NWI Small Business Development Center
Hosted by Purdue University Northwest, the Northwest ISBDC looks to impact the region’s businesses through workshops, one-on-one consulting, and special events.
The NW-ISBDC is a resource for both existing businesses and entrepreneurs looking to launch a business. We offer advice to help businesses grow and to help start-ups take off from the ground level.
We also provide guidance to lead entrepreneurs to success.
- Workshop topics range from basic business tools to QuickBooks essentials. Launch Your Own Business Workshop: A Sound and Proven Path is a monthly workshop that is a first step toward business success. It is based on the ISBDC’s A Sound and Proven Path Towards Launching Your Own Business Workbook, available at all ISBDC offices. You will receive a free copy of this 60 page step-by-step workbook when you attend this workshop.
- Events spotlight regional small businesses including the annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards. E-Day showcases the area’s businesses that are making a mark as well as champions who encourage the entrepreneurial spirit.
- One-on-one advice is available with our business advisors. This no-cost service is available to SBDC clients as a guide in finding the right direction to success.
What We Do
The Small Business Development Center counsels existing companies, as well as start-ups, on a wide range of business topics. The Centers can assist your organization in writing or updating its business and marketing plans; help you analyze your financial needs, and show you how to raise funds for your business.
The Indiana Small Business Development Center Network is composed of 10 regional offices. Each of these offices serves a number of counties in the region where it is located.
The mission of the Northwest ISBDC is to have a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of small businesses and develop strong entrepreneurial communities in the Northwest Indiana region.
The ISBDC Network aims to accomplish its mission through a continuous focus on impact, realizing it is not enough to hold training events and meet with clients, but that tangible value needs to be provided to our clients as a result of outcome-focused SBDC engagement. All engagement has a primary focus on the existing entrepreneur or business and on viable new business opportunities with the prompt identification, documentation and communication of client needs and action plans.
In serving ISBDC clients, our activities involve consistent follow-up and ongoing concern for the future needs and enterprises of existing clients, consistency in product and program offerings and delivery, and connection to internal and external programs, products, resources and partners.
Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center
9800 Connecticut Drive
Crown Point, IN 46307
Lorri Feldt, Regional Director