Entrepreneurship & Crowdfunding

Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the backbone of Radius Indiana’s eight-county regional economy. The Indiana Small Business Development Center reports that as of December 2015 the Radius Region is home to 8,895 small businesses, or 3.1 percent of Indiana’s total number of small businesses. The Region also accounts for 3.4 percent of new businesses established in Indiana during the past year.
 
Radius Indiana is focused on helping startup businesses succeed and connecting entrepreneurs with key resources they need to make their business goals a reality. Our region also features established centers for coworking at WestGate@Crane Technology Park located just outside the Crane Navy Base, at StoneGate Arts & Education Center in Bedford, and at Current Blend in Huntingburg.

Regional Impact Fund

Businesses in the Radius Indiana region benefit from the Regional Impact Fund (RIF), which supports area growth and expansion efforts. The RIF is a sub-organization of Radius Indiana with a sole purpose of making investments in public and private organizations that advance regional economic development strategies. The RIF makes such investments in the form of grants, loans, equity investments, or other such vehicles deemed to be in the best interests of Southern Indiana. The RIF gives high priority to projects that include job creation, site development and expansion. In 2015, the RIF distributed more than $1 million to area businesses.

Indiana Economic Development Corporation oversees programs enacted by the General Assembly including tax credits, workforce training grants and public infrastructure assistance. All tax credits are performance-based. Therefore, companies must first invest in Indiana through job creation or capital investment before incentives are paid. A company who does not meet its full projections only receives a percentage of the incentives proportional to its actual investment.     
Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) provides one-on-one business advising at no cost to clients and connects entrepreneurs with sources of business capital. Provides businesses with market research and industry data, and introduces entrepreneurs to reliable resource partners.

INBiz is a best-in-class portal for Indiana businesses and entrepreneurs that provides a streamlined and expedited process for your business needs. Starting with the Indiana Office of the Secretary of State, Department of Workforce Development and the Department of Revenue, INBiz will eventually add additional state agencies with significant business interactions.


Elevate Ventures exists to create sustainable cultures and infrastructure across Indiana that support the ongoing development and success of entrepreneurs. Our vision is to be regarded as a critical guide, resource and community catalyst for developing high-performing and high-growth businesses based in Indiana. 

Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington is an academic program for students who want to start a business upon graduation as well as high-level consulting for people from south central Indiana who are starting or growing a business and outreach programs for entrepreneurs in communities around south central Indiana looking to grow their small business base. 

Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is a part of the Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE), a state agency existing under the management of the Lieutenant Governor’s office. IN PTAC’s primary mission is to help Hoosier small businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts.
 
NSWC Crane Technology Transfer (T2) Program seeks to license and collaborate with local individuals, companies and academic institutions for the purpose of transferring government protected innovations for commercialization, ultimately spurring economic development and transfer back into the federal government.
 
Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) provides high-value, affordable solutions to help businesses increase profitability. As advocates for Indiana's thousands of manufacturers, MEP leverages resources in both the public and private sectors to help identify areas of improvement, streamline processes, and ultimately increase competitiveness.
 
Center for Applied Research (CAR) at the University of Southern Indiana (USI) serves as a solutions provider for local businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits and government agencies. CAR’s services include facilitatxion, technology commercialization, prototyping and fabrication, short-run production work, product testing and research, environmental studies and analysis and strategic planning of local and regional economic development initiatives.

Latest News
BEDFORD, Ind. (March 15, 2017) -- Radius Indiana continues its focus on attracting, retaining and expanding businesses in the eight-county region. We work closely with our local economic development organizations to monitor projects, pursue new business leads and conduct outreach to site selectors and companies looking to relocate or expand. During 2016 Radius staff, along with some of our LEDOs, traveled to Cincinnati, Louisville, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Evansville, Columbus, Chicago and New York to raise awareness about doing business in the Radius region.
BEDFORD, Ind. (March 30, 2017) - Radius Indiana concluded its inaugural economic development course at French Lick Resort on Thursday afternoon, wrapping up three days of education, networking and skills building for community leaders from across Southern Indiana.

BEDFORD, Ind. (March 10, 2017) — Radius Indiana saw record attendance this week at its annual stakeholders luncheon at the French Lick Resort. Nearly 150 attendees gathered to learn about the organization’s accomplishments from the past year and to hear about initiatives and key focus areas for 2017.
Radius Indiana today announced its new regional economic development conference for community leaders coming to the French Lick Springs Resort in March 2017. 
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Our Latest Blog
Jan. 13, 2017
Crane Army Ammunition Activity is the stalwart at Naval Support Activity Crane. Long before the creation of Radius Indiana, the economic development partnership working to expand, retain and attract business in southern Indiana, Crane was providing jobs and growing the economy in our region.
 
By Matt Craig, Radius Indiana director of Crane Community Support
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