Paul Kongshaug, Owner

BlendCard, Iowa City

America’s SBDC Iowa assisted Paul Kongshaug and James Hoeger with business plan development, financial planning, and other necessary advice and connections so they could start a multi-faceted marketing and loyalty platform business.

Kirk Brown and Leonard Hoogerwerf, Owners

Green Start, LLC, Le Claire

Leonard Hoogerwerf and Kirk Brown received business advice and assistance from America’s SBDC Iowa so they could further develop and market their environmentally-friendly products.

Keith Niehaus, Co-owner

Crossroads Manufacturing, Clarksville

America’s SBDC Iowa provided Keith Niehaus and Keith Bailey with market research and accounting instruction so they could grow their new manufacturing business.

Colleen and John Thompson, owners

Iowa PowderCraft, LLC, Clear Lake

Along with extensive research and hands-on practice, John and Colleen Thompson received help from America’s SBDC Iowa so they could start their metal finishing business.


Pat Gehling, Owner

GehlPRO Welding, Carroll

The Iowa Small Business Development Center helped Pat Gehling with business plan development and other helpful advice so he could open his own metal fabrication and repair shop.

Tammy Adams and Lorraine Guerra, Owners

Majestic Estate, LLC, Burlington

Sisters Tammy Adams and Lorraine Guerra received market research, assistance writing a business plan, and much more from America’s SBDC Iowa, which helped them open their banquet hall and special events center.

David and Leann Jacobsen, Owners

The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, Spencer

Leann Jacobsen came to America’s SBDC Iowa for business advice and assistance so she could start her trendy coffeehouse and wine bar.  


Laurie Moritz, Owner

Sweet Raw Joy, Cedar Rapids

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Laurie Moritz with business plan development and other business advice so she could start her bakery that features healthier, delicious desserts.


Shane and Maritza McCool, Owners

Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Barn, Shelby

Maritza and Shane McCool received business assistance from America's SBDC Iowa so they could expand their family’s wedding chapel into a full-service wedding destination.


Katie Patterson, Owner

Happy Medium, Des Moines

America's SBDC Iowa helped Katie Patterson with expert business training and advice so she could start her full-service, à la carte advertising agency.

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America's SBDC Iowa provides 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.


Our state center, located at Iowa State University in Ames, is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. central time. Our 15 regional business centers are open similar hours, depending on their host institutions' policies. To contact the business center nearest you to find out its open hours, go to our Services page.


To find out how we can help you and your business, call the SBDC State Center at 515-294-2030, or visit our Services page to find the business assistance center nearest you.

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