Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop

Date & Time Saturday, December 1 9:00am
Location Gerdin Business Building, Room 2117
Contact Diana Wright, dkw@iastate.edu


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Location: Gerdin Business Building, Room 2117

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the Ames Chamber of Commerce 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.


Session 1 (9AM-12PM)

8:40AM Registration/Doors Open

9:00 Welcome – Jim Patton, America’s SBDC

9:15   Banking Basics – John Russell, Bankers Trust

10:00  Accounting for Business – Ben Pyle, Pyle & Associates

10:45 Break

11:00 Intellectual Property – Todd Van Thomme, Nyemaster Law Firm

11:45 Operating a Successful Business – Gary Youngberg, owner of Ames Silversmithing

12:00 Break for Lunch

Session 2 (1PM-4PM)

1:00  Ingredients for Success–Jim Patton, America’s SBDC

1:15   Insurance for Small Business – Andrew Ricklefs, Knapp Tedesco Insurance

2:00  Legal Aspects of Running a Business – Tim Gartin, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger LLP

2:45  Break

3:00  Marketing your Business

3:45 Operating a Successful Business – Nadav Mer, Owner of Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

4:00 Q&A/Adjourn

Register for one or both sessions.

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