• Start Your Business Here

  • As part of the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce mission to build a positive business environment, we have created this site to provide tools and resources to help you start and operate a business in Decatur County, Indiana. Included on this page are downloadable forms and worksheets as well as links to other useful organizations and internet tools. Rules & Regulations often change so we encourage you to contact the Chamber staff at (812) 663-2832 for further assistance.

    Business Plan Outline with Regulatory Compliance information
    This is a sample outline for a Business Plan. 

    Estimated Start-Up Costs Worksheet
    This is a worksheet to help calculate start-up costs for your business. 

    RegulatoryCompliance
    Information on regulatory compliance when starting your own business. 

    Three Essential Financial Statements Regardless of where you seek funding ­ from a bank, a local development corporation or a relative ­ a prospective lender will review your creditworthiness. A complete and thoroughly documented loan request (including a business plan) will help the lender understand you and your business.

    Loan Assistance

    Small Business Development Loan Program from Economic Development Corporation Greensburg Decatur County - The purpose of the Small Business Development Loan Program (SBDLP) is to provide loans and technical assistance to new and emerging Decatur County businesses while facilitating development and creating or retaining employment possibilities within the community. 

    Main Street Greensburg - Downtown Greensburg serves as the commercial center of the city and offers a wide range of business and services for locals and visitors. The Main Street Greensburg Low-Interest Revolving Loan Program is a cooperative community project developed to encourage and aid the rehabilitation/renovation of historic and/or underutilized buildings located in Greensburg's Downtown District. 

    Alma Taylor Foundation - Downtown Greensburg -  The primary purposes of this Corporation are to promote economic growth and development in the City of Greensburg and in Decatur County, Indiana. To expand employment opportunities through economic development; and to provide opportunities for community development, historic preservation, advancement of the arts, and improvement of the community as a whole through economic development.  

    Useful Resources

    A Guide to Starting Your Own Business After College - This resource guide covers key decisions to make when setting up a business, including types of business structures, business planning, and juggling school and a startup. This guide features advice from young entrepreneur Jason Patel, founder of the college prep company Transizion.

    Indiana Business Research Center, IU School of Business - Stats Indiana is a comprehensive database of statistical demographics for the state of Indiana and is a useful resource for studying potential markets for your business. 

    Indiana Economic Development Corporation - The State's comprehensive site for economic development assistance.

    Minority Business Development Agency - MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.

    SCORE - The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a great resource for finding a mentor. The closest chapter is in Columbus, Indiana. 

    Small Business Administration - The Federal Administration serving small businesses in the U.S.

    Small Business Development Center - The small business development corporation offers useful tools & information for businesses operating in Indiana. Decatur County is serviced out of the SBDC office located in New Albany, Indiana. Through a partnership agreement, the ISBDC uses the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce for business planning meetings. You may reach them by contacting the Chamber at 812-663-2832.

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