Your Company, Front and Center.

Imagine your company’s brand in front of Allen County’s movers and shakers. That’s what you get with a sponsorship of a GFW Inc. event or publication. We’ll help you raise your profile and boost your business.

Signature Events

Each year, the GFW Inc. Women’s Network presents the Champions of Change Awards to two extraordinary individuals from Allen County—one female and one male—who:

  • Demonstrate an unwavering passion and commitment to our community.
  • Are role models making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Have made significant contributions that have inspired women to succeed.
  • Have made Allen County a better place to live, work, and play.

Winners of the Champions of Change award get more than community recognition and a physical trophy; they receive a platform to inspire the talent of tomorrow to follow their lead.

Elevate your brand’s profile by being part of the GFW Inc. Women’s Network’s signature event.

Date: April 30, 2020
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Wayne Center
Projected Attendance: 300

All Champions of Change Awards Luncheon sponsorships include one VIP table for eight (8) guests, signage included

Diamond Sponsor: $5,000

  • Speaking opportunity – welcome guests
  • Logo displayed at event
  • Logo 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

Award Sponsor: $4,000

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

Sapphire Sponsor: $3,000

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

Emerald Sponsor: $2,000

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

Table Sponsor: $1,000

  • Verbal recognition at event

Single Ticket: $50 investor / $65 future investor

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

Our biggest event of the year, the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting celebrates the accomplishments of the year and looks toward a vibrant future in Allen County. Leadership Fort Wayne participants are honored as they complete their year-long program and GFW Fellows are introduced to the business community.

Date: June 11, 2020
Location: Clyde Theatre
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Projected attendance: 600

All Annual Meeting sponsorships include a VIP table for eight (8) at the event, promoting your organization (excludes Cocktail 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

Cocktail Table Sponsor: $125

  • Admission for three (3) attendees
  • Company logo on cocktail table

Single Ticket: $35 investor / $50 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!

Date: July 24, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Foster Park Golf Course
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: $2,500

  • 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 12 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: $500 / Single Golfer: $150

Ticket to awards luncheon and silent auction: $20

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, 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.

Date: Dec. 10, 2020
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: TBD
Projected Attendance: 500

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

Presenting Sponsor: $5,000

  • 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: $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

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

Cocktail Table Sponsor: $125

  • Admission for two (2) attendees
  • Company logo on cocktail table

Single Ticket: $50 investor / $65 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 networking events! Build brand awareness as attendees build professional connections. These after-work meetups are set in our community’s top venues.

Date3x per year, 2020 dates TBD
Projected attendance: 100-120

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: $15 investor / $30 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, 2020 dates TBD
Projected Attendance: 30 per event

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.

Date: Dec. 3, 2019 (2020 event date TBD)
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Projected Attendance: 130

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

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

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

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Company name included on event page
  • 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.

GFW Inc. hosts 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.

Date: February 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: TBD
Projected Attendance: 130

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

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

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

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Company name included on event page
  • 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.

Date: March 2020
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Parkview Mirro Center
Projected Attendance: 130

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

Supporting Sponsor: $2,000

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

Table Sponsor: $500

  • Company name included on event page
  • 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 2,200 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 Jenna Gunn at jgunn@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 Dave Sholl at dsholl@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 nine-month 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. Annual Meeting

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 the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

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 the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

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

Leadership 2.0 is an advanced program that has been uniquely designed to build on Leadership Fort Wayne to teach core leadership concepts and skills. The three pillars of the program are “Lead Self, Lead Others, Lead the Organization.” With guidance from area leaders, participants discover their innate talents for excellence, and the tools and techniques to more confidently lead no matter where they are in an organization.

Length: 6 months
Tuition: $1,600

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

Program Day Sponsor: $1,600

  • 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. Annual Meeting

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

The GFW Fellows program connects high-potential college students with GFW Inc. investors who have a need and capacity for an intern. The program includes a 12-week project-based paid internship, summer housing, personal and professional development workshops, community engagement activities, and social events designed to connect Fellows to the company and the community.

GFW Inc.-Screened Fellow Sponsorship: $3,000 per intern

  • GFW Inc. recruits and selects the candidates, provides Selection Day process for Host Employers to interview and select their Fellow
  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Invitations to kickoff event, Fellows activities, and GFW Inc. Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor recognition during the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

Host Employer-Screened Fellow Sponsorship: $2,500 per intern

  • A guaranteed seat for one Fellow – the Host Employer selects the candidate and they bypass the GFW Inc. selection process
  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Invitations to kickoff event, Fellows activities, and GFW Inc. Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor recognition during the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

Host Employer-Screened Fellow Sponsorship (without housing) – $1,200 per intern

  • Designed for interns who do not need housing, but the employer values the personal development workshops and social outings included in the Fellows program
  • A guaranteed seat for one Fellow – the Host Employer selects the candidate and they bypass the GFW Inc. selection process
  • Recognition during each program day on printed and electronic program materials
  • Invitations to kickoff event, Fellows activities, and GFW Inc. Annual Meeting
  • Sponsor recognition during the LFW graduation proceedings at the GFW Inc. Annual Meeting

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

Three members of the Fellows program are smiling and sitting together in a restaurant.

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 Zone 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 superintendents from all four local school districts, addressing 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. 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. Women’s Network – Connecting, inspiring, and empowering women through a series of impactful events and programs.
  • Opportunity Fort Wayne – Welcoming new professionals—and their families—into the community with Hoosier hospitality, enhancing talent attraction and retention.
  • 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 2,100 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., community headlines, 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 4,400 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.

Event Coordination Services: $300 per event

  • Press release writing, editing, and distribution
  • Professional event photography
  • Sharing photos via our social media channels

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 .