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Innovation Center sets up virtual resources

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The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center and its Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center have developed resources to help the entrepreneurial community during the global pandemic.

“We recognize the disruption and uncertainty existing with our clients, community, and world as we manage through these unprecedented times. To help guide business builders through this, we created a virtual business center that includes resources, tools, and information that may prove useful,” the Innovation Center said in a news release.

Those interested can go to for more information on the programs and services, many of which are being offered in a virtual format. Plus, new content is being added to some existing online resources.

“We remain available to business builders. Whether it is to help maintain their confidence, rethink business models, or pivot to new models as applicable,” said Karl R. LaPan, president and CEO of the Innovation Center.

“It's important that entrepreneurs know they are not alone, especially during these difficult times,” said Leslee Hill, director of the Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center. “That's why we created new, regular office hours through our online communities. We are partnering with local experts who are volunteering their time to provide guidance and an ongoing community of support.”

Lakeland Financial to meet virtually

Lakeland Financial Corp. will have its annual shareholder meeting as originally planned next month, but the format will be different.

Because of the pandemic, the meeting will be held virtually on the same date and time as previously announced, 4:30 p.m. April 14.

The Warsaw-based parent of Lake City Bank said last week that shareholders will be able to attend the meeting online, vote their shares electronically and submit their questions during the meeting by going to

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