Wabash County Knows How to Help Your Business Grow!

The Wabash County business community has a wealth of expertise designed to assist small businesses along their path from idea generation through business expansion. Grow Wabash County is the premium clearinghouse for accessing the wealth of information and networks. Please contact Grow Wabash County with any questions about the businesses and programs listed below.

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Reference & Resources

Riverfront Development District

With the intent to encourage the development of arts, cultural activities, and fine dining within the Riverfront District in the City of Wabash, and as per Indiana Code Section 7.1-3-20-16 and 7.1-3-20-16.1, the City of Wabash has established a municipal riverfront development district in downtown Wabash. 

This designation allows business owners located in this area to purchase alcoholic beverage permits without regard to the quota provisions of Indiana Code 7.1-3.22. Applicants must comply with all requirements and controls imposed by Indiana statutes.

For more information, email Tenille Zartman, President & CEO of Grow Wabash County. 

Borrowing 101

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Venturize offers a clear explanation of financial lending options available to small business owners.

Indiana Business Resource Guide

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The State of Indiana offers a lengthy collection of resources and departments designed to simplify the business development cycle.

Indiana Department of Revenue

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Wabash County businesses may be subject to several state taxes, including sales and corporate income taxes.

Indiana Small Business Development Center

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The Indiana SBDC offers no-cost business advising, training, referrals, and a library of cultivated tools and resources to businesses, from start-up through sale or retirement, succeed. 

U.S. Small Business Administration

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The SBA Business Guide has a variety of resources to help plan, launch and grow any business.

Wabash County Treasurer

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Wabash County businesses may be subject to local taxes. Resources at the Wabash County Treasurer's Office can help business owners understand the applicable taxes.

Wabash County Treasurer’s Office
Wabash County Courthouse
1 W Hill St Wabash, IN 46992
(260) 563-0661 ext. 1259

Business Startup Tools

INBiz

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INBiz is the state of Indiana's one-stop resource for entrepreneurs looking to navigate the steps to start a business. Developed within Indiana’s Secretary of State's Business Services Division, businesses will find everything they need to get their business started, from registering a business name to choosing the correct business legal structure and ensuring law compliance.

Business Licenses & Permits

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Certain businesses may require specific city and/or state permits or licenses. To determine what your business may need, contact Keith Gillenwater at Grow Wabash County.

For inquiries:

State inquiries can also be addressed on the INBiz website from the Indiana Secretary of State.

Employer ID Numbers

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Employers that plan to hire employees must contact the IRS to register, pay additional taxes, withhold, match, submit employee withholdings and obtain worker’s compensation insurance.

Entrepreneurial Network

NEIN Venture Hub

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The 11-county Northeast Indiana (NEIN) region is home to a variety of vibrant communities, rich with the entrepreneurial spirit and innovation!

Whether you've got an idea or are growing your empire, this hub is an inclusive, accessible place that brings together the entrepreneurial resources and support to help you reach your goals.

Welcome to your NEIN Venture Hub!

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC)

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The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (NIIC) is a non-profit organization focused on providing entrepreneurs in northeast Indiana with the knowledge and resources they need to take their business idea from being a dream to a reality.

Grow Wabash County is proud to partner with the NIIC by providing access to entrepreneur coach, Angela Harrison,  to provide FREE, personalized support for entrepreneurs and small business owners at all stages of development and operation.

Angie is in the Grow Wabash County office every Wednesday from 9 - 4 p.m. to chat with anyone thinking about their next business venture or entrepreneurial mission. She can also meet with you virtually to fit the busy lifestyle of an entrepreneur on the go!

Click here to schedule a time to meet with Angie.

Northeast Indiana SBDC

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Wes Shie hosts office hours in the Grow Wabash County office periodically. He joined the Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff as a business advisor in 2010 and has served as the Regional Director since 2014.  

Shie came to the SBDC with years of experience in banking and financial services from previously working as a relationship manager for Wells Fargo and Chase Bank. Prior to working in commercial banking, Shie also served as a finance specialist for the Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Fort Wayne.  

To book a time to meet with Shie, please email wshie@isbdc.org or contact Grow Wabash County at 260-563-5258. 

Connect IND

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Connect IND, also known as the Indiana Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is an "EcoMap", a digital platform that collects, shares and continuously updates information about real life ecosystems of people, places, organizations and resources in your community. 

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SCORE

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Northeast Indiana’s Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) provides free one-on-one mentoring for both new and existing businesses. SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely and practical advice to help businesses open new markets, reach new customers and achieve new goals.

Funding Options

Brightpoint

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Founded in 2010, the Brightpoint Development Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable business loans, financial education, and housing development services in Northeast Indiana. The Brightpoint Development Fund is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) micro lender and a U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).

Grow Wabash County Micro Loan Program

Legend Fund

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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has announced the launch of the state’s Legend Fund, a loan participation program designed to help entrepreneurs and small businesses gain access to funds needed to grow. 

The Legend Fund, fueled by federal funding awarded to Indiana through the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), will distribute $29 million to mission-driven local lenders to increase lending to Hoosier small businesses, with an added focus on those that have been historically underserved. 

The Legend Fund will support Indiana entrepreneurs and small businesses by giving lenders an incentive to provide operating capital to Hoosier-based businesses. Through the program, mission-oriented and non-traditional lenders that provide debt capital for qualified purposes to Indiana-based small businesses are eligible to have a portion of those loans purchased by the IEDC, enabling lenders to then support even more entrepreneurs and small businesses. The program’s $29 million is expected to yield a minimum $50 million impact on Indiana’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

Community Development Corporation of Northeast Indiana

The CDC of Northeast Indiana is City of Fort Wayne sponsored 501(c)6 not-for-profit business development organziation. Our mission is to stimulate economic growth and prosperity throughout the communities they serve in the State of Indiana, including Wabash County. We accomplish this through several loan programs inclduign SBA 504 loans, COVID-19 loans and USDA Rural Development funding, amongst many others. 

Grow Wabash County Revolving Loan Fund

SBA Loans

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Small Business Administration loans from participating institutions offer more flexible terms and lower interest rates for small businesses than other sources because they are guaranteed by the federal agency. Some of Wabash County’s local lenders offering SBA loans include Bippus State Bank, Crossroads Bank, First Merchants Bank and Flagstar Bank.