University of Northern Iowa (UNI) - Center for Business Growth and Innovation

The Center for Business Growth & Innovation at the University of Northern Iowa helps Iowa firms start or grow.


For the past two decades, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation (UNI CBGI) has built a network of resources and services designed to attract, connect, and accelerate small business and start-up growth with business assistance, capital, partner resources, and valuable connections to their peers. The success of UNI CBGI initiatives can be attributed to our team’s philosophy to listen to small business owners, imagine what we can do to make life better, and to create solutions leveraging our university and technology assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done in terms of economic impact, user experiences, and potential to scale. We have learned how to better understand entrepreneurs through online interactions, an e-mail listserv, statewide annual survey, regional workshops and outreach events, and EntreFEST- the largest Midwest celebration of entrepreneurs and the people who support them. The Center for Business Growth and Innovation is a division of Business & Community Services  at the University of Northern Iowa.


Business Planning

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

Economic and Site Development

  • Consulting

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Assistance in Finding Debt Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Equity Funding
  • Assistance in Finding Government Funding
  • Consulting

Libraries and Research Organizations

  • Business Research Resources
  • Demographic/Census Data


  • Census Data
  • Competitive Analysis
  • E-Commerce
  • Internet Marketing
  • Market Plan Development
  • Research (Domestic Markets)
  • Student Provided Research

Networking Organizations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Regulatory Compliance

  • Patent Information
  • Trademark & Copyright Information

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Women, Minority & Business Disadvantaged Certification
Primary ContactPaul Kinghorn
Address8120 Jennings Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Phone(319) 273-4344