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Whitley County EDC and Center for Creative Collaboration host workshop on how to start your own side hustle

May 22nd, 2019

Whitley County EDC

Do you have a hobby? Are you interested in turning it into a business? The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is partnering with the Center for Creative Collaboration (C3) to host a free workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs, interested in starting their own side businesses.

The workshop, “Side Hustle University” will take place Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Parkview Whitley Hospital (1260 E. SR 205, Columbia City, IN 46725). The workshop is free to attend, but RSVPs are required. Attendees can reserve their spots by contacting the Whitley County EDC at 260-244-5506 or

“In order to promote entrepreneurship in Whitley County, the EDC is partnering with the Center for Creative Collaboration to talk to local residents about how they might start a side business at home,” said Jon Myers, President of the Whitley County EDC. “Whether you are a recently graduated student thinking about starting your own business, a retiree tinkering in your garage, or a stay-at-home parent looking for a way to make a little extra money, we want you to know that there are local resources available to help you pursue your dream.”

Local industry experts will share insight on topics like idea to implementation, side hustles for students, wealth creation in everyday business, and more.

“Businesses come in all different varieties. Most don’t look like ‘Shark Tank’ and shouldn’t – everyone should build their ventures to optimize their own unique value add. At this event we hope to help local creators validate or start their side hustles, and highlight the number of resources in our community they can use to grow their ventures,” said C3 Director Trent Grable.

According to a recent report from nearly 4 in 10 Americans have a side business. And according to another article from USA Today, “Millennials tilt the numbers when it comes to side hustles. More than half of those surveyed from that generation said they have a hustle.”

According to the report, the most common side businesses are home repair/landscaping, online sales, crafts and child care.

“Who knows, maybe someone will start the next Microsoft or Apple in their garage, but even if it doesn’t grow that big, a side hustle business can help put kids through college, pay off debt or just provide a family with a better quality of life,” said Myers.

There is no minimum age requirement to attend the workshop, and the EDC and C3 encourage high school and college students to attend the workshop.

Learn more about the Whitley County EDC and C3 by visiting and Visit the EDC Facebook page for event updates.

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