Upcoming Events

Smart Start Workshop

Date & Time Saturday, March 23 9:00am-4:00pm
Location ISURP Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Pl, Ames, IA 50010
Contact info@isupjcenter.org, 515-296-6532


Saturday, March 23, 2024

Location: ISURP Core Facility, 1805 Collaboration Pl, Ames, IA 50010

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  Bank Basics

10:00  Insurance for Small Business

10:45  Break

11:00  Intellectual Property

11:45  Operating a Successful Business

12:15  Break for Lunch (included with registration)

Session 2 (1PM-4PM)

12:45  Ingredients for Success

1:00   Legal Aspects of Running a Business

1:45  Accounting for Small Business

2:30   Break

2:45   Marketing Your Business

3:30   Operating a Successful Business

4:00   Q&A/Adjourn