Marion, Indiana (PRWEB) March 22, 2014
“Date to Innovate” brought approximately 100 local business owners, employees, investors, and aspiring entrepreneurs together in Grant County on Friday at the innovation luncheon’s impressive debut. The Grant County Economic Growth Council joined forces with Centric Indy to host the one-of-a-kind event that inspired attendees while allowing them to meet and share ideas with their neighbors in business.
More than just an escape from the office, the casual Friday lunch had an agenda as playful as it was productive featuring keynote speaker, Jerry McColgin, president of the strategic innovation consulting group Collidea. After learning 10 ways to be innovative, participants engaged in a problem-solving LEGO challenge, connected through networking, and pledged commitment to innovation initiatives.
“’Date to Innovate’ not only changed the way I look at innovation in business, but also gave me valuable takeaways via a tangible toolkit,” noted Terry Cheney, owner of Good Neighbor Pharmacy in Gas City, IN. The Innovation Toolkit mentioned featured how-to’s and best-practices to provide attendees valuable resources at their fingertips.
The luncheon held at Ivy Tech's Marion campus conference center is an extension of Centric’s Indianapolis monthly luncheons where area business owners and investors can connect to share creative business ideas, nurture novelty and, ultimately, breed a thriving culture of prolific innovation. The Grant County Economic Growth Council looks forward to hosting “Date to Innovate" in 2015 after the inaugural luncheon’s resoundingly positive impact.
The Grant County Economic Growth Council is a private, non-profit economic development organization that works to facilitate investment and reinvestment for job retention and creation in the community. Events like “Date to Innovate” reflect the Growth Council’s daily commitment to creating the optimal business environment in Grant County – a place where commerce and business talents can cultivate, prosper, and grow.