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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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May 4, 2018 Joe Pellman

Start Your Engines at Conexion

It’s Indy’s favorite month and we’re taking you straight to the track! Join the Indy Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council for the Conexion 5 for 500 luncheon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 15. Rolando Coronado, chief mechanic of the No. 26 Honda at Andretti Autosport will be joining us…

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May 3, 2018 Susanna Taft

CIWBC Receives SBA Indiana Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award

This week, the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) was awarded the SBA Indiana District Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award during the 2018 Indiana SBDC Impact Awards. Stacie Poynter, SBA Indiana District Director, presented the award. Business Ownership Initiative, a business unit of the…

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April 27, 2018 Susanna Taft

Indiana City Brewing Taps BOI Loan to Double Production

  Indy native and passionate homebrewer Ray Kamstra had a dream of taking his award-winning beers to the public. In the summer of 2012, he and his wife successfully ran a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign that allowed them to start Indiana City Brewing Co. out of a historic…

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April 3, 2018 Susanna Taft

General American Donut Co. Leverages BOI Loan for New Take-Out Restaurant

Though donuts and ramen don’t readily seem to have anything in common, the odd combination makes perfect sense for the creative growth plans of two local food-preneurs.     A couple originally from Seattle, Adam Perry and Kari Nickander have always shared a passion for…

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March 2, 2018 Joe Pellman

#FollowFriday – March 2, 2018

Cue the spotlight for the social media posts we’re following closely this week:   .@brittsmithindy‘s job may be uniquely “fun,” but her experience is relevant to any young person looking for a hometown: #Indy offers great careers, quality of life, and a challenge…

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February 28, 2018 Susanna Taft

Making the Restaurant Industry an Equal Place for Women

The Central Indiana Women’s Business Center is partnering with RestaurantHER and Grubhub on an initiative to support female entrepreneurs and leaders in the restaurant industry. Women represent only 19% of chefs, and 7% of head chefs, across the culinary world. Beyond that, women chefs earn 28% less in base pay…

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February 26, 2018 Susanna Taft

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Plenty Lifestyle

  Faith, passion and purpose were the key ingredients for local entrepreneur Alyssa Norwalk’s new venture, Plenty Lifestyle, which opened June 2017 at 54th and the Monon Trail. Inspired by her mother’s retail career, Alyssa’s first experience with entrepreneurship was through co-ownership of Gingko, a boutique in Broad Ripple…

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February 23, 2018 Joe Pellman

#FollowFriday: February 23, 2018

Let’s jump right in to the retweet-worthy content of the week:   Just last night, our Entrepreneur Services team analyzed business idea pitches from graduates of REDi (Re-Entry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative), a program of Business Ownership Initiative. This program was designed to offer training to pre-release and recently incarcerated individuals…

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