by Steve Bryant, Executive Director, Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship, Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington & Regional Director, South Central Small Business Development Center


First Monday is a new help session for people looking to start a small business or improve the one they operate now.  When you are trying to get a new business started you have a lot of questions to ask, but may not know how to approach certain areas like taxes, contracts, leases, how to market on Google or Facebook, City permits, how to do a business plan and other important questions.  We have experts on-hand with backgrounds in legal, accounting, banking, marketing, real estate, government and other disciplines available for FREE to talk with you.

There is no presentation or speaker, just people there to answer the questions that you have. You can come for the entire one hour meeting or come and ask a quick question and leave.  Again, whatever questions YOU have.  We are there to get you into business or help you stay in business.

This new networking event is a collaboration of the many organizations in Bloomington that support small businesses in the area. This includes the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, South Central Small Business Development Center, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Bloomington, Inc., SCORE Bloomington, City of Bloomington, Monroe County Government and others.

The event is held at Grazie Italiano on the downtown square (106 West 6th Street, Bloomington) from 8:00 to 9:00 am before parking meters start.  Again, it’s a free event and open to anyone looking to start a business or make the one they have better.  We hope you can join us for the next First Monday event on June 4th.

We are still working on a better name for the event as First Monday doesn’t really explain what it is all about, so if you have any ideas for us to consider, come on by and let us know.  Free coffee, too!

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.