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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. Contact the Center for more information.

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 14 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.

From 2008 through 2014, Iowa SBDC clients:

  • Created or saved 11,733 jobs in Iowa
  • Raised more than $380 million in new capital
  • Started 1,271 new businesses
  • Grew sales by $383 million
  • On average, grew significantly faster than the average Iowa business.

This was a direct result of our counselling 18,259 clients.

2014 Economic Impact:

  • We helped 251 businesses to start
  • Our clients added or retained 1,643 jobs
  • Over 2,600 clients assisted
  • Our clients raised over $52 million in capital for their Iowa businesses
  • Our clients had sales increased of more than $49 million

Source: Dr. James Chrisman, University of Mississippi.

Contact the Iowa State University Small Business Development Center

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