The City of Fort Wayne will again provide special programs to help individuals start their own small or home-based business.  The Self Employment and Start Up Business Forum will be held on Thursday, September 20, from 9 a.m. to Noon in the Omni Room of the City-County Building.  

“Census figures show that small businesses represent more than 99.7 percent of all employers,” said Mayor Graham Richard.  “In Indiana, income from those businesses total more than $10 billion a year.  The numbers clearly illustrate the importance of small business in our economy.”
Developed through a partnership with the Women'€™s Enterprise, SCORE, U.S. Small Business Administration and National City Bank,   the Self Employment and Start Up Business Forums include instruction on developing business and financial plans, complying with code, zoning and health requirements and marketing a product or service.

“If these forums could help develop 100 additional small or home-based business owners the economic impact to the City of Fort Wayne would be at least $3 million,” said Mayor Richard.

The City of Fort Wayne also offers several other services to aid in the development of small businesses including small business lending, tax abatements for real estate and manufacturing equipment investments and international trade counseling for small businesses. The City also publishes via its website,, the “Starting a Business Guide” featuring tips on writing a business plan, financial and tax obligations, employment regulations, licenses, permits and registrations