BMO Harris bank: Celebrating Women Grant

We’re excited to introduce BMO Celebrating Women! Through this new program, we'll award eight grants of $10,000 each to women-owned businesses that align with BMO's Purpose to boldly grow the good in business and life!  Businesses do not need to be a customer to apply.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • At least 51% owned or controlled by women.
  • Currently active and operating in the U.S., with a physical location or mailing address for their headquarters in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, or Wisconsin.
  • A for-profit business with annual revenues of $5 million or less.
  • In good standing with the Secretary of State in which the business is registered.
  • In operation selling a product or service for at least two years as of Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Operating in a way that contributes to social, environmental, and/or economic sustainability outcomes.

Apply online through Friday, August 13th at


IndyGo Vendor Development Pilot Program

IndyGo launches a three-month program for businesses to enhance their writing skills for proposals.  IndyGo employees from the procurement department will meet one-on-one with businesses that get accepted into the pilot program and share advice on making their proposals stand out.

To apply for the program, visit 

An Introduction to Merchant advocate

Merchant Advocate is NOT a Credit Card Processor!
We help Merchants save money from the unregulated credit card industry without having to switch

Merchant Advocate is the trusted source in merchant services, providing fairness and transparency in the unregulated credit card processing industry. We Save Your Business Money or You Pay Nothing.  Your local Merchant Advocate Representative, Joe Willett has been an Electronic Payments Professional since 2003 and joined Merchant Advocate to help Merchants see through the smoke and mirrors that often hide excess fees and hidden charges. Joe has helped hundreds of Merchants improve
their bottom line. Merchant Advocate is recognized as the premier expert in the processing industry with a consistent record of advocacy on behalf of the merchant.

Contact Joe Willett at or call Joe at 812.568.6397 for more information about how Merchant Advocate can help your business improve its bottom line.

Merchant Advocate has helped save over $100 Million in excess fees. The credit card processing industry is very confusing for most merchants as it involves many different players that make it a complex industry to understand. Merchant Advocate and Joe Willett are experts in deciphering the landscape, educating our clients, and exposing hidden fees. We help merchants save
money from the extremely unregulated credit card industry without having to switch processors. As a trusted leader in merchant services, we are committed to providing outstanding advocacy for our customers. Our goal is to help protect merchants from inflated rates and eliminate hidden fees. We
pride ourselves on helping thousands of businesses reduce rates and eliminate unnecessary fees and save money immediately. We regularly monitor your account to ensure you keep your savings.  Our unparalleled expertise in the processing industry will help transform your business.

For more information visit

big brothers big sisters 2021 Main event

On Thursday, September 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is hosting a “Big Night Out at the Ballpark” at Victory Field! This entirely reimagined-for-2021 Main Event presented by NextGear Capital will include upscale ballpark food and drink, interactive entertainment, celebrity guests, and a fireworks finale. Historically, this event has been a sports-themed gala well supported by our corporate community with 1,000 guests in attendance. This year’s event will still allow sponsors and their guests the opportunity for networking and entertainment, but safely outdoors and in a casual and fun format. Most importantly, you’ll be supporting a longstanding Indianapolis tradition that is well attended by our corporate community, while helping to raise critical funds to ensure Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is able to serve more than 1,200 deserving kids through 1:1 mentoring this year. Find information about sponsorship here.

Agency Description:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana serves more than 1,200 youth annually ages 8 - 18 in Hamilton, Johnson, and Marion Counties. We partner with parents/caregivers, volunteers, schools, and the donors in our community to defend, ignite, and empower the potential of every child we serve. The BBBSCI program is proven to impact the academic success, avoidance of risky behaviors, and socioemotional competency of youth. Our mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.