State celebrates economic and community contributions of small businesses and Hoosier entrepreneurs
Governor Eric J. Holcomb issued a proclamation today declaring May 5-11, 2019 as Small Business Week in Indiana, celebrating the state’s more than 508,000 small businesses that employ 1.2 million hardworking Hoosiers.
“This week we join Hoosiers in recognizing the important role small businesses play in driving Indiana’s economy forward,” Gov. Holcomb said. “With ingenuity, perseverance and a spirit of entrepreneurship, small business owners are championing 21st century developments, launching new ventures, and supporting good jobs and opportunities that are integral to every one of our communities.”
National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners in the U.S., has been celebrated since 1963. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create approximately two out of every three new jobs each year.
In Indiana, state leaders, small business owners, entrepreneurs, innovators and small business advocates will join Hoosiers to celebrate the economic and community contributions of small businesses and the role entrepreneurs play in propelling innovation and creating 21st century jobs.
Small Business Week Schedule:
Monday, May 6: Putnam County Small Business Tours
Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), will join the West Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to tour small businesses and meet with entrepreneurs in Putnam County.
- 9:30 a.m. – Scorpion Coatings (6184 S. U.S. Highway 231, Cloverdale)
- 10:15 a.m. – 3 Fat Labs Wedding & Event Barn (2009 S. County Road 400 W., Greencastle)
- 10:50 a.m. – Wasser Brewing (102 E. Franklin St., Greencastle)
- 11:20 a.m. – Myers’ Market (302 E. Washington St., Greencastle)
Wednesday, May 8: Evansville Small Business Event
Bedel will join Ellen Horan, president of the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, and Tara Barney, president and CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber, in offering welcome remarks. Drew Peyronnin, an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Purdue Foundry @ Westgate Academy, will then moderate a panel featuring members of southwest Indiana’s entrepreneurship community. Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will offer closing remarks following the panel.
- Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
- Location: Innovation Pointe, 318 Main St., Evansville
Thursday, May 9: Indiana Small Business Impact Awards
Bedel will join the Indiana SBDC and U.S. Small Business Administration to honor Indiana small businesses for their contributions to grow the state’s economy and recognize the work of the Indiana SBDC regional offices to support small business.
- Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Location: Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill St., Indianapolis
The Indiana SBDC provides entrepreneurs with expert guidance and resources on how to start and grow a business, while the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center helps businesses compete for and win government contracts. Through its network of 10 regional offices, the Indiana SBDC will host several other events during Small Business Week. For information regarding region-specific events, visit isbdc.org.
Indiana received an ‘A’ grade for ease of starting a business (Thumbtack 2018), and ranks No. 1 in the Midwest and No. 8 in the nation for entrepreneur friendliness (SBE Council Small Business Policy Index 2018).
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) leads the state of Indiana’s economic development efforts, helping businesses launch, grow and locate in the state. Governed by a 15-member board chaired by Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the IEDC manages many initiatives, including performance-based tax credits, workforce training grants, innovation and entrepreneurship resources, public infrastructure assistance, and talent attraction and retention efforts. For more information about the IEDC, visit www.iedc.in.gov.