The Indiana Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to help small Indiana businesses establish or increase their online presence.

Through the new program, eligible companies may apply for no-cost assistance for website development, e-commerce support and other digital tools and services.

The Indiana SBDC, which is a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corp., and Kelley launched Project HOPE to support Indiana small businesses negatively affected by COVID-19.

“With this new partnership, the Indiana SBDC will continue increasing its support for Hoosier small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic, improving access to critical tools and resources to help companies adapt to new markets and enhance their competitiveness by growing their online presence,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

Under the program, Kelley students and recent graduates are offered paid internships to assist eligible companies in expanding their online presence, solving technology issues or providing new digital capabilities.

To qualify, Indiana small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Indiana SBDC client
  • Have been in business as of February 15, 2020
  • Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19

Click here to learn more about the program.