Incubator leader nurtures
young, emerging entrepreneurs
Sue Anderson has continued to foster the development of the small business community through her many roles.
“By working with entrepreneurs, I feel like I am making a difference and my passion is seeing them succeed. I see regular people become business owners and before you know it, they are making a difference by assisting others in their communities,” she said. “Some of the same people that have been clients now work with interns or mentor new entrepreneurs and that is what it’s all about: making things better.”
Since 2007, Anderson has been the consultant/program director at the Hammond Development Corp. where she has the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs at the organization’s incubators: the Hammond INnovation Center, HUB of Innovation, a member of the Markerspace movement, and Creative HUB, a new initiative to unite artists.
“These incubators provide resources, such as below-market rental space, consulting, administrative resources and a loan pool known as the Business Builders,” she said. “Currently, the incubators have 26 full-time small businesses and non-profits and six part-time tenants.”
Part of her current position is working with college and high school students through internship programs.
“We work with students in developing their entrepreneurial traits and career paths. We provide sessions in technology, entrepreneurship, business mentorships and workplace activities by working in partnership with tenant non-profits, the Hammond UEA and the City of Hammond,” she said. “These students have started their own businesses, including 3-D printing, Web site design, organic soap making and video production, and they also help run the incubators themselves.”
Anderson has a strong and varied background in consulting and business development. She has worked as a consultant in college career development, special projects, education curriculum, strategic planning and grant writing. She also was a banker for 18 years, moving up from teller to vice president/cashier.
She was the regional director of the Northwest ISBDC from 1999 through 2007, carrying on the E-Day tradition for eight years, and was owner, editor and publisher of the NWI Business Journal.
“I have been fortunate to work with organizations where the mission was always to bring positive change to benefit the community. I consider myself a tool to assist small business owners or entrepreneurs reach their business potential,” she said. “I have been privileged to meet and work with people who are dedicated to establishing themselves as business owners and making a difference in their communities as well as for their families.”
Hammond Development Corp.
5246 Hohman Ave. in Hammond