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On the EDGE

Posted by chamberadmin on June 20, 2017

Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (CISBDC) advised two small businesses that were recently awarded the Indiana Small Business Development Center’s (ISBDC) EDGE Awards. Celebrating economic development and growth through entrepreneurship, EDGE Awards are given to emerging and established businesses that receive no cost counseling from the ISBDC. Learn more about Uptown Pup and Newfangled Confections, the two winners from CISBDC!

Uptown Pup

Amanda Stetzel and Kathleen Schonsheck combined their entrepreneurial spirit, love of dogs, and canine expertise to create Uptown Pup: a small business dedicated to the care of dogs. With a firm belief that dogs should be treated like family members, the owners of Uptown Pup wanted to offer top-of-the-line services for man’s best friend including a dog day care, a spa using natural products, and specialized boarding options that meet each unique dog’s needs. 

To bring their business idea into fruition, Stetzel and Schonsheck turned to the Indy Chamber’s Entrepreneur Services division, a one-one-stop shop for entrepreneurs and small business owners. 

After approaching the Indy Chamber, Uptown Pup was first paired with a Business Ownership Initiative business coach. Together, they worked on a business plan and financial forecast. When identifying that the business would need over $50,000 in financing in order to be successful, Uptown Pup was directed to another member of the Entrepreneur Services team: Teresa Marti, a business advisor with Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC).

Read the full story here.

Newfangled Confections

In 2011, Carrie Abbott was a small business owner who had recently founded a catering company. Carrie had come into contact with ISBDC when she reached out for assistance with her company’s business plan. With the help of ISBDC, Carrie launched her own gourmet confection business in 2012, and began selling what would become the company’s signature product: Frittle (a tasty combination of fudge and brittle).

With Carrie’s candy company up and running, she continued to seek the direction of ISBDC.

Read the full story here.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Central ISBDC business advisor, please contact Karen Leak at kleak(at) or 317.464.2228. 


GoGlobal Grants, funded by JPMorgan Chase, help mid-sized firms explore foreign markets; latest winners hit Indy's 'sweet spot' for advanced industry export growth

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Global Indy

Posted by chamberadmin on June 9, 2017

Global Indy is going where it has never gone before.

Hear from a panel focused on successes and challenges of participating in the international marketplace. Dr. Gil Latz, Don Inmon, Cameron Weeks, Ryan Eldridge, and Teresa Marti will be joining us to share their experiences in global markets and offer advice to small and mid-sized companies. During the event, the newest recipients of the GoGlobal Grant will be recognized! 

Here are the top 5 reasons why you won't want to miss this: 


Indy Tech on the Move

Posted by chamberadmin on May 25, 2017

IndyCars weren’t the only thing on the move this month in Indy. Our technology sector added some major wins garnering international attention and further solidifying our growing reputation as an emerging tech hub.

In November, we shared how Candy Dynamics was planning on using our GoGlobal Grant to attend the world’s largest confectionery show, ISM, in Cologne, Germany. Their candy, smartly named Toxic Waste Hazardously Sour Candy, has gained international attention in many markets, but Candy Dynamics realized the potential for growth by attending ISM.