Your Business Idea Could Be Worth $5,000

You have an idea. We have the resources to make it a reality. Attend these workshops, present your idea, and you’ll be eligible to win $5,000 in resources for your business or business idea!

2023 Free Workshop Series

Kick-off Event: Join us for a kick-off meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, at Primo (1326 Broad Street, New Castle). Dinner will be provided.

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The sessions: Think of this as an MBA crash course for entrepreneurs! The sessions begin at 6 pm and will be held at Ivy Tech Community College (3325 IN-3, New Castle, IN 47362) unless noted otherwise.

Your Ah-ha Moment (January 31)- What’s your product or service and what is the opportunity that you want to seize?
How Are You Going to Get There? (February 7)- Learn how to create a simple business plan and business model.
Customers Are A Must (February 14)- Create a target market and customer profile and explore marketing.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers (February 21)- Discover how to develop financial projections and discuss financing.
Put Some Action to It (February 28)- Explore aspects of operations including location and technology.
The People That Make It Possible (March 7)- Find the best ways to use your personal skills and when it’s time to bring on help.

Present Your Idea

At the conclusion of the series, select finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges. If you are chosen as a winning entrepreneur, you may receive up to $5,000 in services for your product or business idea.

Launch Night (March 14)- The location will be determined at a later date. Launch Night is a pitching competition for finalists who attended Business Builders. Finalists will present their business ideas in front of local small business owners and community members to gain exposure and see what opportunities exist locally. Launch Night is a community-based event designed to raise awareness of entrepreneurship in Henry County.

The Business Builders contest is open to Henry County residents and those who own a business in Henry County. Other restrictions may apply.

Henry County Creates is an initiative of New Castle Main Street, New Castle Henry County Economic Development Corporation, and East Central Indiana SBDC with funding support from the First Financial Foundation.