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As part of the Greensburg/Decatur County Chamber of Commerce’s 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.
 
 
Downloads
 
 
This is a sample outline for a Business Plan. 
 
This is a worksheet to help calculate start-up costs for your business. 
 
Information on regulatory compliance when starting your own business. 
 
Applications are now available for the chamber’s new small business grant. One local business will be awarded $1,000 to improve, expand, remodel or grow their business. The business must be located in Decatur County, be a member of the chamber, and have less than 100 employees.
 
This is a checklist when starting-up your own business. 
 
 
Useful Resources
 
Indiana BizCafe
Indiana BizCafe is a free site that provides a forum for useres to connect with experts, identify investors, locate new clients and find new investment opportunities. Visitors to the site complete an online personal profile that describes tehm and their business interests such as potential customers, federal grant opportunities or investors. Once complete the site scours more than one million records and emails users matches based on their identified search criteria. It also provides a searchable database of federal grant opportunities.
 
 
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.
 
The State's comprehensive site for economic development assistance.
 
INDURE: the Indiana Database of Research of University Expertise was created by the State of Indiana to help transform university-developed technology into money-making businesses. The site is an online searchable database of Indiana researchers, intellectual property and on-going sponsored research projects available for further development or for integration into new products or services. 
 
Money Training Academy is an online certificate training program that will teach you the basics of money – where to find it, how to get it, and how to manage it. This program tracks your progress through the courses and issues you a certificate of completion once you pass four of the seven courses provided.
 
This free tool created by the Columbus Enterprise Development Center helps you translate your business ideas into a plan.
 
Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) Resources to Manage Small Business Risks
 
Small businesses face a wide-range of risks but often lack resources and training to effectively deal with these risks. PERI is a nonprofit organization that provides excellent educational and training resources to help public entities, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations better understand and manage the risks they face. Visit PERI’s Website and browse their resource library for helpful risk management resources.
 
The Purdue Extension educators and specialists on the New Ventures Team created this site to help you find the answers and information you need to decide whether you should start a new agriculture - or food - related business.
 
The Service Corps of Retired Executives is a great resource for finding a mentor. The closest chapter is in Columbus, Indiana. 
 
The Federal Administration serving small businesses in the U.S.
 
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 Bloomington, Indiana.
 
SmallBizU
Small Business Assistance is just a click away. SmallBizU features 24 free online courses that teach entrepreneurs the 3 M's: Monday, Marketing and Management.
 
The Front Door for entrepreneurs. This useful website helps connect residents of Southeastern Indiana with people and information to help them start and grow their small business.