Carmel Clay Public Library to host workshop for entrepreneurs


By Joseph Knoop


It’s the American dream – owning your own, self-sustaining business and succeeding at it. Actually making it happen is the true test of business savvy. A new entrepreneurship workshop series at the Carmel Clay Public Library aims to give hopeful self-starters the knowledge they need to strike out on their own in the Carmel area.

The “Entrepreneurship Carmel” workshop, which is scheduled for every second Tuesday of the month, helps participants identify trending business ideas, explore the teachings of popular television programs like “Shark Tank” and “The Profit,” and examine local business and demographic issues pertinent to Carmel.

“Our hope is that each month we’ll bring something new to the table,” workshop organizer and business expert Mark Roger said.

Roger hopes to give participants a clearer picture of what kinds of businesses live or die in the Carmel area, especially within a four-to-five year span.

“When people drive through the Clay Terrace or any strip centers, they always ask me ‘what goes in those vacant spots now? What kinds of businesses actually fill those retail spaces?’” Roger said.

Roger, who has worked with business start-ups since 1993, currently works as a franchise consultant with FranNet MidAmerica, a business consultancy firm.

“I really enjoy working with people who want to own their own business,” Roger said. “It’s really fulfilling, but there’s never a ‘good time’ to do it and never a ‘perfect economy’ for it. In 2016, most people will be trying to figure out what they’re going to do from age 45 to 70. One trend I see now is business models involving parents and their graduating kids from college.”

The first Entrepreneurship Carmel workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 12. Registration is free and available at