ISBDC Southeast Making Changes With Eye On Efficiency
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – A resource for businesses in southeastern Indiana is preparing to undergo some changes.
The Indiana Small Business Development Center operates a central, statewide office at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. The agency supporting Hoosier entrepreneurs and small businesses coordinates with 10 regional offices across the state. The regional offices are funded by a combination of state and federal dollars, explains Abby Gras, vice president of communications for the IEDC.
“So while the ISBDC here centrally works hand-in-hand with the regional offices, each ISBDC regional office is independently managed in order to best serve its unique region,” she tells Eagle Country 99.3.
The ISBDC Southeast regional host is the Purdue Center for Research Development. Recently, the southeast office performed an analysis of its internal operations and budget to ensure that it is operating in the most effective and efficient manner, Gras says.
“Through that process, they identified ways to streamline operations by realigning personnel and their budget to better fit the needs of the region, and shared those proposed changes with our lead center here. Our understanding is that this realignment will primarily effect the office’s internal operations and administrative budget, and will have no impact on the funding of key resources and services available to small business and other organizations that the Southeast ISBDC office serves,” says Gras.
Some in the local business community have wondered how the ISBDC’s business adviser position serving Dearborn, Ripley, Ohio, Switzerland and Franklin counties might be impacted. That remains to be seen.
Gras says the changes at the ISBDC Southeast office are not part of a statewide initiative and changes are not anticipated at the organization’s other regional offices.
“We continue to remain committed to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners launch, grow and succeed in Indiana, and we are confident that these continuous improvement efforts will allow Southeast’s office to do just that,” concludes Gras.