By Lyndsay Crespo, Director of Grants, John Bonner Neighborhood Centers and current participant. firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 24th, the Purdue Extension Community Economics & Leadership Program (CELP) had a session on Business Development Basics and Financial Intelligence. From 8:30 am to noon, participants gathered at First Internet Bank’s brick-and-mortar location in Fishers, IN to learn from Joe Albano of Logika, Rachel McIntosh of Cross Sector Convergence, and Jean Wotjowicz of Cambridge Capital Management Corporation, Trina McWilliams and Kim Smith of First Internet Bank. Presenters reviewed the frameworks and processes that shape entrepreneurship, business development, community development, and business and development finance. Lively question-and-answer sessions followed each presentation, with time after the presentations for individuals and groups to chat with the presenters about the concepts in depth over lunch. Following this session, groups had time to do team building activities and develop their community projects at nearby locations like Top Golf and IKEA.
Many I have spoken to seem to agree with me that this was one of the most engaging sessions we have had in the program. The presenters were deeply knowledgeable about the topics and had a high level of practical expertise in applying the concepts shared with us. Additionally, CELP participants share a passion for business and community development and had thought-provoking questions and comments to contribute. Apart from the informational aspects of the session, CELP offers a great opportunity for all participants to collaborate with peers who work in other sectors in the community and to learn from leaders who have seen Indianapolis grow and change over time.