Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says Indiana is putting a new spotlight on ways the state can help small and emerging businesses.
About 99 percent of Indiana businesses have 500 employees or less and Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann says most job creation is by those companies.
She expects the new state Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship to marshal Indiana’s existing outreach efforts for them.
“Understanding that job creation is more than attracting new companies to Indiana, it is about helping existing businesses – small businesses – grow as well as encouraging more startups,” she says.
Ellspermann says the office will do so with little extra cost by creating only one additional position – a business ombudsman.
“They will be helping streamline the requirements of how small businesses work with our state agencies around licensing and permitting, amongst other red tape,” she says.
State programs that fall under the new office’s umbrella include the Small Business Development Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, which help small businesses compete for federal government contracts.