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Indiana Economic Development Corporation

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.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

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.

Peggy Cenova
Director, East Central Indiana SBDC
(866) 596-7232
pcenova@isbdc.org

Purdue University Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

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.

Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

The Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides high value, affordable solutions to help businesses increase profitability. As advocates for Indiana’s thousands of manufacturers, our staff leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.
Providing high value, affordable solutions for manufacturing challenges, Purdue MEP offers the following services through on-site training/analysis projects and workshops:

• Energy Efficiency & Sustainability
• Faculty Projects
• Leadership Development
• Lean Manufacturing
• Lean Office
• Quality Improvement
• Quality Systems (ISO)
• Six Sigma
• Supply Chain Services
• Top Line Business Growth Solutions
• Training Within Industry (TWI)

Michael Young
Industry Advisor
317-275-6823
mayoung@purdue.edu

Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

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)
317-607-0575
nlofton@osbe.in.gov

Bob Warner (Fort Wayne Office)
260-481-0491
rwarner@iedc.in.gov

Conexus ICON

To maximize business opportunities within the state, Conexus Indiana launched ICON, a web-based community linking local firms with local suppliers. Sponsored by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Conexus ICON creates new opportunities for companies of all sizes, while streamlining supply chains and encouraging Hoosiers doing business with Hoosiers. Conexus ICON provides tangible benefits to manufacturers and other businesses, as the geographic proximity of suppliers means streamlined operations, reductions in transportation costs, more manageable oversight and other advantages. Access to these potential customers creates a wealth of new business opportunities for Indiana companies.

Rich Murphy
rmurphy@conexusindiana.com