EDCMC recognizes that many new jobs that are created in a community will be the result of a growing entrepreneurship spirit within the community. We are committed to helping new ideas emerge by promoting and partnering with the Indiana Small Business Development Center and the United States Small Business Administration, as well as programs to assist entrepreneurs.
Indiana Small Business Development Center
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is 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. Our mission is to help Indiana business grow and create new jobs within the state.
Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, our mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.
Northwest Indiana SCORE
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years.
SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE also provides local workshops and events throughout the country to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses, as well as online workshops available 24/7.