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.

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.

Abraham Parra

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Abraham Parra – The Build Guild

The Build Guild was formed to provide a working space for creatives, DIYers, and builders of all kinds to bring their ideas to life. Abraham Parra helped create this community so anyone could create in a space well-stocked with tools, machinery, and equipment. With a micro-grant through Farnsworth, The Build Guild can invest in social media marketing that will grow their community.