Small Business & Start-Ups Resources

East Central Iowa Score

For over 50 years we have provided free, confidential, face-to-face mentoring to help entrepreneurs start, grow and fix their small business.

Learn more about ECIS here

Kirkwood Small Business Development Center

Successful entrepreneurs possess vision, determination and a relentless desire to obtain sound advice from outside experts. The Kirkwood SBDC provides free counseling to entrepreneurs who are planning or operating small businesses. Services available include:

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

Learn more here.


IASourceLink is the premier online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 320 resource providers across Iowa. IASourceLink benefits for small businesses include:

IASourceLink is brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in collaboration with MyEntre.Net at the University of Northern Iowa.

Advance Iowa

Advance Iowa is the State of Iowa’s comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid sized companies to enhance their growth. It is often lonely at the top for business owners, we are here to be a third party sounding board and trusted advisor. Advance Iowa assists firms in overcoming their obstacles and helps to identify new opportunities. Learn more about Advance Iowa here

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC)

The University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is committed to being a national leader in teaching and supporting innovation and entrepreneurial development. They’re proud to play an important role in the development of Iowa-based technology and high-growth start-up companies. Learn more about JPEC here

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