Iowa Small Business Development Center in Mid Iowa


Regional Director TBD
P:
515-331-8954

jbruene@iastate.edu

Capital Square 400 Locust St, Suite 160 Des Moines, IA 50309

Hosted by:

Amy and Chad Vohs, Owners

Client Success Story: You and Yours, LLC, Polk City

Inventor and entrepreneur Amy Vohs received great advice and business assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa, plus expertise and the use of a 3D printer from the Iowa State University Industrial Design Department, in ...Read more >>

Lynn and Sarah Pritchard, Owners

Client Success Story: Table 128 Bistro + Bar, Clive

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Mid Iowa helped Lynn and Sarah Pritchard buy out their business partner, restructure the business, devise a new strategic plan for the company’s growth, create cash flow projections, and sec...Read more >>

Ryan Grother, Owner

Client Success Story: Ryanscardz, Urbandale

The Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa helped Ryan Grother create a business plan and cash flow projections, obtain a loan, negotiate a lease, and figure out marketing strategies in order to move his sports cards and memorabilia busi...Read more >>

Christina Moffatt, Owner

Client Success Story: Crème Cupcake + Dessert, Des Moines

The Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa assisted Christina Moffatt in developing her business plan, creating cash flow projections, and finding financing so she could start a bakery and then expand it into a bakery and dessert lounge....Read more >>

LtoR back: Jake Cunliffe, Mark LaCroix, Kris Kunze. LtoR front: James Deeds, Dave Chongo.

Client Success Story: KCL Engineering, West Des Moines

As tenants in the West Des Moines Business Incubator, Kris Kunze and Mark LaCroix received specific, individualized business counseling from the Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa so they could grow their existing engineering consult...Read more >>

Tim Clark, Owner

Client Success Story: Amish Haus Furniture, Urbandale

The Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa helped Tim Clark write a business plan, prepare cash flow projections and other financial analyses, and find creative financing to purchase an existing retail furniture store. Tim Clark earned ...Read more >>

About the Center

This SBDC center was established in 1982 as one of the first four centers in the network and it serves the Des Moines metro area and surrounding counties. Our center is located in Des Moines and provides one-on-one free confidential counseling to existing business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk and Warren counties, in addition to providing workshops and seminars.

 

Workshop Calendar

Boone, IA (map)

A variety of topics will be discussed in mini seminars throughout the trade show.


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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...
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...

Director's Corner

Christina Moffatt competed on national Food Network TV's "Cupcake Wars"! See story and pictures here.

Congratulations to Christina Moffatt of Creme Cupcake+Dessert, who was chosen as the 2012 winner of our Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award. See pictures and read her success story here or read the the press release

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