Celebrate Small Business Week 2024 from Indy East Promise Zone

In a few short weeks, Indy East Promise Zone will host its annual Small Business Week 2024. The annual event, dedicated to celebrating and supporting local entrepreneurs, promises a week filled with inspiration, education, and community engagement. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or just starting, there’s something for everyone during this exciting week.

Roadmap to Small Business Fair

The Roadmap to Small Business Fair kicks off the week with a bang. Presented by IndyEast Promise Zone, U.S. Small Business Administration, LISC Indianapolis, Martindale Brightwood CDC, and SEND  this free event is a must-attend for anyone looking to navigate the entrepreneurial landscape. Explore exhibitor booths, attend mini-information sessions, and gain insights on topics such as business planning, marketing strategies, and accessing small business loans. Don’t miss the chance to connect with local experts and fellow business owners.

Access to Capital

Understanding capital funding options is crucial for small business success. Join us for the Access to Capital session, where you’ll learn how to become loan-ready, explore alternative funding sources, and connect with local financial institutions. Lunch will be provided by Merchants Bank of Indiana. Whether you’re seeking startup capital or expansion funds, this session has you covered.

Access to Market

Unlock the power of market access during the Access to Market informative session. Discover the benefits of XBE Certification, which opens doors to contract opportunities from the city, county, municipal, and privately funded projects in Central Indiana. If you’re a minority, woman, veteran, or person with a disability, this session is essential for expanding your business reach.

Pitch Night

Cheer on Indianapolis entrepreneurs as they pitch their business ideas for a chance to win seed money! Eight businesses from the LISC Microenterprise Navigator Program located at Martindale Brightwood CDC and SEND will showcase their business or startup for a chance to win up to $3,000. Pitch Night will be an evening packed with Eastside entrepreneurship and innovation.

Why Small Business Week Matters

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community. When you support local entrepreneurs, you’re investing in the heartbeat of Indianapolis. These business owners are more than just profit-makers; they’re community builders. They sponsor Little League teams, donate food to shelters, and create jobs for thousands of Hoosiers. Join in on Small Business Week 2024 and celebrate resilience, innovation, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Let’s make this week a memorable one for all Indy East Promise Zone businesses!