Business Development Links

  • Business Certification Programs - A comparison chart of various certification programs at the local, state and federal level.
  • Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana (BOI) - A not-for-profit organization in central Indiana devoted to helping people to start or grow a business.
  • Cost of Turnover Calculator - A  worksheet made available by the U.S. Department of Labor and created by the Paros Group, Inc to help you calculate the cost of losing an employee.
  • Defense Industry Manufacturer ’s Innovation Checklist - Innovation is an essential element of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoDs) Innovation Initiative. This program represents an important paradigm shift in that it outsources research and innovation activities to the supply chain, a change that is being embraced and implemented not only by the DoD, but by government laboratories and prime contractors as well.
  • Department of Minority & Women Business Development of the City of Indianapolis - Enhances the city’s growth and economic stability through promotion of contracting and procurement opportunities for Minority- , Women- , and Veteran-Owned Businesses
  • - Brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
  • Fifth Third Bank Small Business Resources
    Fifth Third Bank offers online resources for small businesses such as: SmallBizU, PitchThenPlan and Money Training Academy.
  • Flagship Enterprise Center - A technology based business incubator and growth stage business accelerator, a partnership of Anderson University and the City of Anderson. Helps emerging companies become independently viable through its client-specific Client Support Program.
  • Government Contracting Classroom
    The Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a series of free online contracting courses designed to help prospective and existing small businesses understand the basics about contracting with government agencies.
  • Indiana Commission for Women - Committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to make Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.
  • Key4Women - Is a nationwide network of entrepreneurial women who share their passion for business and success.
  • Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) - Promotes and cultivates successful minority enterprises within the Indiana business community. Serves as an advocate for the economic well-being and growth of MSDC-certified MBEs; provides a direct connection for corporations that are committed to purchasing products and services from MSDC-certified MBEs.
  • Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) - Its mission is to enhance the national growth and expansion of minority business enterprises. It is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority owned businesses in America.
  • National Association of Women Business Owners - The voice of America's more than 10 million women-owned businesses representing the fastest growing segment of the market. A dues-based organization with far-reaching clout and impact, a one-stop resource to propelling women business owners into greater economic, social and political spheres worldwide.
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) - For 50+ years, NAWIC has helped women take advantage of the opportunities in construction. Embark on a new career, establish a networking base, be a mentor/mentee, make a difference in your community, continue your education, or invest in great friendships, NAWIC offers a variety of opportunities — large and small.
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) -  The leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943 NFIB also gives its members a power in the marketplace. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed.
  • Network of Women in Business - An organization of professional women who are searching for more from their careers and are seeking deeper connections with like-minded women as a way to build both personal and professional relationships.
  • Partners in Contracting Corporation (PICC) - A one-stop resource center assisting with all aspects of marketing to the federal, state and local governments. A not-for-profit organization, PICC provides marketing and technical assistance and workshop training opportunities throughout the state of Indiana.
  • Secretary of State: Entrepreneur's Guide - Developed to aid in the formation of your business. While not intended to take the place of legal counsel, it enables entrepreneurs to understand certain corporate terms and aids in the continuing existence of a business in Indiana.
  • Small Business Administration  (SBA) - The Indiana SBA District Office delivers programs and services, including startup and operational assistance through small business training and counseling, financial assistance, business opportunities, such as government contracting, subcontracting and procurement.
  • Small Business Development Center Network  (SBDC) - Created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community.
  • Surety Association of Indiana - A not-for-profit business league comprised of professionals that specialize in providing surety credit to construction contractors.
  • Women's Business Enterprise Certification Program - Provides opportunities for nationally recognized certification of businesses that are minimally 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
  • Women's Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) - WEI provides support for women who want to start or grow a small business.