Erika Jensen, Owner

The Chocolate Season, Algona

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Erika Jensen with business plan development, market research, financial projections and more so she could expand her online chocolate business into a chocolate shop and café located in downtown Algona. 


Todd Morris, COO, and Aaron Serrano, Owner

Military Cost Cutters, Davenport

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Aaron Serrano develop a business plan, identify target markets, and make the right connections so he could grow his military rewards program. 


Emily Embree, co-owner

Royals Nails, LLC, Dubuque

Alex Dinh and Emily Embree received help from America’s SBDC Iowa in writing a business plan and negotiating a lease so they could open their own professional nail salon. Read More...

Jeff and Sandra Hendred, Owners

Polar Xpress, LLC, Ottumwa

America’s SBDC Iowa assisted Sandra Hendred with business plan development, financial projections, Quickbooks instruction, and more so she could successfully open her frozen yogurt shop. Read More...

Ann March, Owner

Bark & Play Daycare & Suites, LLC, West Burlington

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Ann March with business plan development, financials and general business advice so she could start her dog daycare business.

Jim Shepherd (L) and Chad Holloway (R), owners

Shepherd Engine Development, Inc., Solon

America’s SBDC Iowa helped Jim Shepherd with financial projections, market research, business planning, and more so he could start his racing car engine development company.

Joe Roush, Owner

Roush Collision & Restoration LLC, Winterset

America’s SBDC Iowa provided business plan assistance, market research, financial projections, and more to help Joe Roush open his vehicle repair and restoration business.


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.

Pete and Tara Wright (center) opening their new business

Wright Plumbing & Well Service, Onawa

Pete and Tara Wright received market research and business plan development from America’s SBDC Iowa and were then able to open their own plumbing, well, and septic service 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.

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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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