SBA Indiana Monthly Newsletter--November 2019

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SBA Indiana encourages Small Business Saturday with #ShopSmall walking tour of Indiana towns

Small Business Saturday, November thirtieth. Cosponsorship Authorization #19-2050-93.

In between the holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls a very important day for entrepreneurs--Small Business Saturday.  In honor of this great day, the SBA Indiana District Office and small business partners from state and local organizations hit the streets for their annual Small Business Saturday #ShopSmall Walking Tours.  Stops this year included Madison, Jasper, and New Albany. 

In Madison, a sense of welcoming was important for both visitors and shop owners.  "Madison is incredibly inclusive," said president of the LGBTQ group the Rainbow River Social Club Larry Ricci.  "We are so glad to be here and love how local small business fight to host our Rainbow River Social Club meetings."

Old Tyme Marketplace owner Beth Lewis agrees with that sentiment, and is one of several shop owners on Main Street that have moved their businesses from other locations just to have a space in the growing community.  In her case, she moved her store to Madison all the way from North Carolina.

Madison Walking Tour group photo
Old Tyme Market owner Beth Lewis, Madison, Indiana

"Something I've learned as a business owner is that if you give them the experience, you give them the customer service, they (the consumer) will give you the business," Lewis said.  "It's the same with a city--Madison will give you the experience, they will treat you right, and you'll want to be here.  It's a great sense of community and I'm glad we're a part of it."


U.S. Senator Mike Braun (IN-R) joined the team for a walking tour of Jasper.  Most small businesses on Jasper Town Square have been in business (and in the same spot) for at least five years, others, for generations. 

Sen. Mike Braun on Jasper walking tour
Jim Siebert, third generation owner of Siebert's Clothing in Jasper, Indiana

"I'm here because we've been here since 1920," said Jim Siebert, current owner of the clothing store Siebert's.  He and other store owners on the square agree that there is a threat from big box stores but that the key to success is building community, a place where people want to be. 

 "We have to build the experience," said fellow Town Square shop owner Ann Knies of Chocolate Bliss & Kitchen Essentials.  "Jasper is for the recreational shopper who is looking for someplace fun to go instead of ordering online."

Chocolate Bliss & Kitchen Essentials owner Ann Knies


In New Albany, small business expansion and economic growth/revitalization work hand in hand. "Shopping small can literally change your life," said Jennny Watson, owner of  The Elderberry Company .

The Elderberry Company in New Albany, Indiana



Watson started her business a few years ago on Facebook, and with the help of SBA resource partners at the Southeast Indiana SBDC, opened her first retail & production space in a renovated store front in downtown New Albany.


Ross Wallace, Him Gentleman's Boutique owner in New Albany

 "This is what happens when you shop small," said Ross Wallace, owner of Him Gentleman's Boutique.  "Your support means we can help you change the face of your community."

That's exactly what Wallace is doing.

"Because of our experience in New Albany," he said, "we were able to open a shop in Louisville on Frankfort Ave. Now, we're back in New Albany  to expand even more and have purchased a building across the street from our original location." 

Him expansion building
Ross Wallace, Him expansion space


"We're renovating the whole thing which we'll use for an expanded retail Him experience," Wallace said, "and my wife will be able to use part of the space to open a new salon."


This year marks the tenth Small Business Saturday, an annual celebration of America’s small business community. Last year on Small Business Saturday, Americans spent a combined $17.8 billion at independent neighborhood retailers and restaurants.  For more information about Small Business Saturday and where you can #ShopSmall, click below.

Small Business Saturday


Congratulations SBA Indiana Emerging Leaders Class of 2019!

Indiana Emerging Leaders Class of 2019

18 Indiana small business owners have taken the next step in expanding their entrepreneurial success by graduating from the SBA Emergina Leaders Program.  This year's class included small business owners from across the state representing a wide range of industries including community health, technology, transportation, and security.  Click below to see pictures of the graduating class.

SBA Indiana Emerging Leaders Graduates 2019

The SBA Emerging Leaders Program is a free executive-level training course for small business owners.  With curriculum designed by Boston University the training is intense--some graduates equate it to crashing thrugh an MBA program in just seven months.  Best thing about it?  Thanks to SBA, there are no student loans to pay when you're finished!

For more information on the SBA Emerging Leaders Program and to apply for next year's class, click below.

SBA Emerging Leaders Info


Small Business Info

Exporting Opportunities

Business Opportunities in the Indo-Pacific Region

The 2020 U.S. Commercial Service Trade Winds Mission program is underway and includes an Indo-Pacific focused business development forum in Hong Kong.  Benefits of participation include:

  • Meeting with U.S. Commercial Diplomates
  • Discovering Best Industry Prospects
  • Customized Business Matchmaking 
  • Making New Connections

Click the below to download a free webinar explaining the Trade Winds Mission and market opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

Trade Winds Mission Webinar

U.S. Commercial Service

The Trade Winds Mission is brought to you by the U.S. Commercial Service, which is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration.  U.S. Commercial Service trade professionals in over 100 U.S. cities and in more than 75 markets help U.S. companies get started in exporting or increase sales to global markets.


Biz 101

Business Start-Up 101


WHEN:    December 5, 3 pm

WHERE:  SBA Indiana District Office, 8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400, Indianapolis

Thinking of starting a business but don’t know where to begin? In this workshop you will learn 10 basic steps to follow; what resources are available; important tips on starting a business; and the reality about grants.

Registration is required.  Click below and register today.

Business Start-Up 101



Understanding & Using Financial Statements


WHEN:    December 16, 1 pm

WHERE: SBA Indiana District Office, 8500 Keystone Crossing, Suite 400, Indianapolis

Financial Statements are the "Report Card" of your business.  Learn how to read and use financial statements to better manage your business.  This workshop is for those with no prior accounting knowledge. You will learn how to analyze your business, increase your profits, forecast your business future and create the documents you will need for financing.

Click below for details and to register for this free workshop.

Indy SCORE Workshop


Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones:  What do Indiana Small Businesses Need to Know?


WHEN:    January 9, 11:30 am

WHERE:  Butler University, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis

Small businesses owners and entrepreneurs are invited to join a luncheon discussion to learn more about Opportunity Zone equity investments and what it means for Indiana.

Speakers and panelists will begin to address:

  • Opportunities and implications of Opportunity Zones for Indiana’s small business community
  • How small businesses might evaluate the tool in context of their growth trajectories
  • How Opportunity Zone investments couple with other small business tools and incentives

This luncheon has been organized by LISC Indianapolis.  Click below for event details and to register.

Opportunity Zones Luncheon


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Through October 31, 2019


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