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About the SBDC

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Owning a small business calls for vision, determination and all the sound expertise you can find. The SBDC can guide you down the road to success with:

  • One-on-one free, confidential counseling by qualified professionals.
  • A variety of learning opportunities, including workshops, on-line assistance, publications and other resources.
  • Connections to other service providers, federal, state and local resources, sources of capital and similar assistance for small businesses.

SBDCs are partially supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. SBA cannot endorse any products, opinions or services of any external parties or activities.

Iowa's SBDCs are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration via a contract with Iowa State University, Ames. The center is headquartered in ISU's Business Park.

Additional funding is provided by the State of Iowa. For every tax dollar spent on the Iowa SBDC program, the program generated $2.47 in new sales and income taxes. 

Support for regional centers is provided by SBDC host institutions and contributed funds. Our center is hosted by Southeastern Community College and the Center for Business.

Since its inception in 1981, the Iowa SBDC has spent over 392,000 hours counseling more than 67,300 clients. In 2010, we spent 12,354 hours counseling 2,785 clients. These clients added or retained 1,855 jobs and raised over $64 million in capital for their Iowa businesses. We also held 306 training sessions attended by 3,990 people. In the past three years, Iowa Small Business Development Center clients:

  • Contributed $15.5 million in new state taxes through increased sales and employment.
  • Increased firm gross revenues by $206 million.
  • Added or retained 3,795 jobs
  • Raised $130 million in new capital.
  • Client Businesses Grew 4.4 times faster than the average Iowa business.

Iowa SBDC services are an outstanding value, returning $7 to the state's treasury for every Iowa tax dollar spent on counseling services.

No organization in Iowa does a better job of providing hands-on support to small businesses than the IOwa SBDC.

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