Your Company, Front and Center.

We’ll help you raise your company’s profile and boost your business. Place your brand in front of Allen County’s business community by sponsoring a GFW Inc. event or publication.

Signature Events

Our biggest event of the year, the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting celebrates the accomplishments of the past year and looks toward a vibrant future in Allen County. Be there as we announce the winners of our Chairman’s Award, the Swagger Award, the Legislator of the Year Award, and the Small Business of the Year Award. With time for networking, Q&A sessions about bold projects, and a pep-rally vibe, our Annual Meeting is an inspiring evening for all who love our community.

Projected attendance: 600

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization (excludes Table Sponsor).

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Gold Sponsor: $4,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Silver Sponsor: $3,000

  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Bronze Sponsor: $2,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Entertainment Sponsor: $1,500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event

Photo Sponsor: $1,500

  • Provide the backdrop for our photobooth
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event

Table Sponsor: $1,000

  • Recognition at event

Single Ticket: $50 investor / $65 future investor

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at 260 203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com.

Tee it up to build relationships and promote your business! If you’re looking for a creative way to reach Allen County executives, our tournament provides a unique opportunity for budgets of all sizes. Don’t miss your chance to take part!

Projected Attendance: 200

All sponsors are invited to provide promotional items in the gift bags given to all attendees.

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Golf Ball Sponsor: $4,000

  • Company logo on golf balls put in gift bags
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Lunch Sponsor: $3,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo displayed at lunch buffet
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Breakfast Sponsor: $3,000

  • Logo displayed at breakfast buffet
  • Logo on banner
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Beverage Cart Sponsor: $3,000

  • Drive a beverage cart delivering snacks and drinks to golfers
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged
Winning Team Sponsor: $3,000
  • Company logo on awards
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Skill Hole Sponsor: $1,000

  • Logo sign at tee box
  • Company name included on event page
  • Sit at the hole and interact with golfers
  • Logo on award for skill hole
  • Verbal recognition at event

Hole Sponsor: $600

  • Logo sign at tee box
  • Company name included on event page
  • Sit at the hole and interact with golfers
  • Verbal recognition at event

Foursome: $600 / Single Golfer: $175

Ticket to awards luncheon and silent auction: $20

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at 260-203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com.

Allen County’s got talent! Community leaders take the stage to show off the hidden talents you never knew they had—and your brand can be right in the middle of the show.

Projected Attendance: 150

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization.

Headliner: $5,000

  • 20 tickets with preferred seating
  • 20 drink tickets
  • Speaking opportunity
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo / company name displayed on website
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Logo on all printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged
  • Table of 8 at our Holiday Night event

Instrumentalist: $4,500

  • 15 tickets with preferred seating
  • 15 drink tickets
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name displayed on event page
  • Logo on all printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged
  • Table of 8 at our Holiday Night event

Court Jester: $4,000

  • 10 tickets with preferred seating
  • 10 drink tickets
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on all printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Songster: $3,000

  • 8 tickets with preferred seating
  • 8 drink tickets
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event

Hoofer: $1,500

  • 6 tickets with preferred seating
  • 6 drink tickets
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $30 investor / $45 future investor

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at 260-203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com

Mix and mingle as we celebrate the season at the business community’s signature holiday gathering! Your brand can be part of the festivities as a crowd of hundreds enjoys an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking. Plus, Leadership Fort Wayne participants are honored as they complete their program.

Projected Attendance: 500

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization.

Presenting Sponsor: $10,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Cranberry Chiller: $5,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

Cup of Cheer: $3,000

  • Signage at bar
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Social media post, with sponsor tagged

All the Trimmings: $2,000

  • Signage at food stations
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event

Entertainment Sponsor: $1,500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event

Photo Sponsor: $1,500

  • Provide the backdrop for our photobooth
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Company name included on event page
  • Verbal recognition at event

Sugar Plum: $1,000

  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $75 investor / $90 future investor

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at 260-203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com

For more information on Signature Events or to sponsor, contact Jenna Gunn at (260) 203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com.

Networking Events

Professionals flock to our Meet Me @ 5:05 and virtual Zoom into Networking events! Build brand awareness as attendees build professional connections.

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $20 investor / $35 future investor

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

Put your company on the agenda as area CEOs and community leaders present what’s new and what’s next at these small, private gatherings.

Date: 3x per year, 2021 dates TBD

Presenting Sponsor: $2,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Premier reserved seating for eight (8)
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner ad in one monthly email

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

  • Company name included on event page
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Premier seating for eight (8)
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $25 (investors only)

For more information, contact Barry Schrock at bschrock@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5756.

For more information on Networking Events or to sponsor, contact Jenna Gunn at (260) 203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com.

Advocacy Events / Publications

Before each legislative session, we host a preview of the issues highlighted in our Legislative Agenda. In addition, northeast Indiana’s state legislators will be invited to speak about topics they plan to address in the upcoming legislative session.

Projected Attendance: 150

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization.

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner in GovConnect e-newsletter
  • List of all attendees after event

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • List of all attendees after event

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $30 for GFW Inc. investors and Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana members

For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5738.

We host a mid-session Third House Forum to update investors on key legislation that affects the business community. Northeast Indiana’s state legislators will report on their activity at the Statehouse.

Projected Attendance: 150

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization.

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner in GovConnect e-newsletter
  • List of all attendees after event

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • List of all attendees after event

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $30 for GFW Inc. investors and Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana members

For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5738.

At the end of each legislative session, we host a Legislative Wrap-Up to discuss the ups and downs of the past session. Attendees enjoy breakfast with our state legislators and learn how the General Assembly’s decisions impact their business.

Projected Attendance: 150

All sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization.

Presenting Sponsor: $3,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo included on event page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Banner in GovConnect e-newsletter
  • List of all attendees after event

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • List of all attendees after event

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $30 for GFW Inc. investors and Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana members

For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5738.

This premier print piece provides investors and legislators a list of Greater Fort Wayne Inc.’s broad policy positions on local, state, and federal issues, and our key legislative priorities for the year. The agenda is shared directly with government officials, investors, and community leaders throughout the year.

One-Page Promotion: $5,000

  • Provide a one-page ad for the Legislative Agenda, distributed at all legislative events
  • Verbal recognition at Legislative Preview, Third House Forum, and Legislative Wrap-Up events
  • Company name included on all legislative event pages

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

  • Logo on the back page of the Legislative Agenda
  • Verbal recognition at: Legislative Preview, Third House Forum, and Legislative Wrap-Up events
  • Company name included on all legislative event pages

For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5738.

The GovConnect weekly e-newsletter covers local, state, and federal news stories that matter to the business community. The e-newsletter is sent out every Friday to about 3,300 contacts which include GFW Inc. investor members, elected officials, and key community leaders.

GovConnect One-Week Banner: $500

GovConnect Five-Week Banner: $2,250

  • Email banner artwork should be submitted as a .jpg or .png file
  • Size of 800 pixels wide, 200 pixels tall (artwork will scale to fit various device sizes)
  • Investor is responsible for providing artwork
  • Political messages, invitations to non-GFW Inc. events, and disparaging content will not be accepted
  • Additional restrictions apply

For more information, contact Melissa Beber at mbeber@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

For more information on Advocacy Events/Publications or to sponsor, contact Melissa Beber at (260) 203-5738 or mbeber@gfwinc.com.

Signature Programs

As we build a nationally recognized economy, there’s always more to learn. That’s why GFW Inc. organizes annual Inter-City Visits. Each year, 40-50 community leaders join us on Inter-City Visits to gain firsthand insights from America’s best-in-class communities. Attendees return with renewed enthusiasm and newfound ideas for improving Allen County. Several of our community’s bold projects originated—or were shaped—by Inter-City Visits.

Inter-City Visit sponsors are recognized on:

  • Invitations.
  • Printed agendas during the trip.
  • The event webpage.

Additional sponsorships are available to help ensure inclusive participation.

Recent visits and focus areas include:

  • 2019 – Louisville, Ky.: Neighborhood development
  • 2018 – Greenville, S.C.: Downtown, riverfront development, and entrepreneurship
  • 2017 – Durham, N.C.: Electric Works revitalization

For more information, contact Lindsay Hannah at lhannah@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5744.

For more than 35 years, Leadership Fort Wayne (LFW) has trained emerging leaders to embrace our community through civic engagement and leadership. The goal of this program is to train, prepare, connect, and inspire individuals to positively impact the community.

Length: 9 months
Tuition: $1,800 for GFW Inc. investors / $2,000 for future investors

Program Day & Designated Seat Sponsorship: $4,900

  • Tuition and a guaranteed seat and for one company employee (the sponsor selects the candidate, and they
    bypass the LFW selection process)
  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Opportunity to speak for 15 minutes at the start of one program day, and attend for the day
  • Sponsor recognition during LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Holiday Night event

Designated Seat Sponsorship: $3,900

  • Tuition and a guaranteed seat and for one company employee (the sponsor selects the candidate, and they
    bypass the LFW selection process)
  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Sponsor recognition during LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Holiday Night event

Program Day Sponsor: $2,100

  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Opportunity to speak for 15 minutes at the start of one program day, and attend for the day
  • Sponsor recognition during LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Holiday Night event

For more information, contact Barry Schrock at bschrock@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5756.

Leadership 2.0 is a workshop series uniquely designed to teach, engage, and inspire. With training from subject matter experts, participants learn leadership concepts and skills to move their businesses and organizations to the next level. Workshops focus on topics including diversity, management, public speaking, nonprofit governance, and high-performance leadership. Sponsor a workshop day to bolster your brand with our community’s next wave of polished leaders.

Length: 6 months
Tuition: $1,600

**Prerequisite – Participants must be graduates of Leadership Fort Wayne or the YLNI Leadership Institute to apply.

Workshop Day Sponsor: $500

  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Opportunity to speak for 15 minutes at the start of one program day and attend for the day
  • Sponsor recognition during the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Holiday Night event

For more information, contact Barry Schrock at bschrock@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5756.

Help us roll out the welcome mat! With the Onboard Fort Wayne program, you can make a great first impression with an ideal audience: professionals and their families who are new to the community and looking to build their best lives here in Allen County.

Onboard Fort Wayne is designed to help newcomers get plugged into the community so local companies can retain top talent. This program is built around three components: welcome events, “Community Connectors” who help newcomers on a one-on-one basis, and online resources.

Program Title Sponsor: $5,000

  • Company logo and recognition on the Onboard Fort Wayne website
  • Opportunity to speak at one welcome event
  • Sponsor recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Sponsor recognition during the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

Networking Event Sponsor: Call for opportunities (contact info below)

  • Sponsor recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Opportunity to speak at the sponsored welcome event
  • Sponsor recognition during the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

“Mad About Fort Wayne” Sponsor: Gifts to include in our newcomer experience boxes

  • Sponsor recognition during each welcome event on printed and electronic program materials

Single Networking Event Ticket: $15 (Onboard Fort Wayne participants and partners only)

For more information, contact Barry Schrock at bschrock@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5756.

The GFW Inc. Women’s Network aims to connect, inspire, and empower women through a series of high-impact events and programs. Showcase your brand with this growing group of emerging and seasoned leaders during any of nine luncheons throughout the year.

Luncheon sponsorship opportunities include:

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Table to network and display information
  • Logo included on event registration page
  • Logo included with all event promotions
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • VIP table of up to eight (8) guests at the event

Catering Sponsor: $2,500

  • Logo included on event registration page
  • Logo/signage displayed at event on food tables
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • VIP table of up to eight (8) guests at the event

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

  • Logo included on event registration page
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Tickets for two (2) guests at the event

Connecting Sponsor: $500

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Tickets for two (2) guests at the event

Door Prize Sponsor: Gifts to raffle off during each luncheon

  • Logo displayed at event
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $20 for GFW Inc. investors and Women’s Network members / $45 future Women’s Network members

For more information, contact Meghan Short at mshort@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5766.

For more information on Signature Programs or to sponsor, contact Jenna Gunn at (260) 203-5721 or jgunn@gfwinc.com.

Additional Marketing Opportunities

Throughout the year, we host unique events including:

  • Luncheons with Legislators – Special listening sessions for legislators—particularly from the federal level—where business leaders can discuss pressing issues.
  • Opportunity Zones Breakfast – Expert presentations and a panel discussion about the federal Opportunity Zones program, designed to boost investment in underserved areas of Allen County.
  • State of Education Luncheon – Q&A session with the local education community, designed to address ways educators, business leaders, and elected officials can work together to create the workforce of the future.
  • Visionary Investor Tours – Exclusive sneak peeks for GFW Inc. Visionary Investors, exploring the Allen County’s most anticipated bold projects—often before they open to the public.

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

We are eager to explore grants that support GFW Inc. programs such as:

  • The Employing People with Disabilities Initiative – Creating a more inclusive workforce by educating business leaders, empowering job seekers, and connecting qualified applicants with ready-to-hire companies.
  • MadeByMe – Sparking students’ interest in 21st-century manufacturing and skilled-trades careers, alongside a coalition of business leaders, educators, and community members.
  • The GFW Inc. Bridge Program – Bridging the gap between startup and success by connecting entrepreneurs with Allen County’s established business community.

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

Top Five E-Newsletter

Send your message directly to GFW Inc. investors’ inboxes—about 2,600 total recipients. The “Top Five” is an e-newsletter with the five items the business community needs to know each month. It includes the latest about GFW Inc. programs, economic development projects, the names of our newest investors, and the events to keep an eye out for.

Top Five One-Week Banner: $500
Top Five Five-Week Banner: $2,250

Upcoming Events Email

Each month, we invite more than 7,400 contacts to the GFW Inc. events that bring the business community together. Now, you can invite them to learn more about your business, too.

Upcoming Events One-Week Banner: $750
Upcoming Events Five-Week Banner: $3,500

Email Marketing Guidelines

  • Email banner artwork should be submitted as a .jpg or .png file
  • Size of 800 pixels wide, 200 pixels tall (artwork will scale to fit various device sizes)
  • Investor is responsible for providing artwork
  • Political messages, invitations to non-GFW Inc. events, and disparaging content will not be accepted
  • Additional restrictions apply

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

When it comes to celebrating your biggest milestones, we’re the experts. After all, who else has giant scissors, miles of ribbon, and gold-plated shovels? We’re ready to showcase your company and make the biggest splash possible.

Tier 1 – $500

(Free with GFW Inc. membership over $1,000)

  • GFW Inc. director to speak
  • Professional photographer, director of marketing, director of events to attend
  • Professional photos & video to be posted on social media with more than 25,000 followers
  • Listed on events calendar (240,000 hits per year)
  • Includes ribbon and scissors (or shovels)
  • Event invitation sent to GFW Inc. board & elected officials

Tier 2 – $800

(Free with GFW Inc. membership over $5,000)

Includes all the benefits in Tier 1, plus:

  • GFW Inc. vice president to speak
  • GFW Inc. to provide and distribute press release
  • Agenda provided

Tier 3 – $1,000

(Free with GFW Inc. membership over $10,000)

Includes all the benefits in Tier 1 & 2, plus:

  • GFW Inc. CEO or vice president to speak
  • GFW Inc. to invite the Mayor to speak/attend
  • Sound system provided (if requested)

For more information, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or 260-203-5721.

For more information or to sponsor, contact Jenna Gunn at jgunn@gfwinc.com or (260) 203-5721 .