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Make it hereThere are multiple opportunities to participate in an On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator in 2021. Together with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC) and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), local teams of small business pros, artists and community leaders will facilitate On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerators in their home communities. Using the IAC’s signature On-Ramp curriculum and model, each team will educate artists in ten key areas of entrepreneurship and finance and provide ongoing mentorship and support to participants.

While every On-Ramp will all offer the Creative Entrepreneur Course curriculum, coaching and fellowship, each workshop is led by a different team and has its own unique experience.

On-Ramp is more relevant that ever. A recent study has shown alumni of the program have been more resilient as entrepreneurs compared to artists across the nation during the coronavirus pandemic. They have retained more of their savings and are actively managing and tracking expenses, identifying new allies and partners, and adjusting their business plans.

The program is not currently accepting new applications, but we anticipate that it will open for new applications in Fall 2021. Sign up for the IAC's newsletters to stay updated.

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Floyd County On-Ramp Artist Professional Development

Located in southern Indiana and neighboring Louisville, Floyd County is home to a number of professional creatives and even more aspiring creatives. This team, led by the Carnegie Center for Arts and History, is looking forward to serving and supporting creatives on the north side of the Ohio River.

Floyd County On-Ramp Artist Professional Development is led by:

  • Al Gorman
  • Julie Leidner
  • Don Lopp
  • Melissa Merida
  • Brigid Morrissey
  • Laura Wilkins

Floyd County On-Ramp Artist Professional Development is August 20-22, 2021 in New Albany.

For more information about this event, contact Laura Wilkins at lwilkins@nafclibrary.org.

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Nestled between Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, and Lafayette, Marion is the rural sweet spot for artists looking for easy access to resources. Championed by Marion Design Co., this team has described the area as experiencing a “BIPOC cultural renaissance” with pockets of creatives, organizations, and neighborhoods picking up the torch to make this corner of Indiana the definition of inclusive.

Marion instructors and coaches include:

  • Tashema Davis
  • Eric Marshall
  • Wendy Puffer
  • Henrik Soderstrom

This work will take place on July 15-17, 2021, in Marion.

For more information about this team, contact Wendy Puffer at wendy@mariondesign.co.

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The Northeast Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator

Rich in history and embracing progress, Northeast Indiana is here to play. Spearheaded by Pathfinder Services and the Huntington Arts and Entrepreneurship Center, this team is all about community. Join this cohort to sharpen your skills in the heart of downtown Huntington.

The Northeast Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is led by:

  • Katrina Mitten
  • Katy Strass

The Northeast Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is August 13-15, 2021 in Huntington.

For more information about this workshop, contact Katy Strass at 260-358-0055.

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The Northwest Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator

South Shore Arts has pulled together an all-star team that is motivated and invested in training and retaining artistic talent in the region. Icing on the cake? This team’s bench includes program alumni Sam Love from Gary.

The Northwest Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator is led by:

  • Kelly Anoe
  • Micah Bornstein
  • Donna Catalano
  • Dale Cooper
  • Lorri Feldt
  • Sam Love
  • Gretchen Sipp
  • Jason Williams

The Northwest Indiana On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator dates and location will be finalized soon.

Click here for more information about this workshop or contact Sam Love at onrampnwi@gmail.com.

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Working Artists On-Ramp: Support and Skill-Sharing for South Central Indiana Artists

Calling all 812 creatives, this is the team for you. Organized by Indiana University’s Center for Community and Rural Engagement, this team has the best of both worlds. World-class academic connections married with down-to-earth community vibes make this a great cohort for both urban and rural-based creatives.

Working Artists On-Ramp is led by:

  • Andrew Gerber
  • Andreas Ioannides
  • Amy Oelsner
  • Gerard Pannekoek
  • Kara Schmidt
  • Bill Spencer-Pierce

Working Artists On-Ramp: Support and Skill-Sharing for South Central Indiana Artists is taking place on August 6-8, 2021, in Bloomington.

For more information about this workshop, contact Gerard Pannekoek at gpanneko@iu.edu or (812) 855-7700.

While the workshop takes place in the amazing Tippecanoe Arts and Cultural District, this accelerator includes a richly diverse cohort of artists that reside in all parts of Indiana.

Greater Lafayette instructors, coaches, and supporters include:

  • Lauren Curry
  • Tetia Lee
  • Elaine Grogan Luttrull
  • Chris Mack
  • Anna Tragesser

This workshop will take place on May 28-30, 2021, in Lafayette.

Meet this cohort of creatives.

For more information about this team, contact Anna Tragesser at atragesser@iac.in.gov.

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On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerators are brought to you by the Indiana Small Business Development Center, a program of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Minerva Financial Arts, and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC). This initiative is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please reach out to the team primary contact above or contact Anna Tragesser at atragesser@iac.in.gov to make a request.