Starting a business is a major undertaking. Luckily there are several excellent local resources and groups that can help you in a variety of ways from reviewing your business plan or marketing materials to networking with some of the major players in the area.
- Local Support Organizations and Resources
- Local Groups and Networking
- Online Resources (Products, Services, and Portals)
Local Support Organizations and Resources
The Ivy Tech Cook Center for Entrepreneurship
One of the best places to start, especially if you are a little unsure of what exactly you might need to do next, is the Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech. They offer free business consultations and are a great place to start asking questions.
ISBDC – Indiana Small Business Development Center
The ISBDC was created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to develop a strong entrepreneurial community. The links below will help us introduce you to the ISBDC, our impact in Indiana, and where we are located.
Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
The Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is the lead business retention, development and attraction entity for Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana; the lead intermediary between local businesses and state and federal economic development assistance programs and the host of the Bloomington Life Sciences Partnership (BLSP) and the Bloomington Technology Partnership(BTP).
Bloomington Economic and Sustainable Development
The mission of the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic & Sustainable Development is to enhance the quality of life for citizens by administering strategic programs and initiatives which foster an environment where businesses may thrive and retain and create new, quality jobs.
IU Law Clinic – Entrepreneurial Legal Services
The Elmore Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (EELC), jointly sponsored by the IU Kelley School of Business and Indiana Law, gives third-year law students and fourth-year joint degree students the opportunity to help new high-growth potential ventures become more operational and sustainable. The clinic provides students with more exposure to business clients and business issues while helping the community. Students advise entrepreneurs who otherwise might not be able to afford their expertise.
Area Startup Community Organizations and Businesses
Bloomtech is a meetup group in Bloomington Indiana that brings together entrepreneurs, developers, talent, and investors together where talent and opportunity meet. Come network with passionate start-up entrepreneurs and find co-founders, investors, and supporters.
Verge is a community of tech entrepreneurs, software developers, and business investors who are making things happen in Indiana. Each meetup hosts three fast-paced business pitches from technology business founders. In the last year, Verge has grown from a rag-tag team of entrepreneurs and developers to nearly 1,600 active members, and there aren’t any plans to slow things down.
Verge is a stage to showcase the startups that are on the brink of something big. Entrepreneurs, software developers, and startup investors flock to Verge startup events to catch a glimpse of what’s hot in Midwest startups. When you get to the belly of a Verge event, anyone with an ounce of entrepreneurial spirit can feed off the ideas and energy that drive our thriving startup scene.
Indianapolis Lean Startup Circle
Lean startup is a collection of techniques built around maximizing validated customer learning thought fast Build/Measure/Learn iteration loops. We’re a group of Indianapolis area entrepreneurs taking lean startup and customer development techniques to practice in our startups. We’re ready to talk implementation and share data from our experiments.
* The Lean Startup is a trademark and service mark owned by Eric Ries. *
TechPoint represents Indiana’s entire technology community, including publicly-traded companies, private businesses, colleges and research universities, and local economic development organizations. TechPoint is not a membership organization; no dues are collected and there are no restrictions on involvement other than being a company or professional interested in the success and growth of Indiana’s tech sector.
is an elite crew of product developers, creatives and business experts. We invest our talent in startup companies with high growth potential in exchange for equity.
The Speak Easy is a place for Indianapolis-based entrepreneurs, startups, and the folks who support them to work, play, and collaborate. It’s essentially a clubhouse for entrepreneurs, designers, and geeks. We believe that bringing these folks together in a fun, productive work environment is the surest way to accelerate the development and launch of high-growth startups in Central Indiana.
An Indianapolis based venture development firm that helps turn your idea into a business.
Localstake was created to change the way entrepreneurs raise capital and the way investors invest in private businesses. Unlike traditional private company investing, which is limited to those that have a high net worth or high annual salary, Localstake is open to all investors. By promoting collaborative investing, Localstake is able to compile many small investments into an organized funding vehicle for local businesses. End result: More investors gain access to private company investment opportunities and more businesses get the funding they need to start or expand, fostering real economic growth.
Based in Indianapolis, Gravity Ventures is a committed, member-managed angel capital fund – designed to capitalize on the growth in entrepreneurial activity and venture financing in specific geographic areas, including Indiana.
Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world’s leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 125,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 35,000 individual accredited investors. The company was founded in 2004 under the name Angelsoft and is privately held.
The Solution Lab
Bloomington’s first “all-in-one” collaborative and dedicated workcenter available for anyone to use. The Solution Lab offers two options for getting work done, choose a dedicated office or large desk reserved for your use only; or work collaboratively using tables, couches, and loveseats available on a first come-first served basis. Amenities include utilities, high speed internet, copier/fax/printer/scanner, and for dedicated spaces atoll-free telephone number and voicemail, 24 hour access, onsite business and accounting assistance, and an onsite workout center. Parking is free and lease terms are as flexible as month-to-month up to a 12 month contract.
Mallor and Grodner
At Mallor Grodner LLP, our attorneys are results oriented and focused on providing high quality legal representation that enables our clients to achieve and exceed their goals. We believe that we earn our clients’ trust through our actions. We take pride in our accomplishments, which are attained through teamwork in a comfortable and non-pretentious atmosphere. Our clients know they can rely on us to get the job done with experience and tenacity.
At BKD, we understand you want an advisor who can provide more than just accounting solutions. Our CPAs and advisors offer specialized skills and expertise, as well as the winning attitude, character and communication skills necessary to help clients achieve their objectives. Accounting for numbers—accurately, objectively and with integrity—is at the heart of our business. But we are also professional, prepared, attentive and ready to deliver our services with PRIDE: passion, respect, integrity, discipline and excellence.
Blueline is an artistic style firm and media studio specializing in artistic style wedding and lifestyle photography, videography, brand marketing, and web/graphic design. We love what we do and simply driven by passion!
Indy Shutter Productions
We’re a local film production company that specializes in creating promotional materials for local bands. Indy Shutter Productions was founded to create music videos, concert videos, and promotional materials for the bands of Fast Break Records.Our close relationship with Fast Break Records, and our passion for the local music scene will make us the perfect partner to help take YOUR band to the next level.
Hanapin Marketing is a PPC management agency based in Bloomington, Indiana. Founded in 2004, the company manages and optimizes clients’ paid search programs. From ad copy composition to keyword research to landing page optimization, Hanapin’s core objective is to maximize our clients’ return on investment. Hanapin Marketing publishes the industry-leading blog, PPC Hero.
Tired of marketing companies who think one size fits all? At Roundpeg, we start with a strategy based on your goals. Strategic marketing is about keeping you focused on where you want your business to go–and the fastest way to get there. No jargon, just simple, smart strategies to help launch your dreams, communicate with your core audiences, and close sales!
WhimMill is a place and time enhanced media company focused on building innovative products. WhimMill captures the energy of fun and delivers it where it’s needed. Good story and context draws people together and makes gaming and entertainment truly social again. Our team has years of location-based product and service development, including travel apps, location-based games and augmented reality apps.
BizProps is a marketing amplification software designed to increase the power of your marketing and turn one customer into thousands. Any business that uses call to action marketing can use BizProps – retailers, restaurants, auto dealers, service providers and more!
Bloomingsoft was created in 2010 with the mission of creating user-focused software for mobile devices. Using user experience design principles, Bloomingsoft creates Apps to improve the lives of humans living on earth. Bloomingsoft’s work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Bloomington Herald Times, various NBC/Fox affiliates and numerous radio programs across the United States.
If you’re a startup or small business looking to increase profits, find your market, or just establish an online presence, I’d love to help you. I believe that good business is more than good technology. I will work with you to understand the challenges you face in creating, marketing, and profiting from your idea. Software accelerates success, but there is nothing more important than solving real problems for your customers.
Tens of thousands of people and companies rely on us to process their data, safely and reliably, day after day. We take this responsibility very seriously and we believe that transparency is the first step in earning your trust. With FormAssembly, there’s no faster way to get your web forms ready and start collecting the data that matters to you, today.
SureSite Design is a professional website design, Internet marketing, and cloud hosting firm located in Bloomington, Indiana. We specialize in custom, professional website development, including website design, graphic design, flash animation, domain-name registration, web hosting, search-engine optimization (SEO), and search-engine marketing (SEM). Our experienced team is focused on one thing: creating professional, versatile web solutions that get results for our clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver websites that aren’t just pretty to look at, but are also designed to help your organization grow and prosper.
Plus Side Accounting
Plus Side Accounting is focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations. With a variety of services to choose from and personalized care, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with us. Look around our website and if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us.
Anderson & Cox, LLP
Anderson & Cox CPA provides tax preparation and management services to individuals and businesses. We specialize in helping startup businesses grow. Anderson & Cox CPA is Bloomington’s most affordable professional tax preparation service. We offer a FREE 30 minute consultation to better help you make a decision.
Repeatable Ventures LLC takes new ideas and finds repeatable and scalable business models.
RT6 Engineering is a New Product Development Company specializing in electronic product development for inventors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses, focused on delivering products that will enjoy long term success in the market and for our clients. Our holistic approach and fixed fee service ensures fast time-to-market, high profit margin products with predictable costs.
Online Resources (Products, Services, and Portals)
The Steve Blank Startup Tools List – One of the best list of tools for startups on the web. Covers tools for web design, wireframing, SEO, collaboration, marketing tools, surveying, market research, business model development tools and more.
CrazyEgg – A heatmapping services for your website. See where people are clicking the most. A great way to start optimizing a website for better clickthroughs and conversion.
Bust A Name - Find a brandable web domain for your startup. A domain search and generation site.
NameChk – Check to see if your desired username or vanity url is still available at dozens of popular Social Networking and Social Bookmarking websites. Promote your brand consistently by registering a username that is still available on the majority of the most popular sites. Find the best username with namechk.
Go Big Network – Go BIG helps entrepreneurs by offering guidance throughout the fundraising process from identifying a solid capital raising strategy to finding investors to preparing the pitch.
Squad – Squad is a web-based collaborative code editor. We make it simple to open, edit and share code in real time. Code Together.
TinderBox – TinderBox is a web-based application that makes it easy for individuals and teams to create, manage, deliver, and track interactive business proposals.
Quipol – Quipol is social polling. Create simple and elegant single question polls, embed them in to your blog posts and webpages, and find out where your audience stands on virtually any topic.
Mixergy - Mixergy is where the ambitious learn from a mix of experienced mentors. Learn directly from the most successful entrepreneurs as they talk about their experiences, challenges, and
Quick Box Social – Empower your brand on Facebook with drag and drop technology in just minutes.
ShoutMY.biz- ShoutMy.biz is a free and simple tool that helps you create a sleek and powerful online business profile. It is not a website builder; however, it does serve as a hub where you can share important information, link to external social profiles and collect data from your visitors.
Scribblr – Scribblr is email signature freedom. Create and manage your company-wide email signatures from a single platform while providing employees the freedom to express their digital voice. Get Scribblr for the freedom to forget your email signature woes and get on with your day.
Proposable - Create and deliver sales proposals in minutes with our easy online proposal software. Be notified instantly when your proposals are viewed. Know exactly what your recipients are looking at and start selling in real-time!
Enloop – Enloop lets you quickly create bank- and investor-ready business plans. Automatically write a customized business plan, prove your idea, and forecast the success of your business. Starting a business is hard enough without having to additionally learn the art and science of how to write an accurate business plan. That’s why we created Enloop, giving you the tools you need to automatically create a professional plan from scratch — quickly and for free.