Renovations are underway at a new coworking space in Indianapolis. It will be used by The Grindery, a nonprofit focusing on helping urban entrepreneurs start businesses. October 6, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Grindery, an urban coworking organization, is hosting a sign unveiling and hour of service on October 6, 2014 from 2-3:30 p.m. at 2711 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street to jump start the renovation of its 800-square-foot space. Once complete, the gathering spot will become a hub for entrepreneurs hoping to turn dreams of starting a business into a reality.

“Over the past few years we have seen the business district along the MLK Corridor undergo an enormous transformation, and as a result, more people in this community are seeking a place like The Grindery where they can live out their dreams of becoming a business owner,” said Dr. Ivan Douglas Hicks, pastor at First Baptist Church North Indianapolis and managing director of the coordinating organization, The Vision Development Center.

In addition, The Grindery has announced its latest business planning series “Business Booster Monday” designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses seeking support, mentorship and advice on operating a business. John McDonald, CEO of Indianapolis-based technology company CloudOne, has been instrumental in developing a curriculum for the multi-week course which will be held on consecutive Monday’s this fall from 5:30-8 p.m. at 877 Udell Street in The Bradley Building, an educational space located on the campus of First Baptist Church North Indianapolis. Workshops and dates are as follows:

The Grindery Business Booster Monday

October 27, 2014 – Creating a Business Network

November 3, 2014 – The Core Idea

November 10, 2014 – Sharing Your Idea

November 17, 2014 – Business 101

November 24, 2014 – Your Brand

December 1, 2014 – Going to Market

December 8, 2014 – Funding Your Business

December 15, 2014 – Staffing Your Business

December 18, 2014 – The Hustle & Grind – The Grindery's version of Shark Tank

“We believe organizations like The Grindery will be in great demand as Indianapolis continues to attract businesses. This organization has the opportunity to become The Center of Higher Learning in the city given its location within the same zip code as four major colleges and universities in Indianapolis. I wouldn't be where I am today in my career had I not had access to resources and mentors to help me along the way and I look forward to paying it forward through The Grindery,” said McDonald.

The Grindery has already attracted the support of several well-known community and business leaders.

Advisory Board Members include: Andre Carson; Valerie Davidson; Jaron Garrett; David Girton; Tom Hurlbut; Kerry Ingram; John McDonald; Phil Moore; Vop Osili; Wayne Patrick; Myron Richardson and David Sexauer.

Board Members include: Marcy Armstrong; Willis Bright; Wendy Cooper; George Crawford; Mark Gaines; Robyn Hughes; Sharetha Marshall and Shelia Smith.

About The Grindery

The Grindery is an urban Indianapolis non-profit organization aimed at helping entrepreneurs imagine and execute their vision for the success of their business. Started in 2012, the organization offers resources such as business, mentoring and lending classes and workshops, as well as networking sessions within the Northwest Neighborhood in Indianapolis. The Grindery started as one of the early initiatives of the Dr. Martin Luther King Business Development Initiative (The Vision Development Center) in partnership with Dreamapolis, The Martin Luther King Business Revitalization Association, First Baptist Church North Indianapolis, The DAST Foundation, The Flanner House, and the Elizabeth Williams Trust. To learn more go to or follow them on twitter @TheGrindery.

About CloudOne

CloudOne delivers on-demand Software-as-a-Service and Virtual Private Cloud solutions for IBM software tools to meet the needs of all industry verticals and variably sized organizations. Cummins, Panasonic, Hilton, CVS/Caremark, US Army, Shell, Xerox, Deloitte, Delphi Automotive, Harman/Kardon, McDonald's and other organizations worldwide rely on CloudOne’s cloud-based IBM Software-as-a-Service to make their infrastructure work on-demand.

Started in 2009, the company is privately owned and headquartered in Indianapolis, IN. CloudOne speeds the development of IBM technologies with no up-front capital, so companies “pay as they go” on a monthly subscription saving them money on infrastructure, staffing and configuration costs while creating a dynamic, elastic environment to facilitate global collaboration, visibility and consistency. To learn more about accelerating architecture initiatives with CloudOne, visit

Source: CloudOne

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