Starting or expanding a business can be an exciting time as well as a stressful time. There are lots of questions and decisions to be made before you open the doors or take that first product order. Many people have great ideas but are unable to follow through to bring their idea to reality for a number of reasons. And for those wanting or needing to expand their business determining if the market is there or is there is enough capital to fund such an endeavor can cause sleepless nights.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a business advisor who could walk that business owner through the steps toward being a thriving business? Someone who can be objective, a sounding board, can bring years of business experience to help the new business owner or help the expanding business become successful. A business advisor who has good references and most of all comes at no cost.
One does not need to look far to find an organization that does just that, the Indiana Small Business Development Center. The southwest Indiana office, located in Evansville provides services to small business owners, assisting with business planning, marketing research and financial analysis. They cover eight counties in southwest Indiana including Warrick County.
Staff members are experienced business advisors and are available to help develop a business model, help the business owner understand market trends and/or prepare financial projections to assist at the start or expansion of a business.
And this year ISBDC introduced a collection of online courses designed to teach business owners the “3M’s” – Money, Marketing and Management. Through an online course the curriculum provides small business with real world tools and information. Each course is via the internet which allows the busy business person the ability to progress at their own pace. This program, along with meetings with a business advisor affords the best possibility of a successful new or expanding business.
I encourage those thinking about starting a business or expanding their business to schedule time to sit down with the staff and review your options. It is great business advice to make sure you get your business or expansion off to a successful start. Their office number is 812-425-7232.