Over the past five years, America’s SBDC Iowa has:

  • Worked with nearly 17,000 clients
  • Helped create 7,450 new Iowa jobs
  • Helped start 1,354 new businesses

During this time our small business clients have increased their sales over $335 million and obtained more than $342 million in capital

2020 Economic Impact

  • 197 New Business Starts
  • 1,869 Iowa Jobs Created
  • 5,925 Clients Counseled
  • $161 Million in Capital Infusion
  • $263.3 Million in Increased Sales

Our Mission

To support the collaborative economic development of Iowa by providing entrepreneurs and businesses with individual consultation and educational resources necessary to assist their businesses to succeed.

Our Vision

To be an innovative source for empowering business success in Iowa.


Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides no cost, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses. We also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.

Our program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education, and the business community to assist Iowa’s businesses to grow and be successful. Our 15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by the three Iowa Regent institutions, and eleven community colleges, all coordinated through the state center at Iowa State University. Each regional center encourages unique local efforts, region to region and community to community, to meet small business needs throughout the state.

We are an accredited affiliate of America’s SBDC, the national Association of Small Business Development Centers.  Watch video about national impact of our program.

Our organization is the only nationally-accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa. Our programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Iowa since our inception in 1981.


The statewide America’s SBDC Iowa program is hosted by the Iowa State University Ivy College of Business, helping the University to fulfill its land-grant mission by providing outreach services to Iowa’s business community.

Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, by the State of Iowa through Iowa State University, and through support from regional host institutions. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

Regional Center Host Institutions

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.  Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, Hotline: 515-294-1222, email eoofice@iastate.edu.