Businesses without a strong online presence can now grow their brand and their customer base through a new program. Small businesses struggling because of COVID-19 can receive some much-needed help with their websites according to State Representative Jack Jordan (R-Bremen).
The Indiana Small Business Development Center launched Project HOPE, a free program providing direct technical support to help small businesses build an online presence. They partnered with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to support the long-term economic recovery of Hoosier business owners and entrepreneurs.
Representative Jordan said, “Through the program, businesses may apply for no-cost assistance, including website development, e-commerce support, and other digital tools and services.”
To be eligible, small businesses must be an Indiana SBDC client, have been in business as of Feb. 15, 2020, and be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.
More than 75 student interns from the Kelley School of Business have participated in the program and are providing more than 8,000 hours of support to 97 small businesses in 28 counties.