Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Get Tax Help “en Español” at IRS.gov

It can be hard to understand taxes in any language. It can be even more difficult if English isn’t your first language. The IRS provides many free products and services on its Spanish language web pages. Make IRS.gov/espanol your first choice to visit for tax help in Spanish. Here are...

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Spinning Plates

Entrepreneurs, small business owners, support organization leaders, we have something in common: We are all plate spinners. ​At any given time, we’ve got a whole bunch of plates spinning, and we have to make sure they don’t fall to the ground. No one tells us to go home at 5 o’clock....

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5 Reasons You Should Care About Youth Entrepreneurship

There has never been a time in history where there were more demands for young peoples’ time: social media use topping 17 or 18 hours a day is just the beginning of the train of distractions that vies for students’ attention. Schools face a dichotomy between resource shortages and increased pressure...

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Join us for the Iowa Broadband Summit!

Join fellow participants for afternoon breakout sessions to network with community leaders, industry and economic development professionals, broadband providers, and policymakers from across the state, to address the progress being made in Iowa and to open discussion for future strategy for broadband access and use. ​ Hear from nationally recognized presenters including...

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SBA Announces Boots to Business: Reboot

An Entrepreneurship Training Course for Veterans WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will host an entrepreneurship training course for Veterans in 12 U.S. cities beginning July 11. Each two-day “Boots to Business: Reboot” event will be led by representatives from SBA’s resource partners and industry experts from Syracuse University’s Institute for...

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From the Desk of Director Durham 6-5-14

This month, Debi Durham covers the importance of Farmers Markets to Iowa’s economy. Numerous studies have shown that dollars spent in these venues help contribute to local economies, create unique sense of place, and encourage local farmers and small business owners to grow. ​One great example of this is The Food...

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Brandstad visits with UNI students and praises Advance Iowa success

Governor Terry Branstad met with faculty and staff members from the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services division on April 4. During his brief visit, the governor kindly set aside time to meet with UNI students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities upon graduation. The group met in the John Pappajohn...

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Mock Kits Preparing Medical Students for Success

Darilea Fehr is not one to pass up on a great idea. Her resume speaks for itself. Since 1993 Fehr has founded five startup businesses: Lazer Graphics in Sioux Falls, SD; Fehr Chiropractic Clinic in Laurens, IA; Wild Child Children's Stores with various locations around Iowa; The Coffee Shop in Milford,...

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Tips from the Iowa Department of Revenue

​During review of returns filed with the Department, several problems tend to come up on a regular basis. By avoiding these pitfalls, processing of returns will be smoother and less likely to trigger an inquiry to the taxpayer. Register: Make sure the taxpayer is registered and has an Iowa permit before...

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SBA Offers Broad Range of Support

Pat Brown-Dixon is the regional administrator for the SBA’s Region VII, which encompasses Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. “We’re not your grandmother or grandfather’s SBA."" That’s how Pat Brown-Dixon, regional administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Region VII, opened her remarks at the U.S.SourceLink national conference in April. Brown-Dixon provided kickoff remarks on day two...

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