We help students turn bare entrepreneurial talent into genuine strengths. Entrepreneurs think differently. They see opportunities where others see obstacles. They see what is changeable in the world around them, and they are prepared to work hard to achieve their visions. Nonetheless, like other ways of thinking, entrepreneurial thinking can be done better or worse; and like any practice, there are tools to master to maximize the chance of success.
Are you on the path to entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurs act in in many different environments, in many different ways. You might be an entrepreneur if you fall into any of these categories.
Entrepreneurs work in these ways in any kind of environment where innovation is rewarded and ideas matter, in small communities and around the world. However, there are a few things that entrepreneurship is not. It is not just starting a business, because this may not require any original thought or adopt the same kind of risk an entrepreneur adopts. And, after all, entrepreneurship occurs in many other contexts than just straightforward, for-profit business. It is also not the same as invention. Inventors often depend on entrepreneurs to bring a new product to market. If you have invented something, and you want to take it out into the world, you will have to think entrepreneurially. To get started, do the following.
Personal consultations with Career Services will help you know what you don't know, help you work out a path to success, introduce you to our resources, and help you make the contacts you need.
The Wabash Entrepreneur Summit is our yearly event dedicated to inspiring and educating rising entrepreneurs. Use this event as a chance to get your entrepreneurial start. COMING APRIL 29, 2013.
Use our cultivated resources to learn much more about entrepreneurship.
By clicking the image to the right, you will be transferred to the SCORE website, where you can download a complimentary guide concerning how to start your own business including the steps to incorporation.
Read venture capitalist Paul Graham's numerous helpful essays about the different aspects of starting out and share his experiences about beginning a startup business.
Business Plan Template
Get directed to the SCORE website and another useful guide about how to structure your new and growing business venture.
This link leads to a download for another SCORE guide explaining and walking you through the ins and outs of creating a competitive analysis for your small business.
This link contains a dowload for a financial template in Excel format; a useful tool for the new business in need of a way to stay organized.
Entrepreneurship.org features a vast array of content and resources to assist entrepreneurs, business mentors, policy makers, academics and investors through each phase of the entrepreneurial process. The content ranges from resources entrepreneurs need to launch a company to policies and research that has been conducted regarding entrepreneurship.
Through the StartingBloc Fellowship, they select the brightest young leaders and provide them with access to the resources they need to address the most pressing global challenges of our time. The most critical resource that our Fellows gain access to is a tight-knit community of social innovators based across the country and the world.
Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities (e.g., Detroit, Providence, New Orleans). Modeled after Teach for America, Venture for America will provide a path for entrepreneurship to college grads who want to learn how to build companies and create jobs.
President Obama issued a challenge to government agencies to think beyond their organizational boundaries in the best interest of serving America's business community, and start thinking and acting more like the businesses they serve. He directed the creation of BusinessUSA, a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier than ever for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
StartupNation is a free service founded by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. We created this site to be your one-stop shop for entrepreneurial success, and we’re thrilled that StartupNation has grown to be the leading online content and community resource for entrepreneurs.
Startup America gives startups access to the relationships, opportunities, and knowledge they need to succeed. It aspires to make creating or joining an American startup the most desirable job in the world.
Hundreds of tools provided by a reward-winning entrepreneur Steve Bank ranging from social media, technology, marketing, product launch, collaboration, emails, web site, cloud software and more.
Using crowdsourcing resources, you can have hundreds of different artists help design your different logos and marketing strategies and pick and pay only one that you will use.
An online resources with access to dozens of free different legal documents drafts that are useful for startup businesses
Indiana Business Resources
Indiana Economic Development Corporation offers resources for starting a business, relocating your business, obtaining business licenses and permits, and information on job resources and labor law. It also features information about business advisory services, business training, networking organizations, local economic development, business advisory services for minorities and women, and financial and regulatory assistance.
Indiana's Business Services Division developed this guide to aid in the formation of your business. While not intended to take the place of legal counsel, it has been developed to enable entrepreneurs to understand certain corporate terms and to aid in the continuing existence of a business in Indiana.
The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC), in partnership with the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), works with local and regional communities to provide incentives to the college-aged entrepreneurs who dream of owning their own business. These incentives can include but are not limited to: free rent, grants, loans, utility support, etc. in exchange for the Young Entrepreneur agreeing to locate their start-up business within the community.
The Orr Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students seeking an amazing professional experience following graduation. Orr Fellows are selected from thousands of applicants each year to break into the professional world through paid positions with Indiana’s most dynamic, high-growth companies.
Verge is for all people in the Midwest working on or investing in tech startups. We are the best event for meeting and hanging out with other Midwest entrepreneurs and software developers. So whether you've founded a startup, hack at a startup, or both, you're likely to learn something, have a good time, and make some great connections at our monthly meetup.
Social Change and Non-profit Entrepreneurship
The Midwest Academy advances movements for progressive social change by teaching strategic, rigorous, results-oriented approach to social action and organization building. The Academy provides training (introductory and advanced) and consulting, equipping organizers, leaders, and their organizations to think and act strategically to win justice for all.
YES! is a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with changemakers to join forces for thriving, just and sustainable ways of life for all. We work at the meeting point of internal, interpersonal, and systemic transformation.
There are more than 25 million Change.org users in 196 countries, and every day people use our tools to transform their communities – locally, nationally and globally. Whether it's a mother fighting bullying in her daughter's school, customers pressing banks to drop unfair fees, or citizens holding corrupt officials to account, thousands of campaigns started by people like you have won on Change.org – and more are winning every week.
Story-based Strategy offers social justice networks, alliances and organizations the analysis, training and strategic support to change the story on the issues that matter most. They have trained over 4,000 activists since 2002. Through collaboration consulting, and direct partnership they supported over 200 innovative social change organizations to win critical campaigns.
Non-profit resources to writing business plans, links to grant funders and other legal assistance to help start and run a business.
Online Resources for New Entrepreneurs
Choosing your co-founder(s) is arguably the most important business decision you'll make. Traditionally, entrepreneurs turn to friends and family when searching for business partners, but this search is often too limited in scope. Our free, online matchmaking service gives you access to the largest group of entrepreneurs ever assembled looking to join a startup or be joined on their venture, allowing you to cast a much wider net in your search for talent.
This website building tool for non-techies offers a one-step process for adding content that's already somewhere else on the Web. You can also add RSS feed readers that will display headlines that link back to the latest posts on your favorite blogs. When you click-and-drag a YouTube video onto your page, a flash player appears with it. Creating a blog is as easy as creating a new page, and the page design templates let you hit the ground running. Weebly also lets you use your own domain name, otherwise your site URL will be yourname.weebly.com.
Docracy is a home for contracts and other legal documents, socially curated by the communities that use them. Our mission is to make these documents freely available for everyone, while in the process making them easier to customize and use. No more shady templates behind a paywall where you click download and just hope for the best. Instead we offer reputable, transparent sources and social proof to help you find something as close as possible to the perfect document.
Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook. Evernote supports a number of operating system platforms and also offers online synchronisation and backup services.
Dropbox is the leading file sharing, storage and collaboration solution for over 200 million people and 4 million businesses. Information uploaded to Dropbox is safe from accidental deletion and can be shared with employees, vendors and clients alike. Featuring a secure 256-bit AES encryption, Dropbox is user-friendly and can be accessed by any device, anywhere.