Greenwood businesses get competitive boost

I recently had the pleasure of helping announce the City of Greenwood as the first municipal partner for INBiz, the state’s one-stop business portal developed by the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office.

INBiz allows businesses to register and manage their business — including compliance with state laws and regulations — all online. As a Greenwood native and local business owner, I couldn’t be more proud to have Greenwood spearhead the integration of municipal services into the portal.

In more than two decades in business, I’ve seen the process of starting and managing a business become very cumbersome and sometimes overwhelming. Businesses are forming at a quick pace, and it is imperative that our government is able to keep up and encourage that growth.

Along with other business owners across the state, I had the opportunity to weigh in on development of the INBiz portal and the overall user experience. Our voices were heard, and businesses now are able to accomplish in minutes what once took days or even weeks.

It also is encouraging to see the collaboration between multiple state agencies through the inception and expansion of INBiz. Everyone is working toward the same goal, and I know the layering of local services will make a tremendous difference.

Congratulations to Mayor Mark Myers, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, the Greater Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and everyone involved who worked to finalize this partnership. Strategic moves like these pay economic dividends well into the future.

In today’s digital age, operational speed and efficiency can mean the difference between success and failure. By modernizing their operations, our state and local government officials are demonstrating a dedication to making sure business owners like me have every competitive edge we can get.

Brent Tilson is president and CEO of Greenwood-based Tilson, a national integrated management solutions company, and a member of the Greenwood Redevelopment Commission. Send comments to