The Rundown: Indy Chamber Entrepreneur Services is made up of three teams: the Business Ownership Initiative (BOI), the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC), and the Hispanic Business Council (HBC). These teams are united under one mission to help local entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Most people refer to the team as “BOI”, as it is the umbrella organization for the Entrepreneur Services division. With shared resources, events and staff, these organizations work collaboratively to meet the needs of every entrepreneur that walks through the door.
BOI & ENTREPRENEUR SERVICES’ MAIN RESOURCES:
- One-on-one business coaching: Offered free of charge at 8 locations in Central Indiana in both English and Spanish.
- Small business loans: Flexible and affordable loans from $500-$50,000 for entrepreneurs who are not quite ready to pursue a bank loan.
- Business workshops: We offer opportunities year-round for entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and engage through our hands-on workshops, made possible through the generous support of the Fifth Third Foundation.
ADD’L PROGRAMS & INITIATIVES:
Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC): The Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) is a cooperative program in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration designed to promote the creation and growth of businesses by women entrepreneurs by empowering them towards successful entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency.
Hispanic Business Council (HBC): The Hispanic Business Council (HBC) works to better assist the Hispanic business community, by offering networking events to engage the community and help grow business. In addition, the HBC also works alongside to Entrepreneurship Team to provide business coaching in Spanish.
- Mentor-Protégé program: The HBC’s Mentor-Protégé Program was developed to encourage the development of Hispanic-owned businesses by pairing them with larger, successful mentor firms.
- Accelerate Latinx: A 7-month executive education program aimed at established Latino business owners who are looking to move their business to the next level.
ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi): The ReEntry Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDi) addresses the likely connection between entrepreneurship and reducing the rate of re-offending by providing technical business training and education to incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated individuals.
Childcare Quality Improvement Initiative: BOI, in partnership with United Way of Central Indiana, joined efforts in 2014 to boost the quality of childcare throughout the Indianapolis region by providing business coaching to child care administrators participating in the United Way Quality Improvement Project. “The Village” project takes this one step farther to tackle childcare business solutions by partnering with Anchor Institutions.
1 Million Cups Indy: This monthly pitch event allows early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to practice their pitch and get feedback from the community through 15-20 minutes of Q&A centered around the question “how can we help you and your startup?”.