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IASourceLink is the go-to resource for aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners who need help starting, scaling, or accelerating their business in Iowa.

How-to Guides

Not sure how or where to get started with your Iowa business? Don’t worry! We made these step-by-step guides to help you along the way!

Start a Business

2023 Start a Business Guide

Find the steps, tips and resources you need to start a business in Iowa.

Fund Your Business

2023 Fund My Business Guide

Ready for funding? Find out how to get business loans, grants and equity funding.

Expand to Iowa

2023 Expand My Business to IA Guide

Are you wanting to expand your business operations to Iowa or hire an employee here?

Start a Food Truck

2023 Start a Food Truck Guide

Take your cooking skills on the road!

Start an Online Business

2023 Online Business Guide

Find the steps to get started!

Start a Daycare

2023 Start a Daycare Guide

Use this guide to learn how to start your in-home or daycare center!

Grow a Business

2023 Grow a Business Guide

If you are wanting to expand your business offerings, make sure to read this first!

Exit a Business

2023 Exit a Business Guide

Discover 13 different strategies others have used to exit their business.

Business Licensing

Did you know that Iowa doesn’t have a general business license? Instead, the state regulates individual industries and business types depending on the products they sell and services they provide. IASourceLink maintains a record of all licensing within the state of Iowa.


Greater Des Moines Partnership

Greater Des Moines PartnershipThis month, we’re spotlighting the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization serving the Greater Des Moines metro covering a seven-county region. The Partnership is dedicated to the economic and community development of the entire Greater Des Moines area. Through community development, GDMP contributes directly to the good health and vitality of our members’ businesses and the improvement of quality of life for the entire region. Embedded within each of these areas is a strong emphasis on building and sustaining a vibrant downtown core through development, events, environment and promotion.

Visit Greater Des Moines Partnership’s profile on our Resource Navigator

Upcoming Events

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids
Online Event
8:00 am
Iowa City Open Coffee
MERGE – Iowa City
8:00 am
2023 Small Business Success Summit
FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC
8:30 am
1 Million Cups Iowa City
Online Event
9:00 am

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