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Small Business Development Center


The ISU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a partnership between the ISU SBDC and the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. The ISU SBDC provides free and low-cost counseling and training to Iowa's entrepreneurs from 13 regional offices throughout the state. The ISU SBDC is located at the ISU Research Park and serves entrepreneurs in the following counties: Story, Boone, Marshall, Hardin, and Hamilton. The ISU SBDC also provides assistance to technology based companies on a statewide basis. Contact the Center for more information.

Smart Start Workshop
If you are planning to start a business, you'll find the Center's Smart Start Workshop to be a useful first step. The workshop is offered twice monthly on Tuesday evenings. Contact the Center to register for the class.

The Iowa Business Network is a free online business resource tool to help you plan, start, and manage your small business.

Iowa SBDC Regional Center
The Iowa State University Small Business Development Center has been serving central Iowa counties since 1982. We are one of 13 centers in the Iowa SBDC network.

Owning a small business calls for vision, determination and all the sound expertise you can find. The SBDC can guide you down the road to success with:

  • One-on-one counseling by qualified professionals
  • A variety of learning opportunities, including workshops, classes, on-line assistance and publications and other resources
  • Connections to other service providers, federal, state and local resources, sources of capital and similar assistance for small businesses

SBDCs are a program supported by the U. S. Small Business Administration and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities.

Iowa's SBDCs are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration via a contract with Iowa State University, Ames. The State Center is headquartered in Iowa State University's Gerdin Business Building.

Additional funding is provided by the State of Iowa. Support for regional centers is provided by SBDC host institutions and contributed funds.

Because 97.5% of Iowa's businesses are small businesses (fewer than 500 employees), the SBDCs face a monumental task in assisting them. Yet Iowa SBDC results are extraordinary. According to an independent study by Dr. James Chrisman of the University of Mississippi, over the past 5 years long-term clients assisted by the Iowa SBDCs achieved the following:

  • Generation of 7,692 new jobs
  • Production of $462,600,000 in incremental sales
  • Securing of $290,600,000 in financing.
For valuable information about the Iowa SBDC and other business assistance, go to

Contact the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center

Phone: 515-296-7828
Fax: 515-296-6714