Indiana Small Business Development Center

The Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) helps entrepreneurs start, grow, and thrive. Our team of advisers meets with start-ups and business owners from 7 counties at no charge to provide resources and help with business plan, financing, marketing and what you need to take the next step.


The Indiana SBDC creates a positive and measurable impact on the formation, growth, and sustainability of Indiana’s small businesses by providing entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources. We work with start-up entrepreneurs and small businesses on business plan, financial projections, market research, finding financing, marketing planning and other needs. All business counseling services are available at no charge.

Our team of professional business advisers has varied industry, business, and functional experience and expertise. Our state office equips us with online business plan software, templates, tools, subscription market research data bases and other resources to respond to business owner needs. We host workshops and events on topics of interest to business owners both virtually and in-person.

The NW ISBDC provides services in the 7 counties of NW Indiana. We are funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana, and Purdue Northwest hosts our federal grant.

We also provide specialty services such as strategic planning facilitation, exporting assistance and business valuations. 

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing or Selling an Existing Business
  • Valuation

Economic and Site Development

  • Site Location Assistance

Events and Community Building

  • Pitch Events

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Debt Funding
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Loans
  • Microloans
  • Trade Show Financial Assistance
  • Venture Capital

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Hiring and Firing
  • Recruiting

Import and Export Assistance

  • Certification and Licensing
  • Financial Assistance for Exporting Activities
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Foreign Distributors
  • Networking/Exploring Exporting
  • Trade Education and Training

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent Seminars

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources
  • Company Data/Prospect Lists
  • Demographic/Census Data
  • Industry Data
  • Lifestyle and Psychographic Data

Management Issues

  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Identification/Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development


  • One-on-One Counseling

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Regulatory Compliance

  • Certification
  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • HUBZone Certification
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Selling to Foreign Governments and Businesses


  • Site Location Assistance

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services
  • Website Development


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • International Trade Education and Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Policies and Templates

Marketing and Sales

  • Award Recognition


  • Business Management Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
Primary Contact
Lorri Feldt
9800 Connecticut Dr.
Purdue Technology Center
Crown Point, IN 46307
(219) 644-3513