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Feature Story Indiana Tech's women's soccer team hopes to resume in-person practice in June.

How COVID-19 is changing college sports: The challenges, the opportunities, and the uncertain future

College teams, in particular, are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities during the pandemic.

Feature Story Mariam Nasraddin, an international student from Saudi Arabia, is a recent graduate from Indiana Tech’s communication program. 

'I cannot go home': International students at Indiana Tech share their COVID-19 experiences

What happens when a pandemic hits while you're studying in the U.S.?

Feature Story For the class of 2020, graduating in a COVID-19 world means an entirely different experience.

'Your hard work still means something': 2020 grads in Fort Wayne share stories and advice

For the class of 2020, graduating in a COVID-19 world means an entirely different experience.

Feature Story Northeast Indiana offers a blend of urban, suburban, and rural cultures.

From urban to rural, how different cultures within Northeast Indiana are responding to the pandemic

Northeast Indiana offers a blend of urban, suburban, and rural cultures. Here's how two residents are seeing different pandemic responses.

Feature Story Reusser Design's team meets virtually on Zoom calls to stay in touch during COVID-19.

Working from home inspires a new perspective on work-life balance

“We’ve always promoted a flexible work schedule, but this has provided a more tangible opportunity to care for the mental health and family well-being of our team members, all while seeing them execute great work.”

Feature Story David Buuck

Who is your mentor? COVID-19 reveals the value of relationships in Fort Wayne

"Everyone needs a guide or a mentor. You can’t do it alone. No one can."


Feature Story As states reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, people grieving a loss may experience higher levels of anxiety.

For those grieving a death, reopening Indiana may cause extra layers of anxiety

Erin’s House plans to continue its virtual groups into the summer. Here's why.

Feature Story Jim Wilcox, center, and his team at Sandler Performance Center of Northern Indiana.

How to stop fighting fires as a manager and build a ‘Cookbook for Success’

There is a set of behaviors managers should be doing on a regular basis to ensure that they are developing their team. Let’s define those behaviors.


Feature Story The Landing Fort Wayne

#PlacesofNEI: The Landing, the oldest part of Fort Wayne is coming back to life

"If you do venture outside this spring (while social distancing), give this old street a new visit, and see how it’s making history again."

Feature Story A group of volunteers at the third Curbside BBQ in Southeast Fort Wayne.

Less talk, more action drives free Curbside BBQs in Southeast Fort Wayne

These community-led events are serving residents in a food desert with supplies and support.


Feature Story Hyper Local Impact and CreativeMornings FTW are teaming up to launch the #LoveBombChallenge.

Take the #LoveBombChallenge to support small business and creative culture in Fort Wayne

Hyper Local Impact and CreativeMornings FTW are teaming up to bring you a fun way to give back during COVID-19.


Feature Story An app is helping Fort Wayne nonprofits prevent good food from going to waste.

As the pandemic draws attention to food disparity in Fort Wayne, here’s one way you can help

An app is helping Fort Wayne nonprofits prevent good food from going to waste.

Feature Story Team meetings are a big part of work at Elevatus under usual circumstances.

‘Now is not the time to invent’: A seasoned architect says fundamentals are key in times of crisis

Leaders may be tempted to implement drastically new business models during the pandemic. But not so fast, one architect warns.


Feature Story Kendall Riecken, left, owns Kendall Performance & Repair.

How has mentorship helped you as a small business owner? Kendall Performance & Repair fills us in

An auto customization and restoration shop in Spencerville shares its journey from startup to success.

Feature Story Nate Reusser of Reusser Design.

What does agency life look like from home? Reusser Design in Roanoke shares their story

"In a time of uncertainty, we’ve seen innovation, grit, and true hospitality."

Feature Story Under normal conditions, children meet for programs at Erin's House.

Where can grieving children and families find hope during COVID-19? Erin's House offers help

"Even under normal circumstances, grief can be lonely and feel like no one understands. These feelings are often exacerbated by social distancing." 

Feature Story CASS Housing for people with developmental disabilities launched its first Independent Living home in January 2019. Its second home is finishing up in May 2020.

To provide safe homes for people with disabilities, CASS Housing keeps adapting with COVID-19

"The pandemic shows how critical our services are."


Feature Story Trent Schrock is the Co-Owner of Paragon Landscape, Inc., and Crown and Blade, LLC.

The power of good associations: Let's thank those helping our businesses survive the pandemic

“To make good decisions and take good care of our staff and our clients, we need less shouting, more graciousness, and more data.”


Feature Story Jim Wilcox, center, and his team at Sandler Performance Center of Northern Indiana.

How much work is your small business doing right now? Here’s a way to boost productivity

“What we do as small businesses over these next couple weeks during COVID will define our next 12-18 months.”


Feature Story Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion is home to seven rescued tigers.

Netflix's ‘Tiger King’ is drawing national attention to a Northeast Indiana animal sanctuary

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion is moving the needle on key issues affecting big cats—and working on federal legislation with people featured in the hit show.

Feature Story A Happy Happy Birthday party box by the Confetti Post.

Celebrating a life event while social distancing? This Fort Wayne business packs a ‘party in a box'

While many industry leaders in the party-planning business may be suffering during COVID-19, this nimble e-commerce startup is thriving.


Special Report The All in Allen Joint Comprehensive Plan is intended to guide land use, housing, transportation, parks, and more across the county.

Take a few minutes to help Allen County plan for its future

Local leaders are asking residents to identify community assets and areas for improvement.

Special Report Sweetwater's campus is known around town for its in-house slide.

As sales for music gear skyrocket during quarantine, Sweetwater's sales hit 'Black Friday' levels

With more people taking up music and audio projects at home, Sweetwater's business is booming.

Feature Story Parkview Field is home of the Tincaps located at 1301 Ewing St. in Fort Wayne.

#PlacesofNEI: Parkview Field, the ballpark is empty, but community spirit is still strong

"Parkview Field is usually full of life and energy this time of year as the Tincaps kick off their season."

Feature Story Trent Schrock is the Co-Owner of Paragon Landscape, Inc., and Crown and Blade, LLC.

When things get tough, business owners should lean into the power of good friends

“COVID is a situation that sparks more reaching out than normal.”


Feature Story Jim Wilcox, center, and his team at Sandler Performance Center of Northern Indiana.

Small business owners: Come out of the pandemic stronger by creating a blueprint for your company

“You might be wondering: 'Why would I want a blueprint for my business? We are already successful.' Here is my answer.”


Feature Story Derek Devine owns PUNCH Films video production company in Fort Wayne.

Proceeding with caution, creativity, and new connections as business reopens in Indiana

“As the state reopens to business, we continue to play it safe.”

Feature Story Leslie Ferguson, center, is co-owner of The Regan + Ferguson Group at Keller Williams Fort Wayne.

Just like the real estate landscape, my business has been changed by COVID-19

“Our budgets are different; our team structure is evolving; and our clients’ lives are forever altered.”

Feature Story Auburn City Steakhouse's best-selling item is usually its prime rib.

A steakhouse without steak? How Auburn City is adapting to the pandemic without cutting quality

This high-end restaurant is finding ways to reach customers and hire new employees during the COVID-19 crisis.

Special Report Community Needs Assessment

SPECIAL REPORT: Northeast Indiana researchers reveal urgent needs during the pandemic

As the COVID-19 crisis evolves week-by-week, fast and effective data collection is directing relief efforts.

Feature Story Support Fort Wayne is a sticker-based, pay-it-forward campaign to support local restaurants and spread kindness.

Share some kindness and local art during the pandemic with Support Fort Wayne

A Fort Wayne designer and Bluffton sign company have teamed up to create a fun way to support local restaurants.

Feature Story May 4-8, 2020, is Maternal Mental Health Awareness week.

Blog: Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week reminds us to reach out to the mothers in our lives

“A little understanding in raising our mothers goes a long way in moving a community forward."

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