Posts tagged ‘3 degrees’

It’s Going to Be Legen-(wait for it)-dary

The iconic State Theatre in downtown South Bend is being rejuvenated. And the entire community will benefit. Why? Because the owner wants this to be a space for the community. Andrew Elegante, the theatre manager, has stated that every event “will have a community organization partner that receives a portion of the proceeds.” The State is also doing something quite different by forming a B Corp–which has been explained to be a new type of for-profit/non-profit corporation–which will lease space in the building as the concessionaire. As a B Corp, it will “meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.”  With the formation of this new B Corp comes an interesting crowdfunding opportunity: Fund the State (you can link to this and check it out, perhaps even support the cause, by clicking here).

Why support The State? What’s in it for you? Besides the opportunity to rebuild a city icon and help rejuvenate the downtown area, you could get your name in lights. Well, more specifically, you could boast to your friends how you helped light up The State or you could get your name placed on a chair or a couch. But most importantly, you will know that you were a part of the catalyst to provide a great new venue for our community. Be the change? Yes!

If you are still hesitant to contribute a buck or twenty, let me reassure you that Andrew is a force for good in South Bend. I have the privilege of working with him often as a co-founder on 3° of Separation, a networking group whose goal is to accelerate Michiana’s emerging startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs and collaborators. Andrew has also been a trusted advisor for me regarding my ConnectHelp idea.

Andrew received his MBA from Notre Dame and chose to stay in South Bend to participate in the revitalization of our fine city. Since I am such a proponent of revitalization (thus the name of my blog), I applaud his efforts. I hope I am encouraging you to get connected to this cause. If you click the link above, you can give (if the site is not ready yet, it will be soon; add your email address so that you will be alerted when it is ready and know that Andrew assures me that your email is safe with him). If you would like to read more about The State, and hear about this in Andrew’s words, check out his blog here.

Let’s help bring The Pride of South Bend back to its former glory. Like I said, we all benefit!

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March 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

Three is a Magic Number

Recently, I was able to hang out with a handful of wise, inspiring people who gathered to start something new, something desperately needed in South Bend. If you’ve followed my blog through Startup Weekend South Bend (SWSB) , what comes next will not surprise you. If you have not been an avid reader of my daily adventures during SWSB, then you might want to go back and catch up (just sayin’).

After attending a Startup Weekend, the hardest step is taking the NEXT step. What is the next step? How do I take that step? Where do I even begin? Those are just a few first questions after completing my weekend with my awesome team. Luckily, many from the Startup Weekend, and others–like the cool people at enFocus–have realized that we need a way to support and encourage each other. We need an avenue to connect to others that can help us at every scary turn.

I know, I said “scary turn.” Maybe for you brave readers, this notion of taking an idea and running with it seems easy. For me, it’s a BHAG if there ever was a BHAG (big, hairy, audacious goal) in my life. And it’s scary – truly scary to me.

This is when three proves to be a magic number. Three fellow teammates who are still there to walk through the next steps. And, most excitedly, Three Degrees of Separation, a new meetup group that wants to foster a culture of entrepreneurship in our area.  This group’s goal is to inspire and connect people to the local “ecosystem, the community and to the world of start-ups.”

Luckily for those of us in the South Bend area, we are a close-knit community.  We have realized what that closeness affords us – that we are likely never more than three degrees away from success.

Need inspiration or just curious? Consider joining the Three Degrees of Separation MeetUp on Tuesday, December 4th from 6pm to 7pm at Main Street Coffee House (downtown South Bend). There will be a few quick speakers and then plenty of time to connect to other idea people, founders, angels, VCs and more.

I’m excited about the 3s in my life. Those 3s inspire, empower and encourage me. Do you have 3s?

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November 30, 2012 at 8:57 am Leave a comment


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