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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
One Main Street, Room 980
City -County Building
Attn: Denise Porter-Ross (427-2603)
                                      City of Fort Wayne
                                                                                                            So Ho (Small Office/Home Office) businesses are leading the na-
                                                                                                            tion in job growth opportunities. According to the U.S. Depart-
                                                                                                            ment 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
                                                                                                                              PCHECK IT OUT
                                                             Home-Based
                                                               Business                                    ¨ 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.

                                                            Forums for 2003                                ¨ The Women’s Enterprise and the NE Indiana SBDC will conduct mini-
                                                                                                             pre business assessments and schedule individual counseling ses-
                                                                                                             sions with people needing specific help with business planning.

                                                                                                           ¨ Network with persons who have developed successful home-based
                                                               City–
                                                               City–County Building                          businesses and learn how they balance work with family or other per-
                                                                                                             sonal responsibilities.
                                                              2nd Floor OMNI ROOM
                                                                                                           ¨ Meet others that have started their businesses in their homes and are
                                                                  One Main Street                            now operating in industrial or retail locations.
                                                                Fort Wayne, IN 46802                       ¨ 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
                                                                    No Admission Charge                      find out which programs will best fit your needs.

                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              REGISTRATION FORM
        small office and
         home–based                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I/we plan to attend the forum (s)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       q March 20 – Health Related/Food Prep
         businesses?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   q June 19 – House/Garden/Crafts
                                                             Small Office & Home-Based Business Forums                                                                                                                                                                                 q Oct 23 – Professional Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       q No, I /we can NOT attend, but please
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           send information on home businesses.
                        Because they                           Register for the session that best fits your needs and schedule!                                                                                                                                                        Name_____________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Name_____________________________________
                        are here and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   __________________________________________

                        growing!*                                          DATE                                                    All sessions include basic information on business plans,                                                                                           Address
                                                                                                                                                   zoning and financial issues                                                                                                         __________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       __________________________________________

                                                                   Thursday,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ST___ZIP_________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       City________________ ST___ZIP_________
                                                                                                           Focus on Health Related Businesses such as Child Care, Geriatric
•    12.2 million workers who did part or                        March 20, 2003
     fulltime work from their homes rep-                            4-8 p.m.                                            Care, Beauty/Barber/Tanning Salons,                                                                                                                            Phone_____________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fax________________________________
     resent 9% of the 135-million member                                                                                  Food Preparation and Restaurants
     U.S. workforce, or about one worker                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Email________________________________
     out of every 11 in the United States.
•    About 6.5 million self -employed indi-                          Thursday,                                                                                                                                                                                                         Business/Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Business/Business Idea:
     viduals-more than half of the na-                                                                                        Focus on Lawn Care, Snow Removal and
                                                                   June 19, 2003
     tion’s self-employed– do some work                               4-8 p.m.                                         Seasonal Businesses, Handyman and Maid Services, and                                                                                                            __________________________________________
     at home. This represents almost 5%                                                                                               Arts, Crafts and Textiles                                                                                                                        __________________________________________
     of the entire labor force.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        __________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       __________________________________________
•    Of the self-employed who operate
     home-based businesses 1.7 million                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 What is the most important question that
     are managers and professionals.                             Thursday,                                                                                                                                                                                                             you want answered in this forum?
                                                                                                                       Focus on Financial and Professional Service Businesses,                                                                                                         __________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       __________________________________________
     Another 720,000 are in the construc-                     October 23 , 2003
                                                                  4-8 p.m.                                                   Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations                                                                                                               __________________________________________
     tion industry and 532,000 are in re-
                                                                                                                                  Computer and High Tech Services                                                                                                                      __________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       __________________________________________
     tail trades.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      __________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       __________________________________________
          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
(*Sources: Labor Department Study. Bureau of Labor
Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Force Statis -                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Phone (260) 427-2603
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 ex-           Fax (260) 427-1115
                                                             tended 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-R-
                                                             0015-17. 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.   Email: denise.porter-ross@ci.ft-wayne.in.us
                                                             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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