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

City of Bloomington logo
cook group logo
indiana university logo

Staff

Pat East

Pat East

Executive Director

Cy Megnin

Cy Megnin

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

through Velocities

Brian Hatton

Brian Hatton

Venture Partner, Flywheel Fund

ANDY LEHMAN

ANDY LEHMAN

Head of Accelerator Programming

Dan Nash

Dan Nash

Startup Ecosystem Manager

through Velocities

Melissa Ward

Melissa Ward

Head of Partnerships & Initiatives

Ross Fleck

Ross Fleck

Facilities Manager

Rachel Kluck

Rachel Kluck

Membership & Booking Manager

Gretchen Knapp

Gretchen Knapp

Head of Marketing & Communications

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.

PROGRAM MANAGER

We are adding a full-time Program Manager to our team. The Mill is Bloomington’s center of gravity for innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, and remote workers. We operate out of a 105-year-old building that’s been transformed into a 19,000 square-foot coworking space and business incubator. Operating as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, The Mill’s mission is to launch and accelerate startups, and our vision is to become Indiana’s center of entrepreneurship. 

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

As the Program Manager, you will:

Manage signature Mill programs. Your work will matter starting on day 1 because you’ll be working on two of our flagship programs. You will manage the day-to-day operations of:

  1. Code/IT Academy—The Mill’s tech upskilling program. We partner with Ivy Tech Bloomington and local companies to connect brand new tech talent with employers who need it. You’ll recruit program participants, engage partners and employers, adapt programming, create a network of tech talent, and ultimately support Bloomington’s growing tech sector.
  2. Crossroads—The Mill’s statewide pitch competitions. Crossroads has quickly grown from a once-a-year regional pitch competition to a statewide suite of programming for entrepreneurs, college students, and future founders. You’ll organize the competitions, select judges, engage with colleges and universities across the state, and build The Mill’s reputation as an Indiana powerhouse for entrepreneurship. 

Be central to the team. The Mill offers a jam-packed schedule of programming, and you’ll be an important part of much of the success. From celebrating our peers at Community Innovation Awards to welcoming our newest residents through Bloomington Remote to making entrepreneurship accessible with ReBoot to encouraging K-12 and college students to think about owning their own business someday, you’ll get to assist with the execution of all Mill programming. We need someone who is organized, an excellent communicator, and able to track/report performance metrics.

Leave your mark. You’ll work alongside a fast-paced and ambitious team at The Mill. There will be a lot of support, and we have a pitch-in mentality. You’ll need to be comfortable with some ambiguity and approach challenges with a problem-solving mindset. We like big ideas, creative thinking, and do-ers. It’s a place where intrapreneurs will thrive.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE YOU? 

You have a big action bias. You bring clarity to situations. You’re decisive but not hasty in your decision-making. But you’re still coachable—you’re one of those people who likes it if your friends tell you that you’ve got a piece of food in your teeth.

Nothing gets past you. You are a master of the details without getting lost in them. You are able to anticipate problems and can come up with multiple solutions. You keep the trains running on time. 

Excellent communicator. You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with all types of people. You will need to effectively communicate with the team, whether you’re delivering good news or bad.

You’re a team player in the truest sense of the word. You want the organization to win, and whatever role it needs you to play that day is the role you want to play.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

  • 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
  • Use of company MacBook Pro
  • Performance reviews with the opportunity for raises twice annually
  • You’ll work in downtown Bloomington in a visually stunning building that seamlessly blends old and new

HOW TO APPLY

Email a cover letter and resume as PDFs to Melissa Ward. This is your chance to describe why working at The Mill would be a great fit for you. Include the following information:

  1. A short bio / introduction
  2. Why this position at The Mill interests you
  3. Why you’re excited about our programming
  4. How you learned about The Mill and the position

Applicant review is ongoing, with a preference for candidates who apply by Christmas.

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.

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
  • Bryony Gomez-Palacio | Co-Founder and Principal, UnderConsideration LLC
  • 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, Thinker Labs

*Executive Committee members

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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.