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SBA Announces National Small Business Week

WASHINGTON – Today, the head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Administrator Linda McMahon announced that this year’s National Small Business Week will be held from April 29 – May 5, 2018.

Becoming (Company) Cultured


When you hear the term “company culture,” what comes to mind? Is it the famous nap pods at Google? Is it the fast paced cut-throat environments on Wall Street? Is it the ping pong table in the break room at the ad agency up the street? Actually, it’s all of those and so much more. Here are 3 things that help create and grow a company culture for your business.

Get Coffee, Change the World - An Interview with Freedom Blend Coffee


What if I told you that there is a way to help break the cycle of poverty by drinking your morning coffee? Freedom Blend Coffee leverages one of America's favorite ways to get caffeinated (coffee!) to do just that. The company focuses on training young people who live in low-income impacted areas in Des Moines’ urban core as a means by which they start to break the cycle of poverty for people right here in Iowa. It was a pleasure to have a conversation with Carlos Sims Jr., the GM of the shop to find out where the idea came from and how the Freedom Blend vision comes to life each day!

Seinfeld on Startups - Do The Opposite

“The Opposite” was the 86th episode of Seinfeld – airing during the 5th season. Elaine is busy publishing Kramer’s coffee table book. Jerry takes on the persona of “Even Steven” – something goes wrong, but soon enough something goes right to bring Jerry back to even. Kramer gets a spot on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee to hawk his new book.

Caffeinate Your Community!


On any given Wednesday morning in Iowa, small business owners, emerging entrepreneurs and the people that support them can be found gathering around cups of coffee and good conversation. Discussions wander along paths of inspiration, lessons-learned struggles, excitement and issues involved with starting a business, and what’s trending on Twitter.

Advantages and Possible Pitfalls of 3 Common Iowa Business Structures

Choosing a business structure can be a confusing process for a first time entrepreneur. As I am a part of the Business Concierge team, and I love to help bring clarity to situations, it’s my pleasure to help answer Iowa business questions whenever possible. Since I do not provide legal advice to clients, I can’t tell you what type is right for you; but I will explain some of the most common business structures many first time entrepreneurs chose, but always consult your CPA or lawyer for business specific advice.

5 Entrepreneurs from Northwest Iowa


In Fall 2017 we had the opportunity to host a contest in Northwest Iowa and are taking this opportunity to show case five rural entrepreneurs working on awesome businesses and supporting their communities.

Accelerators vs. Incubators vs. Coworking Spaces

When it’s time to take the business out of the house or if you’re needing resources at your disposal (or just can’t take the quiet anymore), where do you go? When you’re just getting started you likely don’t want to (or can’t) spend the money on an actual office but luckily, incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces are popping up all over Iowa and offer great options for business growth and development. Each one has a different function and can work for you at a different stage of your business.

Best-Kept Secret for Iowa Business Assistance

“Business Concierge” – An information specialist who assists small business owners in finding solutions to their most pressing questions by facilitating connections to the right people, data, and resources. Reach out to the Business Concierge team to get answers to your questions -- at no cost to you!

Iowa Tax Incentives for Business


From corner to corner across Iowa, businesses are seeking workers to fill available jobs. Many of the positions require a specific skillset which makes it more difficult for employers to find the help they need. Fortunately, the state of Iowa offers a variety of programs businesses may be able to utilize to help train new and existing workers with necessary skills.



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