ISBDC And Kelley HOPE Project – Free Help For Small Businesses

(UNDATED) – The South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has partnered with the IU Kelly School of Business to provide digital marketing and E-commerce assistance to small businesses affected by Covid-19.

Through the HOPE project, IU Kelley students, under the direction of faculty members, work directly with client companies of the Indiana SBDC to complete work relative to digital marketing and E-commerce.  

Work performed by the students is typically completed within 2 weeks and includes services such as website development, website optimization, establishing an e-commerce and digital storefront, migration to cloud-based service, enabling remote operations, and/or improving online security.

Clients will receive a fully-resolved solution and the student will provide training/ education to the clients so they are fully sustainable moving forward.

There is NO COST to the company to participate in the program, but the company must become (or already be) a client of the Indiana SBDC, which is also free. 

To date, nearly 50 companies have already participated or are currently participating in the program. Those companies surveyed at the conclusion of work have voiced overwhelming satisfaction with the work performed by the students. 

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Contact Troy Phelps, Assistant Director for Ivy Tech Bloomington’s Gayle & Bill Cook Center For Entrepreneurship at with any questions.