Melina Kennedy: Indiana needs more and better supported entrepreneurs (IIB)

2023-10-08T21:50:24-04:00October 6, 2023|

Melina Kennedy, CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Melina Kennedy, CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), highlights the need for more and better supported entrepreneurs in the latest Inside INdiana Business newsletter. With competing narratives regarding entrepreneurship in Indiana, last year, CICP engaged NORC at the University of Chicago to complete the Entrepreneurship in the Population–IN (EPOP-IN) study. The EPOP-IN data reinforces the fact that the health of Hoosier entrepreneurship is indeed complicated. EPOP-IN found that nearly 60% of Indiana adults have taken at least some steps toward entrepreneurship. While this demonstrates that a large number of Hoosiers are interested in entrepreneurship, it falls below the national data which indicates slightly more than 65% of Americans have pursued entrepreneurial activity. [READ MORE]

Nearly 60% of Hoosiers have engaged in entrepreneurship; more than 12% are business owners, according to new survey

2023-07-18T10:44:25-04:00June 27, 2023|

INDIANAPOLIS (June 27, 2023) – New research from NORC at the University of Chicago finds that more than half of all Hoosiers have participated in at least one entrepreneurial activity, which includes involvement in or steps toward business ownership or freelancing. However, the survey shows that current business planners and other potential entrepreneurs could benefit from more resources and support. The data comes from Entrepreneurship in the Population: Indiana (EPOP-IN), a survey commissioned by the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP). “A thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem is a critical part of having a dynamic economy. We wanted to dive into some of the motivations that drive business owners,” said Melina Kennedy, CEO, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. “Likewise, we wanted to identify reasons that people are hesitant to start new businesses so we can find more resources and ways to encourage entrepreneurial growth.” [...]

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