Small Business Academy

Small Business Savvy

The Small Business Academy provides training in business and management concepts geared specifically to entrepreneurs and small business owners, as well as access to other helpful resources. The information you find here is ideal for people interested in launching or expanding their own business.

In addition, we offer monthly webinars on the third Friday of each month, beginning at 1pm, through which faculty present information covering a vast array of business topics. This program is sponsored by Innovate Indiana



March 11, 2022 at 1 pm

Best Practices for Business

April 8, 2022 at 1 pm

Tax Update 2022

May 13, 2022 at 1 pm

Market Forces and Your Business

June 10, 2022 at 1 pm

What Customers Want

July 8, 2022 at 1 pm

Effective Team Leadership

August 12, 2022 at 1 pm

Marketing Strategies that Attract Long-Standing Customers

September 9, 2022 at 1 pm

Effective Employee Motivation Strategies

October 14, 2022 at 1 pm

Technology for the Small Business

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Contact Jana Szostek, Director, at (219) 980-6910 or for more information.

Connect with the Center for Professional Development

For more than 20 years, the Center for Professional Development has been a catalyst for business innovation and career advancement in Northwest Indiana.

From business consulting to professional certifications and training programs for small businesses, we offer affordable, high-quality programs to transform your professional success.

From software training for administrative professionals to process improvement courses for managers and teams, the Center for Professional Development is the region’s best choice for professional certifications. Contact Director Jana Szostek for more information.

Connect with Business Support Organizations

Many resources are available for entrepreneurs and small business owners in Northwest Indiana. The links below provide wealth of information pertaining to starting a business.