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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!


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

Ethnic Expressions

It’s March 1st and Friday, so you know what that means: First Friday in downtown South Bend. The theme tonight is “Ethnic Expressions.” From Latin flair at Chicory Cafe to Irish folktales by the fireplace at Fiddler’s Hearth and Flamenco dance demonstrations at The Music Village, you will find diverse culture all around you. As usual, there is much to do downtown. I recommend you check out DTSB’s website for more info, grab the fam and head on out. By the way, be sure to check out the marquee at The State tonight. Then let me know what you learned.

March 1, 2013 at 11:17 am 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

One Small Cluck for Man…

I have to share a Facebook status update made by a new friend, Myles Robertson: “Urban Chickens are a go! This is one small cluck for man, one giant cock-a-doodle-do for mankind!” There seems to be overwhelming enthusiasm for the new law passed by the South Bend Common Council which will allow residents to raise chickens within the city limits. Some consider this a great move for the city — something that will truly help move South Bend forward. Others have said, “If I wanted to be around farm animals, I would have chosen to live in the country.” What are your thoughts on this new law? Does it help move us forward? Please share!

Also, for those of you schooled in the best places to purchase chicks, please share your recommendations here. Thanks.

January 15, 2013 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment

Be the Change

“Be the change you wish to see in the world,” is one of the quotes you would spot in our house. A good friend is planning to make some signs that say, “Be the change you wish to see in South Bend.” I really like that idea. It makes me think of a way to twist a famous JFK quote, “Ask not what South Bend can do for you, but what you can do for South Bend.”

I started this blog many, many months ago out of a desire to share stories that  might inspire people to take action, to be involved, to help change things for the better. There are so many ways to get involved and connected to the community. I am currently looking for stories that will inspire you, that will help you take that first step to “be the change.” Drop me a quick note to tell me what you need to hear about to get excited about this idea of involvement and action.

This blog is for you and for the community. Help me make it useful for South Bend. Comment away. One lucky person that comments will win a small gift card. It might be your lucky day. And if it’s not, think about the good that could come out of your words. Thanks for loving South Bend!!

January 11, 2013 at 9:58 am 2 comments

Start Something New

Whether you have ideas to start something small or big, that first step can be confusing and overwhelming. So can each step along the way. I know. I’m in that process. Fortunately, we have resources in South Bend that can help you along the way. You’ve heard me talk about Three Degrees of Separation, the new entrepreneurial group whose mission is to accelerate our emerging startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs and collaborators. It’s a great way to get connected and learn about the world of startups.

There are many other resources in our area. I will spend some time highlighting those in the near future. One upcoming opportunity is from Business Success Unlimited. Beginning on January 8th at 4pm, and occurring once a month for three months, Business Success is holding Entrepreneurial Forums at National College (1030 E Jefferson Blvd, SB). Topics include marketing, sales, management/leadership, business strategizing, networking and growing your business. Monthly meetings focus on “learning and creating action plans to move forward.” Cost for all three sessions is $90. For more information, call 269-221-2220.

If you attend, we’d love to hear your thoughts on these forums! Stay tuned to hear about additional resources.

January 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon

Have you heard of the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” parlor game? The premise is that you can connect Kevin Bacon to any other Hollywood actor within six steps. While in South Bend, we do not have that Kevin Bacon connection (dang, who doesn’t love some bacon?), but we do have a close-knit community. One thing that closeness affords us is the opportunity to find connections, resources and success within three degrees. Thus, the name of our new meetup group in South Bend: Three Degrees of Separation

The goal of Three Degrees of Separation is to inspire and connect local entrepreneurs to the local startup ecosystem, the community, and to the world of startups. Three Degrees will be successful by connecting entrepreneurs and collaborators  and by cultivating collaborative ideas, opportunities and partnerships that will help emerging startups move forward. You are a key to that success. Your knowledge, expertise, and connections are needed at these meetups.

Still wondering what you could possibly offer to the group or why you should attend? Come out on Thursday and find out how your connections can help another. From just our first meetup, I was able to meet a key person that has helped me with my idea. This first connection led to several pivotal meetings that will help ConnectHelp immensely. All because one person decided to attend this meeting. One person.

If you have any interest in building a better community, in being inspired or inspiring others, or need motivation, then please join us on Thursday (1/3) at 6pm at Main Street Coffee House / The Music Village. More info at the Three Degrees Meetup page and Facebook page.  I will be there because I love being in a room of people who are serious about starting ventures that serve the community.

Make a resolution to improve our community and start by attending the Three Degrees of Separation Meetup. Hope to see you there!

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January 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

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