While most of us are returning or getting ready for our Fall Break, we wanted to relay some good news to send you on your way this weekend. Level Two Inc has received a Grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation that will match the gifts we receive on a Dollar for Dollar basis from now until the end of the year.
How cool is that?
With this opportunity provided by HCCF’s COVID Response Phase 2, we can get much needed resources to continue our mission of fostering Entrepreneurship and cultivating growth in Small Business by providing space, networking, and educational opportunities. A colleague of mine, Julie Heath (the Executive Director of the Speak Easy) notes that coworking spaces can have a huge impact on the economic development on their community by “lowering the barrier to entry” for startups. While coworking spaces provide all of the amenities of a private office at a low cost, there are many other intangibles that help our Entrepreneurs thrive.
Having a professional space to congregate helps develop a sense of community, and while not every Coworker in a space is an entrepreneur, everyone carries with them a unique skillset and knowledge base that others can learn from. Coworkers can keep each other accountable, bounce ideas off of each other, or just serve as support when someone encounters creative block or a hurdle in their professional development. While we provide a lot more resources, instead of listing them here, I will point you to this article we wrote earlier in the week.
Did you know that new businesses are starting at a record pace this year? That’s right, in the midst of this pandemic new applications for Employer IDs has reached 1.1 million, which is a 12% rise over last year and the highest number since 2007. Of these businesses, statistics say that only 50% will still be around 5 years from now, and only one third will be around in 10 years. With this many new businesses starting, we need to make sure we are doing our best to help them thrive.
This is where you come in. In order to receive the match, we need you and your business to help. Your donation allows us to continue to provide resources to the startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses that help our community thrive. Besides earning a Match, donations of $500 or more will be eligible to go up on our Partnership Wall next to partners such as Duke Energy, the Town of Plainfield, Ice Miller, LLP, Rozzi and Associates, and others (if you would like to see a rendering just let us know). Also, since we are a 501c3 organization, your donations could be tax deductible!
Now is the time to work with us to foster entrepreneurship and cultivate growth in the small businesses of our community!