Templates & Tools

Indianapolis SCORE Partners:

SCORE: http://www.score.org/
SCORE is a Resource Partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Locate the nearest SCORE office or ask SCORE for business advice on-line.
This website contains many entrepreneurial tools to set the foundation for your business success.

SBA ( Small Business Administration): http://www.sba.gov/

ISBDC (Indiana Small Business Development Center): http://www.isbdc.org/
The Indiana Small Business Development Center is a state based organization offering a wealth of free and low cost information, management counseling, and educational services designed to support Indiana small business owners and potential entrepreneurs.

Central Indiana Women's Business
Provides services to emerging and existing business owners in the 10-county, Indianapolis metropolitan area. Provides business counseling and a workshop series, supports the Indianapolis Microloan Program.

Federal Government:

To Sell to the Federal Government or a Federal Government Supplier, you will need to:

FirstGov.gov The U. S. Government's Official Web Portal: http://www.FirstGov.gov
Primary portal to all Federal and State Government agencies

Internal Revenue Service: http://www.irs.gov/
Resource for all Small Business / Self Employment / Federal Tax information
Apply for an EIN Number on-line:  http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Business-&-Self-Employed/Apply-for-Employer-Identification-Number-(EIN)-Online
IRS Forms & Publications (download in PDF format):  http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html
Employer's Tax Guide (Circular E) - Information to calculate employee withholding taxes: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf

U.S. Census: http://www.census.gov
Resource for the U.S. Economic Census - 2002 (Most recent)
Resource for NAICS Data
Excellent Resource for Economic and Demographic Surveys

U.S. Dept. of Labor - 2008-2009 Occupational Outlook Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/
Extensive resource regarding U.S. labor statistics

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: http://www.uspto.gov/
Resource for researching patents and trademarks

Provisional Patent Application information : http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/provapp.htm
http://www.uspto.gov/web/forms/index.html
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/index.html

Other Patent Information :
http://www.score.org/myths_patents.html

Indiana State Government:

Indiana Department of Revenue:http://www.in.gov/dor/4336.htm

Indiana State Government (Access Indiana): http://www.state.in.us/
Access Portal to all Indiana State Government agencies

Indiana Secretary of State - Business Services Division
http://www.state.in.us/sos/business/index.htm
Filing for Incorporation, LLC, and other business entities
Indiana State Business Owner's Guide to State Government.

Indiana General Assembly: http://www.in.gov/legislative/index.html
Contact with the Indiana State Legislature

Indiana Business Research Center: http://www.ibrc.indiana.edu
An extensive resource for business data and analysis of economic and demographic information about Indiana .

Indiana State Library: http://www.in.gov/library/
Resource for many types of business information about the State of Indiana .
Includes the Indiana State Data Center which disseminates census and other demographic and economic statistical data.

Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority http://www.incolsa.net/
INCOLSA is the statewide network providing leadership in cooperative activities for Indiana libraries. INCOLSA serves 768 member institutions, including 313 school corporations, 233 public library systems, 136 special libraries, and 86 colleges and universities. These member institutions represent more than 2,200 libraries throughout Indiana .

Indiana State Department of Health: http://www.in.gov/isdh/
In Indiana , food operations are divided between Retail and Wholesale operations.
Retail operations include restaurants, grocery stores, local festivals and fairs, and other businesses selling food products directly to the consumer. Wholesale food operations are those that manufacture and/or distribute to another entity for resale or distribution.

Starting a Wholesale Food Business in Indiana: www.in.gov/isdh/21643.htm
How to Start a Retail Food Business: www.in.gov/isdh/21363.htm
Retail Food Laws & Rules: www.in.gov/isdh/21367.htm

Indianapolis and Marion County :

Indianapolis City Government: http://www.indy.gov/Pages/Home.aspx
Links to all Indianapolis City and Marion County agencies, including the County Recorder and the Economic Development Portal, among many others.

Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library: http://www.imcpl.org/
Extensive Market Research Database Resources for many business & technology needs

Venture Capital Resources :

Indiana Venture Center: http://indianaventurecenter.com/
A privately funded not-for-profit organization serving as a catalyst for the creation and growth of entrepreneurial, high growth businesses in Indiana .

Indy Partnership: http://www.indypartnership.com/
A privately funded not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening the economic growth of the Indianapolis Region which included Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, Monroe, Shelby, Tippecanoe counties.

SCORE National Article: http://www.score.org/article_secrets_unlocking_venture.html

Chambers of Commerce:

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce

Indianapolis Black Chamber of Commerce

Greenwood Chamber of Commerce

Universities :

Butler University - College of Business: http://www.butler.edu/cba/

Indiana Univ. Research and Technology Corporation: http://iurtc.iu.edu/ott.html
Technology transfer and Patent Process funding resources

University of Indianapolis - School of Business: http://business.uindy.edu/

Purdue University 's Technical Assistance Program (TAP): http://www.tap.purdue.edu/html/index.html
TAP supports performance improvement in Indiana companies and organizations through various programs and services that utilize faculty, students, and staff in nine statewide offices.

Demographic Resources:

American Factfinder http://factfinder.census.gov
On-Line database for population, housing, geographic, and economic data

Demographic Look-ups http://www.melissadata.com/Lookups/index.htm

Indy Site Finder . http://imaps.indygov.org/ed/ed.asp?p=44&cmd=demog
Indianapolis Demographic Research. Size up your competition in your area.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) http://www.gisplanning.com/
GIS provides modern geographical maps - of streets, buildings, neighborhoods, even subterranean infrastructure - using 21st century technology.

Other Information Resources:

Information (blog) on Social Networking in Business by a SCORE client.

Indianapolis Business Journal Small Biz Toolkit: http://www.ibj.com

Professional Employer Organization (PEO): http://www.tilsonhr.com

The Entrepreneur Network: http://tenonline.org/

Copyright for Software: http://www.benedict.com/info/info.aspx

Trade Secret information: http://www.score.org/protect_your_trade_secrets.html

USA National Innovation Marketplace. If you have a new invention and a business plan then this site is a must: http://www.planeteureka.org/marketplace/

Quick Reference Resources for a Start-up Business:

Indiana Secretary of State Office, Business Division

  1. Go here to find out if the name you have selected for your business is available: http://www.in.gov/sos/business/corps/searches.html
  2. New and Small Business Education Center:
    http://www.in.gov/dor/3939.htm
  3. Secretary of State New Business Entity Registration :
    http://www.in.gov/ai/appfiles/sos-registration/landing.html

Internal Revenue Service

  1. EIN Number: You can apply for your number on-line. Go to this site to find out whether you need one: http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=97872,00.html
  2. IRS Forms and Publications you can download in PDF format. Some forms are interactive, meaning you can type directly into them and then print them:
    http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html
  3. Employer's Tax Guide (Circular E): All the information you need to calculate employee withholding taxes: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p15.pdf