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How to Start an Independent Agency

  1. Make Use of the Business Resources Available
    1. Contact the Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)
    2. Contact a local Small Business Development Center Office
    3. Contact a local SCORE office (www.score.org)
  2. Acquiring Markets
  3. Licensing
  4. Membership in IIAI
1. Make Use of the Business Resources Available  

 

 

Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov)

SBA offers programs to support the diverse needs of small business owners. From this page you can access information on programs related to technical, financial, contracting, education and disaster assistance, as well as special interests, advocacy and civil rights compliance.

Contact: Sharon Murff, Public Information Officer (317) 226-7272 x123    sharon.murff@sba.gov

Small Business Development Center Office      

Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities administered by the Small Business Administration and aims at giving educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Are you located in one of the following central Indiana counties? Boone; Hamilton; Hancock; Hendricks; Johnson; Marion; Morgan; Shelby.  If so, you can access the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (CISBDC).

  • How to Get Started with CISBDC
  • Small Business Financing, Resource & License/Permit Guide
  • Contact CISBDC: www.isbdc.org

SBDC services include, but are not limited to, assisting small businesses with financing, marketing, production, organization, engineering and technical problems, feasibility studies, entity registration with the appropriate Secretary of State office and obtaining and employer identification number from the IRS.

  • All services given at SBDCs are free and confidential.
  • Additional low cost training option are available.

Assistance from an SBDC is available to anyone interested in beginning a small business for the first time or improving or expanding an existing small business, who cannot afford the services of a private consultant.

Find an SBDC

  • Visit the Association of Small Business Development Centers website to find your nearest SBDC.
  • Also visit the Office of Small Business Development Centers for more information.          

SCORE office
www.score.org

The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of 11,500 volunteer business counselors throughout the U.S. and its territories. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners. These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.

The following lists some of the ways you can get in touch with SCORE and start getting the business advice you are looking for:

  • SCORE Online: Choose a mentor. Ask your business questions with the click of a mouse
  • Visit Your Local SCORE Office: Make an appointment with a mentor and talk face-to-face or attend a business workshop.
  • Online Workshops: Check out one of the free, online workshop or register for a webinar.
  • Business eNewsletters: Subscribe to the eNewsletter and get business tips and interview with leading experts.
2. Acquiring Markets
 
 
Contact IIAI at bigiinfo@bigi.org or 800-438-4424 for market assistance.
Additional Market Resources
 
3. Licensing
 
 
Contact Gwen Mason for licensing assistance, mason@bigi.org
 
  • Indiana Licensing & Exam Procedure Checklist
  • Pre-Licensing Materials & Courses
  • Individual Insurance Producer License Application
  • Indiana Code Regarding Business Entity License
  • Business Entity Insurance License Application
  • Online licensing resources
  • Continuing Education - Classroom Seminars, Online Courses
 
4. Membership in IIAI
 
 
Contact IIAI at bigiinfo@bigi.org or 800-438-4424 to discuss all of the member benefits.
 
IIAI Mission Statement: To enhance the competitive position and fulfill business requirements of independent agents and brokers, advocating buyer interests, and continually striving to be the premier trade association.
 
IIAI Programs, Benefits & Features
  • Errors & Omissions Coverage
  • Education
  • Legislative advocacy for the independent agent
  • Producer Online by the Rough Notes Company
  • Premium Financing - Client Premiums and Agency E&O Premiums
  • Young Agents Committee
  • IIAI Annual Convention
  • Virtual University
 
 
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