Indiana's entrepreneurial hotspots

August 5, 2008
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If youâ??re an entrepreneur, or dream of one day becoming one, which place in the state offers the best opportunity?

Are you a fan of fast-growing exurbs like Fishers? If youâ??re into medical startups, is the best spot on the downtown canal or in West Lafayette?

If your style is bottom-fishing, are odds the best in distressed places like Gary or Muncie, which keeps losing jobs as manufacturing plants close?

What's your take?
  • For its size, Columbus, IN offers the best spot in the state for entrepreneurs, new and existing businesses. We have one of the oldest and most successful mixed use Business Incubators, have three past State Entrepreneurs of the Year (Bob Hadddad - Columbus Container, Tony Morevac - Applied Labs and Bob Stevens - Impact Forge) and most recently, one of the fastest and most successful start-ups, LHP Software.
    Columbus has one of the finest Industrial Parks and Certified Technology Parks in the state. Its Columbus Learning Center, a new concept in post secondary community education, serves as an umbrella organization for IU, Purdue, Ivy Tech and Workforce Development. It is the headquarters of world renown Cummins Inc. and has had the most successful economic development program in the Midwest. This economic development program has attracted companies from India, Japan,China, Switzerland, Germany Canada and Korea and created over 10,000 new jobs, attracting 53 new manufacturing and high tech companies and over $2 Billion in new investment over the last 20 years.

    Whether a new start-up, new company or an existing company, Columbus has and continues to be one of the brightest hot spots in the state for business.
  • Lafayette seems to be attracting quite a few startups lately. I think Indianapolis will always be on the radar if someone is looking for a place to start due to size.

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