Best Small Business Resources in the Bloomington Area

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Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Indiana has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Bloomington area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Indiana.

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The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Research

Description

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington provides practical tools such as consulting services, classes, as well as community-based events that help strengthen technical knowledge of entrepreneurship.

Restrictions

The consulting service requires a somewhat comprehensive business plan to get started.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

501 N Profile Parkway
Bloomington, IN 47404
812-330-6261
abarker67@ivytech.edu


Bloomington Economic Development Corporation

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

The BEDC has several resources useful to entrepreneurs, notably The Switchboard and B-Start. The Switchboard is a networking program that connects new entrepreneurs to a network of local executives and support services, suitable for companies at any stage of the journey. B-Start is a pre-accelerator program that admits startups in cohorts and hosts workshops, mentoring opportunities, and pitch competitions.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

812-335-7346


Bloomington SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Blue Burro

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Blue Burro is a newly built co-working space in downtown Bloomington. Blue Burro offers various spaces for individual entrepreneurs looking to find a co-working space with flexible packages to accommodate any schedule.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

113 East 6th St.
Bloomington, IN 47408
812-778-9046
jared@bburro.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 9 am - 5 pm


Cowork

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Accepts Walks In

Description

Cowork is a community-based coworking space, with a lounge area as well as a quieter work area shared amongst the users of the space. With various packages for membership from low involvement to full-time use, Cowork’s space is a great place for entrepreneurs looking for a flexible coworking location.

Restrictions

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

213 S Rogers St.
Bloomington, IN 47404
812-250-9714
info@coworkbtown.com

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON - FRI: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm


South Central Indiana SBDC

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.