Free start-up and scale-up business workshops are typically offered at least monthly and are led by staff from the SBA (Small Business Administration), or other highly knowledgeable . These workshops cover topics such as business start-up 101, available funding types for small businesses, financial management, how to find a mentor, business trends, steps to government contracting, and more!

While these workshops are free and open to the public, we do ask that each participant registers online or by calling 317-737-2155 to ensure enough seats and materials are available.

Upcoming Workshops


SBA Live! First Steps to Government Contracting

Date and Time: Thursday, July 11, 2019 4pm-5:30pm

Attend in-person at SOURCE River West Entrepreneurship Center (2230 W. Michigan St.) OR watch online via Skype!

Join this informative seminar and learn how to make the world’s largest buyer of goods and services your customer! Learn about the first steps necessary to becoming a federal contractor; Federal Certifications - what they are, how they can benefit you, and how to apply; and finding opportunities and marketing your company to the federal agencies

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

Business Start-Up Summer Series

This SBA Live! series is designed for entrepreneurs who are seeking foundational knowledge for starting up a small business. It will take place from Noon-1pm on the 4th Thursday of each month during the summer (June - August).

All workshops are free and are offered in-person and online through Skype!

  • June 25, Noon-1pm - Business Start-Up 101

    • Learn 10 basic steps to follow, what resources are available, important tips on starting a business, and the reality about grants!

  • July 23, Noon-1pm - Funding Options for Small Business

    • Topics include: how to finance your business, where microloans are available, what to take to your lender, and how mentors and counselors can help.

  • August 27, Noon-1pm - Financial Management for Small Business

    • Learn how to understand the essentials of financial management, apply financial management practices, rules and tools, prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans.