INBiz, the state of Indiana’s one-stop business portal, is helping Hoosiers open businesses through its partnership with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC), a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). State officials say many aspiring entrepreneurs know what they want their business to do but they don’t know how to cut through the red tape of government to get their business off the ground or how to market to prospective customers.
Earlier this year, Margaret Micks contacted the INBiz call center requesting help to open her restaurant, Micks It Up Diner, in Harmony, Indiana. The team was able to help her register her business with the state and navigate federal requirements. Micks is now open for business, employing nine Hoosiers. She and her business advisor are working through the hiring process for additional employees and have also started marketing and are currently setting up the restaurant on Google Places.
“Prior to the INBiz, Indiana SBDC partnership, entrepreneurs would ask, ‘what type of business should I form, an LLC or an LLP’,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “They were asking for help that INBiz was not able to provide. Now, we are able to refer people to the Indiana SBDC for the white glove service of business development. We’ve seen first-hand that having a business advisor can make all the difference in helping a business succeed and even getting an idea for a business off the ground.”
Since the INBiz and Indiana SBDC partnership began, almost 200 businesses have been formed and more than 500 clients have received counseling. There are currently more than 400,000 users utilizing INBiz for their business needs. Hoosiers who want help starting their business can reach out to the INBiz call center. The call center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and can be reached at 317-234-9768. Here is the online link: www.inbiz.in.gov