Project Hope (Photo: Provided)

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has partnered with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business to provide digital marketing and e-commerce assistance to small businesses affected by COVID-19.

Through project HOPE, IU Kelley students, under the direction of faculty members, work directly with client companies of the Indiana SBDC to complete digital marketing and e-commerce projects. Work performed by the students is typically completed within two weeks and includes services such as website development, website optimization, establishing an e-commerce and digital storefront, migration to cloud-based service, enabling remote operations, digital marketing, and/or improving online security.

Clients will receive a fully-resolved solution and the student will provide training/ education to the clients so they are fully sustainable moving forward.

To be eligible, Indiana small businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an Indiana SBDC client.
  • Have been in business as of Feb. 15, 2020.
  • Be able to demonstrate a negative impact from COVID-19.
  • Identify a project that will improve the business’s capacity to respond to COVID-19

There is NO COST to the company to participate in the program. All applicants will be required to meet with a no-cost Indiana SBDC business advisor as part of the application process.

By submitting this form you agree to be contacted by the Indiana SBDC. Go to to submit the form.

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