Best Small Business Resources in the Fort Wayne 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 Fort Wayne 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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Start Fort Wayne

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Coworking
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

Start Fort Wayne offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs including Atrium, a contract-free co-working space. Start Fort Wayne offers various paid programs throughout the year that are open to the public. Additionally, for individuals who need one-on-one time, the organization offers a free 30-minute consultation and paid consultations thereafter.

Restrictions

Some events are only open to members.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

111 W Berry St., Suite 221
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-969-9393
contact@startfortwayne.com


Enterprise Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Description

Enterprise Center is an affordable space for entrepreneurs funded by the Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association. Its location in the Fort Wayne Enterprise Zone offers its tenants special access to tax credits and other business incentives. Enterprise Center also offers industrial space for manufacturing entrepreneurs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1830 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
260-422-2304


Fort Wayne 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.


Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Inc

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3201 Stellhorn Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
260-407-6442
info@niic.net


Northeast 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.