The State of Entrepreneurship


The State of Entrepreneurship

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

Exporting Workshops Coming to Indiana

Indiana exported $34 billion in goods last year. Per capita, Indiana exports more than California. To better serve the fastest growing segment of our state’s economy, we are focusing resources towards helping small businesses export with greater ease.

This fall, the ISBDC is planning a full day Export University program in Northwest Indiana, and in partnership with the Indy Chamber, hosting an Export Bootcamp in Indianapolis. The Export Bootcamp focuses on export development and finances while the full day, Export University program ties in a full range of export topics including logistics, IP protection, export controls, and contract considerations. Both courses will educate participants on principles appropriate for novice to experienced exporters. Be one of the first to know when registration opens to ensure you have a spot before they sellout

Resources to Attract Young Entrepreneurs

To help drive innovation and attract young Hoosiers towards entrepreneurship, Purdue University, in partnership with the Office of Community of Rural Affairs, has created a Young Entrepreneur Community Field Guide. This field guide is intended to be a tool for community leaders interested in attracting entrepreneurs through initiates like the Young Entrepreneurship Program.

Beyond the field guide, Purdue has developed two educational videos (video one, video two) that feature young entrepreneurs and their communities as well as a model incentive package to attract our state’s future business owners. Looking for hands-on support? There’s no wrong door if you reach out to Purdue’s Center for Regional Development, Office of Community and Rural Affairs, or the Indiana Small Business Development Center.

Indy Chamber Ramps Up Entrepreneurship Support

The Indy Chamber continues to drive resources towards supporting entrepreneurship. This month we announced the Indy Chamber will serve as the new host for the Central ISBDC. This partnership will give clients access to the resources, education and training, and programs offered by the Indy Chamber. You can read more about this partnership on the Inside Indiana Business website. Interested in accessing ISBDC services? Complete the ISBDC Business Survey at and a business advisor will reach out to schedule a meeting.

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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