Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

SBA Introduces New Online Course for Young Entrepreneurs in Spanish

Young entrepreneurs have a new tool to help determine if they’re ready for business ownership and to help them get started.  Young Entrepreneurs: An Essential Guide to Starting Your Own Business (Jóvenes Emprendedores) is a free, self-paced online course in Spanish that gives an overview of basic business principles and...

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SBA and National Woman’s Business Council Expand Opportunities for Women

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the National Women’s Business Council have joined forces in an effort to increase the flow of capital by and into small businesses run by women.  The overriding goal is to encourage greater participation by women on the financial and investing side of high-growth entrepreneurship. “Developing...

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SBA Hits Another Lending Record in FY 2014

The U.S. Small Business Administration 7(a) Loan Program reached another lending record in FY 2014, announced today by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. By the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30), SBA had approved 52,044 7(a) loans for $19.19 billion, an increase of 12 percent in number loans and 7.4...

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Taking PRIDE in Restaurant Resiliency: SBA & IEDA Success with Recovery Resources

Ever so often, we come across a story that reminds us of why we continue to serve Iowa entrepreneurs - especially in turbulent times. This month, our Resource Partners, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) shared a small business success story that speaks...

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Working From Home as the New Normal

Working From Home as the New Normal. Working from home is the new normal. How can we make this adjustment while staying productive and maintaining positivity? Find a few simple tips and insights below on how to make working from home bearable and maybe even enjoyable! Working from home for many...

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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...

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Have a Cup of Cheer in Iowa!

Iowa has become home to many new and remodeled breweries, distilleries, and coffee shops in the past few years. In my experience, these business founders want to bring more than a place for grabbing a your favorite drink, they want to be a gathering space for good conversations, art shows,...

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Business Ownership is a Calling

Jason and Brook Craig, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, had always felt that they should own their own business, but for years never pulled the trigger. It took a traumatic, near-death experience – as well as some help and advice from a banker at Northwest Bank – for Jason and Brook...

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Keeping Families in Business

By Casie Larette, Advance Iowa Program Assistant To us, the benefits and importance of family businesses networking together are clear. Our mantra ‘family businesses are different’, is not just a catchy phrase. We believe family businesses are different due to the result of the unique challenges during their start up, and those which...

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