INBiz, the state of Indiana’s one-stop business portal, is helping Hoosiers open businesses through its partnership with the Indiana Small Business Development Center, a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Many aspiring entrepreneurs know what they want their business to do but they don’t know how to cut through the red tape of government to get their business off the ground or how to market to prospective customers. Through a partnership with INBiz and the Indiana SBDC, Hoosiers are getting the help they need.
Earlier this year, Margaret Micks contacted the INBiz call center requesting help to open her restaurant, Micks It Up Diner, in Harmony. She needed to register her businesses with the state, but she got much more.
The team was able to help her register her business with the state and navigate federal requirements. Micks and her business adviser even worked through a break even analysis to ensure success for her restaurant.
Micks is now open for business and gainfully employing nine Hoosiers. Now that her restaurant is open, she is continuing the momentum by growing her business. She and her business adviser are working through the hiring process for additional employees. They’ve also started marketing and are currently setting up the restaurant on Google Places.
“Prior to the INBiz Indiana SBDC partnership, entrepreneurs would ask, ‘What type of business should I form, an LLC or an LLP?’” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “They were asking for help that INBiz was not able to provide. Now we are able to refer people to the Indiana SBDC for the white glove service of business development. We’ve seen firsthand that having a business adviser can make all the difference in helping a business succeed and even getting an idea for a business off the ground.”
Beyond technical assistance, INBiz and the Indiana SBDC also work to help Indiana entrepreneurs and businesses expand their networks across the state. Just recently, Micks made new connections and shared experiences alongside the Indiana SBDC at the Celebrating Women in Business event in Terre Haute, a statewide business series hosted by the IEDC.“By partnering with INBiz, Indiana entrepreneurs and small business owners have access to comprehensive, streamlined services for starting and growing a business,” said Elaine Bedel, IEDC president. “As a state, we’ll continue to work collaboratively to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that fuels innovation and small business growth, and we look forward to helping new businesses like Micks It Up Diner launch here with the support of this new partnership.”
Since the INBiz and Indiana SBDC partnership began, almost 200 businesses have been formed and over 500 clients have received counseling. Hoosiers who want help starting their business can reach out to the INBiz call center, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 317-234-9768.