Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College


Scott SwensonRegional Director
P:
319-377-8256
F:
319-398-5698

scott.swenson@kirkwood.edu

KTOS Outreach Center 3375 Armar Drive Marion, IA 52302

Hosted by:

Juliet Pae-Corr, Owner

Client Success Story: 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. Juliet Pae-Corr had always wanted to be a hair...Read more >>

Joe Sipich, Owner

Client Success Story: Milio’s Sandwiches, Cedar Rapids

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College helped Joe Sipich develop his business plan, plus provided free market research, so he could open his franchise restaurants. Milio’s Sandwiches, located in the Rooseve...Read more >>

Conrad Ramsey, Owner

Client Success Story: Ramsey’s Metro Market, Marion

Conrad Ramsey received help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College in optimizing his business plan, comparing possible locations, and finding financing so he could open his unique wine bar. Conrad Ramsey had a...Read more >>

Kris and Brian Tharp, Owners

Client Success Story: We Run LLC, North Liberty

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College helped Brian and Kris Tharp open their specialty running store by providing assistance developing a business plan and financial projections, helpful demographic market research,...Read more >>

Jim Happel, Tami Garman, Owners, with Al Beach, SBDC Director

Client Success Story: Happle Gourmet Foods, Williamsburg

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Kirkwood Community College has helped Jim Happel and Tami Garman grow and expand their thriving specialty food business for more than eleven years. Happle’s Gourmet Foods is a producer of s...Read more >>

Richard Marsceau, Owner

Client Success Story: Brewed Awakenings, Cedar Rapids

With extensive assistance in creating a written business plan, marketing and accounting from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Kirkwood Community College, Richard and Nancy Marsceau survived the Floods of 2008, the resulting economic down...Read more >>

About the Center

The SBDC center collaborates with federal, state, local and private resources to ensure maximum benefit to its clients. Its expert, confidential and free business counseling is available in Benton, Jones and Linn counties and includes business planning, financing options, market research, loan proposal assistance, business growth strategies, new business guidance, business succession strategies, and business disaster counseling.

Workshop Calendar

Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop will help you analyze your business idea and cover what you need to know to launch your business. You will learn how important a business plan is and the steps to create it, how to conduct market research, prepare for a bank loan, legally organize your business, record keeping and taxes, marketing ideas, and what financing options are available. Registration is required. All materials are provided. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Attention business owners: Think you can do it all? Grow your business just by working harder? Are you ready to hire an employee but not sure how to go about the process, or if it is the right move for the business? You will learn through this workshop how to hire an employee; decide what role to fill, calculate how much you can afford, understand employment tax law, find the right person,interviewing do’s and don’t’s,  and become the best boss possible. Workshop will incl...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Accounting. Not on the top of the list for the business owner, but a necessity in every business. In this fun and interactive workshop, learn the structure, purpose and how to read the three primary financial statements to grow your business. Become familiar with the language of accounting; cost of goods sold, expenses, bad debt, depreciation, inventory, debits and credits, assets and liabilities. Discover the difference between cash and profits, cash vs. accrual methods of accounting, and how t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
In this course, you’ll be introduced to a variety of payroll service options within QuickBooks, learn to work with the payroll item list, set-up payroll compensation codes, new and existing employee files, enter timesheet data, create employee paychecks, pay payroll tax liabilities, prepare both federal and state payroll tax reports, and enter manual paychecks.Course prerequisite is to be familiar with QuickBooks navigation.Seating is limited. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
National Speaker (via webcast)  President Jimmy Carter  “Issues in U.S.-China Relations”  The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is pleased to announce the eighth  annual CHINA Town Hall, to take place on Thursday evening, October 16, 2014, in  collaboration with The Carter Center in Atlanta.     The program will open with a webcast, part of the Conversations at The Carter Center  speaker series, featuring President Jimmy Carter...
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
In this course, you’ll be introduced to a variety of payroll service options within QuickBooks, learn to work with the payroll item list, set-up payroll compensation codes, new and existing employee files, enter timesheet data, create employee paychecks, pay payroll tax liabilities, prepare both federal and state payroll tax reports, and enter manual paychecks.Course prerequisite is to be familiar with QuickBooks navigation.Seating is limited. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208...
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
Beyond the basics, participants in this seminar will build on the knowledge they gained in Level I as they learn to work with physical inventory and sales tax, set up and use QuickBooks® payroll, and deal with the “other” accounts found on the balance sheet, such as current assets and long-term liabilities. Also covered is estimates and time tracking features as well as data maintenance. Finally, you’ll learn how to enter journal entries, customize reports, and create custo...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This workshop addresses the entire range of issues facing any business owner or manager, from planning, strategies, leadership and marketing, to money management, technology, operations and more! If you are looking for new strategies for growing your business and attracting customers as well as gaining new insight on how to run and grow a business, this workshop is for you! Book and materials included. Fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
You have an idea for a business, but now the tough part; making it happen! Where do I start? How do I achieve my dream? This course and book , using checklists and forms, will guide youstep-by step to get your business up and running. The course covers researching your market and competition, legal matters and licensing, setting up a store front or home based business, dealing with financing, record keeping, and taxes, and marketing the business. Book and materials included. Fee. Please register...
ISU Extension & Outreach, 414 N Main St, Donnellso (map)
In this course, discover the basic components necessary for a winning business plan. Areas covered include the executive summary, market research, marketing plan, operating plan, management, organization and ownership. You will work on cash flow projections and projected financial statements. You will have the opportunity to write the plan in class, with a business plan template provided to you. Students should have computer experience in Microsoft Word and Excel. Workbook and flash drive with t...
Southeastern Community College Keokuk (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop will help you analyze your business idea and cover what you need to know to launch your business. You will learn how important a business plan is and the steps to create it, how to conduct market research, prepare for a bank loan, legally organize your business, record keeping and taxes, marketing ideas, and what financing options are available. Registration is required. All materials are provided. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro®, this hands-on training seminar is for you! Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You’ll also learn how to reconcile accounts, and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends. All materials are included. Basic computer knowledge is required. Fee. ...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
This IRS workshop is designed to help the business owner better understand and follow the tax law to minimize the amount of taxes they pay and to avoid tax penalties. Learn what business expenses are allowable and which expenses have limits, claiming the business use of your home for home based businesses, what records to keep and ways to reduce your chances of being audited. Participants will receive all materials and are encouraged to bring specific questions. Please register with Barb Blow at...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro®, this hands-on training seminar is for you! Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You’ll also learn how to reconcile accounts, and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends. All materials are included. Basic computer knowledge is required. Fee. ...
Southeastern SBDC, 610 N 4th St, Burlington, IA (map)
If you are a new user of QuickBooks Pro®, this hands-on training seminar is for you! Learn how to set up a company, customer and vendor files, and chart of accounts. Learn how to manage money coming in and money going out including sales, invoicing, paying bills, and tracking expenses. You’ll also learn how to reconcile accounts, and use reports to understand your business, including profitability and sales trends. All materials are included. Basic computer knowledge is required. Fee. ...

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