Upstairs at the Black Dog

Christopher Baker is hard at work, renovating the lodging area upstairs at Legacy Outfitters and Black Dog Coffee, part of an entreprenuerial incubator.

Efforts to further development of an entrepreneurship support system received a boost Monday, according to a press release from the city on Wednesday.

The National League of Cities awarded a $20,000 grant for the second and final phase of its entrepreneurship plan for the city.

Consultant Jeff Milanette of Baltimore completed the first phase earlier this year after spending approximately a week in the community and conducting 30 interviews with local entrepreneurs and economic development officials.

The plan will be used to establish an entrepreneurship echosystem for the city that supports both aspiring entrepreneurs and students interested in entrepreneurship.

Earlier this year, Logansport Junior High School sponsored its first entrepreneurship competition. Plans call for further elevator pitch competitions at Logansport High School.

“This grant will help the plans of people like Scott Johnson who are building maker space in our community, but it will also help connect entrepreneurs in the service sector who need advice, support and possibly financing,” then-mayor Dave Kitchell said.

“We’re happy to have this grant complete the tasks that were initially funded by the city, and this hopefully will be the seed that grows local businesses in Logansport for much of the 21st century,” he said.

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