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Welcoming The Victory Project Into Our Space 6.24.15


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The Collaboratory met with 3 young men and their leader from the Victory Project and two men from The Rivers Institute that are partnering with the Victory Project this summer for a summer challenge (discussed later). We helped them ideate and brainstorm on what a local buisness is and what makes it successful.

The Victory Project’s Mission: [Without government funding] Empower young men to discover the life God intended by mastering self-awareness, self-sufficiency and selfless service, building an uncommon alliance with uncommon youth for uncommon results.

Their Location:

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The Collaboratory’s Brain Storming Session With The Victory Project:

Marketing, Finances, Employees, Operations, and Life Long Learning

Why did you choose this group?

“I want to become a young entrepreneur

“I want to learn about businesses”

“I can benefit from things this group can offer”

“It sounds more fun than going out and biking… how to learn a buisness”


End Goal : Buisness plan for a small business/ bike shop


What do we know about small buisness:

-breakfast diners

-spread community wise

-locally wise – example: corner store

Why would people own a buisness:

to become successful in life success as in being a graduate from college, owning a buisness, financially stable

define a problem in the world, and see how you can fix it

think how you can help other people too – community need

fill a need


What buisness would you open that is driven by passion:

Personal protection for belongings

Arts related, a studio

Helping Seniors

Water Bottle with a Cause

Business that’ll make the most $$:

Finding Lost Item

Gaming System

Community Need:



Example: Teen Hangout

To keep them off the streets..

video-games, wifi, food

peer-to-peer mentoring

near a school

business incubator










Crash! @ ArtStreet 6.18.15 & The Importance of Networking


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The Importance of Networking and Group Collaboration For Us:

“Networking is about making connections and building enduring, mutually beneficial relationships.”

-As stated from the Strategic Business Network

By Rose DeFluri
What is a crash? According to the fourth definition of the word. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, crash means to move forward aggressively. To be honest, that’s the most fitting description of the word for our purposes. Working in conjunction to the Institute for Arts Nexus has taught us (being the collaboration accelerators) to grasp on to an idea and CRASH! When hosting a crash event, we take our ideas and run with them in this hypothetical relay of thoughts.
Our first experience as a group hosting a crash was amazing. We brought all of the collaborators together with the shakers and movers of Dayton. The dynamic, the energy and the enthusiasm we all share for Dayton gives me hope for the rest of this summer.

First you need to find what you’re trying to accomplish yourself by networking, then the next question to ask who else is trying to do what I’m trying to do? Or has this already been accomplished? If so what are the suggestions I may recieve? The 12 of us through the Collaborator Accelerator program thought we had a wide range of knowledge and ideas but it turns out “the more the merrier.” The key component is to bounce ideas off of one another. Ultimately networking is a valuable asset in any project.

-Chris Lippiello

Networking is a chance to find interest in other people’s work and create bonds that will propel your own work forward. When people invest time in other people they’re more receptive and willing to assist you in the future.

-Andrew Arnett


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Why Should We Network?

Learn dynamics within your industry
Establish your business contacts
Get “plugged in” to your community
Seek new career opportunities
Facilitate win-win relationships
Create your referral networks
Accelerate your professional development
Develop knowledge resources
(from the Strategic Business Network)

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The crash was probably the best thing that we have done in the internship to date. The atmosphere in the room was so awesome. I met more useful contacts here than I think I have in a while. The community members that we brought in were just right. The young energetic professionals had a ton of insight and raw energy. The older professionals had the knowledge and experience to justify or dismantle ideas. I think a lot of the success we will have this summer can be attributed to this one event.

-Andrew Arnett

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It was great to hear what they are thinking about and what they would help us with if we tried it. It was also great to hear what people had tried and what worked or did not work. These people were so passionate and had such great stories that it was obvious that they just want to make Dayton a better place.

-Keri Martz

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…This was very successful.  The crash is exactly what we needed because it allowed us direct person-to-person contact with individuals that are active in the community and who are already working with each other.  We now have so many fantastic POC’s for future partnerships.

-Andrew Harbach



The CRASH! At ArtStreet 6/18/15 Update

Woah… Can you talk about a positive outcome? The 12 interns that make up the Summer Challenge Team for The Collaborator Accelerators 2015 met with the “doers” and “imagineers” of Dayton, Ohio on Thursday evening.

About 30 people showed up to enjoy a few drinks and chips, the conversations were flowing and the vibe of the room was exhilarating.

People of all realms gathered to share success stories, failures, their journeys, and share ideas on the sense of community and passions of Dayton.

We plan to host many more of these casual events to gather such like minded and fearless people in our community to create a place we all love to live.





Update from CrowdFunding937 Meeting


Last night (Tuesday May 27, 2015) we had our inaugural CrowdFunding937 meeting. Despite the apocalyptic weather outside, a small but insightful group showed up. The meeting lasted longer than the devoted 1 hour allotted to the conversation with out a dull moment. Experiences were shared both success and failure.

We hope to continue these meetings and reach out to entrepreneurs of all ages and success levels. We want to create a large networking community for people interested in funding and connecting with entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs themselves to learn from each other so the community of entrepreneurs can grow together.


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Dayton Sewing Collaborative


Introduction to Home Sewing


Tap into the Indigenous Talent within the vulnerable and underserved communities of Dayton, using sewing
as the common thread. Build a collaborative organization that connects with sewing talent and passion from
throughout the region.

Who is involved: YWCA, East End and the Wesley Community Center, among others.

Want to get involved? Contact The Collaboratory! Visit us in courthouse square, give us a call, or send us a message.

33 North Main Street
Dayton, OH 45402

[email protected]
(937) 732-5123

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Human Development: Look to drive Sense of Purpose, Sense of Connectedness and Sense of  Optimism by helping individuals find their “yellow brick road.”

Workforce Development: Provide the training necessary to help individuals gain employment using their sewing skills.

Revenue Generation: Use product sales, contract work and corporate training programs to fund initiative.

• Innovation: Develop a creativity space that attracts the broadest range of people interested in the fabric arts. Facilitate the unexpected outcomes of improbable pairings.

Community Outreach: Use sewing as a vehicle to bring people together from across the community, cutting across race, class, gender, ethnicity, geography and age. Place an emphasis on youth, and helping them develop new skills, connections and confidence. This is an excellent opportunity to create intergenerational experiences, one where the giving and taking could actually flow in both directions.

Enlightenment: Educate the larger community on what we mean by “Indigenous Talent.”

• Catalyst: Catalog as much of the indigenous talent in the community, perhaps working with WSU and UD (we need to complete our talent survey) to see where there are more opportunities to get people engaged.

Entrepreneurship Development: Offer courses, in collaboration with existing organizations, around the various skills needed to operate a small business—legal, sales & marketing, finance, HR, etc.




1. Training – Formalize, both in terms of a physical space and curriculum, the training work the Pam Laughlin has been engaged in for the past two years. We are currently at the very front end of starting to explore opportunities to initially locate at the YWCA on West Third Street downtown. In addition to Pam’s work with refugees, we would like to add a pilot program with members of the YWCA community, as well as others interested in exploring sewing jobs.

2. Community/Creative Capital/Cottage Industry – While this may appear as a catch-all, we see this as both an intentionality and an outcome of setting up pilot “sewing centers” in three community spaces, Wesley Community Center on the west side, East End Community Center on the east side and Rosewood Art Center in Kettering. Nothing specific has been determined as to what will take place at these centers. Rather, we have focused on some underlying values, including interconnecting residents of all three communities (as well as non-residents), inter-generational training, production for local sales at flea markets and local retailers.

3. Entrepreneurship – Our idea of entrepreneurship may be a little different than the usual definition, as the term has become a catch-all for everyone who has their own business. In this case, we still are committed to helping people pursue their dreams. Pam Laughlin is currently engaged with three Sudanese men who, rather than working at Honeywell, want to be making suits. This is potentially a different dream, at least initially, than of “running their own business.” So what does our model look like to bring this dream to fruition? What are the other resources and skill-sets we can align to close the loop? What other business opportunities might we be able to launch in the textiles sector?



1. Production Facility/Incubator/Training Center – Pam Laughlin is currently in possession of 10 industrial sewing machines. Making them accessible for training, potential Dayton Sewing Collaborative produced products or to be used by locals already working in textiles, is an imperative part of our program.

2. Community-based Sewing Centers – As described above, these serve to build community, be a creative catalyst and can allow individuals looking for full-time sewing positions the opportunity to practice their skills in a convenient location.

3. The Collaboratory – Our Courthouse Square location is ideal for connectivity and imagination sessions among all the various constituent groups touched by the Sewing Collaborative.



1. Make a long-term commitment to creating the infrastructure—creative community, equipment and facilities and support system—to sustain and grow textile opportunities in the region.

2. If this Dayton Sewing Collaborative model proves viable for engaging Indigenous Talent, what other areas of opportunity exist to apply our model, e.g. woodworking in collaboration with St. Vincent de Paul.