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The Build Institute is an nine-week basic business education program for idea-stage and early-stage business builders. The Institute helps you identify and hone strengths and develop meaningful connections with like-minded individuals and organizations. 

Groups of up to 12 participants meet once a week for three hours. The nine-week program provides a total of 27 education and community building hours for new business builders.  Below is the current list of scheduled business planning classes.  Additional classes will be scheduled throughout 2020.

    • January 30 through March 26 – Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ McMillen Community Center, 3901 Abbott St., Fort Wayne, IN 46806 - Register Here

    • February 5 through April 1 – Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ Community State Bank, 708 W 7th St., Auburn, IN 46706 - Register Here

    • February 6 through April 2 – Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ Penta C.S. Group, 2513 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, IN 46807 - Register Here

    • February 25 through April 21 – Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. @ Blue Jacket, 2826 S Calhoun Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46807 - Register Here

    •  March 9 through May 11 – Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. @ Community Foundation, 555 E Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 - Register Here

    •  March 25 through May 20 – Wednesday 5:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. @ Fort Wayne Urban League, 2135 S Hanna Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46803 - Register Here

Education, resources, and community building are included in the $175 participant investment fee. Upon successful completion of the Build Institute nine-week program and business coaching sessions, participants will receive this money back as an investment in their business future. The program fee includes:

      • Curriculum book and facilitation
      • Subject matter expert presentations
      • CliftonStrengths assessment
      • Food and beverage, class-time childcare

Who is Ready for Build Institute Fort Wayne?

This business and project planning class is designed for aspiring and early entrepreneurs. 

Classes are led by trained facilitators and cover the basics of starting a business—from establishing an entity to financial literacy, market research to cash flow, loan types to cost-benefit analyses, and more. During the cohort, subject matter experts (such as lawyers, accountants, bankers, and marketing professionals) will be in classes to help with questions and specific topics.

Participants are provided the tools to leave the class with a completed business plan.  They also are connected to fellow entrepreneurs and local service organizations.  The curriculum and CliftonStrengths assessment are designed to support participants' confidence to take their ideas to the next level