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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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 >>

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

Is your time in short supply? Are you interested in attending Government Tradeshows/Conferences and maximizing the time you spend at them? This FREE webinar, presented by Ms. Beth White, Iowa State University Government Contracting Specialist, will focus on: *Determining which tradeshows would provide the biggest Return on Investment (ROI) *Actions you can take prior to the conference *Researching your potential Government targets *Ensuring your marketing message is the best it can...
FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA (map)
Who Should Attend Iowa business leaders looking for a better understanding of how to do business in the government sector. Registration is $25 per person. Continental Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are provided. Space is limited. Preregistration is required.   To register, visit http://www.extension.iastate.edu/registration/events/ciras/vendor or call 515-294-6222. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Program starts at 8:50 a.m. Exhibits open at 8:00 a.m. and are open at select times t...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Facebook is the largest social media network in the world and is an excellent marketing platform for small business. Learn how to set up a Facebook business page, generate “likes,” utilize analytical tools, and engage customers. Wednesday, April 8 11:30 am - 1:00 pm FREE! (including lunch) Limited to 30 people Register today! 712-325-3376
210 1st St SW Clarion, Iowa (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 businessHow to write a business planHow to conduct market research for feasibility and business planningSmall business legal basicsAbout many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binder including business plan and marketing templatesThis class will be held at Wright County Extension Office, 210 1st St SW, Clarion, ...
727 Sumner Ave, Humboldt, IA (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 businessHow to write a business planHow to conduct market research for feasibility and business planningSmall business legal basicsAbout many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binder including business plan and marketing templatesThis class will be held at Humboldt County Extension Office, 727 Sumner Ave, Humbol...
Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Twitter is a powerful tool for generating sales leads and reaching customers. Discover how to create an effective Twitter strategy that promotes your brand, develops leads, and engages followers in real time.

Wednesday, April 29
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

FREE! (including lunch)
Limited to 30 people

Register today!
712-325-3376

311 Bank St, Webster City, IA (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 businessHow to write a business planHow to conduct market research for feasibility and business planningSmall business legal basicsAbout many resources and websites, and bring home your own small business guide binderincluding business plan and marketing templatesThis class will be held at Hamilton County Extension Office, 311 Bank St, Webster Ci...
LinkedIn is essential for making connections, hiring skilled employees, and promoting your business. Learn how to set up a profile, join groups, manage connections, locate jobs, and effectively market your company.

Wednesday, May 20
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

FREE! (including lunch)
Limited to 30 people

Register today!
712-325-3376

Iowa Western Community College, Looft Hall, 2700 C (map)
Iowa Western’s Small Business Development Center presents this hands-on, 2 day workshop that will solve your small business website issues. At the end of the 2 days, attendees will have a working knowledge of WordPress and will be able to build and maintain powerful websites for their businesses. May 27 & 28, 2015 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (both days) Looft Hall, Room 112 REGISTER TODAY! Limited to 13 people (712) 325-3376 Cost is $140. Lunch included. Day O...

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