Entrepreneur's events aim to appeal to new, growing families

March 27, 2014
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Serial entrepreneur Jenn Kampmeier is at it again.

The Carmel resident has launched (and sold) four businesses in eight years, and now she’s focusing on her new “babies”: family-focused trade shows IndyFamilyFest and Rock the Cradle.

It’s familiar territory for Kampmeier, 39. She founded IndyBabyExpo in 2007—shortly after son Zane was born—and sold it as Bebe Paluzza Productions three years later.

Two startups down the road, last year she found herself revisiting the idea of giving parents easy access to the “latest and greatest" products and services geared to families. The inaugural IndyFamilyFest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds last year drew more than 100 exhibitors and about 1,700 attendees.

“It felt so good to be back in that realm again,” Kampmeier said.

This year’s event is set for Oct. 11—right about the time couples cooped up this winter should be welcoming any new additions that result from their indoor activities.

But wait, there’s more. On April 10, Kampmeier will debut Rock the Cradle, a scaled-down version of the trade show geared to new and expectant parents. The evening “celebration,” scheduled for April 10 at the Ritz Charles in Carmel, includes information sessions—including one for grandparents-to-be—vendors and a couple carryovers from the fall event: a good-natured Daddython competition and a pampering area for Mom.

Kampmeier hopes to attract about 500 attendees to the free event.

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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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