Sponsorship Opportunities

Signature Events

Annual Meeting (May)

Help us celebrate the success of the past fiscal year and share our vision for the future. At this year’s Annual Meeting, we’ll announce honorees for the GFW Inc. Chairman’s Award, the Swagger Award, the Legislator of the Year Award, and the Small Business of the Year Award. This upbeat evening will also include an introduction of our newest GFW Fellows cohort, and congratulations to the Leadership Fort Wayne Class of 2018 for their program completion. The GFW Inc. Annual Meeting is an investor-only event.

Projected attendance: 400

If you’re ready to grow your brand with business exposure, contact Jenna Holley at 260 203-5721 or jholley@gfwinc.com.

Platinum Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – Welcome guests
  • Reserved table for 8 with premier seating – logo on table
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on e-mailed invitation *
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • E-blast scheduled up to one month after event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged

Gold Sponsor: $3,500

  • Reserved table for 8 with premier seating – logo on table
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • E-Blast scheduled up to one month after event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged

Silver Sponsor: $2,000

  • Reserved table of 8 with premier seating – logo on table
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 1 social media post, with sponsor tagged

Bronze Sponsor: $1,000

  • Reserved table of 8 with premier seating – logo on table
  • Signage at bar
  • Verbal recognition at event

Table Sponsor: $750

  • Reserved table of 8 with premier seating – logo on table
  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $15 

*Sponsor commitment must be received by April 6, 2018 to receive this benefit.

Tee it up to build relationships and promote your business! Whether you love to play or are looking for a creative way to reach Fort Wayne executives, our golf outing provides a unique opportunity for budgets of all sizes. Don’t miss your chance to participate!

If you’re ready to grow your brand with business exposure, contact Jenna Holley at 260-203-5721 or jholley@gfwinc.com.

 Title Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests at awards ceremony
  • Company name included in event title
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on banner
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged
  • Placement of promotional item in gift bags
  • Copy of attendee list after event

Award Ceremony Sponsor: $3,500

  • Signage at buffet table
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on banner
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged
  • Placement of promotional item in gift bags

Breakfast Sponsor: $2,500

  • Recognition at event
  • Signage at lunch pick-up table
  • Placement of promotional item in gift bags

Beverage Cart Sponsor: $2,000

  • Two representatives in cart
  • Logo on banner & beverage cart
  • Placement of promotional item in gift bags

Golf Ball Sponsor: $1,500

  • Company logo on golf balls handed out to each attendee
  • Recognition at event

Hole Sponsor: $500

  • Hole Sponsor (tee sign included)
  • Logo on banner
  • Placement of promotional item in gift bags

Closest-to-Pin Sponsor: $600

  • Special signage at Par 3 hole
  • Tee or green signage
  • 2 dinner guests
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • Recognition in the event program

With any sponsorship, purchase a foursome for $275

Regular prices:

  • Foursome $475
  • Single Golfer $150

Holiday Night

Join us as we embrace winter and celebrate the season at the business community’s signature holiday gathering! Enjoy an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and networking. Open to GFW Inc. investors and future GFW Inc. investors.

Projected attendance: 300-350

If you’re ready to grow your brand with business exposure, contact Jenna Holley at 260-203-5721 or jholley@gfwinc.com

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – Welcome guests
  • Reserved table for 8
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on emailed invitation
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • E-blast of your choice up scheduled up to one month after event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged

Cranberry Chiller: $3,000

  • Reserved table for 8
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Copy of attendee list after event
  • E-blast scheduled up to one month after event
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 2 social media posts, with sponsor tagged

Cup of Cheer: $2,000

  • 6 attendees
  • Signage at bar
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event
  • 1 social media post, with sponsor tagged

All the Trimmings: $1,000

  • 4 attendees
  • Signage at food stations
  • Logo/company name included on event page
  • Logo on printed material
  • Verbal recognition at event

Sugar Plum: $500

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

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

Advocacy Events

Before each Legislative Session, GFW Inc. hosts a preview of the issues highlighted in the Legislative Agenda. In addition, the Northeast Indiana Legislative Delegation will be invited to speak about topics they plan to address in the upcoming Legislative Session.

Projected attendance: 75-100

Presenting Sponsor: $2,000

Limit: 1

  • Company name included in event title: “GFW Inc. Legislative Preview presented by (Your Company Name)”
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees at the event
  • Social media mention
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

Limit: 2

  • Company will be recognized by the speaker
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Table Sponsor: $500

Unlimited

  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at table & displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event

Third House Forum
GFW Inc. hosts a Third House forum mid-session to update investors on key legislation that affects the business community. Members of the Northeast Indiana legislative delegation will report on their activity at the Statehouse. Get to know your state legislators and share your thoughts on polices that affect your business.

Projected attendance: 75-100

Presenting Sponsor: $2,000

Limit: 1

  • Company name included in event title: “GFW Inc. Third House Forum presented by (Your Company Name)”
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees at the event
  • Social media mention
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

Limit: 2

  • Company will be recognized by the speaker
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Table Sponsor: $500

Unlimited

  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at table & displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event

At the end of each legislative session, we host a Legislative Wrap-Up to discuss the ups and downs of the past session. Enjoy breakfast with the Northeast Indiana delegation and learn how the General Assembly’s decisions impact their business.

Projected attendance: 75-100

Presenting Sponsor: $2,000

Limit: 1

  • Company name included in event title: “GFW Inc. Third House Forum presented by (Your Company Name)”
  • Opportunity to welcome attendees at the event
  • Social media mention
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Supporting Sponsor: $1,000

Limit: 2

  • Company will be recognized by the speaker
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Table Sponsor: $500

Unlimited

  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at table
  • Company logo displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event

This is a unique opportunity for investors to learn about the climate in Washington D.C. and the issues impacting Northeast Indiana.

Projected attendance: 150-200

Presenting Sponsor: $4,000

Limit: 1

  • Company name included in event title: “Elected Official Luncheon presented by (Your Company Name)”
  • Opportunity to welcome elected official and attendees at the event
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed at event
  • Social media mention
  • Two (2) seats at the speakers table
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

Limit: 2

  • Company will be recognized by the speaker
  • Logo listed on online registration page, invitations, and displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event
  • One (1) seat at the speakers’ table
  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at the table

Table Sponsor: $600

Limit: 10

  • One (1) table for eight guests with company logo at table
  • Company logo displayed on PowerPoint presentation slides at event

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

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000

Limit: 1

  • Logo located in prominent location inside the Legislative Agenda
  • Verbal recognition at Legislative Preview, Third House Forum, and Legislative Wrap-up events

Supporting Sponsor $1,000

  • Your company’s logo on the back page of the Legislative Agenda

The GovConnect weekly e-newsletter covers local, state and federal news that matter to the business community. GovConnect is sent out every Friday to over 3,500 contacts which include GFW Inc. investor members, elected officials, and key community leaders.

GovConnect Sponsor: $75 per week

Unlimited

  • Logo listed in the weekly GovConnect e-newsletter

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

Networking Events

Designed to be a catalyst for great relationships, Greater Connections is the networking version of speed dating. It places individuals together in small groups to network around a table. As the participants rotate around the room, they have the opportunity to meet just about everyone else in attendance. Come and share business information, pass out business cards, broaden your sphere of influencers, and increase your business network in one hour! Open to GFW Inc. investors and future GFW Inc. investors.

Presenting Sponsor: $200

  • Provides a light breakfast, coffee, and water for all attendees
  • You receive recognition at the event
  • You get the opportunity to give a brief sales pitch to attendees at the end of the event

Meet Me @ 5:05 is a larger networking event that provides an opportunity to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere while developing new business contacts. Open to GFW Inc. investors and future GFW Inc. investors.

Projected attendance: 100-120

Presenting Sponsor: $800

  • Provides light hors d’oeuvres for attendees
  • You will receive recognition at the event and an opportunity to give a brief sales pitch to attendees

For more information on Networking Events or to sponsor, contact Jami Thomas at (260) 203-5766 or jthomas@gfwinc.com.

Signature Programs

Learn from best practice communities for the benefit of Fort Wayne, Allen County, and the region. Return with a sense of renewed enthusiasm and commitment to revitalization, quality of place and ideas for improving greater Fort Wayne and the region. Sponsors are recognized on printed agendas, during the trip and on invitations, bag tags and the GFW Inc. website.

Presenting Sponsorship: $10,000

Supporting Sponsorship: $5,000

Reception Sponsorship: $2,500

Leadership Fort Wayne consists of nine full-day programs, class projects, participation in community activities, and opportunities for hands-on experiences. Area leaders and experts provide information about the community and its history, institutions, socio-economic composition and current issues.

Designated Seat Sponsorship: $3,800

  • One guaranteed seat for the individual of the sponsor’s choice
  • Tuition for the selected candidate (these individuals do not go through the selection process but are already accepted by virtue of the sponsorship)
  • Logo will be featured on LFW program day materials and GFW Inc.’s website
  • Company will be recognized at the LFW Opening Class Retreat and LFW Graduation

Program Day and Designated Seat Sponsorship: $4,800

  • One guaranteed seat for the individual of sponsor’s choice in the Program
  • Tuition for the selected candidate (these individuals do not go through the selection process but are already accepted by virtue of the sponsorship)
  • Logo will be featured on LFW program day materials & GFW Inc.’s website
  • Recognized at the LFW Opening Class Retreat and LFW Graduation
  • Opportunity for a representative from company to address the class at a program day of choice and distribute any corporate materials to class members

The GFW Fellows program connects high-potential college students with GFW Inc. investors who have a regular need for new talent. The program utilizes dedicated summer internship experiences as admission into the fellowship. The program provides paid summer internships that combines housing, community service, and personal development in a year-long program. The community benefits by retaining top talent.

Host Employer Sponsorship: $3,000 per intern

  • Recognition throughout the year as a Host Employer to Fellows and invitations to activities, city-wide Internship Kick-off at Parkview Field, and GFW Inc. Annual Meeting.

Designated Seat Host Employer Sponsorship: $4,000 per Intern

  • Recognition throughout the year as a Host Employer and invitations to Fellows activities, city-wide Internship Kick-off at Parkview Field, and GFW Inc. Annual Meeting. Host Employers are given the ability to bypass GFW Inc.’s applicant pool and name their own candidate to be enrolled in the GFW Fellows Program. This sponsorship may be used for an employer that needs an extra incentive to gain commitment from a student, or for a student intern who requires housing and meets the criteria to participate in the GFW Fellows Program.

For more information on Signature Programs or to sponsor, contact Justin Clupper at (260) 203-5756 or jclupper@gfwinc.com.