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’s 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: LGBTQ+ Owned, Veteran Owned, Black Owned, Rural Owned and COVID-19 Impacted.

    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

    Jacqueline Ruff
    LGBTQ+ Owned Business Advisor

    Joseph Boone
    Veteran Owned Business Advisor

    Jared Ell
    COVID-19 Impacted Business Advisor

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