America's SBDC Iowa 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, Looft Hall Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Hosted by:

Shane and Maritza McCool, Owners

Client Success Story: Willow Creek Glass Chapel and Banquet Barn, Shelby

Shane McCool moved back to Iowa from beautiful Hawaii in 2005 when his parents proposed the idea of building a wedding chapel on their scenic family farm in Shelby, Iowa. Initially a skeptic, Shane was fully committed to the idea after he considered ...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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

About the Center

The Iowa Western center is one of 15 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

Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Are you a technical, creative, or business hotshot?  Then join us for Startup Weekend Council Bluffs, and build your own business in 54 hours! Developers, designers, marketers, and entrepreneurs from all different backgrounds will come together the weekend of July 31-August 2 to test ideas, form teams, present pitches, and launch startups -- all in 54 hours!  Attendees present their initial ideas in 60 seconds, the top ideas are cho...
What the Healthcare Law Means for your Small Business. Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces from this webinar. To Register for this webinar, click HERE. This webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being d...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
The government must award 23% of its contracts to small businesses. Learn how to get involved with federal, state, and local government contracting, including finding and responding to solicitation opportunities and developing a timeline and outline for your proposal. Taught by CIRAS Government Contracting Specialist Andy Alexander.  Wednesday, August 12 11:30 am -- 1:00 pm Looft Hall, Room 006 FREE! Including lunch provided by Council Bluffs Growth Alliance Limited to 30 people&nbs...
Starting or Expanding a Business – August 19, 2015 12:00-1:00 PM CDT Register atwww.iowataxwebinars.com. This online course will provide information on steps needed to start or expand a business. It is a joint presentation by the Iowa Department of Revenue and the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Topics covered will include:   Iowa taxes       Which ones apply to me?       How do I register?  &nb...
What the Healthcare Law Means for your Small Business. Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces from this webinar. To Register for this webinar, click HERE. This webinar will focus on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics being d...
This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened to get you off course, and you are still interested but a little lost. While this is not an in-depth discussion of government contracting, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory related to navigating the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can or should be taking, and give you a fresh start and re...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Over 90% of people research online before making a purchase, so effective online presence is crucial. Learn the best steps to take to ensure your website is being found by search engines and local customers. Wednesday, September 2 11:30 am -- 1:00 pm Looft Hall, Room 006 FREE!  Including lunch provided by Council Bluffs Growth Alliance Limited to 30 people  REGISTER TODAY! (712) 325-3376
This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened to get you off course, and you are still interested but a little lost. While this is not an in-depth discussion of government contracting, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory related to navigating the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can or should be taking, and give you a fresh start and re...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Personal credit scores play a huge factor in determining your eligibility for loans and financing. Learn what makes up a credit score and how to improve your score to obtain funds for your small business. Taught by TS Institute Financial Literacy Coordinator Kyle Osborne. Wednesday, September 23 11:30 am -- 1:00 pm Looft Hall, Room 006 FREE! Including lunch provided by Council Bluffs Growth Alliance Limited to 30 people  REGISTER TODAY! (712) 325-3376
Veterans Memorial Bldg, City Hall, 50 2nd Ave Bridge, 4th floor, C (map)
This free, day-long workshop is for veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and transitioning military personnel and their families. It will be held on Monday, September 28, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on the 4th floor of the Veterans Memorial, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, in downtown Cedar Rapids. Registration information will be provided soon. Seating will be limited, so put this on your schedule now and check back here soon. REBOOT is intended to help veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, t...
IWCC Clarinda Campus- Student Depot- 923 E. Washington St., Clarinda, IA 51632 (map)

The rise of the internet and “cloud” has created hundreds of tools to help entrepreneurs save money and manage operations. Learn how to put these cool tools to work in your small business.

$5.00 at the door
Includes lunch provided by Clarinda Chamber of Commerce

Call 712-325-3376 to register!

Iowa Tax Law Legislative Update – September 30, 2015

12:00-1:00 PM

Course description coming soon.

Attendees can register to attend via the IASourceLink website at  www.iowataxwebinars.com.

 

IWCC Clarinda Campus- Student Depot- 923 E. Washin (map)

With so many social media platforms out there, it's important your social media strategy is cohesive and fitting to your market and industry.  Learn tips and tricks for improving your social media presence, engaging your followers, and increasing your sales.

$5.00 at the door
Includes lunch provided by Clarinda Chamber of Commerce

Call 712-325-3376 to register!

Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Instagram & Pinterest are powerful social media platforms for promoting your brand and reaching customers. Learn how to get set up, the tools available on each, and great ways to engage followers and increase awareness. Wednesday, October 14 11:30 am -- 1:00 pm Looft Hall, Room 006 FREE! Including lunch provided by Council Bluffs Growth Alliance Limited to 30 people  REGISTER TODAY! (712) 325-3376

Iowa & South Dakota Sales/Use Tax Issues for Construction Contractors – October 21, 2015

12:00-1:00 PM CDT

Course description coming soon.


Attendees can register to attend via the IASourceLink website at  www.iowataxwebinars.com.
This session is perfect for companies that have either dabbled in Government contracting or tried at one point to pursue the market, but something happened to get you off course, and you are still interested but a little lost. While this is not an in-depth discussion of government contracting, the workshop will provide enough information to refresh your memory related to navigating the Government contracting maze, remind you of steps you can or should be taking, and give you a fresh start and re...

Director's Corner

Starting a Business? Start here!
Business Start Up Checklist

If you're looking for basic information on the following subjects, just click on one of the fact sheets below.

Accounting Fact Sheet
Grants Fact Sheet
Legal Structures Fact Sheet
Marketing Fact Sheet
Planning Fact Sheet