The Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington provides practical tools to help entrepreneurs of south central Indiana start and grow businesses. Founded in 2010 to honor one of the regions’ most successful entrepreneurs, Bill Cook, the Cook Center embodies Mr. Cook’s philosophy of ‘ready, fire, aim’ entrepreneurship by giving students and others the skills and resources they need to start businesses.
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. If you are interested in making an appointment for a consultation, please complete our business survey here.
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.