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Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship

Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship

Keynote: Angie Hicks, Co-Founder and CMO of Angie's List

October 26, 2016 
​11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ivy Tech - Bloomington, Shreve Hall

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The Cook Center's mission is to develop and implement practical tools and resources for students, individuals and the community to foster entrepreneurship in the Ivy Tech region we serve. The Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship event demonstrates the continued importance of supporting entrepreneurial education at Ivy Tech Community College and provides funding support for scholarships for our Entrepreneurship students and programming to serve our clients at the Cook Center. 

The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Bloomington provides practical tools to help the entrepreneurs of south central Indiana start and grow their businesses. Founded in 2010 to honor one of our regions’ most successful entrepreneurs, Bill Cook, The Cook Center embodies Bill’s philosophy of ‘ready, fire, aim’ entrepreneurship by giving our students and community members the skills and resources they need start businesses today.



The Cook Center has developed 6 entrepreneurship courses that are designed to give students practical skills in business planning, marketing, accounting, taxes, finance, and more. These academic, for-credit courses are offered at the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus and can be taken as part of an entrepreneurship certificate program or as electives in other academic programs.


No time for classes or a just a few questions about starting or growing a business? In partnership with the local Small Business Development Center, the Cook Center offers free business consulting to anyone in our south central Indiana region.

Community Programs

The Cook Center is involved in a number of community engagement activities that promote entrepreneurship in our region. Every year, we host the Cook Institute for Entrepreneurship, an event that brings in nationally successful entrepreneurs to talk about best practices in business growth and building entrepreneurial communities.

We manage The Switchboard, a website that connects entrepreneurs to the resources they need to start and grow businesses in Monroe County.

We also support programs that focus on entrepreneurship education like Startup Weekend Bloomington, Lemonade Day, and Ivy Biz for Kids camps.

Questions? Get in touch with us at (812)-330-6261 or sbryant32@ivytech.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/cookcenter for the latest updates on Cook Center happenings and local events.