Going Into Business Resources

While there is a wide range of resources available for one considering starting a new business, below is a short list of key local and regional resources that can serve as a starting point in the development of a business plan.   A more extensive list of resources can be found in the “New & Small Business Resources” tab.

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Getting Started – On-Line Resources and Tutorials

United States Small Business Administration – On-Line Tutorials

  • Wide range of web based resources and training.
  • Business laws and regulatory assistance.
  • Porthole to federal government small business activities.
  • Indianapolis District Office site includes a calendar of small business workshops.
  • Contact – Indianapolis: 317-226-7272

Small Business University (SmallBizU)

  • Extensive list of on-line courses for the small business person.
  • Courses are free of charge and self directed.

Indiana Secretary of State – Starting a Business

  • Information on starting a business in Indiana, annual entity filings, business name and trademark searches.
  • An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Indiana” available on-line that provides basic information about incorporating and annual filings required in the state.
  • Links to other state resources.
  • Contact: 317-232-6576

Indiana Department of Environmental Management – Small Business Guide

  • Special small business guide to assist with understanding environmental regulations that may impact a operations.
  • Contact: 317-232-8172

Small Business Development Center Net – National Information Clearinghouse

  • Wide range of web based resources including sample business plans.
  • SBA forms available on-line.

On-Line Resources to Add Details to a Business Plan

Indiana Department of Revenue

Indiana Secretary of State

  • Information on starting a business in Indiana, annual entity filings, business name and trademark searches.
  • An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Indiana” available on-line that provides basic information about incorporating and annual filings required in the state.
  • Links to other state resources.
  • Contact: 317-232-6576

Indiana Department of Environmental Management – Compliance and Technical Assistance Program

  • One stop shop for environmental regulatory compliance needs.
  • Staff available to answer confidential questions on rules, regulations, and compliance requirements.
  • Contact: 317-232-8172

Internal Revenue Service – Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center

  • Wide range of tax information by business type.
  • Tax forms available on-line.

Stats Indiana

  • Wide range of demographic databases available to help determine markets.

Putnam County Public Library

  • Reference department and access to web based resources.
  • Business related books and magazines.
  • Access to on-line databases including Reference USA.
  • Contact: 765-653-2755

Staffed Local and Regional Resources – Consulting and Business Plan Reviews

Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center, Inc.

2 South Jackson Street

Contact: 765-653-2474

Business and Entrpreneurial Services Center of West Central Indiana

Ivy Tech Community College – Greencastle Campus

  • Technical assistance, coaching and training for persons starting a small business and/or growing an existing business. See –
  • Enterprise center space available for business start-ups.
  • Resource library being developed, speaker series, and other educational programing.
  • Contact: 765-653-7410 ext 5031

Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce

  • Community and business information available on-line.
  • Business directory and calendar of events.
  • Contact: 765-653-4517

Indiana Small Business Development Center Network – Terre Haute Office

  • Wide range of web based training and assistance.
  • Regularly scheduled training programs – check website for schedule.
  • One on one counseling.
  • Contact – Indianapolis: 317-234-2082 or 888-472-3244
  • Contact – Terre Haute: 812-237-7676 or 800-227-7232

Service Corps of Retired Executives – Indianapolis Site (SCORE)

Service Corps of Retired Executives – Wabash Valley (SCORE)

  • Web based resources and links.
  • Regularly scheduled training sessions and workshops – check website for schedule.
  • Assistance with SBA loan applications.One on one counseling.
  • Contact – Indianapolis: 317-266-7264
  • Contact – Terre Haute: 812-231-6763

 

Note: From time to time these organizations may make changes to their web site addresses. Generally a search will turn up the updated web site.

Updated: 06/2014