Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop

Date & Time Saturday, October 9 9:00am
Location ISU Research Park Core Facility Training Room
Contact Megan Sweere, mjsweere@iastate.edu


Saturday, October 9, 2021

Location: ISU Research Park Core Facility Training Room

Limited capacity at 50 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.  Local business professionals will present topics.  Smart Start provides information as well as the opportunity to ask questions on topics such as paying taxes, applying for a business loan/grant, managing your finances, 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, Nyemaster Law Firm

10:00  Insurance for Small Business | Pat Brown, State Farm Insurance

10:45  Break

11:00  Bank Basics | John Russell, Bankers Trust

11:45  Operating a Successful Business | Mindy Bergstrom, Cook’s Emporium/Nook & Nest/Z.W. Mercantile

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 | Ben Pyle, Pyle and Associates

2:45   Break

3:00   Marketing your Business | Micholyn Fajen, Fajen Consulting

3:45   Operating a Successful Business | Jennifer Knox, Saltlickers

4:00   Q&A/Adjourn


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