The Indy region’s voice of progress and improvement
As a 501(c)6 economic development organization, the Indy Chamber’s advocacy efforts, networking events, economic development initiatives, and membership opportunities foster collaboration and position business leaders and the collective community for success.
The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce—better known as the Indy Chamber—has been a driving force for progress in the Indianapolis region since 1890. For over a century, this economic development organization has played a pivotal role in the growth of our capital city by connecting companies with more opportunities and advocating for a stronger business climate for all Hoosiers.
Today, the Indy Chamber remains the collective voice of Indy’s business community, representing over 2,000 members across the nine-county Indianapolis region. Companies join the Indy Chamber because they offer an unparalleled network of resources to help expand their business and increase their exposure. They build connections between business owners and community partners—and help entrepreneurs access the knowledge and capital they need to succeed.
From training workshops to networking events, the Indy Chamber hosts more than 100 virtual and in-person events each year. These opportunities help companies grow across the Indianapolis region, but the Chamber also helps local businesses expand into the global marketplace.
“International engagement is vital for Central Indiana’s economic development because it opens opportunities for foreign investment, trade, and collaboration,” said Senior Vice President Regional Economic Development Sarah Iglehart. “It leads to economic growth, job creation, and exchanging knowledge and innovation, ultimately enhancing the region’s global competitiveness and prosperity.”
The Indy Chamber recognizes the importance of international relations in a thriving economy and actively works to foster exporting opportunities and foreign direct investment in Indiana. They drive global trade by convening international companies and delegations, connecting with foreign trade commissioners and foreign Chambers of Commerce, helping foreign firms navigate the local market, and connecting small businesses with import-export resources.
But one of the most important resources the Indy Chamber offers is the Global Indy Business Center—a space specifically designed to support companies with overseas headquarters. The Center essentially serves as a “soft-landing pad” for these companies, providing temporary office spaces for them to use until they find an ideal location for their new operations.
This allows international businesses to conduct site visits, hold meetings and experience the Indy region for themselves before committing to a permanent location. At the Center, companies also have access to the Indy Chamber’s abundant network of connections—ready to help them explore the area, find cutting-edge talent and industry partners and eventually expand their business in Indiana.
In addition to its global business coaching and relocation services, the Indy Chamber also hosts groups and councils representing the diverse business community here in Indianapolis. One such example is the Hispanic Business Council, which offers bilingual support to an important and growing demographic in the Greater Indianapolis region.
The Indy Chamber’s Hispanic Business Council is committed to advocating for Hispanic entrepreneurs to access new business opportunities. The council’s quarterly event series, Conexión, demonstrates how crucial Hispanic and Latino entrepreneurs’ socioeconomic contributions are to the city, region, state, and nation. Diversity programs and their social and commercial impacts represent an opportunity to fight against racial discrimination actively, create economic opportunities, and enhance businesses. The council also facilitates a dedicated Mentor-Protégé program that connects Hispanic businesses with established firms willing to promote their growth and development.
Over the years, the Indy Chamber has proven to be a stalwart supporter of both local businesses and international companies. By fostering connections, advocating for foreign investment, and promoting cultural diversity in business, their work has elevated Indianapolis on the global stage—and strengthened the state economy for generations to come.