Welcome to the Community Navigator Hub!

The Community Navigator Pilot Program is an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses.

The Intentional Outreach Network (ION) is West-Central Indiana‚Äôs version of this program, developed to strengthen outreach and advising services to underserved businesses in our community.  Using a hub and spoke model, this program utilizes already established organizations in our community to bolster their support efforts and connect to businesses in the following communities: 

  • Rural Owned
  • Black Owned
  • LGBTQIAP+ Owned
  • Veteran Owned
  • COVID-19 Impacted businesses  

The program serves the following counties: Clay, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo. The spokes will serve as our engagement and outreach liaisons for the targeted communities, which will be represented through the following agencies in the graphic below. 

Meet Your Advisors

Dave Bittner

Rural Owned Business Advisor

Claudine Dollinger

LGBTQ+ Owned Business Advisor

John Null

Veteran Owned Business Advisor

Vera Kyle

Black Owned Business Advisor

Jared Ell

COVID-19 Impacted Business Advisor

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