We Want to Help You Start A Business!
As part of our Center for Working Families we provide business startup resources and coaching to turn your passion into a viable business that benefits you, your family and our community.
Edna Martin Christian Center is launching an Entrepreneurship and Community Solutions Center, and it will be the centerpiece of Phase 2 in the renovation and expansion of the Leadership & Legacy Center.
The Entrepreneurship and Community Solutions Center (ECSC) will be a place where new businesses can be planned and launched and the community can work together to improve lives in the neighborhood.
Fundraising for Phase 2 (including the ECSC) began on November 20, 2018, upon the completion of Phase 1. The existing building was upgraded and modernized in the first phase, including new bathrooms, renovated program space, new offices, a renovated food service area, and a new child care facility. Fundraising for that portion of the renovation was completed before work began. Phase 2 will feature new construction, adding 10,000 square feet to complex. In addition to the ECSC, Phase 2 will also include the two-acre Henry Blair farm, plus space for family literacy and counseling.
Though still in the planning stage, the ECSC already has sixteen partners organizations, six of whom are in Martindale-Brightwood. Immanuel Ivey, the Micro Enterprise Director at Edna Martin Christian Center, has been tapped to lead the new ECSC.
The ECSC and the remainder of Phase II is projected to be complete by the end of 2019.
We Help Get You Started By Providing:
Financial Management for Entrepreneurs
Take a free course on building credit, budgeting, cashflow, profit and loss statements and balance sheets. These course are offered year-round at Edna Martin CC. Click below to apply to receive more information.
Individual Development Accounts
Need cash to start your business? An Individual Development Account is a great way to start saving and have your funds matched. How does this work? You save $1000 to start your business and the program grants you $1000 for a total of $2000 (Note: match and total varies by year).
Develop your Business Plan
Connect with resources to help develop your business plan and network with a community of support. Edna Martin CC is a referral site for the Indy Chamber’s Business Opportunity Initiative (BOI). BOI offers a broad array of training programs, one-on-one business coaching and access to startup funds.
Other Business Startup Resources
Indiana Small Business Administration
IN Office of Minority & Women owned businesses
Indiana Office of Cooperative Development