Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop

Date & Time Saturday, March 25 8:30am
Location Gerdin Business Building, Room 2127
Contact Diana Wright, dkw@iastate.edu


The ISU Pappajohn Center & the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business.  You will learn various topics such as insurance, intellectual property, business organization, registration, and operations.  Topics will be presented by local business professionals.  Smart Start provides information as well as the opportunity to ask questions on topics such as paying taxes, applying for a business loan/grants, preparing a cash flow, applying for a patent, finding resources, forming a partnership, and more.


8:30-9:00AM Registration

9:00-9:15Am Welcome

9:15-9:40 Ingredients of Personal Business Success–SBDC, Jim Patton

9:40-9:55 Operating a Successful Business–Terry Stark, Chocolaterie Stam

9:55-10:20 Insurance for Business–Knapp Tedesco, Andrew Ricklefs & Jolene Randall

10:20-10:30 Break

10:30-10:55 Intellectual Property–Lisa Lorenzen, ISU Office of Intellectual Property & Tech Transfer

10:55-11:20 Accounting for Business

11:20-11:45 Legal Aspects of Running a Business–Tim Gartin, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger LLP

11:45-12:00 Operating a Success Business–Nathan Haila & Sam Schill, Tourney Machine

12:00-12:30 Questions & Answers

This is a free workshop, however registration is required.  Please fill out the form by March 20 to guarantee your spot! 

Complimentary coffee, lite breakfast items and snacks will be provided throughout the day.