SENATE BILL No. 29
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 5-32.
Synopsis: Small business assistance team. Establishes the small
business assistance team and designates the membership of the team.
Specifies the duties of the small business assistance team. Provides
that, upon request by the small business assistance team, state agencies
and other state entities shall designate an employee to: (1) assist the
small business assistance team in carrying out the team's duties; and (2)
act as a liaison between the team and the agency or entity. Specifies
that the small business assistance team may not refuse to provide
assistance or information to an individual or entity because of an
individual's income or other compensation, credit history, credit score,
employment history, or criminal history. Requires the small business
assistance team to submit an annual report to the legislative council.
Effective: Upon passage.
January 7, 2013, read first time and referred to Committee on Commerce, Economic
Development & Technology.
First Regular Session 118th General Assembly (2013)
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SENATE BILL No. 29
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 5-32; (13)IN0029.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 5-32 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A
NEW ARTICLE TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE UPON
ARTICLE 32. SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE AND
Chapter 1. Small Business Assistance Team
Sec. 1. The small business assistance team is established to
encourage the establishment and growth of small businesses in
Sec. 2. The small business assistance team consists of the
(1) One (1) member designated by each of the following:
(A) The lieutenant governor.
(B) The secretary of state.
(C) The commissioner of the department of workforce
(D) The commissioner of the department of labor.
(E) The commissioner of the department of state revenue.
(F) The commissioner of the department of local
(G) The commissioner of the department of environmental
(H) The commissioner of the Indiana department of
(2) The small business ombudsman.
(3) A member designated by the Purdue University technology
assistance program that provides university based business
Sec. 3. A member of the small business assistance team is not
entitled to any per diem for carrying out the duties of the team.
However, a member of the small business assistance team is
entitled to reimbursement for any traveling expenses as provided
under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in
connection with the member's duties as provided in the state
policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of
administration and approved by the budget agency.
Sec. 4. The small business assistance team must meet at least
two (2) times each year.
Chapter 2. Duties of the Small Business Assistance Team
Sec. 1. The small business assistance team shall do the following:
(1) Coordinate and streamline the efforts undertaken by the
state to encourage the establishment and growth of small
(2) Act as the one-stop point of contact for small businesses'
interactions with the state.
(3) Assist small businesses in accessing capital and other
private and public resources available for financing
expansion, job creation, and job retention.
(4) Identify and publicize tax incentives, grants, loans, and
loan guarantees designed to:
(A) encourage the establishment of small businesses; or
(B) assist small businesses that are expanding operations,
relocating operations to Indiana, or hiring or training new
(5) Work with state agencies, departments, authorities, or
other instrumentalities of state government to streamline
(6) Assist small businesses in completing applications for state
permits, licenses, and other regulatory approvals.
(7) Provide direct assistance to small businesses with respect
to state and local permitting, licensing, and regulatory
(8) Assist in identifying applicable rules, regulations, and
permit requirements that may apply to a small business.
(9) Establish an Internet web site that will provide one-stop
access to state level information and resources for small
businesses at no charge.
(10) Respond appropriately and promptly to all requests for
information from small businesses that need help in their
interactions with the state.
(11) Encourage collaboration among institutions of higher
education, research institutions, certified technology parks,
small business incubators, units of local government, venture
capitalists, and economic development professionals and
organizations to promote the growth of small businesses in
(12) Assist small businesses in determining work site,
workforce training, and infrastructure availability and cost
(13) Assist small businesses in identifying state procurement
opportunities and other state initiatives that support small
(14) Act as a liaison between and foster cooperation between
small businesses and state, regional, and local economic
(15) Facilitate simplified and timely access by small businesses
to governmental and nongovernmental resources and
Sec. 2. Upon request by the small business assistance team, an
agency, department, authority, or instrumentality of state
government shall designate an employee to:
(1) assist the small business assistance team; and
(2) act as a liaison between the small business assistance team
and the agency, department, authority, or instrumentality.
Sec. 3. The small business assistance team may not refuse to
provide assistance or information under this chapter to an
individual or entity because of the individual's or entity's:
(1) income or other compensation;
(2) credit history or credit score;
(3) employment history; or
(4) criminal history.
Sec. 4. (a) The small business assistance team shall before
November 1 of each year submit a report to the legislative council:
(1) detailing the team's activities under this article during the
preceding state fiscal year; and
(2) recommending any legislation that the team considers
useful in coordinating and streamlining the efforts of state
government to assist and encourage the establishment and
growth of small businesses in Indiana.
(b) The annual report submitted under this section must be in
an electronic format under IC 5-14-6.
SOURCE: ; (13)IN0029.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act.