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The Cook Center for Entrepreneurship is involved in a number of community programs that assist local business owners and support entrepreneurship education for youths.

The Switchboard

The SwitchboardThe Switchboard is a website that’s designed to connect local entrepreneurs and small business owners to the resources they need to start and grow businesses in Monroe County. Entrepreneurs can search the website for local business resources like lawyers, consultants, bankers, marketers, business support organizations, training, and events. Visit here to find support for your business or to plug-in to the network by listing yourself or your organization as a resource for local entrepreneurs.  

The Switchboard was created through a partnership with The Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech, the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, and the City of Bloomington and was funded by grants through the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County and Duke Energy.

CEO Roundtable

The CEO Roundtable is an innovative peer-to-peer learning tool using a proven facilitated format that focuses on sharing experiences instead of giving advice.  We have implemented the program through a license with the Edward Lowe Foundation and its PeerSpectives Roundtable System.  The program is specifically targeted growth stage or “second stage” businesses, meaning businesses that either already have revenue and/or multiple employees.

In the course of running a business, entrepreneurs often face tough decisions which may involve various stakeholders, including: business associates, family members, and employees. By being part of a PeerSpectives roundtable, entrepreneurs can rely on their peers, whom are either currently “living it” or have already “been there, done that.” The CEO Roundtables are typically comprised of 10 to 12 individuals from non-competing companies that meet monthly to help each other solve critical challenges to the growth of a business. 

For more information about the CEO Roundtable program, click here.