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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cook group logo
indiana university logo

Staff

Pat East

Pat East

Executive Director

Bram Boyd

Bram Boyd

Program Manager

Ross Fleck

Ross Fleck

Facilities Manager

Brian Hatton

Brian Hatton

Venture Partner, Flywheel Fund

Rachel Kluck

Rachel Kluck

Membership & Booking Manager

Gretchen Knapp

Gretchen Knapp

Head of Operations & Marketing

ANDY LEHMAN

ANDY LEHMAN

Head of Accelerator Programming

Cy Megnin

Cy Megnin

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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Dan Nash

Dan Nash

Startup Ecosystem Manager

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Sarah Owen

Sarah Owen

Major Gifts Officer

Julie Sylvester

Julie Sylvester

Program 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.

Content Marketing Specialist

The Mill is seeking an experienced content creator and marketer to 1) create multimedia content marketing campaigns to build long-term audience engagement, and 2) support the daily execution of all our marketing across various platforms (social, newsletters, email, etc.). This new role will work closely with the Head of Marketing & Operations to promote The Mill as southern Indiana’s center of gravity for coworking, innovation, and entrepreneurship to potential members and the community.

Does this sound like you? You love creating content, particularly in video, and have a deep understanding of how to curate and manage content over time to build traffic and followers. You have a portfolio of your best work and data to show your past success. You’ve done a little bit of everything in marketing and understand how to weave branding and messaging across different social media platforms. You have a passion for high-quality, well-designed, customer-centered marketing. You can cheerfully crank out newsletters and other marketing essentials on schedule, and you relish the opportunity to own long-term content creation. You’re creative, you enjoy a fast pace, and you want to put your marketing powers to work for something more exciting than widgets.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create content marketing strategy for The Mill and execute consistent content marketing campaigns for long-term Mill member and community engagement and education, with an emphasis on short form video content
  • Build traffic to our websites, followers, and list subscribers
  • Manage all social media content production, scheduling, and posting
  • Market Mill programs across various platforms to meet application, registration, and attendance goals
  • Manage all email, including 3 monthly newsletters and member communications
  • Ensure timely launch and completion of marketing campaigns and pieces
  • Monitor analytics across platforms and pivot as data indicate
  • Work with the Executive Director to record, edit, and post podcast content
  • Follow visual and messaging brand guidelines set by the Head of Marketing & Operations

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3+ years professional experience in social media and marketing
  • Proven success with creating, curating, and managing content for audience engagement
  • Proficient in video planning, shooting, editing, and archiving
  • Ability to record, edit, and produce high-quality podcasts
  • Data-driven self-starter with a service orientation—our team has each other’s backs
  • Comfortable working in a fast-moving, entrepreneurial organization
  • Excellent communication skills and grammar
  • Familiar with or willing to learn the programs we use regularly: Canva, Mailchimp, HootSuite, WordPress (Divi), Airtable
  • Bonus: intermediate skills in InDesign/Adobe Creative Suite

 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

Send a resume and a cover letter to Gretchen Knapp. This is your chance to showcase your content marketing experience and why you are a great fit for The Mill. Please include the following information in your cover letter:

  • A short bio / introduction
  • A link to your portfolio or previous video/social media work, if possible
  • 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 April 6. 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.

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

*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.