ISBDC Launches/ Highlights Programs to Assist Businesses in Need

ISBDC recently announced 5 programs to assist small businesses during this economic slow-down.  We encourage you to look the programs over and see if one of them is a good fit for your business.

Project HOPE

Project HOPE is back! Indiana SBDC and Indiana University Kelley School of Business are partnering to support the long-term economic recovery of Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs. Eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance to help establish or increase their online presence through website development, e-commerce support and other digital tools and services.

IU will be starting with 10 projects on January 18th, so if you have anyone that has been eager to participate, this would be a great time to get them submitted. In February IU will ramp back up to completing 40 projects every two weeks. ISBDC will not be publicly promoting the program until mid-February so existing clients can get in the queue early.


COVID-19 Response Plan 

Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-50, all businesses or entities continuing or resuming operations in person are required to develop a COVID-19 Response Plan to implement measures and institute safeguards to ensure a safe environment for their employees, customers, clients, and members. This response plan must be made available to employees and posted publicly for customers.

Working with Servant HR, ISBDC has developed a COVID-19 Response Plan template that meets the requirements outlined in the executive order. ISBDC has also compiled additional resources to help businesses meet this requirement.



This program can provide some matching funds for small businesses in need of a consultant who offers technical and professional services. This can be technological, legal, financial, marketing and a host of different specialized needs.



This year-round program connects eligible small businesses with Quintegra, a talent connection firm, to identify qualified candidates, provide screening and background checks, facilitate interviews, and establish onboarding process to ensure continued success of the employee.


Export Indiana Accelerator Program

The Export Indiana Accelerator is a 12-week, no-cost, annual program offering Hoosier small businesses professional export guidance and leading research resources to create an executable, proactive Export Business Plan.


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