hub for entrepreneurs
hub for entrepreneurs
Our education and economic initiatives promote and encourage business ownership by assisting in the launch of entrepreneurial ventures and support start-up to scale-up businesses that create jobs, improve the quality of life, and strengthen the community in Indianapolis’ Near West and central Indiana.
Local businesses and entrepreneurs who wish to capitalize on the Near West’s commercial, retail, and light industrial spaces.
Small business owners who desire to improve and scale their existing businesses.
New businesses and Near West residents who wish to launch their own businesses in River West and/or surrounding areas.
Starting in September: Kauffman FastTrak NewVenture Course
Beginning in September, SOURCE RW once again partners with the Indy Chamber's Business Ownership Initiative (BOI) to offer the Kauffman FastTrak NewVenture Business Series course. Through a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, we are able to again discount the price by 28% - from $500 to $140. This 9-week series is ideal to help entrepreneurs and business owners move business ideas to the next level. Led by local entrepreneur Denise Herd, the series is taught in an interactive, group-oriented environment where you will be supported and encouraged. Networking with class members will bolster your business idea even more.
Course topics include: Building the Team; Identifying the Market; Setting Financial Goals; Finding Funding; Researching the Market; and Developing the Business Plan. Register for the Business Owners Education Series here. For more information, please call 317-737-2155.
Did you know that 98% of businesses rely on referrals to gain new business, yet only 3% of businesses have a strategy to get those referrals. Are you a business owner without a strategic plan in place?
SOURCE RW is partnering with Business Network International (BNI), the world's largest business networking and business referral organization, to open a downtown Indianapolis chapter. Join us September 8th from 8am-10am at SOURCE RW to learn how BNI can help you put together a plan to grow your business. For specific program information, call Denise Praul at 317-891-0355. Register here.
Do you want to launch or scale your business?
One-on-one coaching and mentoring is available to provide technical assistance in identifying a viable business model, incorporating a business, creating a business plan and marketing products/services. Most all educational opportunities are either free or at minimal fee.
Monthly business start-up courses on a business owner’s mindset and fund sourcing, quarterly courses on business trends and best practices for existing businesses, and our annual Kauffman Business Ownership Education Series provides a strong foundation.
We encourage entrepreneurship within our neighborhoods and attempt to inspire new, successful businesses to set-up and hire from within the neighborhoods of Indianapolis' Near West. Making the most of the River West Business District.