businesses.

Workshop topics include how to evaluate your business idea, tools to help create a working business plan, sources of money to start or expand your business, special loans for veterans - Patriot Express Loans and how to cultivate a relationship with a banker.

Registration is required for both workshops by phone at (219) 644-3513 or email at northwest@isbdc.org.

For more information, contact the NW-ISBDC at (219) 644-3513.

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