Economic Impact Data

Over the past five years, America’s SBDC Iowa has:

  • Worked with more than 15,000 clients
  • Helped create more than 6,900 new Iowa jobs
  • Helped start 1,248 new businesses

During this time our small business clients have increased their sales over $259 million and obtained more than $282 million in capital

This was a direct result of our counseling 21,434 clients.

2016 Economic Impact:

  • 279 New Business Starts
  • 1,689 Iowa Jobs Created
  • 4,442 Clients Counseled
  • $70,458,629 in Capital Infusion
  • $68,895,856 in Increased Sales

Our Mission

To support the collaborative economic development of Iowa by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with individual consultation and educational resources necessary to assist their businesses to succeed.

Our Vision

To be an innovative source for empowering business success in Iowa.

Overview

Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides no cost, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses. 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.

Partners

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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.    colorSBA small

Regional Center Host Institutions

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 Office of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515 294-7612, email eooffice@iastate.edu.