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Small Business

A guide to resources for starting a small business including marketing, licensing and grants as well as small business management, business forms, personnel, taxation, and finance that's available in books as well as in audio and video formats.

Organization Links

Central Indiana SBDC (Small Business Development Center)
Indy Chamber
111 Monument Circle, Suite 1950
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-7232
Provides free counseling to help develop business plans and solve problems in existing businesses.

Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana/Central Indiana Women's Business Center
Indy Chamber
111 Monument Circle, Suite 1950
Indianapolis, IN 46204 
(317) 917-3266
Provides one-on-one, personalized business coaching free of charge. Business workshops and online courses.

SBA Indiana
U.S. Small Business Administration - Indiana District Office 
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 226-7272
Counseling and training sessions are available to those starting or running businesses.

SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business)
8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 401
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 226-7264
SCORE mentors provide free business counseling online and in person.  Register online to attend their free workshop “Simple Steps for Starting Your Own Business”.

Web Sites

Business Owners Guide
Find out about general requirements for starting your business and about Indiana specific licenses and permits.

Indiana Secretary of State
Includes Business Entity Name Search, Indiana Trademark search and registration, and "An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Starting a Business in Indiana".

Indiana Department of Revenue - New and Small Business Education Center

Internal Revenue Service - Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center

Indiana Department of Administration
This multi-purpose agency's responsibilities include administering the state's procurement and professional services contracting, and minority and women owned business programs. Search list of state certified minority and women’s business enterprises.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation
Includes information on relocating your business in Indiana, international business information, and permit and regulatory assistance.

Indiana Small Business Development Center
Indiana entrepreneurs and small business owners are assisted through one on one counseling, education, and business resources. Online Business Classes are also available.

SBDCNET National Information Clearinghouse
SBDCNET contains links useful to entrepreneurs, established small business owners, and the business researcher including: business plans, industry information, and associations. the research services of SBDCNET, however, are available only to SBDC business advisors assisting clients.

Business Owners Toolkit from BizFilings
Wide range of small business information made available by BizFilings.

Indiana Business Research Center
Economic and demographic statistics specific to Indiana counties and cities.

Small Business Administration
Since 1953 the SBA’s mission has been to help Americans start, build and grow businesses.

Center for Business Planning
Includes a collection of business plans that were entered in the Moot Corp® Competition at the University of Texas.

From the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, information on starting, growing and managing your business.

Discover Business
Discover Business provides free educational tools for business planning, learning strategies, problem solving, and time management. DB’s topical business resources are created and verified by their team of business professionals.

City of Indianapolis – Open Counter
This site will help you estimate the fees, permits, and licenses necessary to start or expand in Indianapolis.

Online Databases

Business Insights: Global
Database of detailed company and industry news and information (company profiles, brands, rankings, histories, investment reports).

Business Source Premier
Provides full text for more than 2,800 scholarly business journals. Locate articles from well-known business periodicals.

Searchable national business directory with listings for over 12 million US businesses.

Small Business Resource Center
Users will find complete small business management resources via a combination of unparalleled periodicals and reference content.

Library Materials

Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business

Legal Forms for Starting & Running a Small Business
Steingold, Fred S.
346.0652 STE 2014