The office aims to assist companies with fewer than 500 employees, which account for 99 percent of Indiana businesses.
One member of the Downtown Columbus Independent Restaurant Association says more retail is needed downtown.
Despite a city council vote of 4-2 for the ban, some residents say they are not pleased.
John McCain and Lindsey Graham are two of the latest prominent national political figures to campaign for Indiana’s Senate candidates.
Coats says if Americans want to see economic turnaround, there needs to be a change in leadership in Washington.
A Department of Workforce Development spokesman says small firms can leave the money with the state to offset future tax burdens.
He says he questioned the idea of taking America "back to the good old days because those days weren‘t good for everyone" .
Now, one economic development staffer will handle small business and sustainability efforts, while another will work solely on arts as economic development.