Bowls Frozen Desserts is a locally owned dessert shop in Auburn Indiana that brings awareness to youth, families, and communities. They love helping students, non-profits, for-profits, and other types of organizations reach their potentials by helping them coordinate unique fundraising opportunities. Bowls has an open-door policy is willing to connect with anyone across the midwest for whatever their needs may be.
Before this year, any discerning analog photographer had to mail their film to one of the few national labs for film processing. Seeing the need, the team at Fort Wayne Film Lab opened their doors hoping to provide a local film lab so photographers in the midwest could develop their film without mailing it out. Now, they’re processing multiple rolls of film a day, providing a better, local solution for analog photographers in the Midwest. As a recipient of a micro-grant, Noah and his team will be able to purchase a new scanner so they can serve more customers with a faster turnaround.
From the start, Nolan Chandler and Luke Schooley wanted to express their artistic vision. What started as an art collective has now become a meaningful project influenced by the skateboard community. Life in Perspective Skateboards is currently an apparel company made of unique, dynamic art and designs. In the future, Nolan and Luke hope to manufacture skateboards. Until then, a micro-grant from Farnsworth allows them to build their apparel inventory and create more designs.
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 Fortitude Fund to identify partners for this venture, evaluate a pilot program, and identify next steps to guide and grow the program.
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 Fortitude, Daniel can invest in new parts for his products.
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 Fortitude allows Leah to invest in effective marketing and any equipment she needs to provide high-quality, educational workshops.
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 Fortitude to pay for required permits and subsidize the cost of renting a commercial space.
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 Fortitude Fund will allow Derek to find a permanent place for production.