CIWBC Team

Jacqueline Troy

DIRECTOR, CENTRAL INDIANA WOMEN’S BUSINESS CENTER

Jacqueline Troy is the Director of the Central Indiana Women’s Business Center, which is part of Business Ownership Initiative. She is an accomplished, versatile professional with over ten years of experience and a demonstrated track record in strategic planning, grants and program administration, financial management, program development, inter-agency coordination, relationship management and partnership development. Jackie is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of housing, financial education, consumer protection measures and asset development policy and research and has extensive experience in creating, analyzing and managing statewide programs , catering to mixed audiences.

Before joining BOI, Jackie worked for the State of Indiana as the Savings & Financial Capabilities Manager for Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. In that role, her primary responsibilities included managing an annual portfolio in excess $5 million and overseeing several asset development and microenterprise programs, including: Indiana’s Individual Development Account (IDA); Refugee IDA Program; and Educational Development Account program.

Jeannie Hurley

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Jeannie Hurley joined BOI as the Operations Coordinator in January 2017.  She has held a variety of customer service and operational support roles in both corporate and nonprofit settings.  She worked for 8 years as an Operations Associate for Charles Schwab and Co. Inc., where she assisted clients with complex retirement and estate issues.  In late 2014, she transitioned her career to the nonprofit sector by becoming the Administrative Coordinator for Advancement and Donor Relations at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.   Due to her lifelong love of literature and writing, she has also held several positions at the Indianapolis Public Library and worked as a freelance writer.

She enjoys working at BOI because she’s part of a team that helps clients achieve their goals .  She enjoys talking with clients about their business aspirations and connecting them to coaches and resources that will guide them along the way. 

As a passionate advocate for volunteerism, she spends her free time being active in the Indianapolis community.  She has served on the Board of Giving Sum, a giving circle of business professionals working to make a difference in Indianapolis, and she has volunteered with several local nonprofit organizations including Indy Urban Acres, Gleaners Food Bank, Indy Reads, and Habitat for Humanity.  

 

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and  do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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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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