Small Business Academy

Small Business Savvy

The Small Business Academy provides training in business and management concepts geared specifically to entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as access to other helpful resources. The information you find here is ideal for people interested in launching or expanding their own business.

We are happy to be hosting the Start UP Business Success Program in collaboration with the City of Gary. Upon completion of the program, which provides extensive business creation, operation, and management information and support to Gary entrepreneurs, we host a vendor show. The next vendor show will be held on October 25, 2023 in the IU Northwest Library Conference Center and is open to the public from 7 to 9 pm.

In addition, we offer monthly "Zoom Conversations" to discuss topics of interest to small business owners and entrepreneurs. We host business professionals who are working with business owners every day to share their expertise, then we open the conversation to attendees to ask questions or share their experiences. The 2023 Zoom Conversation schedule is below.

Click to join the Business Academy @IUN Zoom Conversation!

We also recommend you follow our Facebook page (Northwest Indiana Business Community) for announcements. 

This program is sponsored by Innovate Indiana.

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Contact Jana Szostek, Director, at (219) 980-6910 or for more information.

Connect with the Center for Professional Development

For more than 20 years, the Center for Professional Development has been a catalyst for business innovation and career advancement in Northwest Indiana.

From business consulting to professional certifications and training programs for small businesses, we offer affordable, high-quality programs to transform your professional success.

From software training for administrative professionals to process improvement courses for managers and teams, the Center for Professional Development is the region’s best choice for professional certifications. Contact Director Jana Szostek for more information.

Connect with Business Support Organizations

Many resources are available for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Northwest Indiana. The links below provide wealth of information pertaining to starting a business.