For Businesses

Small Business Development Center
A state based organization offering a wealth of free and low cost information, management counseling, and educational services designed to support Indiana small business owners and potential entrepreneurs.


Small Business Administration
Created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns.




Business Ownership Initiative offers free one-on-one business coaching, microloan program, and curriculum to helpaddress the unique opportunities and challenges that will arise in your business.




Grant Opportunities

For more information on any of the below opportunities, contact Margaret Banning, Executive Director.

Commercial Façade Improvement Program
The Small Business Commercial Facade Rebate Program is a offered by LISC Indianapolis and provides matching grants to property owners willing to renovate the street-front exteriors of their structures. These improvements could include new signage, windows, painting, and/or structural or design changes. The program funds up to 50% of total project costs, up to $20,000.

Technical Assistance
The Technical Assistance program provides small grants on a competitive basis to CDCs to help them partner with and secure commercial real estate expertise for early-stage commercial development activities. CDCs have access to an experienced Commercial Development Consultant. This program supports building capacity of business owners.

Brownfield Redevelopment Fund
Through a partnership with the City of Indianapolis, non-profit organizations can remove environmental barriers and spur redevelopment at brownfield sites through the Brownfield Redevelopment Fund, which provides grants up to $10,000. For profit ventures are also supported through this program as a matching grant up to $10,000.

Seed Funds and Project Loans
Local Initiative Support Corporation offers assistance to community-based organizations through flexible financing, training and technical assistance predevelopment and construction activities at commercial industrial and community facilities.