The State of Indiana, City of Indianapolis and Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council have administrative programs and departments offering information and resources in the form of training and networking events to those who wish to pursue certification. To begin the process, businesses must formally apply for certification. To learn more about certification laws, policies, procedures and lists of vendors, please visit the resources listed below.
A fantastic primer on marketing for those who are just getting their business up and running and have a limited marketing budget. The book contains dozens of simple yet powerful techniques to grow your customer base, build your brand, and maximize profits. Best of all, these techniques require little or no investment.
Harvey Mackay built his empire selling envelopes. Yes, those little white things we used form sending things called "letters" once upon a time. Harvey shares his thoughts and experiences on competition, networking, branding and understanding the customer. There are many great lessons to be learned in this book. If he could make a fortune selling envelopes, imagine what you could do with your business by applying Mackay's techniques.
The very first book by life-hacker and business guru Tim Ferriss. Though you will most likely not be able to cut your hours down to a "4-hour Workweek" there are many valuable tips and insights here on how to get maximum bang for your buck in your business. Tim explains how to break free from the confines of your office desk and be realistically able to work from anywhere in the world by delegating, using online resources, and focusing your efforts on the right tasks.