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Nearly 92% of all businesses in the United States are microbusinesses. Micro-entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of communities and economies around the world.

  • Do you employ between 1-4 people, in addition to yourself, in your business?
  • Do you have less than $250,000 in annual revenue?
  • Do you need less than $35,000 in start-up capital to launch your business?
  • Do you value autonomy and independence as much as you value fast-growing revenue and accessing outside funding?
  • Are you looking to be your own boss doing what you love, or are you building a business to sell it to someone else?

If this sounds like you, you are a micro-entrepreneur. Our OPENS Program may be for you.

What you do is important, challenging, and rewarding. You are a pillar of innovation, a driver of new job creation, and a key contributor to national business growth. The NIIC is here to inspire, encourage, and provide assistance, to level the playing field for you.

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Money Matters Workshop Series – 60-day virtual workshop series to learn the process of securing funding for your venture. Session 1 Bootstrapping, Session 2 Crowdfunding, Session 3 Friends, Family and Fools, Session 4 Fundamentals of Angels. Click here to register for this workshop series.

Capital Access – With 20 years of experience, we know there are times when businesses want to move fast and need prompt access to entrepreneurial resources, including capital investment. Our financial expertise and connections are deep and beneficial to promising ventures. Businesses at The NIIC find initial seed capital from multiple sources, including our funding programs: Kiva Northeast Indiana, Reimagine Fund, and LEAP Fund. Click here for more information.

Microentrepreneurs often need:

  • Access to funding for their businesses;
  • Help to figure out how to access support;
  • Business building skills to succeed;
  • Access to services;
  • Assistance to get themselves and their businesses to the next level.

What do we offer?

Through participation in The NIIC OPENS Program, you and your venture can:

  • Confidently prepare to apply for microlending assistance from preferred providers;
  • Access more conventional financing through government and non-government programs;
  • Build the necessary knowledge and skills, access supportive resources, and be connected to the local entrepreneurial network;
  • Create a self-sufficient microenterprise using business model thinking;
  • Incorporate a path to sustainability;
  • Overcome barriers to become a successful microenterprise entrepreneur.


  • Credit options for under-estimated Founders, this resource connects you to options powered by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.
  • Angel Capital Association is for potential angel groups that might be interested in funding your business.
  • Bankable offers funding options up to $250,000 for your start-up and/or established business and microloans up to $50,000.




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