Congressman Larry Bucshon shares an opportunity for small businesses to receive grant funding through the Indiana Technical Assistance Program.

Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) All Regions Indiana SBDC Technical Assistance Program (INTAP)

Program Overview:
The Indiana Technical Assistance Program (INTAP) is a program of the Indiana Small Business Development Center network and covers the entire State of Indiana. The program provides funding to help qualified Indiana small businesses with technical barriers to doing business in Indiana. This can include products and services that require professional service providers to assist with getting the product or service to market, to help expand with growth and leading to increased sales, jobs and success.

Eligibility:
All Indiana small businesses and entrepreneurs are eligible for the program and must become a client of the Indiana Small Business Development Center in order to compete for funds. Funding will not be provided directly to small businesses needing assistance, but to qualified professional service providers that can assist with overcoming technical project hurdles that are current barriers to market. All service providers conducting work for program applicants must be incorporated in the State of Indiana.
Projects will be looked at as to what technical difficulties are preventing the company from producing a new product or service. The company projects that are selected for funding will need to sign a Time & Material contract with Ivy Tech and their mentor. The mentor will need to be approved as a vendor for Ivy Tech such that a Purchase Order can be generated for them to invoice against and be paid properly. Only the vendor (mentor) will receive funding directly.

Process:
Eligible Indiana Small Business will complete an application form on-line which will be sent to applicants after consulting with the Coordinator of the program (Gary Ayers, Business Advisor, ISBDC – SC Office, gayers@isbdc.org). All applicants must complete an SBA 641 Form as well unless already completed by time of application. Once all applications are collected, a panel of independent judges will review all proposals, rank in order of priority and ISBDC staff will make final allocations based on input from judges.

Interested companies should apply for the INTAP program online at:
https://ivytech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_djnQj2kjdu0tGo5

Timeline:
Application process opens on March 15, 2019 and ends on April 15, 2019.

Awards:
Awards will be made in April/May 2019 and contracts will be executed between the small business, service provider and Ivy Tech Community College (contracted partner for the execution of the program). Costs associated with this program will be fully incurred by December 15, 2019 and invoiced by December 31, 2019.