Business Organizations

Better Business Bureau Northwest Indiana

Of the nearly 32,000 businesses in Lake County and 4,800 in Porter County, about 4,200 businesses are listed in the bureau's database for Northwest Indiana. The Merrillville office is part of the Fort Wayne-based Northeastern Indiana Better Business Bureau. 

222 Indianapolis Blvd. Ste 201A, Schererville, IN 46375
(219) 227-8400

Northwest Indiana Forum

A privately-funded economic development corporation for Northwest Indiana. Property search, state and local incentives, maps, regional profiles and more.
6100 Southport Rd, Portage, Indiana 46368
(219) 763-6303

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority

Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission

NIRPC is designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Northwest Indiana. As the MPO, NIRPC is responsible for coordinating the urban transportation planning process for the region. This NIRPC function is conducted in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Transportation and other regional transportation interests.

6100 Southport Rd, Portage, Indiana 46368
(219) 763-6060

Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center

The SBDC is the product of a unique partnership between the Regional Development Company and the US Small Business Administration. Its mission is to create, or keep, jobs in Northwest Indiana. Small business resources, training, and consulting. SBDC representatives also meet clients at the Valpo Chamber office. Call (219) 462-1105 for details.

9800 Connecticut Dr, Crown Point, Indiana 46307
(219) 644-3513

Northwest Indiana SCORE - BUILDING your business with experience advisors

SCORE's expert mentors provide effective business advice on everything from how to write a business plan, to cash flow management, to growing an existing business. Chamber members can access SCORE's free and confidential mentoring services face-to-face at the Chamber office, on the phone, or online. All SCORE mentors are volunteers with specialized training that increases the quiality and effectiveness of their mentoring. SCORE is a branch of the Small Business Administration with access to inforiaiton and materials, free of charge. Workshps, roundtable discussions and on-site visits provide personalized and customized solutions for growing business. Call the Chamber office or go online: to arrange a meeting, to participate in one of the workshops, or to volunteer.

Valparaiso Economic Development Corp.

162 W Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana
(219) 462-1105

Workforce/Career Assistance

The Center for Workforce Innovations

The Center of Workforce Innovations Workforce Investment Board (WIB) brings private sector leaders together with policy makers from government, education, economic development, labor, and community-based organizations to analyze regional labor market trends, needs, and issues, in order to develop strategic workforce solutions for the system in Jasper, La Porte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke counties.

2804 Boilermaker Court, Suite E, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
Phone: (219) 462-2940

Porter County Career and Technical Center

(workforce assistance)
Offers career and technical classes and programs: Manufacturing, Health Services, Personal and Commercial Service, Engineering and Computer Technology, Construction, Mechanical Repair, and School-to-Work.

1005 N Franklin St, Valparaiso, Indiana
(219) 531-3170

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