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America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa – State Office

America’s SBDC Iowa provides no fee, customized business advice and affordable training to entrepreneurs and existing businesses, plus access to other information and experts.


Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa provides no fee, confidential, customized business advice and affordable, practical training workshops to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with up to 500 employees. Advice and assistance is provided with business planning, new business guidance, financing options, cash flow projections, loan proposals, business expansion, market research, exporting, marketing, exit strategies, business continuity and more. We also provide comprehensive information services and access to other experts in a variety of fields. We are the only nationally-accredited entrepreneurial development organization in Iowa. Our network of 15 regional assistance centers serves all 99 Iowa counties. On average, our clients grow significantly faster than the average Iowa business.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review (Specialty)
  • Business Plan Training (Specialty)
  • Census Data
  • International Market Research
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)
  • Market Research (Specialty)
  • Research Training

Management Issues and Training

  • Human Resources
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding (Specialty)
  • Assistance in Finding Government Funding (Specialty)
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Consulting
  • Financial Assistance for International Trade Shows
  • Loan Packaging
  • Technology Grants

Import Assistance

  • Import Licensing
  • Identification of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Distributors
  • Networking
  • Trade Education
  • Methods of Payment
  • INCO Terms
  • Documentation
  • Marketing

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Advertising
  • Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce
  • Research (International Markets)
  • Market Plan Development
  • Research (Domestic Markets)
  • Student Provided Research
  • Web Site Development
  • Census Data
  • Internet Marketing
  • Identification of Foreign Markets

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Government & Military Specifications
  • Price History
  • Registration Assistance
  • HUB Zone Certification
  • Subcontracting Opportunities
  • Selling to Foreign Governments & Businesses
  • Obtaining Government Contracts
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
  • Training

Regulatory Compliance

  • Government Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Patent Information
  • Trademark & Copyright Information
  • Advising

Tax Services

  • Training
  • Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Commercialization
  • Industrial Technology Research
  • Technology Transfer
  • Website Development
  • Computerized Bookkeeping (installation & training)
  • Technical Support
  • Training


  • Annual Budget
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • E-Commerce: Doing Business on the Web
  • Financial Statements
  • Home-Based Business
  • International Trade
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning

Product Development

  • Patent Information
  • Prototype Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Manufacturing Development
  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development

Starting a Business

  • Business Research (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits (Specialty)
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)


  • Mentoring Program

Freight & Distribution

  • Locating Freight Forwarders/Customs Brokers


  • Targeted Small Business Certification


  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Export Assistance

  • CE Certification (for exports to Europe)
  • Certificates of Origin
  • Export Licensing
  • Documentation
  • INCO Terms
  • Methods of Payment
  • Identification of Foreign Markets
  • Locating Distributors
  • Networking
  • Research of Foreign Markets
  • Trade Education
  • Marketing
Contact Information
Lisa Shimkat
1805 Collaboration Pl.
Suite 1331
Ames, IA 50010