The Indiana Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend. The school will serve as regional host for the North Central ISBDC office.

May 5, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) has announced a new partnership with the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend who will serve as the regional host for the North Central ISBDC office.

“We could not be more pleased to have a partner in the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics to host the North Central ISBDC offices to continue and expand on the current assistance available for small businesses in the region,” noted ISBDC State Director Jacob Schpok.

Regional Director Alan Steele has been with the ISBDC since February 2008 as a business advisor and as director since 2012. This new partnership with IU South Bend is the first Indiana University/ISBDC host. It will provide an invaluable opportunity for Alan to meet with clients, offer counseling sessions and most importantly tap into the rich environment of the university campus.

A grand opening celebration for the new office will be held on Wednesday, June 17 during Indiana Entrepreneurship Week.

“Hosting the North Central ISBDC fits perfectly with the mission of IU South Bend,” said Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “As a public regional university we want to help drive local economic development.”

“The Leighton School is ready to work with Alan Steele and the ISBDC to support small businesses in the area in any way we can,” said Rob Ducoffe, dean of the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend.

The ISBDC offers entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources for little to no cost. Services provided include one-on-one consulting, strategic planning, market research and loan assistance. During his tenure Steele has successfully managed the center through a transitional period, producing impressive results last year.

2014 NC ISBDC Numbers:

– Total investments in businesses: $4,858,766

– One on one counseling hours: 612

– New business starts: 7

About the ISBDC

The ten Indiana Small Business Development Centers (ISBDC) support the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana's small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and access to a network of resources. Funding for the regional ISBDCs comes from state universities, chambers of commerce, economic development offices, mayor offices, and banks. Statewide financial support is provided by U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana and Ivy Tech Community College. Administratively, the ISBDC Lead Center is operated by the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), an agency of the Office of Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann.

To learn more about the ISBDC and to become a client visit: www.isbdc.org.

About the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics

Known for its teaching excellence, a degree from the IU Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics offers students an exceptional business education for affordable, public university tuition. Whether at the undergraduate or the graduate level, the Leighton School is a leader in preparing students for challenging careers in business.

Indiana University South Bend is the third largest campus in the IU system and offers more than 100 degree programs, distinguished faculty, undergraduate research, student housing, NAIA athletics and the personal attention to help students succeed in the classroom and in life.

Source: Indiana Small Business Development Center

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