Programs & Events

Spirit of Entrepreneurship

awardThe Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award is designed to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs within our community as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebration . The Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, is given to an individual based on nomination and specific guidelines. The Growth Council board carefully reviews submitted nominations and collaborates to choose the annual winner, based on the following criteria:

  • Company has been in existence at least five (5) years
  • Displays innovation in product/service
  • Creates significant impact on community (financial or otherwise)
  • Reasons for remaining in Grant County
  • Company has high visibility in community
  • Creates or retains jobs
  • An entrepreneur who shows perseverance/tenacity

Past Winners

  • Mike and Sherri Bartrom of Computer Age Engineering
  • Steve and Phyllis Mooreheand of Cellular Connection
  • David and Sandra Loer of GP Designs
  • Rob and Ed Wiley of Wiley Metal Fabrication
  • Jerry, Joe and Tom Collins of CVS Systems
  • Henry Olynger and Patti Edwards of Olynger Corporation
  • Gary Ott of TLC Management

Date to Innovate:

The Grant County Economic Growth Council, in collaboration with Centric Indy, hosts an annualĀ innovation luncheon to inspire business owners, investors, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs to connect through stories and ideas of business innovation. Jerry McColgin of Collidea spoke at the event's debut on March 21, 2014, sharing "10 Ways to be Innovative" to an audience of approximately 100. With an agenda as playful as it was productive, Date to Innovate served as a hub of innovation in Grant County and will continue to do so in years to come!
| More information on Date to Innovate |

The Connect Series:

The Growth Council and Grant County Young Professionals Network (GCYPN) invite leading entrepreneurs from across Indiana to share their stories with local entrepreneurs as well as students from Indiana Wesleyan University, Taylor University, and IvyTech Community College. The fall and spring lecture series is designed to connect role models with present and future entrepreneurs and is conducted in conjunction with the local Global Entrepreneurship Celebration.