Senate Bill 348, introduced earlier this month by Senators Lindel Hume (D-Princeton, IN) and Lonnie Randolph (D-East Chicago, IN), would create a Small Business Assistance Team charged with, among other things:
- Coordinating and streamlining Indiana's efforts to encourage the creation and growth of small businesses.
- Assisting small businesses to gain access to capital.
- Working with state agencies to streamline permitting processes.
- Serving as a one-stop point of contact between small businesses and the state.
- Assist in identifying and publicizing grants, loans, and the like that are designed to assist small businesses.
- Assist small businesses in identifying state procurement opportunities.
- Establish a web site that will provide one-stop access to state-level information and resources for small businesses.
The team will include members appointed by the lieutenant governor, the secretary of state, and the commissioners of several state agencies, along with the state Small Business Ombudsman and a designee of Purdue's technology assistance program.