Entrepreneurship 

Entrepreneurs and small businesses in Adair, Audubon, Greene, and Guthrie counties have a variety of resources to seek assistance from. 

Midwest Partnership and the Iowa Small Business Development Centers provide entrepreneurs with business assistance you can use to help start your new business or expand your existing business.

Please contact us or these organizations to set up a free consultation and for more information. Midwest Partnership suggests that entrepreneurs have at the minimum a rough outline of their business plan before your consultation. This will help the consultant determine what your needs are and how they can better serve you.

Midwest Partnership Marketing Toolkit

The Marketing Toolkit is intended to help you market your business more effectively and efficiently. It contains basic guidelines and how-tos along with templates for basic marketing tools such as new releases.

MIDWEST PARTNERSHIP MARKETING TOOLKIT (click to view)

For more information, contact the Midwest Partnership office at 515-523-1262 or email at info@midwestpartnership.com.

 

Iowa Small Business Development Centers

The SBDC conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. Each SBDC encourages unique local efforts, region to region, state to state, and community to community to meet small business needs in its area.

Contact: Lisa Shimkat
North Central Iowa SBDC
108 South 8th St.
Ft. Dodge, IA 50501
515-408-6370
NCIbusinesscenter@gmail.com

Contact: Dave McLaren
South Central Iowa SBDC
1501 W. Townline St.
Creston, IA 50801
641-782-1483
mclaren@swcciowa.edu

 

Small Business Adminstration 

The Small Business Association (SBA) provides assistance primarily throught its four primary functions: 

  • Access to Capital (Business Financing) 
  • Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)
  • Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)
  • Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)

The SBA also provides information about the Affordable Care Act via their website and blog.

 

Iowa Economic Development Authority

Small business is BIG business in Iowa. 97.2% of Iowa’s employers are small businesses according to the federal definition. Whether you are starting a business or expanding your operations, you‘ll find the right resources in Iowa! Entrepreneurs see an economy that breeds innovation—and a state that is ready to provide the assistance startups need to succeed. Visit the Iowa Economic Development Authority website for more information.