About IASourceLink

IASourceLink is where business begins in Iowa.  Our mission is to help small businesses in Iowa grow and succeed.  We provide firms with free, easy access to the help they need - when they need it.

How do we accomplish this?
IASourceLink connects Iowa entrepreneurs to a network of 400+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services.  We facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses.

Our network resource partners provide a wide range of business-related services, including:
  • Marketing
  • Financial Planning
  • Sales
  • Loans
  • Technical Assistance
  • Product development
  • Education
  • Government contracts
  • Operations

In addition to our comprehensive network of resource providers that entrepreneurs can access 24/7 via the Resource Navigator, we also provide some direct services to Iowa small business owners.  Our popular Business Concierge can provide your Iowa-based company with helpful referrals, and our monthly free online business webinars attract hundreds of Iowa entrepreneur participants. We also house the Business License Information Center, which can assist you in finding any additional licensing required to operate your business in Iowa.

IASourceLink has also published a variety of industry specific and general "How-to" guides to help Iowa entrepreneurs before, during, and after their business journey. Some of our guides include Starting a Business, Funding a Business, Growing a Business, Building a Website / Web Presence, and Exiting a Business. These guides can be downloaded and can be sent to your email inbox for free!

IASourceLink is brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in collaboration with the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa.


General Business Assistance

The Business Concierge, a FREE referral service powered by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Northern Iowa, can connect you to our trusted network of experts in Iowa who can help your business grow. Our team can also help you find helpful information regarding startingfundinggrowinginnovating, or even exiting your business! Contact us by phone toll-free at 866-537-6052 or by sending us a message.

Business Licensing Assistance

Did you know the state of Iowa does not have a “general” business license? Instead, Iowa regulates the activity of your business or profession. Whether you’re a newly established business wondering how to fulfill your licensing obligations, or an existing corporation seeking to expand your business lines or geographic footprint, the Business License Information Center can assist you. If you need assistance, complete the form below or call toll free at 800.532.1216.