The Mill, Bloomington’s nonprofit center for entrepreneurship and coworking, today announced that applications are open for the spring 2022 session of ReBoot. ReBoot is a six-week program to help people turn business ideas into business plans. The spring session is offered exclusively to all current and former military members.
“We started the ReBoot program last year to help more people reap the rewards of entrepreneurship,” said Andy Lehman, Head of Accelerator Programming for The Mill. “The discipline and grit developed through military experience lay a great foundation for starting a business. We’d like to help veterans design that next adventure.”
No previous business experience is required to participate, Lehman added. Participants meet once a week for six weeks to learn how to focus their business ideas, get customer validation, and present their business to potential investors. They’ll have access to mentors, successful entrepreneurs, and a slate of expert speakers. Participation is limited to a small group to increase the effectiveness of instruction and to encourage peer connections.
At the end of the program, participants present their business plans at a live showcase, and the winner takes home a little seed money for their business. All participants receive free part-time memberships to The Mill to connect to other founders and to access member perks to help grow their businesses.
Join us on Sunday, September 11th at the Switchyard Park Pavilion for the 2022 Walk to End Alzheimer's - Bloomington, the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support and research. This inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to join the fight against the disease. While there is no fee to register for Walk, all participants are encouraged to raise critical funds that allow the Alzheimer’s Association to provide 24/7 care and support and advance research toward methods of prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure. For more information or to register today, visit http://act.alz.org/bloomington
City of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton encourages all community members to nominate outstanding volunteers for the Be More Awards, the community volunteer awards presented by the City of Bloomington Volunteer Network, a program of the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department. Nominations are being accepted now through Monday, March 21 at bloomingtonvolunteernetwork.org/bemore.
"Bloomington thrives because so many talented, caring and energetic folks give freely of their time and resources," said Hamilton. "Whether volunteering at our social service agencies, cultural organizations, neighborhood associations, or City boards and commissions, the people who show up and get involved are essential to keeping our community strong."
Nominations may be submitted by members of the general public, community organizations, or businesses. Awards are made in five categories, including Lifetime of Service (honoring an individual over age 60), Community Impact (honoring an individual or group), Youth (honoring a volunteer under the age of 21), Engagement Professionals (honoring a volunteer program within an organization), and Community Collaboration (excellence in community collaboration).
Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized the following local sales affiliates with the CENTURY 21 2020 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award. The annual award is based on results from the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Survey (QSS) which is e-mailed to consumers immediately after the purchase or sale of a home. To earn the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, an agent must receive completed customer surveys for at least 80 percent of their transactions surveyed from January 1 - December 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.
* Jeremy Tredway of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, located at 1155 South College Mall Road Suite C in Bloomington
* Margie Eberle-Polley of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, located at 1155 South College Mall Road Suite C in Bloomington
* Brooke Hoffa of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, located at 1155 South College Mall Road Suite C in Bloomington
* Megan Dohman of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, located at 1155 South College Mall Road Suite C in Bloomington
* Dawn Evans of CENTURY 21 Scheetz, located at 1155 South College Mall Road Suite C in Bloomington
"The Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award is an integral part of our brand's commitment to excellence and recognizes dedication to making each and every client interaction a positive one," said Michael Miedler, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate. "The power of the CENTURY 21 brand rests on the shoulders of the relentless sales who always elevate and give 121% to their clients throughout the entire client relationship. So as we celebrate their accomplishments we understand that delivering extraordinary experiences is what homebuyers, sellers and property investors deserve, and they should be demanding from their real estate company and agent of choice."
Each recipient will receive a customized glass trophy, in addition to being recognized at the CENTURY 21 Global Conference.
CENTURY 21 Scheetz Receives 2021 President's Award for Commitment to Quality Service and Productivity
Tracy Hutton, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Scheetz is pleased to announce that in recognition of its outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service, Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently honored CENTURY 21 Scheetz with the 2021 CENTURY 21® President's Award. The annual award is bestowed upon those independent CENTURY 21® offices that earn the CENTURY 21 CENTURION® award and the CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle award in the same calendar year.
The CENTURION Award is presented to CENTURY 21 offices that achieve or surpass sales production of $2,572,000 or 437 closed transaction sides within a calendar year.
The CENTURY 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Award is presented to those independent offices that receive satisfaction surveys for at least 80 percent of their consumers surveyed from January 1 -- December 31, with a survey score of 95 percent or better for two consecutive years.
"The power of the CENTURY 21 brand rests on the shoulders of the relentless sales professionals at CENTURY 21 Scheetz who always elevate and give 121% to their clients throughout the entire client relationship," said Michael Miedler, president and CEO, Century 21 Real Estate. "So as we celebrate their accomplishments we understand that delivering extraordinary experiences is what homebuyers, sellers and property investors deserve, and they should be demanding from their real estate company and agent of choice."
Community Foundation opens grant opportunity for projects or programs that align with the Heading Home plan
Interested organizations are encouraged to submit letters of intent by March 21
The Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County has opened its Community Impact Funding Initiative, CFBMC’s second competitive grant cycle for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. This funding round will focus on advancing housing security through projects and programs aligned with solutions outlined in the Heading Home Plan, A Regional Plan for Making Homelessness Rare, Brief, and Non-Repeating. CFBMC expects to award 8-10 grants with funding amounts ranging from $10,000-$50,000 per proposal.
In 2021, CFBMC and the United Way of Monroe County, with support from the South Central Housing Network, City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government, and the townships of Perry and Bloomington, convened a working group for the explicit purpose of addressing housing insecurity in Monroe County. Using the 2014 Heading Home document, the working group’s goal was to update the county’s plan for ending homelessness by creating a more comprehensive approach for driving community-wide solutions to the depth and breadth of underlying challenges that result in housing insecurity.
The updated Heading Home Plan was developed collaboratively by local and regional partners, including service providers, government officials, community members, funders, and people with lived experience. Released in July 2021, this plan is serving as a community guide to support long-term initiatives with strategies to address the many contributing factors to housing insecurity, ranging from financial and legal challenges to emotional, physical, and mental health-related matters. The plan also speaks to system-level issues related to access to a variety of housing types.
WHAT: Mayor John Hamilton presents his seventh annual State of the City address to the community at the Buskirk Chumley Theater*. All are invited to attend the free event. Complementing the Mayor’s remarks, the work of local artists will be showcased, including live music, poetry readings, and a video presentation of community portraits. The event will be convened and adjourned by the Bloomington Common Council, for which it serves as an official meeting. Simultaneous interpretation in American Sign Language will be provided by South Central Indiana Interpreting.
*Due to COVID-19, extra safety precautions are being taken to limit the spread of the virus. In addition to the Buskirk-Chumley’s vaccine, testing, and masking requirements (buskirkchumley.org/vaccine-policy-faqs), there will be limited seating to allow for physical distancing.
Flywheel Fund, a member-managed capital fund run by The Mill, today announced a $50,000 follow-on investment in Qualifi, as part of a $2.5 million seed round led by Rally Ventures. Qualifi’s on-demand screening platform allows recruiting teams to phone interview hundreds of candidates in minutes.
Pat East, Executive Director of The Mill, a nonprofit center for entrepreneurship, said, “I first became aware of Qualifi in 2019, when Darrien Mikell competed at Crossroads Pitch Competition. Darrian recognized then that phone interviews were the biggest bottleneck in the hiring process, particularly for high-volume recruiting efforts. And now, post-pandemic, with the global surge in hiring, Qualifi’s solution is needed more urgently than ever.”
Qualifi’s audio-based platform enables recruiters to phone screen multiple candidates simultaneously, resulting in faster time-to-hire (up to 8 days faster) with a more convenient, accessible, and unbiased hiring experience. Candidates respond to pre-recorded questions over a standard phone call, and because there’s no need for scheduling or phone tag, recruiters can vet seven times more candidates per day on average. The platform captures rich, actionable data so that recruiters can make the best hiring decisions without bias and scale their efforts with integrations to more than 30 of the top Applicant Tracking Systems.
The City of Bloomington invites the community to attend the 18th Annual Black History Month Gala, which will take place on Saturday, February 26, beginning at 6 p.m. The ticketed, public event will be held over Zoom video conferencing, with e-ticket reservations available in advance through the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, online at bctboxoffice.org, or by phone at 812-323-3020.
The gala offers an opportunity to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans who have devoted their time, talents, and resources to make a difference in the Bloomington community and beyond. The theme for the 2021 Black History Month celebration is "Black Health and Wellness," honoring the legacy of Black contributors, scholars, and medical practitioners in Western medicine. Community members can look forward to a two-part culminating event.
Ivy Tech establishes School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation: New School equips students with key skills to start or grow their businesses
Ivy Tech Community College established a new School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation in fall 2021 aimed at assisting Indiana entrepreneurs. The School was launched in partnership with Regional Innovation and Startup Education (RISE) to offer an Entrepreneurship Certificate (CT) program that can be completed in as little as two semesters (16 credit hours).
“Even before the pandemic, small businesses were struggling to find success, often because owners had a passion and a skill for developing a great product or service, but they lacked the tools needed to effectively run the business,” said Dr. Ronda Taylor, Dean of the Garatoni School of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Ivy Tech. “Our program is set up to provide practical skills students can put into action immediately around topics such as marketing, financials, human resources, and legal considerations.”
According to the Small Business Administration, about half of all small businesses fail within the first five years. Common reasons include poor planning, management missteps, and inadequate funding. There are more than half a million small businesses in Indiana and they employ more than 1.2 million people.
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