America's SBDC Iowa at Iowa Lakes Community College


Kelly McCartyRegional Director
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712-262-4213
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712-262-4047

kmccarty@iowalakes.edu

Iowa Lakes Community College 1900 Grand Ave, Suite B-1 Spencer, IA 51301

Hosted by:

David and Leann Jacobsen, Owners

Client Success Story: The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, Spencer

Leann Jacobsen opened the doors to Spencer, Iowa’s swanky coffeehouse and wine bar in September of 2012. Her versatile business, The Bear Coffeehouse + Wine Bar, sits along the Little Sioux River. It is one part of a historic Spencer church tha...Read more >>

Carol Lewallen, ARNP, Owner

Client Success Story: Spencer Convenient Healthcare, LLC, Spencer

In order to successfully open her healthcare clinic Carol Lewallen sought help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing her business plan, working through the financial projections and underst...Read more >>

Mercedes Steffes, Owner

Client Success Story: BonBon Frozen Yogurt, Spencer and Arnolds Park

Mercedes (Polaschek) Steffes and her husband, Marc Steffes, received assistance from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing a business plan and financial projections so they could get financing to ope...Read more >>

Amy Strouth, Owner

Client Success Story: Prairie Queen Bakery & Restaurant, Sheldon

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College helped Amy Strouth twice with financial projections, completing loan applications, writing a business plan, and some great advice on financing options so she could purchase an...Read more >>

La Chiesa Restaurant, Spencer

Client Success Story: La Chiesa Restaurant, Spencer

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College helped Jeremy Neppl develop a business plan, prepared necessary financial projections, and helped them secure financing so he could open his Italian restaurant. Iowa native J...Read more >>

Hanson's Plumbing and Heating, Spencer

Client Success Story: Hanson’s Plumbing and Heating, Spencer

The Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College helped Kent Hanson write a business plan, develop financial projections, and complete applications for financing so he could purchase an existing plumbing and heating business...Read more >>

About the Center

The Northwest Iowa center became a part of the statewide network on January 1, 1986. The center has positioned itself as an integral part of the efforts and activities of economic development in Northwest Iowa, along with chambers of commerce and municipalities in the nine counties it serves. A strong emphasis is placed on providing individualized business counseling and specialized workshops in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto and Sioux counties.

The center is in the unique position of serving two community college districts - Iowa Lakes Community College in Area III and Northwest Community College in Area IV - and has an excellent relationship with its host institution, serving as a separate component of the institution's business assistance and economic development initiatives. The center director works with the college's executive director of economic development to coordinate and maintain assistance and programs for business and industry in Northwest Iowa.

Workshop Calendar

Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits?Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months?Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running?How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster? Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost o...
Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits?Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months?Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running?How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster? Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of...
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...
Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits?Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months?Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running?How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster? Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of...
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.

 

Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits?Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months?Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running?How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster? Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of...
Keokuk Public Library (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop is loaded with information to help you analyze your business idea. Covered topics include; 4 ways to start a business, conducting market research, writing a business plan, available funding, marketing the business, legal requirements, record keeping and taxes. Registration is required. All materials are provided. To Register please call 319-208-5375. Course# 50945
Extension ISU Louisa Co, 317 Van Buren, Wapello, I (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop is loaded with information to help you analyze your business idea. Covered topics include; 4 ways to start a business, conducting market research, writing a business plan, available funding, marketing the business, legal requirements, record keeping and taxes. Registration is required. All materials are provided. To register please call 319-208-5375. Course # 50943

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.
Mt. Pleasant Chamber Alliance (map)
This FREE 2-hour workshop is loaded with information to help you analyze your business idea. Covered topics include; 4 ways to start a business, conducting market research, writing a business plan, available funding, marketing the business, legal requirements, record keeping and taxes. Registration is required. All materials are provided. To register please call 319-208-5375. Course# 50944 
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...
Southeastern Community College Keokuk (map)
Let’s Put Our Cities, and Your Business on the Map! Presented by GOOGLE. We want to help every business in our community get found on the web-starting with yours! 97% of consumers look online for local goods and services. People are searching online for your business every day! Make sure they can find and connect to you by adding your business information to Google Search and Maps. It’s EASY and it’s FREE! This hands-on workshop will guide you through putting your bus...
Southeastern Community College Keokuk (map)
Let’s Put Our Cities, and Your Business on the Map! Presented by GOOGLE. We want to help every business in our community get found on the web-starting with yours! 97% of consumers look online for local goods and services. People are searching online for your business every day! Make sure they can find and connect to you by adding your business information to Google Search and Maps. It’s EASY and it’s FREE! This hands-on workshop will guide you through putting your bus...
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

Check out this video of Kelly McCarty telling about the Small Business Development Centers!

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