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Help for the Toughest Job

Parenting is tough. By getting sound advice from experts who’ve been in the trenches with kids and know how to handle various situations can really empower a parent. For that reason, Home Management Resources is hosting “Parent University” on March 9th at IUSB.

Parent University’s goal is to help parents receive encouragement as well as build positive skills to help with the mighty task of raising well-rounded kids. This day of workshops include a myriad of experts from our community and runs from 9am to 3pm.

The day begins with a keynote by John Peterson of Family Psychology on Parenting Styles and the Buttons Kids Push. Breakout workshops include: Social Media, the Internet and your Child; Homework Without Tears; Positive Discipline; Understanding Your Teenager; Nurturing Creativity and Family Culture; Parenting in the Age of Excess; The Teenage Brain; Trade Secrets from a Mother of Six; One Strong Parent: Making the Most of Single Parenting; and Improving Your Family Finances: Tools for Budgeting and Paying Down Debt.

Cost for the day is $35 per person, which includes lunch and materials. Couples use code CouplesTicket to get 20% off. For those with need for financial assistance, contact Home Management Resources. Child care is also available through the YMCA.

Take advantage of the insights from experts, learn new tools and techniques, make connections with other parents in the area, and be empowered at Parent University. For more information, including registration, click here (or call 574.233.3486).


February 28, 2013 at 4:34 pm 2 comments

A New Kind of Organization in a Very Old Building

Intrigued? Then join 3° of Separation at our first field trip ever. On Saturday, February 16th, 3° will head to The Plant in Chicago to tour their facility.  If you are interested in economic development and sustainability, this is for you. The Plant has figured out how to blend those things in a farm inside an old meatpacking facility. But it’s much more than that. They are “incubating small craft food businesses, brewing beer and kombucha, and doing it all using only renewable energy” that they produce onsite. Instead of discarding what most businesses would consider waste, The Plant connects businesses to make use of each other’s outputs. (It kinda makes my head explode)

After the tour, the group will eat at Nana’s and take that time to discuss inspirations from the tour. Costs for the day include admission into The Plant ($10; they prefer cash), shared gas/tolls (I’m sure the drivers prefer cash), and your meals. Meet at the Park & Ride at Exit 77 of the Toll Road at 10:50am; expect to be back in the Bend by 6:30pm. Don’t miss the 3° Inaugural Field Trip! So head to the 3° of Separation Facebook page to tell them that you’re going. Like now.


February 7, 2013 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

Free Pizza. Free Inspiration. And Some Startup Chatter.

Innovation Park at Notre Dame (1400 E. Angela Blvd)  is hosting Tech Talk: How Tech, Art & Design Create Great Startups on Thursday, January 24th at 6pm. Co-Founder Moses Lee will share his experience of bringing Seelio “to life using innovative technologies and human-centered art and design principles.” Seelio is a venture-backed tech startup that “is a stage for college students to distinguish themselves and connect with companies.” This event is free and the organizers are providing free pizza, t-shirts and a plethora of “cool swag.” Need more reasons to go? I bet you’ll be INSPIRED! If you’re planning to go, help the organizers by RSVPing:

January 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm Leave a comment

Interested in Sustainability?

If you are interested in sustainability and would like to learn more about how this can impact Michiana, then you should plan to attend Transition Michiana’s event. The event will kick-off with dinner and a movie screening of In Transition 2.0 on Thursday, January 24th at 5:30pm. Friday begins with a welcome from Councilman Gavin Ferlic then Transition Movement Founder Rob Hopkins (via Skype). There will be exhibits and a panel discussion. Saturday brings another panel discussion and then action planning.

As they discuss what needs to change and why, YOUR input is needed to help find solutions. Who doesn’t want to make our community better? Here’s a chance to be empowered and united to work together to improve Michiana. As Transition Michiana states on their Facebook page, “Together we can face the challenges posed by climate change and rising energy costs. Together we can create a more vibrant and resilient local community!”

Don’t delay – register today.

January 17, 2013 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

Taking the Fear Out of Taxes

It’s that time of year, isn’t it? Time to think taxes. I will share more about the North Central Indiana Small Business Development Center in a later post, but wanted to let you know about an upcoming workshop that they are conducting on Thursday (1/17) from 11:30am to 1pm. The cost for this workshop is only $10 and the topics covered range from record-keeping, chances of audit, rules for home office deductions, mileage deductions, how business entities are taxed to the need to pay estimated taxes. If your business could benefit from this great educational opportunity, call 574.968.5372.

January 15, 2013 at 2:34 pm Leave a comment

Why Startup Weekend?

Thanks to this blog and my desire to grow my connections in South Bend, I learned about Startup Weekend South Bend (thanks Grant!). I have to say that I’m sorry I missed the first one, but so thankful to be in a room of amazing people.

Let me set the scene for you. First, think about how intimidating it can be to go into a new environment alone. I asked a few friends to join me for this weekend, but was not able to find anyone available. With the encouragement of my husband, I chose to go without my usual support network. While I’m not particularly shy, this proposition was still a little scary. You know all those thoughts that invade your mind as you deliberate…Who are these people running this event anyway? As good as it sounds on paper, how will it really be?

Immediately upon arrival, as I meet a new friend, I am encouraged to share my idea. I have considered pitching one of my ideas (I have many), but think maybe I should just observe this time. Luckily, my name is added to the pitch list. When time comes, I use my 60 seconds to tell far too much about myself and the problem, but am somehow able to let my passion for this idea through enough to entice a few people.

The next step is truly exciting. Time to take a “post-it note vote.” Will I get any votes? As I see the post-it notes added to my idea, I’m stunned, amazed and overwhelmed. Are you kidding me? Might my idea make it? We’re not done voting, so anything can happen. Now it’s time to weed out those with the least votes and decide on just a few. I can’t possibly make it through to the end. I’m new. What do I know? What am I doing?

But, alas, I’ve garnered enough support. Now I’m even more stunned. Even more excited. Then I realize that the real work begins. I’m lucky enough to have amazing teammates (Laura, Chris and Rowland). We begin to work through the business model. We have many notes. We have a plan (at least a bit of a plan). I can’t wait to see where the rest of the weekend takes us! Stay tuned for more.

November 10, 2012 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Help Shape School Plan

The South Bend Community School Corporation is developing a strategic plan and wants your input. Working with Synergetic Leadership Group, SBCSC has a five-phase approach to support collaboration between and among the Board, Superintendent and community.

“In effect, the corporation’s strategic plan, founded on community-based tenets, provides a decision making framework for a system focused on doing the right thing, the right way for the right results. It also becomes the tool for the ongoing monitoring, review and revision required of a continuously improving organization.”

SBCSC is seeking input from all stakeholders (community members, businesses, non-profits, etc.) with forums scheduled for specific areas. You can find the full schedule at their website:

There are two community forums being held on Monday (11/12) at Adams High School and Tuesday (11/13) at Washington High School from 7pm to 8:30pm. If you are not able to attend either of these sessions, consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey. This deadline is November 16th, so don’t wait. You can reach the survey at the above link.

Interested in seeing the progress so far? Here’s the draft versions of the vision and mission statements:

All children will experience quality learning every day, receiving the respect, encouragement and support they need to be academically and personally prepared for post-secondary success, and equipped to thrive in, and shape, a changing world.

In partnership with students, families and community, we educate every student to successfully navigate the challenges of today and seize the opportunities of tomorrow through the continuous pursuit of excellence.

South Bend residents, now is the time to collaborate with SBCSC. Take advantage of this opportunity to be involved in this process to move our students forward. If you attend one of the meetings, please share your thoughts here.

November 9, 2012 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

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