Entrepreneurs

Wanting to start a business but not sure where or with who to start? Needing advice or financial assistance? Wells County has that entrepreneurial spirit and Wells Economic Development is readily accessible and eager to provide support.

We work together with local, regional and state agencies, who are committed to developing and nuturing emerging and existing businesses into high-performing companies:

Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) - The newly established OSBE office houses the Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). This Indiana agency's overall goal is to develop an entrepreneurial climate for new talent and business opportunities. 

Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) -  The ISBDC offers assistance and advice free of charge.  Among the services offered are direction and assistance with funding sources, financial analysis, business plannning and marketing. In addition, the ISBDC presents free workshops throughout the year.

An ISBDC Business Advisor regularly visits Wells County on the fourth Thursday of every month.  For more information, or to set up an appointment, call the Wells County Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development at (260) 824-0510.
 

Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC) - The PTAC offers no cost business consulting, connection to resources, and educational opportunities that help businesses compete in the government-contracting marketplace.

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) - The Innovation Center is a non-profit community-based resource center focused on the growth and development of innovative companies. Services include business development and consulting, access to capital, marketing, research and mentoring.  

Elevate Ventures - A non-profit organization, Elevate Ventures is dedicated to providing high level assistance to evolving businesses.  Elevate is more than a financial resource, they provide business analysis and advisory services that connect companies with resources they need to succeed. 

Indiana Venture Capital Funding - Indiana capital funds, managed by Elevate Ventures, provide startup capital and funding resources to Indiana-based companies.

Wells County Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund - The Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program is designed to promote through gap financing the growth and expansion of businesses committed to Wells County.