Monthly workshops

If you have any trouble registering or finding information about these courses, please call (317) 737-2155


Thinking Like a Business Owner- September Workshop

September 12th   6:00 - 7:30pm

SOURCE River West, 2230 West Michigan Street

Instructor: Mark A. Roger, Center Director

If you are considering business ownership, this “beginners” workshop is for you! This session is a practical guide to evaluating entrepreneurship in 2017. Join us as we identify the fundamentals of business ownership, discuss the characteristics of successful business owners, and evaluate how your personal preferences apply to various types of business models. Learn more and determine if entrepreneurship is right for you. Discussions will include entrepreneurship resources available in Indiana and incorporate the teachings of Shark Tank and The Profit. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Contact us at or 317-737-2155 for more information!



QuickBooks for Start Ups!

September 22nd, 2017   9am- 12pm

Want to learn how to use QuickBooks in your new or growing business?  Or are you using QuickBooks and finding it overwhelming?   You are not alone.

Learn the basics, affirm what you already know, and gain the additional knowledge and confidence you have been seeking.  This 3-hour course will cover "how to" to some "tips and tricks" of successful QuickBooks users.  Our goal is to ensure you are a more comfortable and confident QuickBooks user.

Our course is taught with limited "accounting jargon" so you will find it easy to follow along.  Our instructor, Becky Massa, is a QuickBooks and accounting expert, with extensive hands-on "real world" experience handling the accounting function in businesses and consulting with other companies.

For assistance, please call 317-737-2155.


SBA Live! @ SOURCE RW: HUBZone Certification

September 26th, 2017    8:30am- 10:00 am

SOURCE River West, 2230 West Michigan Street

Instructor: Sharon Harvey, Economic Development Specialist and Financial Literacy Liaison with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Broadcasting live from SOURCE River West! These unique workshops are not only available to attend in person, but broadcast live as a webinar via AT&T Connect, Zoom, and Skype. Regardless if you are in Indianapolis or beyond, learn about funding your business from the experts from your home or office. Learn how small businesses in urban communities may increase their access to federal procurement opportunities.  Topics include eligibility requirements, program benefits, application process and
assistance availability. 

Each month, an Economic Development Specialist and Financial Literacy Liaison with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will showcase various
funding options on behalf of SBA. Learn more and register above.



Series workshops


September 15th: Starting a Franchise Business by Bill Higgins

6:30pm - 8:00pm on the third Tuesday of the month.

Ever consider purchasing a franchise business? Well, it's not all burgers and fries. Here is your opportunity to ask a local franchisee about their start-up journey and what "success" means to them? Join us on Tuesday, September 19th, to learn about owning a franchise from Bill Higgins. Bill is owner of Hoodz Commercial Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning. During this session of Entrepreneurship Indianapolis, he will be discussing his experience leaving his corporate job of approximately 2 years to become a business owner.

This is a discussion driven series that identifies trending businesses ideas, new business fundamentals and pertinent business concepts in our new economy.  This unique, interactive series attempts to inspire entrepreneurship.  Free sessions offer standalone educational discussions addressing business ownership issues from concept, to start-up, to scaling your business. A discussion ideal for anyone considering business ownership in downtown Indianapolis. Each month, featured guest speakers provide their first-hand entrepreneurial perspectives.  Speakers range from local business owners sharing their entrepreneur and franchise start-up experiences, to local SBA advisers identifying funding options for first time business owners, to local development officers addressing opportunities within River West and surrounding areas.

Facilitator:  Mark A. Roger, Center Director

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Bill Higgins

Starting a Franchise Business

Bill will share the first 3 years of journey into local business ownership.

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October 17 - Frank Davis

Mentors Make A Difference


Frank will share the impact that mentors/friends have had on him as a local business owner.

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November 21 - Saidah Pearsall

Starting at the Kitchen Table

Saidah will share her journey from a kitchen table idea to retail stores and online sales.

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December 19th - Lorraine Ball

Staying Ahead of Trends

Lorraine will share her journey as a local marketing strategist and local business owner.


Kauffman Business Owner Education Series

6:00pm - 9:00pm on Thursdays, live class begins September 21st.

This is a 9-week course with a proven framework to help support aspiring entrepreneurs start businesses and begin their journeys to success.  Our program is based upon the Kauffman FastTrac® program which gives entrepreneurs the foundation and network needed to succeed. Your business is your dream. Gain the tools to make it a reality. Courses are geared towards entrepreneurs who want to explore the next stage of growth. Classes meet 1 night a week

Teaching this course will be Denise Herd. Utilizing decades of experience in marketing, public relations and strategic communication, Herd launched Herd Strategies, a full-service public relations and marketing firm, in 2011.  Outside of the business, Herd is a highly sought-after public speaker and workshop facilitator. She is passionate about developing businesses, and is a certified facilitator of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac New Venture program guiding startup entrepreneurs through all phases of business ownership.

To register please call 317-737-2155 or click the apply here button.

    Course Curriculum

    • Session 1: Exploring Entrepreneurship
    • Session 2: Building the Organization/Team
    • Session 3: Identifying/Meeting Market Needs
    • Session 4: Setting Financial Goals/Cash Flow/Seeking Funds
    • Session 5: Planning the Product/Service
    • Session 6: Researching/Analyzing the Market
    • Session 7: Researching the Market
    • Session 8: Planning for a Profitable Business
    • Session 9: Implementing Your Plan