About America's SBDC Iowa


Established in 1981, 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.

Our program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education, and the business community to assist Iowa’s businesses to grow and be successful. Our 15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by the three Iowa Regent institutions, ten community colleges, and one regional economic development entity, all coordinated through the state center at Iowa State University. Each regional center encourages unique local efforts, region to region and community to community, to meet small business needs throughout the state.

We are an accredited affiliate of America’s SBDC, the national Association of Small Business Development Centers.  Watch video about national impact of our program.

Our organization is the only nationally-accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa. Our programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Iowa since our inception in 1981.

Funding Partners

The statewide America's SBDC Iowa program is hosted by the Iowa State University College of Business, helping the University to fulfill its land-grant mission by providing outreach services to Iowa’s business community. Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, by the State of Iowa through Iowa State University, and through support from regional host institutions. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.





Regional Center Host Institutions

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges
Indian Hills Community College
Iowa Lakes Community College Iowa State University
Iowa Western Community College Kirkwood Community College
Webster County Agricultural Extension District North Iowa Area Community College
Northeast Iowa Community College Southeastern Community College
Southwestern Community College University of Iowa
University of Northern Iowa Western Iowa Tech Community College


Our professional business advisors can unlock the potential of any business by providing business expertise normally reserved for large, established companies. If entrepreneurs have the drive to succeed, we can help make their businesses successful. Contact us today at 515-294-2030.

Our business counseling and training focuses on specific business needs including, but not limited to:

New Business Guidance Business Planning and Modeling
Loan Proposal Assistance Financing Opportunities
Market Research Services Export Assistance
Cash Flow Projections Business Succession Strategies
Human Resource Management Business Growth Strategies
Strategic Planning Disaster Recovery
Business Continuity Planning Market Planning and Strategy
Accounting and QuickBooks Pro
SmartStart: Basic Business Start-up
Writing a Business Plan Pricing

Our Mission

The mission of America's SBDC Iowa is to have a positive impact on the economy of the State of Iowa and its communities. We do this by providing the highest quality assistance to current and future businesses and by collaborating with other federal, state, local and private resources to ensure maximum benefit to clients.

Our Vision

America's SBDC Iowa is the preeminent provider of hands-on assistance to current and future business owners.

Economic Impact Data

From 2008 through 2014, Iowa SBDC clients:

  • Created or saved 11,733 jobs in Iowa
  • Raised more than $380 million in new capital
  • Started 1,271 new businesses
  • Grew sales by $383 million
  • On average, grew significantly faster than the average Iowa business.

This was a direct result of our counseling 18,259 clients.  

2014 Economic Impact:

  • We helped 251 businesses to start
  • Our clients added or retained 1,643 jobs 
  • Over 2,600 clients assisted
  • Our clients raised over $52 million in capital for their Iowa businesses
  • Our clients had sales increases of more than $49 million



Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Robinette Kelley, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity, Title IX/ADA Coordinator, and Affirmative Action Officer, 3350 Beardshear Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.