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building a thriving entrepreneurial community: KEDCO Q3 CEO Roundtable

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

As KEDCO continues its mission-driven work to convene, build, and show Kosciusko County’s talent, ideas, and capital, bringing people together to connect and build synergy is an important part of KEDCO’s mission. In late August, KEDCO brought together local business executives and community leaders for a third quarter CEO Roundtable event. The luncheon held at Noa Noa’s Taharaa Room, included updates on entrepreneurship efforts at a state level from Dave Behr, North Central Regional Director for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, highlights on KEDCO’s Entrepreneurship Initiative from KEDCO Entrepreneurship Partner Rhonda Ladig, followed by a fireside chat with two local Kosciusko County business owners.

KEDCO believes storytelling within the business community is important in helping aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs, and is a key part in telling Kosciusko County’s larger story. We invited local entrepreneurs,Bruce Khalili, President of RAZOR Medical Instruments, Inc. (RAZOR) and Mark Schindel CEO of Owl Manor Medical, now a part of Zoetis, for some storytelling and Q&A about their journeys as entrepreneurs.

RAZOR is an instrumentation and technology company developing single-use instruments for the orthopedic joint replacement industry. Owl Manor is a privately held medical device company dedicated to companion animal joint and soft tissue preservation through advanced lameness technologies.  

Owners, Bruce and Mark shared stories about how their careers started, how their paths and businesses evolved, and reflections on the help and support they received along the way. Having lived and worked a number of places around the globe, Bruce and Mark both agreed that Warsaw is the right fit for their businesses. They recognized that as the Orthopedic Capital of the World® Warsaw offers ample business opportunities, and at the same time Kosciusko County is also a great place to live because of its many other amenities.

Additionally, they shared feedback about some of the challenges they faced and opportunities we might have as a community to better support entrepreneurs. When we listen and learn, together we can build on our entrepreneurial community with purpose.

Pictured (L to R) is KEDCO Leadership Partner Suzie Light, Bruce Khalili and Mark Schindel.