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November 2018

Jon Rehwaldt

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Jon Rehwaldt – Fort Wayne Makers

Jon Rehwaldt noticed that Fort Wayne needed a community for creators and innovators to bring their ideas to life. He wants to build a community space that would house equipment and personnel so qualified individuals can reach prototype and testing, taking their products from ideation to reality. He can use a micro-grant from Farnsworth Fund to identify partners for this venture, evaluate a pilot program, and identify next steps to guide and grow the program.

Daniel Hart

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Daniel Hart – 3D Printing Prototype

3D printers have been around for a few years, but Daniel Hart discovered that the ones available lack innovation when it comes to the consumer market. He would like to create a line of printers that are easy to use, high-quality, and low cost, making them usable for just about anyone. With a micro-grant from Farnsworth, Daniel can invest in new parts for his products.

Leah Eber

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Leah Eber – Life Solutions Fitness

As a personal trainer and coach, Leah Eber knows the benefit health and wellness education can have on lives and communities. She wants to provide free workshops in Fort Wayne that provide people with a better understanding of why health and wellness matters and how it can have positive physical, mental, and spiritual impacts. Receiving a grant from Farnsworth allows Leah to invest in effective marketing and any equipment she needs to provide high-quality, educational workshops.

Sean Barker

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Sean Barker – Summit Cold Brew

Sean and his wife Kristin started Summit Cold Brew, a local cold brew coffee company. They’ve been selling their product at the local farmer’s market and select pop-up shops around Fort Wayne, and they’re looking to expand to a commercial space to continue production. They can use the micro-grant from Farnsworth to pay for required permits and subsidize the cost of renting a commercial space.

Derek Taylor

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Derek Taylor – Simple Nature

Crafting soap, candles, and cleaners, Derek Taylor started Simple Nature to provide simple, all-natural products without all the harsh chemicals. His products are high-quality and made in small batches so every product meets the standards of their customers. A micro-grant through Farnsworth Fund will allow Derek to find a permanent place for production.

Willie Ivy

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Willie Ivy – Ivy’s Jerk Joint LLC

Ivy’s Jerk Joint is the only Jamaican jerk restaurant in Fort Wayne, recently opened by Willie Ivy. Willie has big plans in mind for the success of his restaurant, and with the right resources, he can thrive and eventually open another location. With the micro-grant from Farnsworth, Willie will be able to invest in a sign outside his restaurant so his customers can easily find his location.

Sarah Trombley

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Sarah Trombley – Lunar Infusions

Sarah Trombley makes kombucha, a fermented tea that has little to no sugar with incredible health benefits, like probiotic health. She started Lunar Infusions after brewing her own kombucha for a few years and selling it to friends and family. Because of Farnsworth, Sarah can invest in marketing that will help her get the word out about the benefits of kombucha.

Molly Grimm

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Molly Grimm – Wool & Cottage

In Auburn, crafting and community have come together through Wool & Cottage, a place for women to learn useful skills and have fun doing it. Molly Grimm started Wool & Cottage to provide knitting classes to the community that anyone can join. She currently uses knitting kits to teach her classes, and through a grant from Farnsworth, Molly can purchase more knitting kits, allowing her to teach more classes per month.

Luke Bassett

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Luke Bassett – BŪMI JUICE

The demand for fresh-pressed juice in Fort Wayne became apparent when Luke Bassett was asked to make juice for a local fresh food grocery story. BŪMI JUICE was born–100% organic, raw, cold-pressed juice. Luke produces dozens a bottles of week in Auburn, IN. As a recipient of a micro-grant from Farnsworth, Luke can purchase client management software, a refrigeration unit, and print high-quality labels for his bottles.

Jamie Bright – 5ivehi Clothing

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Jamie Bright – 5ivehi Clothing

After the tragic loss of his son, Jamie decided to take the opportunity to memorialize his son and give back to the community through a clothing line. Through this business, Jamie can devote time and energy to Fort Wayne’s inner city youth and keep the memory of his son alive despite their tragedy. A grant through Farnsworth will help Jamie and his wife invest in more merchandise and manufacturing.