The Small Business Assistance Suite exists to support business growth in South Bend. We provide various tools, resources, and coaching to help develop small businesses!
Small Business Assistance Suite
Need help with operational management, project management, and marketing plans? You are in the right place! You can take advantage of one-on-one coaching sessions to gain managerial skills to increase efficiency and expand customer reach.
Navigating business finances can be challenging. Luckily, our coaches provide insights to maneuver through financial institutions helping to prepare and secure financing for commercial business endeavors.
Access support in securing EIN Numbers, Indiana Secretary of State Business Registration, and Operating Agreements by applying for our legal service!
Tax Preparation & Bookkeeping
Keeping a record of financial affairs and filing business taxes can be messy, but it doesn’t have to be! Scroll down to apply for assistance with tax prep and bookkeeping.
Minority/Woman Business Enterprise Certification
Become a certified Minority or Woman Business Enterprise to qualify for city contracting opportunities and expand your business networks!
What Happens After I Apply?
Once you have applied for back-office support through the Small Business Assistance Suite or funding through the Grant Program, you will be contacted to schedule an interview where we will gather a snapshot of general information about your business to see how we can best serve you.
Once the interview is complete, our team will work to create a personalized plan that fits your business needs and plug you in with one of our coaches.
What are City Contracting Opportunities?
Contracting opportunities become available when the City of South Bend looks to hire independent contractors or small firms to provide various services for projects happening in the city.
To see what service contracts are available, click here.
Small Business Ecosystem
Looking to support small, locally owned businesses? Click here to browse businesses by industry.
Want to support local women and minority-owned businesses? Click here.
Apply for the Small Business Ecosystem!
The Small Business Ecosystem is a directory of small local businesses in the Michiana area. Adding your small business to the directory can help expand your customer base. Click here to apply.