The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation and the State of Indiana are extremely proactive when using incentives to encourage existing business expansions, to attract new businesses, and to cultivate entrepreneurial endeavors. Our county, cities, and towns have also been proactive in utilizing TIF districts, tax abatements, and bonds to improve industrial areas.
Below is a listing of several regional and statewide partners that can assist in with incentives and provide other types of business assistance.
North Central Indiana Small Business Development Corporation
The purpose of the North Central Indiana SBDC
is to build and support strong entrepreneurial communities by providing small business owners with mentoring and training programs and access to a wide range of business resources. The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the State of Indiana, and many local partners, including the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation.
WorkOne Northern Indiana
provides businesses access to thousands of job seekers, and recruiting services such as candidate screening and job fairs, for those looking to fill one or hundreds of positions. WorkOne can provide valuable labor market information and information on available grants and tax credits. Onsite facilities are available for employee recruitment, training, and testing. Most services are available at no cost, or if there is a cost, it is minimal.
Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)
is the State of Indiana's lead economic development agency. The IEDC was officially established in February 2005 to replace the former Department of Commerce. In order to respond quickly to the needs of businesses, the IEDC operates like a business. The IEDC focuses its efforts on growing and retaining businesses in Indiana and attracting new business to the State of Indiana. The IEDC is focused exclusively on economic development and has incorporated all state entities with economic development responsibilities into its organizational structure.
Ball State University - Toolbox Guide to Development Funds
Ball State University publishes a "Toolbox Guide to Development Funds"
through its Building Better Communities program. The toolbox provides a comprehensive listing of grants, loans, tax programs, and incentives available for community and economic development projects in the State of Indiana. The online version of the toolbox can be searched by the type of community and economic development funding programs including, but not limited to, business development, community development, international development, tax and revenue, workforce development, funding directories, and venture capital firms.
Purdue University Manufacturing Extension Partnership & Technical Assistance Program
Purdue University's Manufacturing Extension Partnership
is a partnership provided through the Technical Assistance Program that focuses on increasing business profitability and competitiveness. Their staff is knowledgeable in a variety of business and manufacturing sectors and can offer services through on-site training and workshops. These workshops can focus on leadership development, lean manufacturing, quality improvement, sigma six certification, energy efficiency and sustainability, and green enterprise development, to name a few.