#PeopleofNEI: Christen, making an impact at a young age

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Christen just bought a house in Columbia City. She is graduating from Ivy Tech this month, works full-time, and has her own business (Wild Child Jewelry Co.) on Etsy. She is a member of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership’s Emerging Leaders Alliance and is optimistic about the life she is creating in Whitley County. "I have lived in Whitley County my whole life. There is a small town feel in Columbia City and everybody knows everyone. Being a small business owner, the amount of encouragement and support that I have received from locals is incredible. I started my business two years ago and between that, my daily job, school, and work in the community, I keep busy. I definitely see myself staying here. My roots are here. There is so much to do and so many things that I haven’t done yet. I love venturing out to places like Winona Lake, Country Heritage Winery, the TinCaps in Fort Wayne, local coffee shops, and I really can’t wait to experience Electric Works someday. My biggest hope is that young people will be attracted to the things happening in northeast Indiana. I hope that people come here after finishing school to see what northeast Indiana is all about. There aren’t a lot of places where you can have such a big impact at such a young age, but places like Columbia City and Fort Wayne allow for that. I feel like my generation wants to be heard and wants to make an impact. We have the ability to do that right here in northeast Indiana. There is room for everyone.” #PeopleofNEI

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Stephen J. Bailey is a Fort Wayne native and the owner of PH Digital that was founded in 2006. Based out of the Anthony Wayne Building in downtown Fort Wayne, he specializes in web development, SEO development, social media management, and digital marketing campaigns with numerous companies in northeast Indiana. Stephen loves road trips, sushi, his pups, and spending time on our three rivers.
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