Business Services

Business Services to Rural Entrepreneurs

In the fall of 2012, RUEDI invited more than 10,000 small business owner/operators in rural areas and small towns across Indiana, including those in farming and agribusiness, to participate in the online Indiana Rural Business Survey. The survey included respondents from 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties and highlighted the importance of entrepreneurial development in small towns and rural areas.

The survey showed that those involved in agri-business experience similar concerns as those involved in other industry sectors, including: obtaining financing, combating rising healthcare costs, increasing market share, providing for technological support and training employees. RUEDI conducted the survey in partnership with the Indiana Chamber Executives Association, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Cooperative Development Center and the Indiana Small Business Development Center. Together the organizations use the information gathered to develop and provide outreach for programs that emphasize rural entrepreneurial development.   

Respondents were asked what type of assistance they might find the most useful. More than half indicated that assistance with marketing/advertising along with business planning and legal advice were the most desired assistance. Collaborating with ISBDC regions from across the state, RUEDI is helping to increase access to successful workshops and programs like Launching Your Own Business and the Small Town and Merchant Program (STAMP).

While the Internet provides easy access to information, knowing where to start is often overwhelming for an entrepreneur when first starting out. To help identify resources, RUEDI created the Entrepreneurial Resource Center which includes links to resources on the national, state, regional and local level.

For a list of Business Resources visit the West Central Indiana Leadership Alliance website.