Here in Iowa we understand the importance of diversity of ownership of our Iowa companies. We support women, minority, and disabled business owners with a number of highly specialized services and financing options to help ensure your success as operators in our state. Read on below to learn more about just a few of our programs available to help you with your startup or growth aspirations.
is a not-for-profit organization driven by the private sector with the assistance of public and academia partnerships. Our mission is to inspire and support women in business ownership by helping them grow in a meaningful way, to create jobs, drive economies and strengthen communities. Currently, we are providing strategic resources and mentorship to women business owners and are conducting a statewide research-based outreach with the support of the Iowa Economic Development Authority beginning with our Stand Up and Be Counted
movement. Women Business Center (ISED)
Do you already own a business and need some help in deciding how to grow or sustain your business? Do you have an idea you think might be a good business but need some feedback as to how to proceed? Give the ISED Women's Business Center a call! We can help you determine what you need to accomplish before moving forward with your business idea. We can also recommend other resources as needed. Targeted Small Business Program
The Targeted Small Business (TSB) Certification Program certifies businesses owned, operated and actively managed by women, minority group members or persons with disabilities. Certified TSBs are eligible to apply for low-interest loans and equity grants through the Iowa Economic Development Authority
(IEDA). Also, state purchasing officers consider TSBs when seeking bids for state-purchased goods and services.