Digestive Health Associates (Terre Haute) led by Dr. Rajiv Sharma is a gastroenterology practice focusing on not just treatment but preventative care. When the opportunity arose for Dr. Sharma to begin his own practice where he could incorporate healthy living and wellness initiatives in Terre Haute he jumped on the opportunity. Though he had been practicing for several years and seen as a thought leader in his specialty this was the first time he had owned his own independent practice. In the beginning he sought out the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center for general business inquiries but soon a relationship was built with his advisor and strategic growth opportunities were the main focus. Through developing a marketing and public relations strategy the business started to take off allowing Dr. Sharma to build his team including a Media Relations Coordinator, Tori Godfrey and two Nurse Practitioners, Ashlee Pinkston and Cayla Vanatti. His business now has ten employees. His advisor helped connect him with human resource professionals in the community to start up on-site employee clinics. Digestive Health Associates has already had to grow into a larger space during their first year of serving the Wabash Valley Community and have brought innovative practices and initiatives to improve overall digestive health. Through the help of the WC-ISBDC the office receives on average 300 new referrals a month and are focusing on many first of their kind health initiatives for the Wabash Valley.