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About the Indy Chamber

With membership of nearly 3,000 businesses representing 235,000 employees in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. The Indy Chamber includes Develop Indy, Indy Partnership and the Business Ownership Initiative. Collectively, they are better able to fulfill the shared goals of attracting businesses to Indy, supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups, advocating for fair business policies and fueling the state regional economy. The Indy Chamber also collaborates with other local organizations to strengthen businesses and enhance the local economy.

Visit the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) to learn how to become a partner.

If interested in starting a business or expanding a location visit the Indianapolis Business Acceleration Team's (IBAT) site for regulatory and permitting assistance.


Jim Rawlinson, Indy Chamber Regulatory Permitting Ombudsman

In a city as large as Indianapolis, the regulatory and permitting process can be daunting for business owners. In an effort to make the process less intimidating the City of Indianapolis and Indy Chamber collaborated to create the position of the Regulatory and Permitting Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman serves as a voice between businesses and City administration, offering guidance and support to diverse projects: from questions about signage for small sandwich shops to large corporate headquarter relocations.

Jim Rawlinson is a longtime resident of Indianapolis. A graduate of Bishop Chatard High School and Marian College, he received his MPA in Public Management from IUPUI in 2015. He has a history as a neighborhood advocate on the Near Eastside.

As a part of his position with the Indy Chamber, Jim serves on the economic development advisory boards of a number of local community development organizations.

In his current role, Jim manages the Indianapolis Business Acceleration Team (IBAT) and Indianapolis Community Advancement Team (ICAT). These groups serve as a single point of contact for any administration issue a business will face in Indianapolis. Jim also manages Open Counter Indy, an online permitting tool that offers information on the cost and requirements for permitting in Indianapolis 24/7. This tool also allows businesses to apply for permits.

For more information about Indy Chamber's Business Acceleration Team, Community Advancement Team or OpenCounter, contact Jim Rawlinson at 317-464-2262 or