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Goodbyes & Hellos: Changes Coming Soon to the Fortitude Fund

By October 10, 2019No Comments

W e are so proud of the entrepreneurial DNA that is rich in our group of big and bold members. A key piece in creating this DNA is our very own Steve Franks. Many have described Steve as the “entrepreneurship guy/guru” in Northeast Indiana.

Today’s update is bittersweet for all of us at the Fortitude Fund as Steve will be stepping down as Program Director effective November 1st in an effort to expand his impact throughout Northeast Indiana’s entrepreneurial world. We are, however, overjoyed to announce Andie Hines-Lagemann as our new Regional Director of Entrepreneurship!

Andie, founder and Executive Director of Own Your Success,  is an entrepreneur through and through. After starting her marketing and corporate events firm in early 2014, she formed Own Your Success as a way to bring women entrepreneurs together to support one another and succeed together. She is extremely excited about this new development in her career, but don’t take our word for it. Hear from Andie herself!

Hello, Fortitude Fund community!


I’m Andie Hines-Lagemann, and I am an entrepreneur who is passionate about helping my fellow entrepreneurs succeed together. I am thrilled to be joining the Fortitude team as Regional Director of Entrepreneurship!

Steve Franks has had an indescribable impact on my own entrepreneurial journey and has done an absolutely amazing job making this community what it is today. I am honored to continue the work that Steve was doing by continuing to grow the Fortitude Fund community among entrepreneurs in our 11 county region.

With my event planning experience, I’m hoping to achieve this goal through thoughtful, relevant events, soft skills training and coaching, and connecting entrepreneurs with the resources and mentors that they need in order to succeed.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about the community, find a mentor, or just want to grab a quick cup of coffee, feel free to shoot me an email at!

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