Gov. Mike Pence has launched a $3 million office to help small businesses and streamline some red tape requirements.
The agency, the Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, will be overseen by Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. It will house the Small Business Development Center and the Procurement Technical Assistance Center and will provide help for businesses with fewer than 500 employees. The office will be overseen by an ombudsman, who will “help to streamline state programs, licensing and permitting processes.”
The annual budget is funded through $1 million from the state and $2 million from the federal government, according to information provided by Lexie Hosier, press secretary for Ellspermann.