Iowa Small Business Development Center in Mid Iowa

Sherry ShaferRegional Director

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

Hosted by:

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 >>

Felix Gallagher, Owner

Client Success Story: PharmServ Solutions, LLC, Johnston

The Iowa Small Business Development Center for Mid Iowa helped Felix Gallagher grow his existing pharmaceutical staffing company with extensive assistance and advice from several different SBDC counselors on strategic planning, marketing strategies, ...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

DMACC Southridge Campus, Des Moines, IA (map)
Nationally-acclaimed 5-session New Business Class! Must register by April 10th. Class sizes are limited. To Register, call DMACC at 515-964-6800; mention CRN#28847. Thinking about starting a business? Then SimpleSTEPS For Starting Your Business is the place to start. This is a 5-session training program offered through DMACC and SCORE, Counselors to America's Small Businesses. The SimpleSTEPS program will give you a practical overview of the fundamentals required to start or expand ...
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International Traders of Iowa - NI/SM

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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

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