The Indy Chamber says it will serve as the host organization for the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center. The partnership is designed to give the center's clients access to chamber resources including education and training.

June 2, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann today announced that the Indy Chamber will be the new host organization for the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (C-ISBDC). This partnership will consolidate regional small business resources for better service to Central Indiana entrepreneurs.

Lt. Governor Ellspermann noted, “Indiana's network of Small Business Development Centers provides valuable support to entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the state. This partnership with the Indy Chamber establishes a center that will serve our Central Indiana clients with the highest quality, effective resources to launch or grow their businesses. These new and developing businesses are vitally important for job creation and the economic future of our state.”

Effective June 1, this partnership will allow the C-ISBDC and its clients access to resources, education and training, and special initiatives offered by the Indy Chamber.

“With our existing range of economic development programs ranging from entrepreneurial services to regional business attraction, the Indy Chamber is poised to amplify the goals and programs of the C-ISBDC,” said Michael Huber, president and CEO of the Indy Chamber. “By aligning our microlending program with the C-ISBDC's proven track record in assisting businesses in securing capital, the Indy Chamber now provides the regional business community with a wider range of funding resources to help businesses grow.”

“Being housed in the flagship economic development organization in Indianapolis, this new location provides a wonderful opportunity for C-ISBDC clients to access numerous resources under one roof,” said Doug Boehme, C-ISBDC Regional Director. “Streamlining the resources of the C-ISBDC with the Indy Chamber will expand both organizations' impact on small business, and help businesses become more profitable and successful in Central Indiana.”

If you are interested in accessing I-SBDC services, please complete the I-SBDC Business Survey found at or contact Doug Boehme at

About the Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region's business community. With membership of nearly 3,000 businesses representing 230,000 employees in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. In 2012, the Indy Chamber merged with Indy Partnership, Develop Indy, and Business Ownership Initiative. For more information about the Indy Chamber, visit


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:

Source: Indy Chamber

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