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August 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Use BOI Loans to Grow Their Business

4 Ways Entrepreneurs Use BOI Loans to Grow Their Business Microloans (business loans up to $50,000) are valuable types of financing for both new and growing small businesses. They can be the perfect source of funding for hiring your first employee, covering startup costs, or purchasing initial inventory…

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August 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Expanding Education and Childcare Through Local Entrepreneurship

Ten years ago, self-proclaimed child advocate and foster parent Antoinette Williams founded a daycare in her own home: Precious Moments Early Childhood Education Academy. The center serves working parents on Indy’s southeast side in it’s new location at House of God Ministries. Today, Antoinette Williams …

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August 16, 2018 Joe Pellman

Huntington Bank Foundation Grants $25K to Indy Chamber Project “The Village”

The Huntington Bank Foundation has awarded the Indy Chamber’s Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) a $25,000 planning grant. “The Village” project concept is to develop a comprehensive, scalable plan that makes quality, home-based child care accessible and available in low-to-moderate income (LMI) neighborhoods in Marion County with emphasis on partnerships…

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August 9, 2018 Joe Pellman

Indy’s Hispanic-Owned Businesses Contribute $1.1B to Metro Economy

The Indy Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council (HBC) released a new Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) study on the regional economic impact of Hispanic-owned enterprises this morning.  IBRC experts presented their findings at the Council’s Conexion breakfast, detailing the demographics of nearly 4,900 Hispanic-owned firms employing 7,300 across the nine-county metro…

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July 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: La Guía Indy

  Indianapolis entrepreneur Marilyn Villagran understands that running a successful business takes a community of support. In her early years of entrepreneurship, Marilyn found herself looking for guidance to help build her graphic design business primarily serving the Latino community. However, after observing some of the difficulties her friends,…

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July 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

What is a BOI loan, and is it right for your business?

Finding funding can be a daunting process for many entrepreneurs, whether they are just starting up or looking to grow. It can be tough to get a bank loan or convince an investor to get on board when a company is small or new. This is where microloans come in.

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June 28, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Donald Mee Design

  Donald Mee Design, owned by Donald Mee and his wife Rebekah, specializes in creating custom commercial and residential furniture out of their Indianapolis studio. They focus on quality craftsmanship and heirloom one-of-a-kind pieces. However, like many businesses in the “maker” industry, the studio started off as just…

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June 15, 2018 Indy Chamber

Top Online Services in Indy to Help Entrepreneurs Open A Business

Jim Rawlinson here, your Regulatory and Permitting Ombudsman at the Indy Chamber. A member of the Develop Indy team, I am contracted with the City of Indianapolis to help businesses and individuals interact with the City administration quickly and easily. I’m here to help connect you to resources you need…

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May 30, 2018 Susanna Taft

Small Biz 101: Working with a Bank as an Entrepreneur

When starting a new business, knowing how to work with banks can be an intimidating process. In this educational video with business banking expert Lisa Martin of Fifth Third Bank, you’ll learn: What banks expect from you as a customer Why banks are an important partner in your success…

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May 18, 2018 Joe Pellman

Hispanic Business Council Announces Leadership Award Recipients

After several years of decline, the rate of new business creation in the United States may finally be moving into positive territory, according to the latest data from the Kauffman Foundation and U.S. Census. The five-year start-up rate for Hispanic-led firms is double the national average. To support Hispanic businesses in…

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