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America's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa - Iowa State University

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.

About

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 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 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 Iowa counties. On average, our clients grow significantly faster than the average Iowa business. The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa State University works in partnership with the ISU Pappajohn Center to assist technology-based businesses as well. Services offered by the center include market assessment assistance, business plan development, fundraising, intellectual property guidance and numerous operational areas. The center is located in the ISU Research Park adjacent to the incubator where both office and wet-lab space are available for rent.

Services

Business Planning

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

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise
  • Purchasing an Existing Business

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

Franchising

  • Buying or Selling a Franchise

Management Issues and Training

  • Human Resources
  • Mentoring
  • Recruiting Assistance

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • High Tech Development
  • Life Sciences Development
  • Manufacturing Development

Marketing/Sales

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

Mentoring

  • Mentoring Program

Networking Organizations

  • Small Business/General

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Regulatory Compliance

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

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

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

Starting a Business

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

Tax Services

  • Assistance

Technical Assistance

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

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
Primary ContactAustin Strawhacker
Addresss1805 Collaboration Pl.
Ste. 1340
Ames, IA 50010
Phone(515) 294-3771