Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Iowa State University Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship and the America’s Small Business Development Center Iowa’s regional center at Iowa State University work together to provide a broad set of resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses of all types. The Pappajohn Center provides direct service including market research and business plan development, and it connects prospective companies to a network of private sector expertise and resources. The America’s SBDC Iowa provides no-fee, confidential, customized business counseling services to Iowa’s entrepreneurs and small businesses from 15 regional offices throughout the state.

Counseling Services

  • Customer Discovery, Market Research and Strategies
  • Business Planning and Business Plan Development
  • Financial Projections and Analysis/Benchmarking
  • Sourcing Capital and Financial Assistance
  • Assistance Accessing Technical Resources
  • Business Transition/Business Succession


  • Experienced and certified staff workings directly with entrepreneurs and business owners.
  • Access to a broad network of resources minimizing the time spent searching and assessing the appropriate resources.

The Iowa State University Center of America’s SBDC Iowa is located at the Iowa State Research Park and serves entrepreneurs and small business owners in Story, Boone, and Marshall counties. Contact the Iowa State University Center for more information.