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BreakOut Program
for small businesses ready to move to the next level

A program funded by the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office

Eight small businesses in southwestern Indiana will benefit from a grant the University of Southern Indiana has received from the Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office.

Program Highlights:

• This is a client centered program presented by USI Outreach & Engagement and funded by a USDA grant and client participation fees.
• Examples of the assistance available include strategic planning as well as aid in improving operational efficiency, and developing human resources, sales, marketing, and financial processes.
• There are 5 phases to this program: Personal Assessment, Project Planning, Business Assessment, Strategy Development and Closing.
• We will be working with 8 companies within this grant. We will have two recruiting rounds, accepting 4 small businesses in each round. The 1st round participants were selected in December 2011. The 2nd round participants will be announced by July 9, 2012.
• Our goal is to complete our work for a given client within 8 to 12 weeks from our first meeting. This is driven in large part by your ability to set aside times for meetings.
• This is an aggressive, robust program to help you rethink your business.

The competitively-selected businesses will receive technical assistance; including personal and business assessment, tactical support, strategy development and development of roadmaps to move them towards their vision. To qualify, companies must be privately-owned businesses of any type meeting the following criteria: