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Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville

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Suite 500
Evansville, IN 47708


Ellen Horan - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Ellen Horan


Our fearless leader of the pack! Ellen joined the Growth Alliance in early 2017. With over twenty years of experience in the civic, business and non-profit arenas, Horan leads the organizations’ objectives to retain, expand, incubate and attract businesses in Evansville and Vanderburgh County. Born and raised in PA, we're doing our best to slowly convert her into a midwestern Hoosier.

Ask Ellen about: locating your business in Greater Evansville, expanding your business, collaborative opportunities, possible incentives for new and expanding businesses

Abby Elpers - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Abby Elpers

Marketing Communications Manager

This veteran employee has been with the Growth Alliance for 9 years, 10 months, and around 18 days…but who is counting? Abby is such a pro at what she does, her name quickly became a verb around the office.

  • Abbyize (Abby-ize): To make something aesthetically pleasing to one’s eye.

This is exactly what Abby does to any marketing material she touches for the Growth Alliance. Always strapped with a positive attitude, there’s nothing this rock star can’t do!

Ask Abby about: marketing related inquiries, media relations, Evansville branding, sponsorships, Self.e Alley

Did you know that Abby is one helluva greeting card maker?  Forget Hallmark! For any occasion, Abby is THE card designer in our office.

Celia Shoulders - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Celia Shoulders

Facility Operations Manager

This spunky lady runs the show at Innovation Pointe – a high-tech business incubator managed by the Growth Alliance. From facility maintenance and repairs, to tenant management and tours, Celia is the go-to for all things Innovation Pointe. 

Ask Celia about: office space for rent at Innovation Pointe, coworking space, facility maintenance at Innovation Pointe

Secret about Celia (shh…):  when meeting with Celia in her office, you may spot a hunky photo of her celebrity love, Matt Damon.

Andrea Lendy - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Andrea Lendy

Business Development Manager

Moving on up! Previously,  Andrea was your first point of contact when visiting or calling the Growth Alliance office.  Nowadays, she's busy providing services to encourage the survival and growth of established businesses in Vanderburgh County. 

Contact Andrea: to expand your Evansville/Vanderburgh County business,Tax Phase-In and Compliance reporting, the Downtown Design Review process and upcoming entrepreneur events 

Fun Fact: Andrea can say, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers” three times fast, over and over again. She’s that good. Holy tongue twister! 

Stephanie El Tawil  - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Stephanie El Tawil

Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Stephanie is a certified Nerd Wrangler (self-certified), and THE Captain of Fun. As part of the team, Stephanie focuses on Cowork Evansville growth and engagement, development and growth of the Makerspace (at Innovation Pointe) with IoT focus, and Innovation Pointe tenant collaboration. She also promotes and supports regional entrepreneurial efforts.

Ask Stephanie about: how to support or engage with entrepreneurship/innovation activites, makerspace plans, or how coworking could be right for you

Did you know?  Stephanie is constantly working on her 100 year old house. She hates coffee, but will never turn down a Chai Latte. And she once met Robert Plant in a Waffle House parking lot.

Bianca Garcia - Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Bianca Garcia

Administrative Assistant

Bianca is likely the friendly face and/or welcoming voice you'll hear while visiting or calling the Growth Alliance office. She provides assistance to the Growth Alliance staff, Innovation Pointe tenants and Cowork Evansville members on a daily basis. As our newest employee, she is an excellent addition to the team! We already appreciate her hustler (go-getter) mentality and the fact that she thinks she's funny.

She is a proud “dog mom” of a Golden Retriever named Homie and a black Goldendoodle behemoth named Zero.  Bianca loves adventures that involve travel, food and hiking or a beach!

Ask Bianca about: conference room rental at Innovation Pointe, Cowork Evansville, billing inquiries or general information about the Growth Alliance

FUN FACT: In July of 2019, she climbed Volcan Acatenango (13,000+ ft) in Guatemala before she built a house on behalf of HOLA (Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans) with Constu Casa and The JD Sheth Foundation. It was a life changing experience and I encourage everyone to do it! Although you may not want to climb a mountain before you do a week’s worth of manual labor, trust me!