Schedule of Workshops

  • Date/Time:

    2016-05-05 18:00:00
    2016-05-05 20:00:00


    John H. Boner Center
    2236 East 10th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

    Key Selling Techniques to Help You Close the Deal

    The economy has changed. The way people buy products and services has changed. What has not changed is the way we go to market. Learn how to think differently about your role as a ‘salesperson’ and gain some practical ideas that can be implemented immediately to sell more and sell more quickly.

    Learn how to:

    • Be viewed as a trusted advisor, not a salesperson
    • Sell yourself & your ideas
    • Focus on your techniques
    • Sell to different personalities
    • Overcome stalls & objections
    • Sell differently than your competition
    • Close the dealnitiative

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees charged to Indy Chamber members (only) will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.  

  • Date/Time:

    2016-06-09 16:00:00
    2016-06-09 18:00:00


    John H. Boner Community Center
    2236 10th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

    Are you looking to finance your small business, but confused about your options?  If so, this is the workshop for you.

    During this workshop, small business owners will learn about:

    • How to determining your finance needs;
    • Types of finance options available;
    • Credit Factors;
    • Eligibility; and
    • Alternative financing.

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.

  • Date/Time:

    2016-06-17 12:00:00
    2016-06-17 13:30:00


    Barnes & Thornburg LLP
    11 South Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46204-3535
    Indianpolis, IN 46204

    Business owners face immense challenges every day, not just in operating their businesses, but also in managing contracts, infrastructure, and legal matters.  This program will inform business owners of the important contractual relationships they need to properly form, structure, and position their enterprises for success – from organizational documents to investment contracts to intellectual property agreements.  The speakers also will give tips on the pitfalls business owners should avoid in their contractual arrangements. Bring your questions to this informative and interactive program.

    Join us foror our Legal Overview for Business Owners (LOBO) workshop series.  Hear from experts, have the opportunity to network and join us for cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres, following the presentation.

    Registration:  11:30 am
    Program: Noon - 1:30 pm

    David Hooper
    Partner, Corporate Department
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Deborah Pollack-Milgate
    Partner, Intellectual Property Department
    Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Note:  While ALL workshops are FREE to Indy Chamber members, a nominal fee ($10) is required to secure a seat.  Reservation fees will be returned upon attendance or 24 hour notice of cancellation.  Failure to attend forfeits your reimbursement.

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3. Change the economic climate of their neighborhood, city, country or world

4. Dream and act outrageously

5. As Teddy Roosevelt would say: "..knows great enthusiasms, great devotions"

6. Rise every morning with a belief that today can be the day. (See the Entrepreneur's Christmas Pony Story.)


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Earlier this month, I found myself sitting around the table with some very smart, creative and talented women as part of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center (CIWBC) Support Circles. This yearlong program is designed to serve as a forum for women to discuss issues that affect women in business – a program for women, led by women. The Indy Chamber best describes it as “a year-long program of women supporting women for leadership and growth.” I’ve offered to write about our monthly sessions because I believe the information is going to be worth sharing.


Friday’s topic was “authentic communication and getting/receiving feedback.” Some of us in the group are business owners, some are managers and directors, so our approach and examples varied, but what remained the same was our need to communicate effectively and efficiently whether it’s with other employees or clients.


My three top takeaways worth sharing:


1.     Build relationships: Develop a relationship first with the person/people you are communicating with so you understand and respect their communication styles. Men and women are different, yes; but no matter our gender, we all want to be seen, heard and valued.

2.     Gain awareness: Keep in mind, there’s always something bigger going on. Before communicating, first understand and be aware of what’s going on around you and around the person you’re communicating with, receiving feedback from, or giving feedback to.

3.     Show up: Ask the question “how do I want to show up today?” to help you be a better communicator. It sounds like a simple question to ask, but it may be harder to answer.


Our 90 minutes went too fast – and next month seems too long to wait to get together again. Until then though, I look forward to putting into practice what we discussed. Most importantly, I look forward to finding the best way for me to be a more authentic and present communicator – personally and professionally.



One of the questions we get most often from BOI/CIWBC clients is "What is the best way to fund my idea?"  This is the age old question that has been the challenge of all entrepreneurs since time immemorial.  There are many options:  traditional bank funding, microloans, angel investors, venture capital, and "bootstrapping" your business through slow growth without debt.  In addition, crowdfunding has become an increasingly popular way to get the money you need to take your business to the next level.

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was signed into law in 2012 and changed the rules regarding crowdfunding.  Crowdfunding is defined as "the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet."  Before the law was passed, investors had a long list of rules and regulations that they needed to adhere to in order to protect them from bad investments.  The JOBS Act loosened those regulations so that anyone can invest in the small business or idea that they believe in.

This recently published story from PBS NewsHour answers a lot of questions about crowdfunding.


In addition, this blog post from of the Huffington Post asks the important question "Will the JOBS Act Actually Create Any Jobs?" by outlining some of the potential risks of crowdfunding.

What this means to you, the entrepreneur, is this:  Do ALL your homework.  Look at all your options and explore your funding needs from all angles.  The old adage "if something is too good to be true, it probably is" tends to hit home more often than not.  You may be able to get started with less money than you anticipated.  Always seek the advice of someone who is not emotionally or financially invested in your business - like one of BOI's Business Coaches - to help you make these life/business altering decisions.

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