Iowa Small Business Development Centers
The SBDC conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields. Each SBDC encourages unique local efforts, region to region, state to state, and community to community to meet small business needs in its area.
The SBDC is the only nationally accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa.
SBDC offices develop and maintain partnerships among community organizations and local, state and federal agencies, providing a focal point for broad networks of public and private resources at the community level. SBDC partnership programs and activities serving small businesses have contributed significantly to economic growth in each state.
Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa’s business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.
Located in Iowa State University’s Research Park, the Pappajohn Center is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises. Whether the undertaking is a student initiated enterprise, a new small business, a high technology start-up, or a corporate spin-off, the Pappajohn Center provides assistance and resources toward individual elements of the development process or to the entire launch of the new venture.
The Center has two primary objectives: to create a culture that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation, and to provide the tools necessary for building and improving Iowa’s businesses.