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America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa – Council Bluffs

America’s SBDC Iowa provides free, customized business advice and low cost training to entrepreneurs and existing businesses, plus access to other information and experts.


Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa provides free, confidential, customized business advice and low cost, 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, 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 subject matter 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 counties in Iowa.  On average, our clients grow significantly faster than the average Iowa business.

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting, Development and Review
  • Business Plan Training
  • Census Data
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Management Issues and Training

  • Human Resources
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting Assistance

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Government Funding
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Consulting
  • Loan Packaging
  • Technology Grants


  • Advertising
  • Brochure Design
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Market Plan Development
  • Research (Domestic Markets)
  • Web Site Development
  • Census Data
  • Internet Marketing

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
  • 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

  • Assistance

Technical Assistance

  • Industrial Technology Research
  • 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
  • Marketing Plan
  • Pre-Business Planning

Product Development

  • Patent Information

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
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling


  • Mentoring Program


  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
Contact Information
Josh Baker
2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503