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

Hosted by:

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

Boone, IA (map)

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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...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Join us for this Lunch & Learn Series covering "Cool Tools for Your Small Business" The internet and the rise of internet start-up companies has created hundreds of different tools that can help businesses increase productivity, save money, streamline operations, and manage day-to-day business. Learn about some of these tools and how to put them to work in your business. This class is FREE (including lunch!) and will be held at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Looft Hall,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Join us for this Lunch & Learn Series covering "What is My Business Worth?" This session will cover best practices for small businesses to help them determine how much their business is worth and how to increase value going forward. 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. to 1:00 p.m. Limited to 30 people To register, contact Shannon Gibson by calling (712) 325-3376 or e-...
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...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Turn Your Dreams Into Reality! Hear the stories of and learn the secrets behind the success of the world's top entrepreneurs who are still in their 20's. Learn how YOU can make your dreams a reality too! September, 25 1:00 -- 4:00pm Iowa Western, Looft Hall Auditorium COST OF ATTENDING: $0 -- FREE! TO REGISTER: extremetour.org/iwcc or (712) 325-3376 Doors Open: 12:00pm Welcome: 1:00 -- 1:15pm Speaker Presentation: 1:15 -- 3:45pm Closing Remarks: 3:45 -- 4:00pm IWCC Resource...
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...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Join us for this Lunch & Learn Series covering "Using Twitter for Sales and Marketing" Businesses are discovering that Twitter is a very effective tool for generating sales leads. We will discuss creating a Twitter strategy to proactively promote your brand, generate leads, promote company events, and engage with your customers and prospects in real time. This class is FREE (including lunch!) and will be held at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road, Looft Hall, in Council Bluf...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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, ...
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.
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....
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...
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...
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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