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Welcome, Stir Crazy to downtown Columbia City!

By: Katie Dewitt, EDC Marketing Project Manager  If you've taken a stroll recently down West Van Buren Street in Columbia City, you've probably noticed the new businesses popping up and bringing more life to our downtown. Running Around Screen Printing and Embroidery located at the corner of ...Read More

LIVE BOLD: Late entrepreneur Lindsey Hively’s legacy lives on in every pop

Contributed by: Poptique Popcorn If there’s anything we’ve learned here at Poptique Popcorn, it’s that dreams do come true. In honor of Indiana Entrepreneurship Week, Poptique Popcorn would like to celebrate our own late founder and entrepreneur Lindsey Hively. What began as a young woma...Read More

Venture Accelerator program

The EDC is launching the fifth cohort of the EDC Venture Accelerator program this June. The Venture Accelerator program is a 10-week intensive program of one-on-one coaching and mentoring from EDC Small Business Coach Steve Franks. AgCompass Nick Chambers is exploring how to grow this existing...Read More

Welcome EDC summer intern, Lucas Gramman!

My name is Lucas Gramman, and I am the summer intern for the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation. Lawrenceburg, Indiana is where I grew up, just 20 minutes west of Cincinnati, Ohio. Baseball was my main priority for choosing a school, but my mom trained me to say “I chose Manchester...Read More

Small Business Owner Spotlight: April Gerard

April Gerard has always been a writer. As an author herself, April understands how challenging it can be for authors to market themselves, which is why she started A.L. Deleon Agency, a marketing and consultation firm specifically dedicated to helping authors and creatives promote themselves an...Read More

Small business spotlight: Running Around Screen Printing

It started with running. The Bird Family helped organize and assist with many local 5k races, and like at most races, there was always a need for t-shirts–and the family saw that need. Around that time, a nearby screen printing business came up for sale so they jumped on the opportunity and purcha...Read More

Small Business Spotlight: Yo2Go

It's that time of year again! The sun is shining brighter, spring flowers are blooming, and Yo2Go is open again–serving up delightfully sweet treats one bowl at a time! Yo2Go is downtown Columbia City's one-of-a-kind self service frozen yogurt shop, and it's located at the corner of Van Bu...Read More

Guest blog from EDC intern Jacob Archambault

By: Guest blogger, Jacob Archambault One of the great strengths of humans is our resilience. To come up against hard times or unforeseen circumstances and work back to where we were before is something to be admired and emulated. Many of us may have had to rely on the help of others to get throug...Read More

Happy National Popcorn Day! Business Spotlight: Poptique Popcorn

There's one thing better than the sound of popping popcorn...the first bite of freshly popped popcorn! Today is a perfect day for the scrumptious popped treat because it's National Popcorn Day! To help celebrate the occasion we're highlighting local small business Poptique Popcorn. Make sure to stop...Read More

Welcome, Jacob Archambault!

Hello, my name is Jacob Archambault, and I am excited to serve as an intern at the EDC this spring. I'm from La Porte, Indiana and am currently a senior at Manchester University.  At Manchester I'm studying social work and would like to do economic or community development work in Northwest Indi...Read More

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