Small Business News – October 12th

This week is a great week for your Small Business.  There are events like the one we are hosting directly from Google, a Livestream that discusses how to sell your products and services online this holiday season.  We will also host the Small Business Roundtable that the Plainfield Chamber of Commerce puts on, and there is a huge Virtual event being put on by the US Chamber of Commerce and Inc.com.

Next, you will want to check out this grant opportunity from the state of Indiana.  The Small Business Restart Grant program has been extended and the eligibility has been expanded.   Here are details:

Grants will be issued up to $10,000 per company and will be issued in the order in which applications are received until funding is exhausted.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Business must be registered to operate in Indiana
  • Business must have had less than 50 employees at of 12/31/2019
  • Business must have had less than $5 million in revenue in 2019
  • Business must have been profitable in 2019
  • Businesses must demonstrate a monthly revenue loss of at least 40% compared to pre-COVID-19 revenues
  • Must be in good standing with the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) or have a DOR-approved payment plan








Small Business Roundtable (Plainfield Chamber of Commerce)

Tuesday October 13th at 8:30 at Level Two Inc

The small business roundtable is an opportunity for business owners to find solutions to their common business pain points.

  • Learn from each other.
  • Participate in an informal group discussion.
  • Discuss monthly topics important to small business.
  • Connect with other chamber members.
  • Share your expertise and discuss your business challenges.

Virtual Town Hall Series – Insights to the 2020 Election (Indy Chamber)

Tuesday October 13th at 11:00 am

As we head into this year’s Election Day, we are providing insight to what you need to know before heading to the polls . The upcoming Virtual Town Hall Series features, Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball and a national leader on electoral politics and election forecasting. Kyle will be discussing the state of the presidential race, the battle for US Senate and House control, and how local and national races have evolved over the course of the 2020 election cycle with his insightful predictions for November 3rd results. This town hall is a perfect precursor to the Indy Chamber’s premier political event of the year, HobNob, on October 20th. Mark Fisher, Chief Policy Officer, for the Indy Chamber will moderate the town hall conversation.

Lunch & Learn | Determining your Revenue Model & Pricing (gener8tor)

Tuesday October 13th at Noon

You’re not an entrepreneur until you sell something! But how do you decide how to charge for your product and how much? Come to this Lunch & Learn. You’ll learn:
–The most popular/common startup revenue models
–Why margin doesn’t matter in the beginning
–How to price your product and test different revenue models
–How to talk about your revenue model in your executive summary

Speaker: Nicole Wallace, mAccounting

The Big Week for Small Business – US Chamber of Commerce and Inc.com

Tuesday October 13th at Noon – October 15th

Join us October 13-15, 2020 for The Big Week for Small Business, three days of audience-driven discussions, powerful advice, unique networking moments, engaging breakout sessions, and practical strategies from business owners like you. Share your successes and challenges with your peers and gain the skills and perspective you need to come out on the other side stronger than ever.

How to Successfully Prepare a Winning SBIR Quad Chart (SBA)

Tuesday October 13th at 1:00

The 2020 Regional SBIR Weeks are virtual, collaborative outreach efforts connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. This webinar will help you prepare for meetings with federal agency program managers that administer SBIR/STTR awards. No registration required. Access the webinar via Zoom at http://bit.ly/SBIRWebinarIndiana

Wednesday October 14th at 11:00 am
Join Purpose HQ President and Co-Founder John Qualls on Oct. 14th to discuss how to plan for whatever 2021 can throw at you. This free webinar will address the tools of a strategic mindset and framework that you may apply to your business in order to thrive in 2021. After a 30 -minute presentation, a 15min Q&A will follow.

Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools (GOOGLE)

Wednesday October 14th at Noon

As a Grow with Google Partner, Level Two Coworking would like to invite you to tune in to a special livestream for small businesses: Sell Online This Holiday Season with E-Commerce Tools.

Learning objective:

Learn how to sell online to customers as they kick off their holiday shopping this season. We’ll walk through the benefits of setting up an online store with Shopify and how to list your products on Google so that you can sell from anywhere. Plus, learn about more helpful tools to stand out online, such as Local Opportunity Finder and Grow My Store.

The Grow with Google team will be hosting this live, virtual event on October 14, 2020 at 12PM ET.

Interested in learning about tools like Shopify and Google Merchant Center? RSVP to tune in today.

Resolve Increments – How to Fuel Resilience in Yourself and Others

Thursday October 15th at 2:00 pm

At this talk you will:

  • Understand that burnout happens when we don’t have enough of the right resources to meet the specific demands we face
  • Learn how and why our default stress response can make it harder to clearly see the demands and whether we have the right resources to meet them
  • Learn a simple strategy to enable you to identify the proper resources to fuel resilience in yourself and others

The annual destination Human Resources conference hailing from Indianapolis is coming to you as a fun size digital mini-series. 90-minute live episodes each week of October from incredible business minds passionate about creating a meaningful and productive workplace.

Have you heard about the easy way to create a meaningful and productive workplace? The one simple trick to attract, retain and empower the best people? Probably not, because it doesn’t exist! So let’s get to work on a real solution. One increment at a time.

Virtual IT Leadership Lab; Strategic Foresight (Ball State CICS)

Wednesday October 14th at Noon

This free 90 minute virtual IT leadership lab will focus on creativity and innovation looking into 2021 and beyond. Join CICS Director, Dennis Trinkle, Foresight Academy Founder, Jared Nichols, and IndyCIO and Ton Enterprises founder/author Jeff Ton for this informative session.


Wednesday October 14th at 1:00 pm

80% of rural small business owners believe the quality of life and cost of living are much better in rural areas, BUT they cite challenges.

Join this LIVE Q&A session where the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) and SCORE will dedicate the full hour to answering your questions on the top challenges rural startups face and the most effective resources and programming to help your business thrive.

This lively discussion will delve into the available training and resources for women business owners and entrepreneurs in rural America.

You can submit your questions during registration and during the LIVE webinar.


Where’s The Money NOW? Position Your Business for the Future of Small Business Lending (SCORE)

Wednesday October 15th at 1:00 pm

This year’s economic crisis has resulted in rapid changes to small business lending. It’s more important than ever to identify the crucial factors lenders are evaluating now, and steps you can take to position your business for financing in the coming months and years.

Nav’s Education Director Gerri Detweiler helped individuals and small business owners navigate the 2008 financial crisis and is working to educate business owners through the current crisis.

Attend this webinar and learn about:

The current lending landscape
Who is lending?
What has changed?


Conexión: English Virtual Session

Thursday October 15th at 11:00 am

We will be sharing the importance of the Hispanic business’s contributions in the state, hear from leaders of our Indy community, and celebrate the achievements of participants from the Mentor-Protégé Program; a free program that aims to support growing Hispanic businesses by motivating and encouraging mentor firms to assist protégé businesses with business development.

20 Cyber Topics in 20 Weeks Series

Thursday October 15th at 11:00 am

Under the leadership of the Indiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Purdue MEP and many Indiana cybersecurity providers have developed a series of essential cybersecurity topics. 20 cybersecurity topics in 20 weeks is an effort to provide Indiana businesses with the training needed to achieve CMMC Level 1/basic small business information security and to improve the Indiana DIB’s cyber-health. In addition to live webinars, all of the presentations will be recorded to create a library of cyber information that clients can view when they do have the time to focus on cyber health and defense acquisition regulation compliance.

Photo by J. Kelly Brito on Unsplash



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