December 1 | Gerdin Business Building, Rm 2117

REGISTER FOR ONE OR BOTH SESSIONS 9:00-12:00 P.M., 1:00- 4:00 P.M.

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, Ames Chamber of Commerce & the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be hosting a “crash course” workshop for anyone who has ever considered starting a business. You will learn various topics such as insurance, intellectual property, business organization, registration, and operations. Topics will be presented by local business professionals.

This is a free workshop; however, registration is required. Please register by November 28th to guarantee your spot!

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BETH MONTPAS TO SPEAK AT FIRST FRIDAY SERIES Owner of Beth Montpas Life Coaching to Present on Dec. 1

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Nov. 21, 2017) – The Iowa Women’s Business Center and the Greater Des Moines Partnership will host their next First Friday event of 2017 on Dec. 1 at The Greater Des Moines Partnership office. The event will feature Beth Montpas, Owner of Beth Montpas Life Coaching.

The First Friday Series is an opportunity for savvy, successful business owners and entrepreneurs in Greater Des Moines (DSM) to share their stories. The First Friday series gives a chance for attendees to catch some words of wisdom from women who have experienced entrepreneurship first-hand. Past speakers include Katie Byers of HomeDitty, Rachel Eubank or Sticks, Tricia Rivas of Trixie’s Salon and Dream Catcher Foundation, Sue Horton of Central Iowa Compounding, Leng Vong Reiff of Akili Design and Marketing Services, Liz Lidgett of Adore Your Walls and Emma Walsmith of Tikly.

Sessions are free and open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Locations rotate among The Iowa Center, the Greater Des Moines Partnership and Gravitate Valley Junction. The December event will be held at The Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust, Ste. 100 in Des Moines.

Beth Montpas is a recognized expert in the fields of sales, business and life coaching. She is seen regularly on the platform speaking at women’s events and conferences, as well as providing one-on-one coaching and mastermind courses for primarily women and women business owners. Born and raised in Iowa, Montpas lives in DSM with her husband Jonathan and three of their combined six kids.

Click here to register for the event or register via email by emailing


About Iowa Center for Economic Success

For more than 25 years, Iowa Center for Economic Success has been committed to empowering Iowans to pursue opportunities for financial success. Whether someone starts their relationship with us through our Education + Resources, Credit + Lending, or Advocacy + Networking programs, our commitment remains the same: empowering them to turn good ideas into strong plans that result in financial success. To learn more, visit:


About the Iowa’s Women’s Business Center (WBC)

Iowa’s WBC, a program of Iowa Center for Economic Success, is dedicated to helping Iowa women business owners as they launch and grow their businesses. The Iowa WBC provides classes, business seminars, networking opportunities, one-on-one coaching, and business counseling for women across the state of Iowa. In 2016, the WBC served over 1,000 clients. Iowa Center for Economic Success’ Women’s Business Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


About the Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,000 Regional Business Members and 320 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at






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Come and Meet Your Procurement Center Representative (PCR)

Did you know that the SBA has a program designed to help small, disadvantaged businesses compete in the federal marketplace? If you’re interested in government contracting, the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program offers a broad scope of assistance to small businesses for which you might be eligible.

When: September 9, 2017

             9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Where: U.S. Small Business Administration

               Cedar Rapids Branch Office

               2750 1st Ave. NE

               Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

This Free 3 hour workshop gives an overview of the SBA’s Certification process and government contracting for businesses that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. In addition, you will receive information about the following agencies:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center – Iowa City
  • U.S. Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) – Des Moines
  • Rock Island Arsenal – Rock Island
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District – Rock Island
  • Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center – Rock Island
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center – Minneapolis
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), St. Paul District – St. Paul
  • U.S. Air Force – Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • IAP-ARS – Minneapolis
  • U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Fish and Wildlife Services, Region 3, Contract and Facilities Management – Fort Snelling
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Services – Minneapolis
  • U.S. Property and Fiscal Office (USPFO) – Little Falls

It will be presented by:

  • Deborah Crumity, Procurement Center Representative
  • Dawnelle Conley, Deputy District Director
  • Seung “Sean” Hong, Business Opportunity Specialist with the SBA

To register, or for more information, contact:

Sean Hung at (319) 362-6780 or at

For more information on the SBA 8(a) program, go to:



SBA Reboot to Business Class

SBA Reboot to Business Class

Wednesday, September 6th

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Upper Iowa University, Fayette, IA


Veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and your spouses

You have served America, now let us serve you by helping you start, build and grow your business!


  • Interested in starting a business or growing an existing business?
  • Topics include: the Entrepreneurial Experience, Business Opportunities, Legal Issues, Market Research, Business Planning, Marketing, Economics and Financing.
  • Presenters include the SBA, America’s SBDC, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center and a local banker and lawyer.
  • Lessons learned from a fellow vetrepreneur.
  • The workshop is free. Snacks will be provided, but lunch is on your own.


Future classes this fall:


November 1st         Host: University of Iowa Pappajohn Center, Iowa City

November 15th       Host: Iowa State University Veterans Center, Ames



Jayne Armstrong

District Director

Iowa District Office

U.S. Small Business Administration

210 Walnut Street, Suite 749

Des Moines, IA 50309