TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As businesses continue to move forward, the Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) continues its work of helping businesses be productive.
Many businesses remain optimistic with help from the ISBDC, which provides assistance in different areas such as marketing, accounting and strategic planning.
Even though the pandemic continues, it’s not deterring people from starting businesses.
“I think if you’re looking for an indicator of economic success going forward, the fact that we do still have entrepreneurs that want to invest that are starting up businesses and, honestly, our flow of start-up businesses within our office is exactly the same if not more,” said Courtney Chipol, regional director of ISBDC.
The owner of Federal Coffee + Fine Foods, located at 7th and Wabash, worked with the ISBDC as they had their grand-opening during the pandemic, saying this year was about learning and growth.
“We did open actually when the, I would say when the pandemic was still kind of at its height in the late fall of 2020. This first year has really been a year of unknowns,” said Federal Coffee owner Kris Kraute. “As a new business, we didn’t really have any idea what to expect and of course we add a pandemic onto it.”
While some businesses opened for the first time during COVID, other businesses already in place found ways to thrive.
Tom Cummins, co-owner and president of the Apple House, says his business was able to withstand the pandemic.
“This time last year, we weren’t really sure what to expect but surprisingly we had a very, very strong year,” said Cummins. “I think anybody who had anything to do with home improvements whether it was the appliance business, home improvement remodels, etc. as well as us of course with the landscaping and flowers.”
Chipol said the ISBDC’s main goal when working with businesses is to listen and identify their needs and connect them to resources.