My wife, Kate and I own outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents. Last summer I applied for a chance to pitch our business in the Dolphin Tank at the Indiana Conference for Women. Shock, amazed, scared, were the words I was thinking when I first received the email that DNK Presents was accepted into The Dolphin Tank. At the time, I did not know that my 5 minute pitch would connect us with several large organizations interested in our services, give me the tools I needed to successfully execute our business story, and a chance to connect with other impactful women and mentors as part of the process.
The months leading up to the conference were just as important as the day of. The Dolphin Tank finalists received three optional check-in Startup Study Hall sessions conducted by The Startup Ladies, an organization that connects, identifies, educates, and connects women entrepreneurs starting up and scaling up their businesses, to assist us in our pitch for the Dolphin Tank. These sessions were incredibly valuable in the successful delivery of my pitch during the Indiana Conference for Women.
We made several connections from this experience; one of the most significant was made with $6 billion dollar technology company, Salesforce. Two of their executive team members approached Kate and I after the pitch, we met later that year, and have since scheduled an adventure outing with their Women’s Inspiration Network (WIN) group. This connection and business growth would not have occurred without the prestigious Indiana Conference for Women, and by including Springboard Enterprise’s Dolphin Tank into the conference. We could not have asked for a better experience from receiving the initial, you were accepted email, to the end of the conference. We are forever grateful to the courageous women who initiated this conference, and the amazing efforts of others to bring in influential women and businesses to this conference.
Being accepted into the Dolphin Tank at the Indiana Conference for Women not only gave DNK Presents remarkable exposure, but also confidence, and tenacity convening our message and delivering our story to a room full of strangers. The feedback and energy from the entire day left us feeling recharged and excited for our business to accelerate to the next level. The Indiana Conference for Women is an outstanding day filled with inspiration, networking, and motivation for women entrepreneurs, and women in business. We look forward to the conference this year and to the many years ahead.
Danielle Wolter Nolan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DNK Presents Receives Certification as LGBT Business Enterprise by National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Outdoor adventure company, DNK Presents is honored to announce their recent LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) certification with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) supplier diversity initiative. The NGLCC is the nation’s exclusive certifying entity of LGBT owned and operated businesses.
“America’s top corporations are eager to do business with the LGBT community,” said Justin G. Nelson, President and Co-Founder of the NGLCC, “which is reflected in the ever-growing list of NGLCC corporate partners.”
Danielle Wolter Nolan, co-owner of DNK Presents says, “It was especially important to us to go for the certification because of the RFRA crisis that occurred in Indiana last spring, which we have not fully recovered from. Kate and I want to show that we are proud members of the LGBT community, and of our business being fully owned and operated in Indiana.”
Kate Nolan, co-owner of DNK Presents responds, “Many of our company adventures take place in Indiana, and we want to showcase that Indiana is a place of adventure and beauty but also a state that welcomes all.”
The NGLCC, it’s allies, and corporate partners nationally recognize DNK Presents as a diverse supplier. The company joins the growing community of over 650 certified LGBTBEs.
The NGLCC is the business advocate and direct link between LGBT business owners, corporations, and government. The NGLCC was founded as the exclusive organization for certification of LGBT owned businesses, and works to foster mutually beneficial opportunities for small businesses and corporate members. As the umbrella organization for 59 state, local, and international LGBT chambers of commerce affiliates, the NGLCC is the largest LGBT business advocacy and development organization in the world.
Danielle and Kate Nolan founded DNK Presents in June 2014, and began offering open sign-up adventures in April 2015. They know that challenging outdoor experiences and reconnecting with nature have transformed them both, personally and professionally. And, they have made it their mission to facilitate the same for others. Danielle and Kate customize adventure packages according to their clients’ goals and expected outcomes. They particularly enjoy working with women’s groups in leadership development and empowerment activities. DNK Presents is a fully insured adventure business. Danielle and Kate are Wilderness First Aid and CPR certified, Leave No Trace trainers and have their lead climbing certification.