Where startups start

The Mill is the heart of southern Indiana’s startup ecosystem and its largest coworking space. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit center for entrepreneurship in Bloomington, funded by membership and event space fees, as well as by generous donations from corporate sponsors and angel investors from south-central Indiana.

Lounge area with chalk wall and leather seating
Our mission is to help launch and accelerate startups.
Our vision is to become Indiana’s center of gravity for entrepreneurship.

Our PROGRAMMING

As the center for entrepreneurship in Bloomington, The Mill provides critical access, first and foremost to a community of peers and mentors, and secondly to capacity-building resources and startup capital. Our programs help accelerate innovative ideas and technologies into business concepts. 

We began offering programming for startups and entrepreneurs in 2017. In November 2018, our membership-based coworking facility opened. Entrepreneurs, innovators, creatives, remote workers, techies, and others benefit from like-minded community, programming, and mentoring. With financial support from the City of Bloomington and the Redevelopment Commission for the building renovation and our launch, we have a stated goal of becoming self-sufficient by the end of year three.

Today, The Mill is 19,000 square feet of beautifully renovated, century-year-old factory space in the downtown Trades District. We are home to hundreds of members and dozens of companies. Our diverse members include innovators creating startups and small businesses as well as independent freelancers, creatives, and remote workers, for example. Some choose The Mill for our coworking amenities and the great community. Others join for specialized entrepreneurial support: for accelerating their startups, pitching to investors, and securing capital, for instance. We serve members, our thriving startup community, and the public at large.

The Mill would not be possible without the generous support of our cornerstone sponsors. See all sponsors here.

Cornerstone sponsors

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Staff

Pat East

Pat East

Executive Director

Bram Boyd

Bram Boyd

Program Manager

Martina Fausto

Martina Fausto

Venture Analyst, Flywheel Fund

Brian Hatton

Brian Hatton

Venture Partner, Flywheel Fund

Gretchen Knapp

Gretchen Knapp

Head of Operations & Marketing

ANDY LEHMAN

ANDY LEHMAN

Head of Accelerator Programming

Cy Megnin

Cy Megnin

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

through Velocities

Dan Nash

Dan Nash

Startup Ecosystem Manager

through Velocities

Charles Pearce

Charles Pearce

Marketing Specialist

 

Haley Pritchett

Haley Pritchett

Code/IT Academy Program Manager

 

Nico Sigler

Nico Sigler

Facility Manager

Careers

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we have a standing policy of nondiscrimination at The Mill. We respect the unique and diverse perspectives of all employees. We accord all qualified persons an equal opportunity for employment or promotion without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status or condition protected by federal, state, or local law.

Venue & Booking Manager

The Mill is seeking an experienced venue manager to 1) lead all booking, invoicing, logistics, and customer service for external customers associated with The Mill’s rental spaces (Event Hall, Classroom, Conference Rooms) and 2) lead all event planning and logistics, including food and beverage, for internal events hosted by The Mill. This position reports to the Head of Operations.

The Mill is a nonprofit center for coworking, entrepreneurship, and events. Our historic building has small conference rooms, a bigger meeting room (the “Classroom”) for trainings and board meetings, and a large event hall that may be rented during business hours, evenings, and weekends for events such as wedding receptions, public meetings, parties, and more. Rental income is an important part of our economic sustainability plan. We also put on our own events as part of our mission to launch and accelerate startups and our vision to become the center of entrepreneurship for Indiana. The Venue & Booking Manager ensures that we meet our revenue goals for renting our space, that customers have a great experience working with us on their events, and that our own events run smoothly and seamlessly.  

You are a detail-oriented, proactive communicator and proud of your behind-the-scenes mastery. You’re prepared for surprises and have built processes and checks to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. You’ve worked with caterers, corporate organizations, small businesses, party planners, bartenders, musicians, and more. You understand what questions to ask and what information to share to make sure everyone is on the same page. You know how to set and manage expectations. You’re warm and welcoming, patient and organized. 

This position works Tuesday-Saturday, with some evening work required.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Venue Booking, 80%

  • Manage all scheduling, contracting, billing, set up, and servicing of The Mill’s rental spaces for external customers from initial inquiry through event completion. 
    • Of this work, contracting and billing is 25%; communications and planning, 50%, logistics and support day of event, 25%
  • Lead tours and respond to inquiries in a timely, professional manner
  • Work with external customers to set expectations and communicate logistics with external vendors such as caterers and djs
  • Create seating and table plans for customers, ensure space is set up correctly on time, and help customers access and use A/V and technology as needed. Note: The Mill facilitates needs, but does not provide event planning, to external customers.
  • Coordinate supplemental on-site event contacts
  • Create event space invoices in Honeybooks, modify as needed, and monitor payments from deposit through event completion
  • Recommend pricing, policies, procedures, and marketing materials as needed
  • Represent The Mill at the annual Bridal Show at the Convention Center
  • Collaborate with the Facilities Manager, Head of Operations, and internal staff on event set up, decoration, breakdown, and cleaning needs
  • Participate in staff rotation at the front desk for drop-in tours and member inquiries

Internal Event Planning & Support, 20%

  • Work with internal staff to reserve space, recommend and order appropriate food and beverage within budget, set up space, run logistics, and break down after show for Mill events
  • Work with internal staff to ensure events are successful and run smoothly. Run day-of-event logistics, ensure timely and accurate catering, assist guests, check technology, and so on.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required

  • 2+ years professional experience managing an event venue, and/or scheduling, planning, and running events. 
  • Proficient in coordinating logistics with customers and vendors
  • Experience contracting events and creating detailed invoices 
  • Comfortable using and learning software and online tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Service orientation and positive, friendly attitude
  • Ability to lift up to 70lbs and perform duties calling for repetitive motion required on a regular basis, which may include bending, pushing, pulling, reaching, climbing, squatting, and lifting
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization

Preferred

  • Experience managing a wedding venue 
  • Experience planning events for internal customers

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • Annual salary is $50,000 paid twice monthly via direct deposit
  • 3 weeks of PTO in year 1, 4 weeks in year 2 and beyond
  • Health, life, vision, and dental insurance
  • 401(k) with company match after the first year of employment
  • Use of company MacBook Pro
  • Performance reviews twice annually
  • Opportunity for raises twice annually

HOW TO APPLY

Upload a resume and a cover letter (optional). This is your chance to showcase your event experience and why you are a great fit for The Mill. Please include the following information in your cover letter:

  • A short bio / introduction
  • Why this position interests you
  • What you hope to gain from your next career move
  • How you learned about The Mill and the position

Applicant review is ongoing, with a preference for candidates who apply by January 15, 2023. Due to the expected number of applications, we cannot reply to every applicant. If you make it beyond the first round, though, you can expect regular communications from us. Thank you for your interest in The Mill. Best of luck!

Board of Directors

The Mill is committed to being a center for entrepreneurs, led by entrepreneurs. For that reason, two-thirds of our board members represent technology- and innovation-driven companies, including Mill members and graduates. Our other board members bring expertise in economic development, local government, higher education and venture capital.

  • Anne McCombe Chair | Director of Corporate Affairs, MetroStar*
  • Geng Wang Vice Chair | Co-Founder and CEO, Civic Champs*
  • Karin St. John, Secretary/Treasurer | COO, St. John Associates*
  • Ravi Bhatt | Co-Founder and CEO, Folia*
  • Jennifer Pearl, Past Vice Chair | President, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation*
  • Ben Swanson | Co-Founder, Secretly Group*
  • Michelle Cole | Technology Executive
  • John Hamilton | Mayor, City of Bloomington
  • Cindy Kinnarney | North Region President, German American Bank
  • Beka Mech | Product Leader, Acadis, Vector Solutions
  • Tina Peterson | President and CEO of Regional Opportunity Initiatives and the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County
  • Brooke Pyne | Vice President, Technology Engagement, IEDC
  • Mike Trotzke | CEO, Cheddar
  • Jennie Vaughan | Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington
  • Derek Whitley | Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Flamel.ai
  • Jason Whitney | Vice President of Venture Development, IU Ventures, and Executive Director, IU Angel Network

*Executive Committee members

OUr historic building

Our century-old restored building has a long history of significant economic contributions to the community. In a way, it has always been a center for entrepreneurship in Bloomington.

Founded in 1869, the Showers Brothers Company had an illustrious influence on Bloomington history. The Mill was originally built in 1915 as its sawmill factory (known as the Dimension Mill). At its peak in the 1920s, Showers produced more than half of all the furniture in the United States—more than 700,000 pieces of furniture a year! Moreover, it was one of the first US furniture factories to employ women, as well as more African Americans than others of its time. And as a cultural shift toward homeownership spread through the nation, Showers Brothers saw great success.

The onset of the Great Depression changed the course for the Showers Brothers, however. But their legacy lives on in some of Bloomington’s most iconic buildings, including The Mill, with its unique sawtooth roof and original brick walls. Indiana University owned and used the building from 1959-1994, and then the City of Bloomington purchased it. The Dimension Mill sat vacant for many years, until a new vision for it crystallized. Ultimately, the City of Bloomington took a bold step forward and invested millions in its renovation.

Today the Showers factory complex has become the Trades District, Bloomington’s 12-acre technology park. It’s part of an economic revolution here, toward entrepreneurship and technology. Bloomington celebrated a game-changing addition to the Trades District with the launch of The Mill in 2018.

Our beautiful building represents both a preservation of historical legacy and a modern revitalization of Bloomington’s business scene. The Mill is a living icon of Bloomington’s past, present, and future, guided by its vision to become the center of coworking and entrepreneurship in Indiana.