Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop (POSTPONED)

Date & Time Saturday, May 1 9:00am
Location Gerdin Business Building, Stark Auditorium 1148
Contact Megan Sweere, mjsweere@iastate.edu


Saturday, May 1, 2021 [POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 9, 2021]

Location: Gerdin Business Building, Stark Auditorium 1148

Limited capacity at 40 participants

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 cashflow, applying for a patent, finding resources, forming a partnership, and more.


Session 1 (9AM-12PM)

8:40AM Registration/Doors Open

9:00 Welcome

9:15  Intellectual Property | Todd Van Thomme & Dan Blakesee, Nyemaster Law Firm

10:00  Insurance for Small Business | Steve Goodhue, Knapp Tedesco Insurance

10:45  Break

11:00  Bank Basics | John Russell, Bankers Trust

11:45  Operating a Successful Business | Douglas Loof, G.I. Jill’s

12:00  Break for Lunch

Session 2 (1PM-4PM)

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

1:15   Legal Aspects of Running a Business | Tim Gartin, Hastings, Gartin & Boettger LLP

2:00  Accounting for Small Business | Kyle Woiwood, LWBJ

2:45   Break

3:00   Marketing your Business | Samantha Grove, Model Farm

3:45   Operating a Successful Business | Mindy Bergstrom, Cook’s Emporium, Z.W. Mercantile, and Nook & Nest

4:00   Q&A/Adjourn

**This is an in person event. All participants will be socially distanced in the space and masks are required.

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