IPFW Doermer School of Business


IPFW Doermer School of Business Evolves With Changing Local, Global Economies

Internationally Accredited School Readies Students for a Competitive Workplace


Like many Midwest cities, Fort Wayne has seen its economy transform from one dependent on heavy manufacturing to one fueled by innovation. Doermer School of Business has evolved along with northeastern Indiana, preparing students for the workplace of today, and of the future.

“The economy here has really changed over the years. Large manufacturing plants have dwindled. We’re seeing growth in the biomedical and health care industry, advanced manufacturing and defense,” says Michael Eikenberry, the new dean of the Doermer School of Business Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne and a former Indiana regional president of PNC Bank.

With distinctive programming and
faculty, the school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

“Our international accreditation points to several things. We have a 30-member faculty, and 27 of them are tenured, so they are experienced. Many of our faculty members are involved in research and the business community. Most of our competitors don’t have this accreditation, and I think this speaks to the quality of our programs,” Eikenberry says.

In-Demand Programs for Busy Professionals
Doermer School of Business has a variety of degree programs and certificates for busy professionals. The school offers two MBA programs to fit students’ needs. In both, students earn an MBA from Indiana University, one of the nation’s top-ranked MBA programs. At Doermer, students can choose from an 11-month Accelerated program, or the MBA+, generally completed in 18 to 24 months. Classes meet on either nights or weekends. Other core graduate programs include:

Nurse Executive

Nursing Master’s of Science

Organizational Leadership Graduate Certificate

Professional Communication

Public Management Certificate

Systems Engineering Certificate

The classroom isn’t the only place students learn. The business school offers a unique opportunity to work with a regional firm located in or looking to enter a foreign market, and to travel overseas as part of that learning.

“We cover the waterfront in preparing students for the business world, from economics and accounting to marketing and finance. As the state’s second largest city, Fort Wayne also provides great opportunities for internships and co-ops with the many companies based here,” Eikenberry says. “Our students get a very full education.”




2101 East Coliseum Blvd. | Neff Hall, Room 360 | Fort Wayne, IN 46805
260-481-6100 | ipfw.edu/business


University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire


Success Is Priority Number One
in This Business School

UW-Eau Claire Entrepreneurship Program Gives Students Real-World Experiences


Justin Kaufenberg launched his multi-million-dollar software business from his dorm room on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, where he was a varsity hockey player and economics major.

“I could not have picked a better place to start a company than
UW-Eau Claire,” he says.

Today, Kaufenberg’s venture, Sport Ngin, is the largest company in the country in the youth and amateur sports technology market. …Read More

CGO Wealth Management, LLC


Inspired by Great Leaders and Thinkers

As an autograph collector, Claude Ohanesian has a special appreciation for historical figures who took personal risk for a greater good. One of his favorite signatures is that of John Hancock.
“John Hancock was wealthy. He didn’t have to stand up for the American Revolution, but he risked everything to make something better,” Ohanesian says. “Another document that means a great deal to me is the original handwritten lyrics to Imagine by John Lennon.” …Read More



Customer-Intensive Office Solutions

Prosource: Growth Through Customer Obsession


For most companies, a growth plan is built around marketing, sales and acquisitions. Prosource, an office equipment and technology solutions provider, is expanding in a unique way: It’s growing a culture. …Read More



Past, Present Fuel Telecommunications
Future at Powernet


Often, the shortest distance between a company and the customer is a voice or data connection — any form of communication that takes place online or over the phone. For a growing number of companies, Powernet provides that connection.

This Cincinnati-based telecommunications …Read More

ScrogginsGrear, Consultants and CPAs


Taking Care of the Details
Saves Business Owners Time, Worry

ScrogginsGrear, Consultants and CPAs


Business owners want to focus on their core operations, not the back-office particulars.

Robert Scroggins and Terry Grear, principals of ScrogginsGrear, a management consulting and CPA firm in Cincinnati, say that’s why they make sure none of their client business owners have to worry about such concerns.

“That’s what we do,” says Grear.  “We are a part of their team.” …Read More

American Business Solutions Inc.


Technology and Trust

American Business Solutions Inc. Delivers Partnership, Ingenuity and Dependability


Rajeev Dubey, president and CEO of American Business Solutions Inc. (ABSI), knows that in the rapidly changing world of technology, exceptional service and collaboration are just as important as staying on the cutting edge to help clients compete in a global economy. …Read More

James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA


Where Lawyers Go When They Need a Lawyer

James E. Arnold & Associates, LPA


When a limited liability company dissolved, one of the former members sued the two principals for $8 million, claiming they had breached their fiduciary duties and had charged excessive management fees. Convinced they had done nothing wrong, the defendants turned to the law firm of James E. Arnold & Associates for help. …Read More

Third Federal Savings & Loan


Bank Smart. Live Better.

Third Federal Savings & Loan


The banking industry has taken a beating in recent years, and so have consumers, largely because of bad loans. With frightened depositors fleeing troubled institutions in droves in 2008, many sought greater security with Ohio-based Third Federal Savings & Loan. The company actually gained deposits during the recent recession. …Read More



Auburn081814FBSO_AUBURSS00001Entrepreneurial Spirit Drives Innovative Technology

Bob Coughlin founded Paycor in 1990 with a modest goal: provide excellent payroll services with unmatched client care and become “relevant” in the local marketplace.

Twenty-four years and 25,000 clients later, Coughlin has built a business well beyond his initial vision. Paycor has offices in 22 U.S. cities and has surpassed the $100 million annual revenue mark, while continuing to add to its suite of cloud-based HR, timekeeping and payroll solutions.

Coughlin has never forgotten the early days of Paycor, and that entrepreneurial spirit fuels his innovative leadership and the company’s product offerings.

“When I started, I often worked until 2 a.m. and came back in early the next day to do it again. It was insane how much I was working,” Coughlin says. “When you’re building a business, you want your time freed up to grow revenue and build your reputation.”

Paycor enhances its cloud-based solutions with ongoing product updates, two-thirds of which come directly from client feedback. The solutions are designed to remove the daily obstacles that prevent business owners and corporate leaders from thinking about the
big picture.

Automating basic workflows for numerous payroll and HR tasks allows companies to streamline their processes, free up their people’s time and be more customer-responsive.

Technology can fuel any business’s growth, just as it did for Paycor.

“Technology has become the driver of where the business is going in the future. We continue to increase our investment in software development,” Coughlin says. “I take a long-term view on the business. I keep striving for how we can do better to delight our clients, our associates and our communities.”