East Central Indiana Business Resources
Created in 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation is governed by a 12-member board chaired by Governor Eric Holcomb. Jim Schellinger serves as the Indiana Secretary of Commerce.
The IEDC oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment.
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) was created to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Indiana, and to help Hoosier Entrepreneurs start stronger, grow faster, and work smarter. The ISBDC offers entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources for little to no cost. Services provided include one-on-one consulting, strategic planning, market research, loan assistance and much more.
Director, East Central Indiana SBDC
The mission of the Purdue Technical Assistance Program (TAP) is to advance economic prosperity, health, and quality of life in Indiana and beyond. TAP provides technical assistance, performance improvement, and technology adoption through programs and services that utilize faculty, students, and staff in nine statewide offices. Employers served include companies, hospitals, health departments, and governmental units throughout the state. Impacts are considerable, and since 1986 TAP programs and services have assisted over 14,000 organizations, trained over 43,000 employees, created or retained over $1 billion in sales, increased capital investments by $301 million, contributed to cost savings of $130 million, and created or retained over 14,000 jobs in the state, according to the organizations that were assisted.
Programs and services include:
• Technical Assistance Projects: Faculty and graduate student short-term assistance projects on a broad range of business and technical issues. Up to five days of no-cost assistance available for qualifying Indiana based businesses.
• Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP): High value, affordable solutions to support manufacturing growth and profitability. As advocates for Indiana’s thousands of manufacturers, MEP leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.
• Advanced Manufacturing Technology Adoption: A partnership with Indiana manufacturing companies to implement digital engineering, product lifecycle management, and advanced production systems.
• Energy Efficiency & Sustainability: Assessments and training for companies with high energy costs.
• Green Enterprise Development: Green manufacturing skills training that get bottom line results.
• Purdue Healthcare Advisors: Performance improvement and technology adoption for Indiana hospitals, the public health system, clinics, and other healthcare providers. PHA provides a broad range of services including lean & six-sigma, consulting, facility simulation, electronic health record adoption, security risk assessments, and community health services.
David R. McKinnis, Ph.D.
Director – Technical Assistance Program
Assistant Vice President for Engagement
Muncie Manufacturing Alliance
The Muncie Manufacturing Alliance is an organization of senior managers of Muncie-area manufacturing companies, economic development officials, and academics interested in manufacturing issues. The group holds quarterly meetings that provide a forum for discussion of the issues facing the many manufacturing companies that operate in the Muncie-Delaware County area.
Todd Murray, Chairman of the MMA
The Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a part of the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, a state agency existing under the management of the Lieutenant Governor’s office. The mission of PTAC is to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting Indiana companies including those eligible for preferential consideration in obtaining and performing under local, state, and federal government contracts. It provides procurement technical assistance to help companies sell its products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling services and workshops at no cost. The core of its procurement assistance program is counseling and education. The Center is staffed with counselors experienced in government contracting and provides a wide range of services. The PTAC counselors have backgrounds in government acquisitions and all receive ongoing training to keep pace with continually evolving acquisition procedures and policies. The Center offers a wide range of services at no charge to businesses throughout Indiana that sign up as clients with the Indiana PTAC.
Nate Lofton (Indianapolis Office)
F.G. “Gil” Perry (Fort Wayne Office)