Kristen Stephens Sharma, Owner

Inspired!, Inc., North Liberty

Kristen Stephens Sharma was assisted with training and counseling from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at The University of Iowa many times over 20 years for her various business ventures especially when starting her two newest businesses, a school of healing arts and a massage therapy business. While still owning one of the two businesses, she has since moved on to singing.


Amy and Chad Vohs, Owners

You and Yours, LLC, Polk City

Inventor and entrepreneur Amy Vohs received great advice and business assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa, plus expertise and the use of a 3D printer from the Iowa State University Industrial Design Department, in order to successfully manufacture her all-Iowa made product, Lil Sidekick.

Bethany Jones and Richard Mumm, Owners

Mumm Soft Water, Ida Grove

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Western Iowa Tech Community College helped Bethany Jones and Richard Mumm establish their soft water distribution company by providing assistance in developing a business plan and financial projections, plus provided market research and advice on inventory control.

Brian and Linda Mosher, Owners

Logo Pro, LLC, Bettendorf

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Eastern Iowa Community College helped Linda Mosher develop a business plan, conducted market research, and provided personalized counseling and training so she could start her promotional products company.

Josh Lopshire, Owner

Josh Lopshire Trucking, Ottumwa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Indian Hills Community College helped Josh Lopshire set up an accounting system, allocate costs, develop cash flow projections, and more to start his trucking business.



LtoR: Wee Thomas, Maria Cansino, and Wanida Thomas

Ginger Thai Cuisine, Cedar Falls

Wanida Thomas received help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at the University of Northern Iowa in writing a business plan, finding a lawyer, applying for financing, and dealing with business problems, so she could open her Thai restaurant.

Terry Schnack, Owner (back center) and his crew

C.A.R.S. (Christian Automotive Repair Service), West Burlington

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Southeastern Community College helped Terry Schnack with financial projections, accounting assistance, and obtaining financing so he could purchase a building and start his new automotive shop in West Burlington.


Dr. Randall Wanke, Primary Researcher, and Leonard Hoogerwerf, Owner

QC Analytical Services, LLC, LeClaire

Leonard Hoogerwerf was assisted by the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Eastern Iowa Community College District in finding funding to launch a new product developed by one division of his commercial testing certified laboratory. Read More...

Tom Cackler, President

r-Pipe, Inc.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa State University helped Tom Cackler, President of r-Pipe, Inc., get prepared and apply for funding to develop and test materials to build a prototype of a better sewer pipe made from recycled materials.


Juliet Pae-Corr, Owner

Fix Salon, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College provided business plan and financing assistance to Juliet Pae-Corr so she could grow and expand her beauty salon/spa business.

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We provide free, confidential, customized, professional business advice and consulting in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. If you're looking for help writing a business plan, planning a marketing strategy, developing cash flow projections, doing market research, or much, much more, you've found the right organization. Along with individual business consulting, our regional business assistance centers 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. Our organization is the only nationally-accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa.


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