LISC Indianapolis Celebrates Small Business Week by Honoring 475th Small Business Façade Grant 

Funds still available for 2018 grants, 500th façade will likely be awarded this year 
On Monday, April 30, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis celebrated National Small Business Week by hosting a gathering on the site of the newest Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant recipient to celebrate our 475th façade grant award and over $3.1 million awarded through this program. The event took place at True North Landscaping, 2817 Massachusetts Avenue.
The Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant supports small businesses in Indianapolis with the goals of creating jobs, removing blight along key commercial corridors, and fostering a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem that creates opportunity for neighborhood residents. The newest recipient, True North Landscaping, is a growing small business that moved to their location in North Mass in March 2016 where they have created six new jobs and are eager to make upgrades to their business façade, located at a highly visible entry point into the Near Eastside.
Stacey Poynter, District Director of the Indiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) shared information about the importance of Small Business Week and the impact of the SBA. Deputy Mayor of Economic Development Angela Smith Jones shared a Small Business Week proclamation from the Mayor’s Office. LISC shared history and updates about the Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant program.
True North Landscaping owner, Cory Gliege, upon receiving the Small Business Façade and Property Improvement Grant award, shared the history of his 18 year old business, which is today much larger than he ever would have anticipated. “We grew 26% last year alone. Owning a place provided the stability we needed for growth” Gliege stated after recounting their purchase of a building in 2016 in North Mass which was financed with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and received support with address changes, zoning and environmental assessments from Riley Area Development Corporation and the City of Indianapolis. True North Landscaping’s growth last year prompted the addition of 5 new staff since fall 2017. “We get to create beauty as a team” said Gliege of his staff as he thanked them for their work and dedication.
Façade Program to Reach 500 Businesses in 2018: Funds Still Remain
In collaboration with our funders and our community development partners, help us award the 500th Small Business Façade & Property Improvement Grant in 2018! LISC Indianapolis is currently taking applications for the program. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2018. Click here to apply. 
The façade program is generously supported by the City of Indianapolis, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lilly Endowment, State Farm and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP).
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis is the local office of a national organization that helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training, and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing; commercial, industrial, and community facilities; businesses; and jobs. In short, we help neighbors build communities.