Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College


Jay Wickham, Regional Director
P:
563-588-3350
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563-588-8033

wickhamja@nicc.edu

Schmid Innovation Center 900 Jackson St, Suite 110 Dubuque, IA 52001

Hosted by:

Dr. Jeff Manternach and Mark Lewis

Client Success Story: Key City Vision Center, Dubuque

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College helped Dr. Jeff Manternach and Mark Lewis obtain financing and set up their full service vision center by helping them develop a business plan and cash flows, plus provide...Read more >>

Bill Wiezorek and Arnie Bruggeman, Owners

Client Success Story: Bruggeman Lumber Inc., Hopkinton

The Iowa Small Business Development Center helped the owners of Bruggeman Lumber find new sources of financing so they could restructure the company’s loans to improve its cash flow, plus provided additional, specialized counseling to get the c...Read more >>

Gina Blean and Kelly Heysinger, Owners

Client Success Story: Unified Therapy Services, Inc., Dubuque

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Northeast Iowa Community College helped Kelly Heysinger and Gina Blean extensively over several years to start and grow their pediatric outpatient therapy business into the successful company it is today....Read more >>

About the Center

The SBDC center was opened in the early part of 1985 through the efforts of a tri-college group who worked together and in partnership with the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce, to address the need for entrepreneurial training and assistance. In October 2005 the SBDC in Northeast Iowa officially changed host institutions to the Northeast Iowa Community College in Calmar. The SBDC center remains physically located in downtown Dubuque where it is more accessible to the Northeast Iowa business community. It serves entrepreneurs and existing businesses in Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque and Winneshiek counties.

Workshop Calendar

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...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
This free webinar will focus on “myRA” (“My Retirement Account”), a new retirement savings account for individuals looking for a simple, safe, and affordable way to start saving for retirement.It is intended for employees who do not have access to an employer-sponsored plan or who are not eligible for their employer’s plan. To register for this webinar, click HERE.Note: On the webpage that pops up, scroll down to find the registration form. Savers will be able to...
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...
This free, online webinar presentation will provide information about tax law changes enacted during the 2014 legislative session.  For more information and to register, click here. Jim McNulty from the Iowa Department of Revenue will be the guest presenter. Topics covered will include: Coupling with federal income tax law changes Repeal of Iowa estate tax and generation skipping transfer tax Military retirement pay exclusion Changes to existing income tax credits -Historic P...
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)
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...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
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...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
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...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
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.
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
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...
The Affordable Care Act and Its Impact on Small Business Owners - What the New Healthcare Law Means for Your Small Business. Click HERE to find the Link to Register. Scroll down the page that pops up until you reach "Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers". Click on the link for the date you want to attend. It is presented every Thursday through the end of October, 2014. This webinar focuses on what the new healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses. I...
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...
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)
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 Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
You have a passion-you’re a chef, a techie, an artist, a dentist, but you don’t know how to turn your skills into a profitable business. Turn your dreams into reality by learning to think like an entrepreneur, find, get and keep customers, managing money and employees, marketing that works, all the secrets of starting a successful business. Book is a step by step guide and is included in the fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.
Southeastern Community College Mt. Pleasant (map)
You have a passion-you’re a chef, a techie, an artist, a dentist, but you don’t know how to turn your skills into a profitable business. Turn your dreams into reality by learning to think like an entrepreneur, find, get and keep customers, managing money and employees, marketing that works, all the secrets of starting a successful business. Book is a step by step guide and is included in the fee. Please register with Barb Blow at 319-208-5375.

Director's Corner

Congratulations to Ken’s Electric Inc. of Oelwein, which was named Northeast Iowa Small Business of the Year at an award event held at the Northeast Iowa Community College's Peosta Campus on June 18, 2013. The Northeast Iowa SBDC and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) jointly present this annual business award. For more information on the company and event, click on this article from KWWL.com or the NICC Campus Cruiser article.

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