New South Bend Center Aims To Nurture Local Small Businesses

Sep 20, 2018


Local non-profit and city officials gathered yesterday to cut the ribbon on South Bend’s new West Side Small Business Resource Center on Lincoln Way West. The center aims to nurture small business development on the city’s West Side.


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he’s excited the city is part of helping create a diverse business ecosystem on the West Side.

“We want to create more jobs, and more good paying opportunities for people from every neighborhood in the city,” Buttigieg said, “We want to make sure we’re helping people get off the ground in the very beginning.”


A sign outside of the new Small Business Center in South Bend during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.
Credit Barbara Anguiano / WVPE

The city contributed $30,000 to the Center to help encourage small business development. Partners with the Center include; Project Impact South Bend, the South Bend Heritage Foundation, as well as Michiana SCORE. SCORE is a nonprofit focused on helping small businesses succeed by connecting them with established business professionals who volunteer and provide guidance for new business owners.


The Center also serves as a space for business meetings and workshops with computers available as well.


Michiana SCORE officials say the Lincoln Way West location is the first center SCORE plans to help launch to help stimulate local business growth throughout the city.