Indiana University Northwest School of Business and Economics

The Indiana University Northwest School of Business & Economics offers undergraduate & graduate programs in business. Faculty and students are also engaged in the community to provide assistance through consulting projects for local business and non-profit entities. The Center for Professional Development also provides non-credit training to those interested in further skill development, including the Small Business Academy.


The School of Business & Economics provides a premier business education to the citizens of Northwest Indiana through AACSB International accredited undergraduate and graduate programs emphasizing distinctive competencies in teamwork and leadership. One of the primary purposes of the School is to support the economic development of the region through a collaborative process with members of the community.

Experiential learning is a regular part of many of our classes and in many cases, projects require students to engage with members of the community to assist them with specific problems related to their business. In addition, all students participate in the Small Business Institute as part of their program. Projects have included developing marketing strategies, business plans, staffing expansion strategies, financial analyses, and operations

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) provides non-credit training opportunities as well as consulting to members of the community in order to enhance their business or their own employability. It also sponsors the Small Business Academy @IUN, an annual program that helps local entrepreneurs launch or expand their business.

The Center for Economic Education and Research provides economic education as well as supports economic development through consulting and research in Northwest Indiana. The Center also regularly publishes two data series: The Northwest Indiana Coincident Economic Index (monthly) and the Northwest Indiana Imputed Gross Domestic Product (quarterly). The Northwest Indiana Business Confidence (BIZCONF) Index measures degree of confidence that business owners and executives have for the future their businesses



Services Provided

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator
  • Accelerator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Forecast

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Policies and Templates
  • Workforce Training
  • Recruiting
  • Employee Development
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Emotional Well-being Support

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • Internship Program
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Placement
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Libraries and Research

  • Business Research Resources

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Human Resources

Marketing and Sales

  • Advertising/Brochure Design
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development and Training
  • Market Research
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Website Development

Networking and Associations

  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning

Starting a Business

  • Startup Classes
  • Forming a Business
  • Startup Business Counseling

Tax Services

  • Tax Preparation Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • Human Resources Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes
Primary Contact
Cynthia Roberts
3400 Broadway
1103 Dunes Professional Building
Gary, IN 46408