The evening will feature guest speakers and the opportunity to learn more about the agency while visiting with business, government, education and community leaders.
Scheduled to officially open Oct. 1, the initiative will offer co-working office space for start-ups, home-based and small businesses, providing amenities and networking opportunities in addition to regular programming designed to help members’ businesses grow.
The space will serve as the epicenter for new and existing businesses interested in sharing resources and taking advantage of the amenities and programs offered for their membership, said Steve Battiato, who owns IndyTeleData and is advisory board chairman of the venture.
“We have seen this concept work well in communities around central Indiana and believe it’s an approach that is greatly needed and will work well for our small-business owners,” he said.
“Often with small businesses, it is opportunities such as networking, collaboration, meet-ups and programming such as lunch and learn events that make such a difference in their growth and success.”
The initiative wants to bring those benefits to the Southside to help business owners prosper.”
In the future, satellite offices for larger businesses will be encouraged at the site.
Membership fees are $50 monthly or $500 annually. Sponsorship levels range from $2,500 to $10,000 and come with various levels of benefits.
Joining Battiato on the board are Rob Campbell with Community Hospital South, Mike Crumbo, SCORE; Mike Lenahan First Merchants Bank; and Joan Miller, president of the Greater Southside Business Alliance/Community Alliance. Info: 727-0760 or go to www.indysbi.org.