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Useful On-line Resources

Use these web sites to learn how to start a business, register with the government and plan for success. Indiana Small Business

Development Centers

Indiana Secretary of State's Entrepreneur's Guide

Business Owner's Guide to State Gov't

Cinergy Indiana Partners in Economic Development

Offers a computerized site and building database and provides a variety of business, real estate, demographic and quality of life information about Indiana communities. 317/838-2000 or 800/688-0688

Home Page

Do-It-Yourself Incorporation

The Corporations Division of the Secretary of State's office publishes the Entrepreneur's Guide, which contains information on creating a business in Indiana. The guide is free and can be downloaded from the Internet. Other forms and helpful information are available at the Secretary of State's web site.
Indiana Secretary of
State/Corporations and 17/232-6576
Home Page

The Entrepreneur's Guide

Business Owner's Guide

Economic Development Information Network

The Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) is the major economic outreach service of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The IBRC serves the economic information needs of the state's business, government and non profit organizations, as well as users of such information throughout the nation. IBRC maintains extensive databases on income, employment, taxes, activity in different sectors of the economy, education, demographics and a host of other economic indicators for the nation, the state and local areas. In addition, we conduct original research to generate needed information when existing data are not available or sufficient.

The STATS Indiana web site ( is a one stop resource.

Indiana Business Review, published quarterly in print and also available online at IN Context, published hi-monthly in print and also available online at
Indiana University,
Kelley School of Business 317/274-0897
Home Page

Entrepreneur's Alliance of Indiana

This organization is a network of entrepreneurs, professionals and business owners working together to provide resources, information, encouragement and support for emerging businesses, 317/726-5013

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Executive Service Corps

This organization is comprised of more than 270 business executives and professionals who volunteer their time, talent and experience to help non-profits and businesses become more efficient and effective by assisting organizations in addressing issues, facing challenges and solving problems. Volunteers are kept current with the changing non-profit and business environments though various training programs. 317/574-7272

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Growth 100

The Growth 100 program annually identifies and honors the top 100 private Indiana companies demonstrating high growth potential. These companies, with high growth in annual sales and potential for staying power, not only receive this prestigious award, but also have access to The Johnson Center business seminars, IU MBA interns and networking events.

The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 812/855-4248

Indiana Business Modernization & Technology Corp.

BMT helps Indiana manufacturers apply technical solutions to achieving modernization and workforce development. Services from BMT's direct and affiliated programs include planning for efficient manufacturing, quality assessment, workforce training and employee retention, and product development. Through its wide array of services, BMT has helped thousands of Indiana companies increase soles, improve cash flow, reduce costs and gain access to technology and financing. 317/635-3058 or 800/877-5182

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Indiana Business Research Center, IU School of Business

IBRC conducts and facilitates economic and demographic research efforts which contribute to the understanding and development of Indiana. Jerry Conover is the director. 317/274-2979

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Indiana Chamber of Commerce

With more than 16,000 members and customers, the Indiana Chamber is the state's largest broad-based business advocacy organization. The Chamber is dedicated to enacting legislation that positively affects Indiana's economy and job climate, as well as providing member companies with numerous cost-saving benefits to protect their bottom line and timely business information that will enable them to grow their company. 317/264-3110

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Indiana Department of Commerce

Commerce assists new and expanding businesses by providing financial resources, consulting services and information, and an ombudsman service for regulatory issues. 317/232-8800

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Indiana Manufacturers Association

Representing the interests of manufacturers exclusively since 1901. Offers insurance benefits, consulting services, publications, seminars and representation before the legislature. 317/632-2474

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Indiana Small Business Development Center

This organization dedicates itself to providing assistance to Indiana's growth-oriented companies through one-on-one counseling, business management and technical assistance, and conferences. Programs include the Program for Entrepreneurial Development, Government Marketing Assistance Group, Indiana Women in Business Program, Minority Business Development, Enterprise Development Fund, Indiana Microloan Program, Small Business Incubator Program and FAX ON-DEMAND services providing free business forms from the Secretary of State's office available 24 hours a day at 800/726-8000. 317/234-2082 or 888/ISBD-244

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Indiana Small Business Development Center Network

The Network Lead Center coordinates the efforts of 12 regional offices located throughout the state. All centers provide free one-on-one counseling, low-cost workshops and conferences on various business-development subjects. 317/234-2082

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The Fax on Demand System also contains a variety of small-business related documents available to anyone in the state via touch-tone phone and fax. 317/233-SBDC
1-Northwest Indiana SBDC, Portage 219/762-1696
2-South Bend Area SBDC, South Bend 574/282-4350
3-Northeast Indiana SBDC, Fort Wayne 260/426-0040
4-North-Central Indiana SBDC, Kokomo 765/454-7922
5-Greater Lafayette Area SBDC, Lafayette 765/496-6491
6-ISU/Wabash Valley SBDC, Terre Haute 812/237-7676
7-Central Indiana SBDC 317/233-7232
8-East-Central Indiana SBDC, Richmond 877/962-2887
9-Southeastern Indiana SBDC, Madison 812/265-3127
10-South-Central Indiana SBDC,
 Bloomington 812/339-8937
11-Southwestern Indiana SBDC,
 Evansville 812/425-7232
12-Southern Indiana SBDC, New Albany 812/945-0054


Provides WorkKeys job profiling and assessment tests to businesses, their workforce and job seekers at no cost. For more information, call 800.456.4616 or contact the closest full-service WorkOne office in your area.

Indiana Department of Commerce 317/232-8800

IU Business Advisors

The New Ventures Lab, within The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, facilitates entrepreneurship and economic development in Indiana and links MBA students with practical learning opportunities. NVL teams advises entrepreneurs, early-stage companies and corporate spin-offs on business strategies and assists them in designing operating plans, structuring sales channels and building financial forecasts.

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 812/855-4248

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Capitalizing on its unique position as part of the nationally recognized Indiana University Kelley School of Business, The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation provides programming that enhances the spirit of entrepreneurship to students and Indiana's business community. Students gain real life experiences handling entrepreneurial issues at the same time the Johnson Center is providing support and assistance to Indiana's entrepreneurs through internships, team projects, seminars, and programs. 812/855-4248

Rose-Hulman Ventures

RHV helps companies and entrepreneurs develop new products and processes, enhance existing operations, and partner with Rose-Hulman as a technical resource. Services are available to businesses and industries of all sizes, from major corporations to start-up companies.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 812/244-4000

Service Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE is a program sponsored by the SBA to match volunteers with small businesses that need expert advice. Volunteers, whose collective experience spans the full range of American enterprise, share their management and technical expertise free of charge with present and prospective owners/ managers of small businesses. Call for a list of SCORE chapters across the state.
Small Business Administration 317/226-7272
SCORE 317/226-7264

Small Business Incubator Program

Loans and grants are made to local affiliates to support the creation of business incubators, facilities with a small, highly skilled management staff that provides physical work space, shared facilities, and access to technical and business support services in one integrated and affordable package.

ISBD Corp. 317/234-2082 or 888/ISBD-244

State Information Center

Information about state government programs and services, access to common application forms for business licenses and state assistance programs, and help in matching consumer needs with state programs. 800/45-STATE or 317/233-0800

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The Alliance: A Forum of Company Leaders

The Alliance is a dues-paying organization for business leaders. Its mission is to help members achieve excellence within Indiana's companies. Sponsored by The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Alliance offers four two-day meetings annually where members learn about timely business issues from Kelley School of Business faculty and industry experts. Member interaction and smaller group discussions offer opportunities to discuss business issues unique to their industry.

The Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 812/855-4248

U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, Indianapolis Export Assistance Center

This office of the U.S. Department of Commerce offers services to companies exploring global markets. Aggressively and creatively assists Indiana businesses in expanding sales and market share worldwide by promoting the export of U.S. goods and services; protecting and advocating for U.S. business interests abroad; providing expert counseling, advice, and information on overseas markets, international contacts, trade promotion vehicles; supporting the export promotion efforts of other public and private organizations. 317/582-2300

U.S. Small Business Administration

The SBA's programs include management assistance, business planning, financing, access to federal contracts and international trade.
Indiana District Office 317/226-7272
SBA Home Page


Indiana Regional Minority Supplier Development Council

Serves as a link between majority corporate purchasing representatives and certified minority-owned and operated businesses. 317/923-2110

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LYNX Capital Corp.

Privately owned company links capital to minority business opportunities. Investments consist of subordinated debt and/or equity investments of at least $75,000. 317/814-6193

Minority Business Development

Provides technical assistance, advocacy and networking opportunities for minority business owners

ISBD Corp 317/234-2082 or 888/ISBD-244

Minority Business Development Division, Indiana Department of Administration

This multipurpose service agency for all Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority Business Enterprise, and Women Business Enterprise vendors and contractors provides certification and contracting opportunities and helps identify and/or provide information on resources for management services and technical assistance, training, networking and other opportunities. Serves as a certification clearinghouse for all State agencies, the INDOT federal highway program, Hoosier Lottery, Gaming Commission State Office Building Commission and other quasi-state agencies. 317/232-3061
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Title Annotation:Whom to call: assistance for small businesses
Publication:Indiana Business Magazine
Article Type:Directory
Geographic Code:1U3IN
Date:May 1, 2004
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