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Attn: Denise Porter-Ross (427-2603) City -County Building One Main Street, Room 980 Fort Wayne, IN 46802

City of Fort Wayne

So Ho (Small Office/Home Office) businesses are leading the nation in job growth opportunities. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, it is estimated that as many as 20% of new small business enterprises are operated out of the owner’s home. These forums, co-sponsored by the City of Fort Wayne and the Women’s Enterprise, a program of Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau, and the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will give people the information that they need to start or grow a business in this community.

Small Office and Home-Based Business Forums for 2003
City–County Building City– 2nd Floor OMNI ROOM
One Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802

¨ Representatives from the City of Fort Wayne and Allen County will be available to discuss zoning regulations, economic development, neighborhood concerns, and Board of Health issues. ¨ The Women’s Enterprise and the NE Indiana SBDC will conduct minipre business assessments and schedule individual counseling sessions with people needing specific help with business planning. ¨ Network with persons who have developed successful home-based businesses and learn how they balance work with family or other personal responsibilities. ¨ Meet others that have started their businesses in their homes and are now operating in industrial or retail locations. ¨ Pick up calendars, flyers, and other materials about other events in town that can help your business grow! ¨ Meet representatives from the U.S. Small Business Administration and find out which programs will best fit your needs.

No Admission Charge
Co-sponsored by the City of Fort Wayne, the Women’s Enterprise, a program of the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau and the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center

Why focus on small office and home–based businesses?
Because they are here and growing!*

Yes, I/we plan to attend the forum (s) q March 20 – Health Related/Food Prep q June 19 – House/Garden/Crafts q Oct 23 – Professional Services q No, I /we can NOT attend, but please send information on home businesses. Name_____________________________________ Name_____________________________________ __________________________________________ Address __________________________________________ __________________________________________ City________________ ST___ZIP_________ ST___ZIP_________ Phone_____________________________ Fax________________________________ Email________________________________

Small Office & Home-Based Business Forums
Register for the session that best fits your needs and schedule!
DATE All sessions include basic information on business plans, zoning and financial issues




12.2 million workers who did part or fulltime work from their homes represent 9% of the 135-million member U.S. workforce, or about one worker out of every 11 in the United States. About 6.5 million self -employed individuals-more than half of the nation’s self-employed– do some work at home. This represents almost 5% of the entire labor force. Of the self-employed who operate home-based businesses 1.7 million are managers and professionals. Another 720,000 are in the construction industry and 532,000 are in retail trades.

Thursday, March 20, 2003 4-8 p.m.

Focus on Health Related Businesses such as Child Care, Geriatric Care, Beauty/Barber/Tanning Salons, Food Preparation and Restaurants

Thursday, June 19, 2003 4-8 p.m.

Focus on Lawn Care, Snow Removal and Seasonal Businesses, Handyman and Maid Services, and Arts, Crafts and Textiles

Business/Business Idea: Business/Business __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ What is the most important question that you want answered in this forum? __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________ __________________________________________

Thursday, October 23 , 2003 4-8 p.m.

Focus on Financial and Professional Service Businesses, Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations Computer and High Tech Services

See what Fort Wayne is doing to grow our share of this business trend!

Mail /fax/phone or email to: City-County Building Room 980 Attn: Denise Porter-Ross Fort Wayne, IN 46802-1804 Phone (260) 427-2603 Fax (260) 427-1115 Email:

(*Sources: Labor Department Study. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Force Statis tics from the Current Population Survey.)

This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) cooperative agreement is partially funded by the SBA. SBA's funding is not an endo rsement of any products, opinions or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis." The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration under Cooperative Agreement Number 2-603001-R0015-17. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of the co -sponsors) or participant's opinions, products or services. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and available to individuals with disabilities.

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