Lisa Ryan, WBOI News

Fort Wayne is one of two Indiana cities that made the list for top cities to do business. It ranked 6 out of 10 on Business Review USA’s list.

The article cites Indiana’s low taxes and unemployment rates as reasons Fort Wayne and Evansville are two of the top 10 cities to do business.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says the city will use this recognition to attract more businesses.

“We’re going to use that to let a lot of potential employers know and visitors know that the city of Fort Wayne continues to grow and continues to have real positive momentum,” Henry said.

RFRA Opponents Say Measure Could Be Bad for Business

Mar 25, 2015
Courtesy / State of Indiana

After clearing both chambers of the General Assembly, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- or RFRA -- is on its way to Governor Mike Pence for his signature. Pence has said he intends to sign the law, but some businesses and organizations are asking him to reconsider.

After RFRA passed the House, Pence released a statement saying he supported the measure and looked forward to signing it when it reaches his desk.

Virginia Alvino / WBOI News

Fort Wayne’s restaurant scene is growing, so is its fleet of food trucks. Where that overlaps - is Bravas.

What began as a purveyor of gourmet hot dogs on the street is now a brick and mortar restaurant dedicated to serving up some surprising burgers.

The shop opened Tuesday on Fairfield Ave. in the 46807 neighborhood. 

You can get a burger pretty much anywhere in Fort Wayne. So, why give Bravas Burgers a shot?

“Um. Because they’re more delicious," says Bo Gonzalez.

Brandon Smith

Secretary of State Connie Lawson Tuesday announced rules are in place that open the doors for Internet crowdfunding in Indiana.

The rules were  developed after the legislature passed a bill authorizing the practice earlier this year.

Secretary of State Lawson says the online crowdfunding system is meant to help startup companies  and bolster existing ones. The rules allow Indiana private companies to raise up to $2 million in capital. Individuals can invest up to $5,000.

A Republican state senator wants each state agency to set aside 10% of its contracts each year for veteran-owned small businesses, a move supporters say the will help reduce veteran unemployment.

Governor Mike Pence signed an executive order his first day in office establishing a goal of procuring three percent of state contracts for veteran-owned businesses. 

Proposed legislation would expand that to 10%, something American Legion state commander Richard Jewell says could help reduce veteran unemployment, which is double the state rate.

Insurance company plans $15 million expansion

Dec 27, 2012

A company that provides insurance to churches and other ministries has announced it will expand its headquarters on its 30-acre campus in Fort Wayne.

Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company will invest $15 million to build a 55,000 square foot facility, which it expects to be operational by early 2014.

The company says the move could create up to 102 new jobs in the next four years.

Sweetwater breaks ground on new facility

Nov 15, 2012

Sweetwater Sound broke ground Wednesday on its expansion at the company’s headquarters along US 30.

Sweetwater President Chuck Surack joined Governor Mitch Daniels, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, and Allen County Commissioner Nelson Peters at the event.

Surack says Sweetwater will add more than 300 employees over the next four years, with an eye toward hiring even more if business keeps booming.

Surack says a business model focusing on customer service has kept Sweetwater expanding, but his location in Northeastern Indiana has been key, as well.