We have 10 awesome finalists in the running to win our $5,000 Build Indy prize. Each day this week, we will be featuring two of them in our Build Indy Finalist Series. The winner of the $5,000 prize will be announced at our May 16 Celebrate the City Party.
Love one of the companies you read about? Register for the event and come out to vote for your favorite finalist, who could win the second place prize. ALL of the money from your $10 ticket will go directly to the second place finalist – so the more people in the door means more money for your favorite organization.
We’ll be featuring the finalists in alphabetical order, so today’s blog post is highlighting Ayokay and Dress for Success Indianapolis, who provided us with these descriptions:
Ayokay is a collaboration of web developers, graphic design artists, social media experts and event-based marketers. Founder Jack Shepler started
Ayokay began late 2011. With a focus on e-commerce and internet marketing, Jack sought to fill the e-commerce void in the Indianapolis tech community. Having a background in marketing websites, social media and event planning added to the available services. Ayokay grew with the hiring of Andrew Markle, who serves as Vice-President and lead designer. Andrew’s experience in editorial design and working with national clients only strengthens Ayokay’s core offering.
Over the past year and a half, the company has published several websites and print marketing, namely in the non-profit and e-commerce markets. 2013 marks Ayokay’s 2nd year sponsoring print and graphic design for Indy Pride’s Circle City IN Pride. The company offers pro bono or discounted work for several area nonprofits. Ayokay’s founder is also the director of Broad Ripple Music Fest, a yearly event that promotes local art and music.
Dress for Success Indianapolis
Dress for Success Indianapolis provides professional attire and career development services to low income women living in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties who are referred to us by local partnering agencies. In today’s economy, the women we serve face challenges that extend far beyond finding a job. Most have limited resources and face barriers which require long-term support, perseverance and essential career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
Their Suits for Success program provides women with the professional look and confidence needed to secure employment, as well as workforce apparel. Women are paired with volunteers who select the perfect ensemble appropriate for a job interview. Once employment is obtained, clients may return for additional clothing appropriate for their work environment and are invited to join our Professional Women’s Group (PWG). Launched in 2006, PWG promotes employment retention and career advancement by providing professional and personal development opportunities in a safe, supportive environment.
DFS Indianapolis’ Career Development Center opened in May 2009 and offers the perfect complement to the SFS and PWG programs. A full-time coordinator and trained volunteers offer computer access, resume assistance and individualized career development support to all Dress for Success Indianapolis clients. In June 2010, the organization began offering pre-employment training as well.
Are you affiliated with one of these finalists? Want to connect with them? Let us know in the comments below!