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There are important steps to starting a business in Fort Wayne. The steps in our brochure, Key Steps to Starting a Business in Fort Wayne, Indiana give you a general idea about where to begin. For more in-depth information, review our Starting a Business Resource Guide: Permits, Licenses and Taxes.

Click HERE for maps that may be of interest when starting a business.

Click HERE for general information on starting an LLC in Indiana.

Starting a business can be confusing, so before you begin, do not hesitate to contact any of the agencies in Fort Wayne that can assist you with all of your business questions.  Please note that Fort Wayne does not have a general business license. Resource agencies are available in Fort Wayne to provide start-up counseling and can be found below.

Build Institute Fort Wayne
Powered by SEED Fort Wayne
1830 Wayne Trace
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Business Consulting
NE Indiana Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
4312 Hobson Road, Suite B, Hobson Center Building
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(send mail c/o PFW 2101 Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805)
(260) 481-0500

Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC) and
Women's Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC)
3201 Stellhorn Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835
(260) 407-6442

Brightpoint Development Fund 
Credit Builder & Small Loan Programs
227 E. Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 423-3546
www.mybrightpoint.org (search small business loans or financial literacy)

Atrium Powered by Start Fort Wayne 
Co-working space enabling entrepreneurs to grow their businesses
111 W. Berry St., Suite 211
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 969-9393

SCORE Northeast Indiana (Service Corp of Retired Executives)
3201 Stellhorn Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46815
(260) 422-2601

Business Information

Allen County Public Library - Business Technology
Main Branch - 900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 421-1200

State of Indiana — State Information Center
402 West Washington Street, Room W160A
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Toll free: 1-800-457-8283 or 1-888-855-3838 (Spanish)