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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

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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.

2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week

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November is here and Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is right around the corner! This year has been unlike anything we have seen before, especially in the small business and entrepreneurial community. It is time to celebrate all the successes, big and small during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 16-21. The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of North Iowa Area Community College in conjunction with the Iowa Small Business Development Center have prepared several events in spirit of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Check out their wide range of events going on throughout the week!

Join the Fall 2020 Venture School Cohort

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Calling all inventors, entrepreneurs, start-ups, small business owners, non-profits, and corporate innovative teams! Applications are open for the Fall 2020 Venture School Cohort. If you are looking to test a product, solidify a business model, or expand on an idea, this program provides a supportive and innovative environment to do so.

Featured Resource Provider - Iowa Center for Economic Success

The Iowa Center for Economic Success is a non-profit organization helping to empower Iowans with the potential to exceed as they pursue opportunities for financial success. This is done through educational and networking events and capital and investment opportunities. Although located in Des Moines, most services they provide are available statewide and staff regularly travel to different locations in Iowa. Here’s a snapshot of what the Iowa Center for Economic Success offers!

Northeast Iowa Community College to Offer New Entrepreneur Certificate

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is partnering with StartupDubuque to offer an Entrepreneur Certificate, starting this year. The new Entrepreneur Certificate at NICC will teach participants how to build a successful business plan, prepare financial statements, and marketing and selling on social media platforms. The certificate is open to all students, as well as current or future business owners in the Dubuque area, who want to develop, enhance or grow their business.