Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College

Sue Pitts
Sue PittsRegional Director
P:
712-325-3350
Toll-Free:
800-432-5852 ext. 3350
F:
712-325-3408

spitts@iwcc.edu

Iowa Western Community College 2700 College Road Council Bluffs, IA 51503

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Sheryl Butler and Mary Dyer, Owners

Client Success Story: Hearing Access Solutions, Inc., Glenwood

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College helped Sheryl Butler and Mary Dyer turn their home-based hearing solutions business into a limited liability corporation, and then a corporation, providing assistance in dev...Read more >>

Jim and Alicia Chrastil, Owners

Client Success Story: Finders Keepers Antique Mall & Coffee Shoppe, Percival

When Jim and Alicia Chrastil’s antique mall and coffee shop was devastated by the 2011 Missouri River floods, the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College helped them devise a plan to manage their current expense...Read more >>

Katy Marvel, Owner

Client Success Story: Katy’s Catering, Glenwood

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College gave Katy Marvel general business start-up advice, helped her develop a business plan and financial projections, and assisted her in optimizing her marketing efforts so she ...Read more >>

Rhonda Bullington, Owner

Client Success Story: Loess Hills Floral Studio

Rhonda Bullington got help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College to develop her business plan, create cash flow projections, find financing and more so she could start, expand and move her floral shop. Rh...Read more >>

Tracey Nichols, General Manager, with Leigh Nightser, President

Client Success Story: Glass Services, Inc., Council Bluffs

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College helped Leigh Nightser and Tracey Nichols with their financial statements, so they could get increased funding, then worked with them on branding, image, and marketing for th...Read more >>

Kathy and Bill Good, Owners

Client Success Story: Tobey Jack's Mineola Steakhouse, Mineola

With assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Western Community College Bill and Kathy Good were able to purchase and update a restaurant and make it a popular gathering spot for their small town. Bill and Kathy Good hav...Read more >>

About the Center

The SBDC center Southwest Iowa is one of 16 regional business assistance centers statewide and serves small business needs in Pottawattamie, Shelby, Harrison, Page, Mills, Cass and Fremont counties. Along with free one-on-one business counseling, the center offers other practical business services including market research services and a variety of business education classes.

Workshop Calendar

Holiday Inn- Ameristar, 2202 River Road, Council Bluffs, IA, 51501 (map)
You’re invited to attend Googlefest! Googlefest is a free, one-day conference formatted especially for nonprofit organizations, small businesses and educators. Attendees will gain first-hand knowledge from Google experts on how to effectively use the full range of Google tools—including Google Apps, Google Drive and Gmail, plus so much more. Google experts will be on-hand to present, demonstrate and answer questions. The event is FREE and open to the public. Lunch is provided. Wher...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
A one-time comprehensive workshop covering the essentials of starting a small business. You will learn: The basics of what you need to do to start doing business How to write a business plan How to conduct market research for feasibility and business planning Small business legal basics About many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binder and Flash Drive including business plan and marketing templates This class will be held at Iowa Western Community C...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Join us for this Lunch & Learn Series covering "Using Tools for Market Research" Small business websites and online profiles generate traffic, hits, clicks, shares, likes, and who knows what else. Learn how to capture these statistics and use them to better your website and overall marketing approach. We will look at Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and other tools. This class is FREE (including lunch!) and will be held at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Looft Hall, ...
To register, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/5068/127805. Join ManpowerGroup for a complimentary webinar designed to reduce your employment law nightmares. In this engaging and interactive webinar, Mark Toth will answer the world’s most terrifying employment law questions. Mark will address the questions that keep you awake at night and ensure that you get all the latest employment law news on everything from hiring to firing and beyond. After this fast-paced hour, you'll ...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
A one-time comprehensive workshop covering the essentials of starting a small business. You will learn: The basics of what you need to do to start doing business How to write a business plan How to conduct market research for feasibility and business planning Small business legal basics About many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binder and Flash Drive including business plan and marketing templates This class will be held at Iowa Western Community C...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Join us for this Lunch & Learn Series covering "Social Media Best Practices" Is your business just getting into social media, or do you need to step back and re-evaluate your social media strategy? This class will address the basics of creating social media strategies and discuss best practices for most popular social media platforms. This class is FREE (including lunch!) and will be held at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Looft Hall, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. 11:30 a.m....
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
A one-time comprehensive workshop covering the essentials of starting a small business. You will learn: The basics of what you need to do to start doing business How to write a business plan How to conduct market research for feasibility and business planning Small business legal basics About many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binder and Flash Drive including business plan and marketing templates This class will be held at Iowa Western Community C...
To Register Online: https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/event/editWebReg.do?SmartCode=5Q0X Starts at 10:00 am CDT Doing Business in Nigeria Webinar Event: Nigeria: Capitalizing on Opportunities and Overcoming Obstacles Venue: Your computer Date: Friday, November 21, 2014 Cost: Free Nigeria is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, averaging over 7% growth in the past decade and is ranked among Africa’s largest consumer markets. Join us for this no cost informational ...

Director's Corner

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