Friday, September 24th, 2021

Six teams chosen to improve economic resilience

Posted: Friday, May 7, 2021

Together with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC), Minerva Financial Arts and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), six teams will improve the economic resilience of creative small businesses in their community with the IAC’s signature On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator (On-Ramp).

On-Ramp is an award-winning program designed to educate artists in ten key areas of entrepreneurship and finance and to provide ongoing mentorship and support to participants. A recent study has shown alumni of the program have been more resilient as entrepreneurs compared to artists across the nation. They have retained more of their savings in the midst of the pandemic and are actively managing and tracking expenses, identifying new allies and partners and adjusting their business plans.

Northeast Indiana led by Pathfinder Services and the Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurial Center and team members Katrina Mitten and Katy Strass. Other teams include Floyd County led by the Carnegie Center for Arts and History, Greater Lafayette led by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, Marion led by the Marion Design Co., Northwest Indiana led by South Shore Arts and South-Central Indiana led by Indiana University’s Center for Community and Rural Engagement.

The teams selected were chosen based their demonstrated commitment to the commensurate time and focus to training and planning. Additionally priority was given to teams with strong connections with BIPOC communities, rural communities or underrepresented groups or regions.

Each team has a strong vision for how their community will benefit by supporting artists and shows a willingness to leverage additional resources in supporting this unique group of local entrepreneurs.

Artists interested in participating in On-Ramp should click here for more information.