The State of Entrepreneurship


The State of Entrepreneurship

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

April 30, 2015

Entrepreneurship Week Calendar is Now Live

Earlier this year, we announced our plans to spearhead the inaugural Indiana Entrepreneurship Week. Since then, many of you have expressed interest in hosting entrepreneurship related events, workshops, and press announcements. Now is the time to start posting your activities on the statewide calendar. It’s easy, just create a calendar appointment with your event details (and a link for more information or to RSVP) and invite to the appointment. The event will automatically populate on our shared calendar. Also, don’t forget to add the Indiana Entrepreneur Week logo to any appropriate event material. We’ll be using #inewk to spread the word on social media as we get closer to the week of June 14. We’re challenging Indiana to populate the Entrepreneurship Week calendar with all entrepreneurship events around the state and online during the week of June 14-20. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Noelle Dunckel.

What can our Ombudsman do for you?

There’s a lot of resources out there for entrepreneurs. I’ve been working in the entrepreneurship economic development space for 10 years and I’m still regularly learning about new resources for small businesses. It could take months to learn what’s out there. So, we said to ourselves, why not do just that? Starting in May, every month the Indiana Small Business Ombudsman will research nebulous business resource questions and provide his findings on twitter using the hashtag #HoosierOmbuddy. At the end of the month, his findings will be collected and posted on the ISBDC blog to help answer some that month’s fuzzy questions. This May, in honor of our service men and women, Erik Scheub will answer the question “What resources exist for veteran owned businesses?” Have a subject you’d like him to research? Email him.

The IEDC and The Startup

I’ll sometimes hear entrepreneurs talk about the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) as a tool for just large businesses or for recruiting out-of-state companies. I’m here to tell you, if you’ve launched a start-up or are growing an enterprise and haven’t reached out to the IEDC, you might be leaving money on the table. Did you know most IEDC incentives are provided to Indiana-based businesses? For you startups, did you know the IEDC helps fast-growing companies secure debt and equity capital by offering investors tax credits for investing in your business? My recommendation, skip the website and just email or call your local IEDC Project Manager to see what could work for you. They’ll square you away–they are good people over there.

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


Jacob Schpok
Jacob Schpok
ISBDC State Director
OSBE Executive Director

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