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Iowa Center for Economic Success

Iowa Center for Economic Success helps Iowans start, grow and sustain their small businesses. Our mission is to empower Iowans with the potential to succeed as they pursue opportunities for financial success.


No matter where you are on your small business journey, we’re here to help. We offer classes, tax assistance, micro-loans, resources and education through our Women’s Business Center and events throughout the year. Iowa Center for Economic Success includes three focus areas, including: CREDIT + LENDING Our Credit + Lending department offers micro-lending and credit counseling to qualifying small business owners. Women, minorities, disabled persons, and service-disabled vets may be eligible for Targeted Small Business status. We can help you work through the qualification process. The Targeted Small Business Program of Iowa, under the Iowa Economic Development Authority, helps women, minorities, and the disabled start or expand their own small business. Besides financial assistance, the program has many additional benefits including:  Access to low-interest loans of up to $50,000 for your business; Advantages in doing business with State agencies as Iowa Code does require each state agency to set spending goals with targeted small businesses; FREE technical assistance, guidance, and counseling when completing the detailed TSB loan application; and listing your business on the TSB Online directory. State agency purchasing agents and private enterprise frequently refer to this directory. EDUCATION + RESOURCES Our Education + Resources department offers classes targeted specifically to small business owners, with flexible schedules and skill-building coursework. In conjunction with our group education courses, we offer one-on-one small business counseling and coaching services to help you start or grow your small business. We also provide free year-round tax preparation and planning to qualifying individuals. Our Women’s Business Center (WBC) program is also housed under our Education + Resources department. The WBC serves female and male entrepreneurs throughout Iowa. Our goal is to help female entrepreneurs develop the skills and resources they need to be successful.  We offer services in person, over the phone, and by email on a schedule that accommodates the needs of working women and their families. The WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Some of our services are available in Spanish. ADVOCACY + NETWORKING Our Advocacy + Networking department provides networking opportunities with Iowa professionals and introductions to niche small business specialists. Our events are designed to bring like-minded Iowa entrepreneurs together in an environment that promotes community and creativity.

Services Provided

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • Business Issues Related to a Specific City
  • Community Involvement
  • Issues of the Hispanic Business Community
  • Issues of the African American Business Community
  • Small Business Issues
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues

Business Planning

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

Management Issues and Training

  • General Employment Law Advice
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Information
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Mentoring

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding
  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Consulting
  • Loan Providers
  • Tax Credit Assistance


  • Market Plan Development

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Tax Services

  • Assistance


  • Annual Budget
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business Management
  • Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Financial Statements
  • Home-Based Business
  • Pre-Business Planning
  • Topics Related to Developing & Maintaining a Small Business
  • Financial Resources for Non-Retail Business

Starting a Business

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


  • Mentoring Program

Internship Programs & Student Services

  • Internship Programs


  • Targeted Small Business Certification
Contact Information
Sierra Smith
2210 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312