Elevate Ventures


Startup Capital
Elevate Ventures manages several funds that provide angel and venture capital-type investments to Indiana-based companies during their early stages of growth. Eligible companies are those that appear poised for explosive growth based on a significant competitive advantage such as a new technology. Elevate takes an equity or near-equity position in the companies in which it invests, and provides experienced guidance as the companies grow.

Economic Gardening
Provides strategic sales planning, market research and leadership assessment for second-stage companies that have the intent and capacity to grow their business with sales from outside of Indiana. Services are provided at no charge by highly experienced experts tailored to each business’ particular situation.

  • Indiana-based company
  • Revenue between $750,000 to $25 million
  • 5-100 employees

Kelly Schwedland, Entrepeneur-in-Residence, kellys@elevateventures.com
Karen Goldner, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, kgoldner@elevateventures.com


Northwest ISBDC


The Northwest ISBDC offers small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs expert guidance and a comprehensive network of resources for little to no cost. We serve the seven counties of NW Indiana: Lake, Porter, La Porte, Newton, Jasper, Pulaski and Starke counties. We help you Start Stronger, Grow Faster, and Work Smarter.

  • ISBDC Business Advisors can provide:
  • One-on-one business counseling at no charge
  • A business plan template and advice and assistance as you develop your business plan.
  • Loan assistance
  • Market data, demographic and spending data, competitor and customer lists
  • Workshops and events on topics of interest to business owners
  • Connections to business resources to aid in starting and growing your business

For information or to connect with a Business Advisor.
Please visit www.nwisbdc.org
Email: northwest@isbdc.org
Call: (219) 644-3513



Accion is a nonprofit organization that provides business support and small business loans to entrepreneurs unable to access traditional financing. We provide underserved entrepreneurs with the tools they need to achieve financial security, grow their businesses, create jobs, and revitalize their communities. Since 1994 Accion has made nearly 3,500 small business loans totaling more than $27 million in Illinois and Northwest Indiana. We offer loans from $500 - $50,000 for businesses that qualify.

What We Do

The Regional Development Company (RDC) is a Certified Development Company, licensed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  We serve northern Indiana businesses seeking funding to help grow their company.

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3601 W 183rd Avenue, Unit B
Hazel Crest IL 60429 (map)
phone: 708.960.3177

1757 Thornapple Circle
Valparaiso, Indiana 46385 (map)
phone: 219.476.0504
fax: 219.476.4141