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Homemade pie. If that brings to mind tempting smells and mouthwatering taste, you’re not alone. “Because pie is meant to be shared,” as the tagline for Bakerson Pie Co. says. Owner Angela Harrison credits her great-great-aunt for setting the baking standard she follows, but the recipes are hers. All of the pies are homemade and […]

Stephanie Ruiz grew up in a large Latino family in California. On holidays, the women in her family would spend hours together in the kitchen, making tamales. “I loved it because you’d hear stories and learn about your family,” Ruiz says. When she was 10-years-old, her immediate family moved to Fort Wayne for her father’s […]

Build Institute Fort Wayne graduate Flora Barron was always concerned with health and wellness. Being in shape, she said, “Is something that I struggle with.” So, when she decided to open Kanela, a new coffee, juice, and smoothie shop at 618 South Harrison St., she steered its offerings and environment so “A family and their […]

“Growing up, I was a shop kid,” Kachell Smith said, recalling the many hours she watched her stylist mom in action at the Something Different Salon. Now, at age 26, Smith has her own salon—Liberty Beauty—which had its grand opening on September 13, 2020. Asked how it feels to be a salon owner, she  said, […]

Meet Dr. Paula Neuman. She owns NE Psychological, LLC, providing neuropsychological and psychological assessment and treatments for adults and children. But Dr. Neuman is much more than the owner—she’s the whole operation. “I’m the front desk person, the doctor, and everyone else,” she said. “The challenge is growing the business in order to hire the […]

Although Britni Eisenmann once planned to have her own marketing firm, a professor’s suggestion turned her to psychology instead. Now, as the owner of a successful consultancy, GenElevate, she helps employers find ways to engage new employees so they want to stay. “Engaged employees don’t think about leaving,” Eisenmann said. “And when they feel valued, […]

As the owner of Be Minked Beauty (BMB), Britney Humphrey says her goal is to “make sure every individual we encounter feels beautiful within.” But that’s not her only goal. Humphrey also plans to become her own manufacturer, as well as open the first black-owned beauty supply store in Fort Wayne. The Wayne High School […]

David and Yan Wall pivoted from engineering machinery to preserving it; the decision, in turn, saved their business. They started Guardian Machine Protection (GMP) as a solution to a cash flow problem for their first business, Wall Control Services, an industrial machinery engineering and technical service company established in 2011. Robert Clark of Big Wave […]

In 2019, Jon Rehwaldt launched The Workbench Fort Wayne as a Northeast Indiana resource for entrepreneurs to design and prototype physical products for manufacturing. Focusing on digital design and fabrication, prototyping, and computerized production, the company provides space, equipment, and services to aid entrepreneurs in bringing their ideas to 3D reality. The Workbench is located […]

On June 9, 2020, Monica Miller, along with nine other entrepreneurs, concluded an intensive seven-week program through startup business accelerator gBETA, with a digital “pitch night” for potential investors. The City’s SEED Fort Wayne nonprofit organization sponsored the program’s five area businesses including Miller.  Monica Miller created the Glasses Gripper out of frustration and necessity […]