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Business Connection Guide: Iowa Workforce Development product with a wide variety of links addressing many aspects of starting a business, applying for permits, statistics and data, as well as valuable resource links.


Iowa Data Tables through Iowa Community Indicators Program through Iowa State University Extension. Data for county and city level statistics, which is potentially beneficial with  regard to business plan research. Be sure to check out the other links in the left navigation box for even more data.


Business Model Generation: Systematically understand, design & differentiate your business model. A handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers.

Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your business model.

Canvanizer: Create your own canvas.

The Regional Entrepreneurship Center (REC) is a full service entrepreneurial training center and business incubator. It is located on the Indian Hills Community College North Campus, next to IowaWorks and Ottumwa Job Corps. Our mission is to have a measurable, positive impact on economic growth in the ten-county, Indian Hills region by “incubating” start-up and early-stage companies, both in the REC and in community-based “centers.”

America's SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides free, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. We also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.

US Small Business Administration Tools. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions:

     Access to Capital (Business Financing)

     Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training)

     Government Contracting (Federal Procurement)

     Advocacy (Voice for Small Business)


IASourceLink is where business begins in Iowa.  Our mission is to help small businesses in Iowa grow and succeed.  We provide firms with free, easy access to the help they need - when they need it.

Iowa Economic Development: Thier mission is to strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business. Through our two main divisions – business development and community development – IEDA administers several state and federal programs to meet its goals of assisting individuals, communities and businesses.

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) is part of the College of Engineering and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations at Iowa State University. Since 1963 CIRAS has been partnering with Iowa companies and communities to help them prosper and grow.

The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is committed to being a national leader in teaching and supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development.

The UNI Regional Business Center (RBC) serves entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the state of Iowa. The center hosts three critical programs: UNI Business Incubation Services, UNI Small Business Development Center and MyEntre.Net. The UNI Regional Business Center (RBC) serves entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the state of Iowa. The center hosts three critical programs: UNI Business Incubation Services, UNI Small Business Development Center and MyEntre.Net. The Regional Business Center is a program of Business and Community Services, a division of the College of Business Administration at the University of Northern Iowa.

The Iowa Startup Accelerator is an intensive program that matches tech-based startups, especially those in ag, health, education, manufacturing and transportation technology, with world-class mentors, Midwestern work ethic, seed funding and development expertise to take them from concept to successful launch in 90 days.

Explore Entrepreneurship.org to find resources for all aspects of starting and growing a business. Designed with entrepreneurs in mind, our resource center allows you to find materials to grow great ideas.

1 Million Cups: Join them every Wednesday from 8-9:30AM at the Science Center in downtown Des Moines, as Iowa entrepreneurs are caffeinated with free coffee, complimentary parking and an innovative energy generated by an interactive community-driven networking experience unlike any other.

Annual Iowa Entrepreneurship Conference: Iowa’s largest entrepreneurial conference is being planned for 2016. It will be comprised of phenomenal speakers, great folks, and unforgettable experiences.  More information will be posted here and you have the opportunity to request email or sign up for the next event. The news section is very enlightening with regard to the past conference and what one might expect at the next one.

Iowa Association of Business and Industry, ABI, is a broad-based organization of Iowa businesses working together to promote Iowa commerce. The philosophy behind this expanded organization is simple: there is strength in numbers. By including more and more diverse Iowa businesses, ABI is able to play an even more active role in shaping Iowa's future.  Uniting around the key issues, which all businesses have in common provide ABI, and each ABI member, with a strong voice for change and progress in Iowa.

StartUp Models.Com: Financial models for startup businesses.

New Business Compliance Checklist from SCORE – Greater Rochester (NY) Business Advice. SCORE is an organization of experienced business professionals that offers priceless counseling, business advice, and low cost educational programs to prospective entrepreneurs, existing small business owners, and non-profit organizations.


The Entrepreneur's Resource has a wealth of information including a Business Plan Checklist

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