The State of Entrepreneurship


The State of Entrepreneurship

A monthly email highlighting notable events, programs, and announcements regarding entrepreneurship in Indiana.

April 30, 2014

Business Bootcamps for Innovation Driven Entrepreneurs

Launch Indiana SBDC is teaming up with TechPoint to host Entrepreneur Bootcamp events across Indiana for innovation-driven businesses. On May 14, Indiana’s own Kyle Shipley will walk participants through the lean startup model and how to use it to start and grow a business. Then, on May 29, angel investor, entrepreneur, and IU Professor Gerry Hays takes the stage to share guidance on common exit strategies available to most business owners. Seating is limited, (oh and free) so you may want to register early.

Government Contracting Assistance for Small Businesses

The federal government spent $3.5 trillion last year. That’s 21% of the nation’s gross domestic product. It’s nice to know billions are earmarked for American small businesses through their small business set aside programs. Unfortunately, traditional marketing strategies won’t help you land a piece of the government-contracting pie. Luckily, Indiana has a no-cost business consulting organization solely focused on helping small businesses sell to the government. To learn more about this resource, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center, we encourage you to attend one of their free Introduction to Government Contracting seminars. In coordination with the Small Business Administration, these seminars will be taking place across the state throughout the month of May. Can’t attend a workshop? Just contact us directly for more information.

Lt. Governor’s Road Show for Entrepreneurship

This month the Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and I traveled Indiana speaking with entrepreneurs on how the State can better serve them. During our trip we visited entrepreneurship venues throughout the state, from co-working offices to science parks. We stopped by the Ball State University Entrepreneurship Program to hear student pitches, explored the state’s second largest data communications server bank in South Bend, and met the next generation of Whitley County entrepreneurs. We heard what’s working, where we can help, and saw firsthand what keeps our economy growing. The Lt. Governor’s road show may be over but we’ll never be done learning from all of you. Have an idea on how we can better serve entrepreneurs? Our door is always open.

I look forward to sharing the State of Entrepreneurship next month and to continue to assist Indiana entrepreneurs start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter.

Jacob Schpok

Jacob Schpok

ISBDC State Director
OSBE Executive Director

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