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Vickie Hall
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Susan Brooks visits zWORKS

zWORKS was honored to host Congresswoman Susan Brooks on Monday, March 26th. She participated with local entrepreneurs in a roundtable discussion about how the new tax bill is affecting business.

She was also able to stop in and visit with 120WaterAudit CEO and Founder, Megan Glover in their new graduate space office above Rosie’s.

Featured Startup: Brackets For Good

Brackets For Good raises millions for charities nationwide

March Madness is in full steam and so is a zWORKS startup whose mission is to use March basketball fever to help non-profits.

Brackets For Good kicked off in 2012 and replaced the term March Madness with Fundraising Madness. It started with an idea from locals Matt McIntyre, Matt Duncan and Dave Cornelius who worked at Zionsville-based MOBI. One tournament has grown to 13 different tournaments across the nation, four full-time and one part-time staff.

The basic setup pits charities of similar sizes against each other based on how much money they raise. For each dollar donated, the charities get one point. The charities go through a registration process in the winter then take part in a tryout in January.

Featured Partner: Barnes & Thornburg

Barnes & Thornburg partners with zWORKS

We are thrilled to announce that Barnes & Thornburg is our newest gold partner and will offer office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month at zWORKS.

Five attorneys – Brian McGinnis, David Pryzbylski, Travis Stegemoller, Eric Williams, and David Wong – will be rotating every first Thursday during the mornings and third Thursday during the afternoons to offer advice on formation, fundraising, trademarks, patents, labor, privacy, cyber security, and more.

“We have several attorneys that are very interested in supporting entrepreneur startups,” Wong said.

zWORKS launches new website

zWORKS has a new website! It’s big and it’s bold.

The new setup will help enrich our community of members by keeping them updated on different news and events at zWORKS, as well as things happening in our entrepreneurial ecosystem. Everything is easier to find.

  • Want to find out what’s happening? Check out the event page and the blog.
  • Want to see members in the news? Check out the news page.
  • Want to know partner and member office hours? Check out the members page.

Check out the FREE AT&T IoT Hackathon!

If you’re a developer, designer, project manager, or just interested in tech, register for the third annual AT&T IoT Civic Hackathon on April 20 and 21 in Fishers!

The Hackathon is centered around public safety. Attendees will help create apps and hardware solutions for first responders. The judging will be based on articulation, originality, creativity, implementation, and applicability to public safety theme.

Shark Tank returns to zWORKS

It’s back. zWORKS is partnering with Zionsville Community High School for the second annual Shark Tank.

ZCHS students with the Zionsville Business Professionals of America will pitch their business ideas to zWORKS member “sharks.” Bring the whole family and invite friends to come watch . . . there will be pizza!

Pitches will begin at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 5 at zWORKS (85 E. Cedar St.) and last for an hour. zW member judges include Andy Clark (250ok), Matt Prasek (Safekeeping), Megan Glover (120WaterAudit), Jacob Schpok (Elevate Ventures), and Paul McCoy (ActionCoach).

Featured Member: Brett Atkin

From pro golf to web design

Since he was young, Brett Atkin has always loved building things. He said if the PGA Tour wasn’t his dream, he would have been an architect.

After his four years at Butler University playing varsity golf and many more in Florida eyeing a tour card, Atkin started working on websites and hasn’t looked back.

“I like building things and I like seeing things from start to finish,” Atkin said.

He got his start from a random encounter in 1997 with a home improvement business consultant and he hasn’t looked back. He started Brett Atkin Design 17 years ago and recently rebranded to Pixel Jocks.

“We’re the jocks of the internet,” he said.

Featured Member: Dan Moyers

Dan Moyers joins zWORKS startup

A zWORKS co-founder is living out the zWORKS mission: to be an economic development catalyst.

February’s Member of the Month is Dan Moyers who recently joined one of zWORKS’ own – 120WaterAudit – as the VP of Products and Solutions.

After six years with a consulting firm, Moyers made the move to an early-stage product company. 120WaterAudit is a water-sampling company that sells water-testing kits to ensure quality throughout the year. They joined with zWORKS a year ago and graduated to 10 ½ S. Main St. this past winter.

Reminder for Happy Hour today!

Our Dusty Boots Tour is tonight! Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. and we will head over to the new space at 5:30.

We’re getting closer to opening our newly renovated work space at 75 E. Pine with seven meeting rooms. This will provide an assortment of options from private offices to collaborative spaces to conference rooms.