Start a Business in Wabash County

Thinking Big in Your Smaller Business workshop series

Melissa Meredith, Wabash County native and owner of Content Creative marketing firm in Tampa Florida, is partnering with Grow Wabash County (GWC) to present “Thinking Big in Your Smaller Business,” a series of workshops to help Wabash County businesses boost their message through effective digital marketing.  

This four-part series will meet monthly virtually via Zoom between September and November on the second Friday of each month from 8 – 9 a.m. The fourth session will be an in-person, half-day workshop on Friday, January 14, from 8 a.m. – Noon.

Tuition for the series is $50 for the general public and $40 for GWC investors. To register, go to

Business Resources in Wabash County

Grow Wabash County serves as a clearinghouse for business information and as a connector to get you to the right resources to ensure your business will thrive in Wabash County. Services we directly provide include entrepreneurship courses aimed at helping businesses start or expand, small business loans for your untraditional small business loan needs, help with site selection and determining zoning requirements. If you have any questions regarding starting or expanding a business in Wabash County please contact us.

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Business Guide

The U.S. Small Business Administration has a guide packed with a variety of resources to help you launch and grow your business from the ground up.

The State of Indiana has also launched its own Business Guide to help connect you to the resources and departments you need to make your business successful!


Business Consulting

Wabash County business owners and entrepreneurs can receive business consulting free of charge through the Northeast (NE) Indiana Small Business Development Center

To get your business related questioned answered or for market research assistance set up an appointment by email or call (260) 563-5258.

Business mentoring

SCORE offers free one-on-one mentoring, either in-person or online, for both new and existing businesses. SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice to help your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

Getting Started
Business Name

Check name availability and register with the Indiana Secretary of State.

Legal Business Structure

There are several types of legal business structures in the state of Indiana (Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, and Limited Liability Companies). Assistance on the structure that suits your business can be sought from business assistance organizations, local attorney or accountant. Your choice of legal structure will affect your income taxes and personal liability. More information can be found at the Indiana Secretary of State’s step-by- step start a business.

Create a Business Plan

There are several routes to completing a business plan such as: traditional business plan, completing a Business Canvas, a simplified one-page business plan, or calling on experts to get tools and advice. The Small Business Development Center, SCORE, and Grow Wabash County’s Co.Starters entrepreneurship course can assist you with this process.  

Financial tools and Management

Today you may have many types of financial lending options. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans are a great way to finance your small business because they are guaranteed by the federal agency, which allows lenders to offer flexible terms and low interest rates. Getting one can help grow your business without taking on crippling debt. SBA loans are small-business loans guaranteed by the SBA and issued by participating lenders, mostly banks. The SBA can guarantee up to 85% of loans of $150,000 or less and 75% of loans of more than $150,000. The agency says its average loan amount was about $375,000 in 2016. The program’s maximum loan amount is $5 million.

Local Lenders Offering SBA Loans:
Get Tax Information

Several types of taxes may be levied on businesses including income tax, employment tax, and other fees.

  • Indiana State Taxes (Sales Tax Certificate, Corporate Income Tax) (800) 457-8283
  • County Taxes (tangible –physical- business assets): Wabash County Treasurer’s Office | Wabash County Courthouse 1 W Hill St Wabash, IN 46992 | (260) 563-0661 ext. 1259 Business Hours: 8 am – 4pm (Monday – Friday)
Business Licenses & Permits

Certain types of businesses must hold special city permits or licenses. Certain licenses may also be required through the State of Indiana. To find out what licenses are required, please contact:

Building Permits 

A building permit will be required when building any new structure or whenever adding square footage to an existing structure. Standard permits are $0.05 per square foot not to exceed $250 plus special variances and exception fees. All buildings requiring state approval will also need a county permit, at no additional charge. For more information contact the Plan Commission or stop by at the county courthouse located 1 W Hill Street Suite 205 Wabash, IN 46992. City of Wabash Building Department Kipp Cantrell, Code Enforcement Officer - Jim Straws, Building Commissioner - North Manchester Building Commissioner  Steve Shumaker, Building Commissioner - Wabash County (not within Wabash or North Manchester) Plan Commissioner Mike Howard, Director -  

Employer ID Numbers (if you intend to employ staff)

Employers that plan to hire employees need to register as an employer, pay additional taxes, withhold, match, submit employee withholdings, and obtain worker’s compensation insurance. Contact the Internal Revenue Service online or call (800) 829-3676.