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. View our step-by-step guide: Business Licensing and Permitting Guide (PDF)
* Note: An updated verison of our guide is underway. Check back in Q1 of 2018 for the updated guide.
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.
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.
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.