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ASCENT: U.S. Small Business Administration

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Ascent was created as a resource for women entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge through an online learning platform. Start your journey today! Visit, https://ascent.sba.gov/ to get started.

Perfecting Your Business Pitch


As we springboard into 2021 and you consider starting a new business with the new year, you may find yourself developing a pitch deck. Do not fear! You are the expert of your idea. And don’t forget that! It is important that your pitch reflects who you are and what you want people to think of your company.

Customer Discovery Process For Iowa Businesses

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The key to mastering a brilliant business strategy starts with excellent customer discovery. Understand completely who exactly your product or service is targeting. Having in-depth customer discovery to carry you through your startup journey or innovation pivots will be extremely helpful.

Date Night: Support a Small Business

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Add some spice to your Saturday night with help from small businesses. Whether you're looking to embark on a new dining experience or order something that hits closer to home, small businesses can help you create a night out (or in) to remember.

Advice for Entrepreneurs in 2021


Don’t let the wrath of 2020 scare you away from that business idea you have always wanted to pursue. 2021 is a new year and a new opportunity for you to be your own boss. The IASourceLink team has reached out to our small business community partners to seek advice for entrepreneurs starting in 2021. Read through these pieces of advice to find inspiration and direction as you take on 2021.

New Year, Big Resolution: Be Your Own Boss

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There is something exciting in store for 2021. IASourceLink is ringing in the new year by providing resources to entrepreneurs as they set out to start. Check out our latest blog to find out how you can manifest your New Years resolution of starting a small business.

Goal Setting with Vision Boards in 2021


As we dive into 2021, let’s make goal setting a top priority. Let’s revisit those goals that got set aside for 2020 and move them to the top of the list. Whether those goals are personal, professional, or specific to your company. Physically writing them down or compiling a vision board will help these goals become a reality. Vision boards can be used for many scenarios and help anyone better understand where they see their future/company going.

Marketing: Make it Festive!

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2021 is right around the corner. As we race to the finish line, we must tell ourselves to sit back, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride. December is a month of holiday cheer! Generosity is in the air, and we look forward to spending quality time with our loved ones. Although this year might not feel the same (hello, COVID-19 here) we must finish strong. Many Small Business owners depend on holiday shoppers to keep them in the race for 2021. As you brace yourself for what's to come, take some time to make sure your December marketing strategy is ready to rock and roll.

Thank You Resource Partners

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With over 360 resource partners in our navigator, IASourceLink is the go to for all things startup in Iowa. Whether you are looking to start, grow, exit, or fund your business we have a resource partner that can assist you. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, IASourceLink would like to highlight a few of our resource partners. Check out their information below!

Introducing: A Fresh Face For IASourceLink

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We have a very exciting announcement for our entre-community! Over the past few months, our team has been working day and night to provide entrepreneurs across the state of Iowa with a fresh take on all things startup. In correspondence with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the IASourceLink team is honored to present our new and improved website! Although we’ve refreshed our identity with a modern take on branding, there is more to explore within our sleek new interface. Powered by SourceLink, our website was constructed with a mission to provide step by step guidance to entrepreneurs like you on a user friendly platform.