Start a Business

Starting a business in Vanderburgh County requires you to complete a number of basic steps and make some key decisions. As part of your overall plan, you'll need to select a location, decide on a business structure, and obtain the necessary licenses and permits. Additionally, determining which financing options will meet your short-term needs and long-term goals is crucial. The Growth Alliance can help guide you through this process and direct you to helpful resources within the community.

Getting Started Tips:

  1. Purchasing an existing building: Before purchasing a commerical building for your business, it's smart to contact the Building Commission. The Building Commission can provide you with critical information regarding zoning, permits, building codes, inpections and much more.

  2. Think about your Business Structure: Are you starting a Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Company, or Corporation? Review the State if Indiana’s Business Structure Guide for assistance.

  3. Select a name for your business: Indiana law requires that the name of a Corporation, L.L.C., L.P., and an L.L.P. is distinguishable from the name of any other business of the same type on record with the Secretary of State's (SOS) office. To determine if a particular name is available, conduct a name availability check.  If the name is available, you may either file an application with the SOS office to reserve the name for 120 days or file documents to organize the business under that name.

  4. Register your Business with the State: INBiz is your one-stop resource for registering your business and ensuring it complies with state laws and regulations. Visit: inbiz.in.gov/start-business

  5. Register your Business with Vanderburgh County  (*REQUIRED FOR SOME)

  • A Corporation doing business in a name other than the name listed on the Articles of Incorporation must file a Certificate of Assumed Business Name with the County Recorder and the Office of the Secretary of State

  • Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, and Limited Partnerships which are based outside of Indiana will need to file a Certificate of authority to do business in Indiana, similar to what foreign corporations file.  Likewise, for these entities doing business in a name other than the one filed with the Secretary of State's Office, they will need to file a Certificate of Assumed Business Name with the Secretary of State and County Recorder as well.

Education & Training

Entrepreneurs strengthen the local economy and are critical players in the long-term health and prosperity of our community. The Growth Alliance offers education and training through the Kauffman Foundation that teaches practical skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business.

The Kauffman New Venture Program gave me the courage to start my own business, Evansville Collective. Without the scholarship I would not have been able to participate and my business would not exist. Entering the class as a stay-at-home mom, I felt like a bit of a fraud, but the class leaders, Dan [Arens] and Shance [Sizemore], took me more seriously than I did, and within a few classes I began believing in myself as well. I quickly became friends with all of the other students and thoroughly enjoyed working through scenerios and offering input on each others' businesses. I highly recommend the class and am grateful for the scholarship that allowed me to take it.

-Laura Burton, Evansville Collective

Office Space | Coworking Space

Searching for startup office space in Evansville? We've got you covered. 

If a traditional office is your style, Innovation Pointe is the place for you. Managed by the Growth Alliance, Innovation Pointe is a high-tech business incubator located in the heart of Downtown Evansville. Innovation Pointe assists in the creation and growth of new businesses.

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Are you most productive in creative, team-oriented environments? Is your startup budget tight? Coworking could be right for you! Cowork Evansville, Evansville’s premier coworking space offers local innovators a contemporary, professional, open-desk, workspace with opportunities to collaborate and network with like minds. Located inside Innovation Pointe, Cowork Evansville currently hosts over 70 active members and offers amenities that include: 24 hour (secure) access, high speed internet connection, use of conference rooms, essential operating services, mailing service, and access to counseling and mentoring services. 

Purchasing a Facility in Vanderburgh County 

Please remember to call the Evansville Building Commission regarding a new facility, prior to purchasing. The Building Commission can provide you with critical information regarding permits, building codes, inpections and much more. O: (812) 426-5404. 

Contact Building Commission

Making Connections

If you're just starting out, we suggest joining Evansville Tech on Tap to network with some of Evansville's greatest entrepreneurs and innovators. By joining, you will be invited to monthly "meet-ups" that are often educational and provide great networking opportunities.  Membership is Free and you can un-register at any time.

The Growth Alliance is a proud sponsor of Evansville Tech on Tap. Please feel free to contact our office for additional details or to attend one of the meet-ups with our staff.