This is our statewide listing of workshop events. If you click on the workshop events listed below on the calendar, more information and registration instructions will pop up.

Women Who Create Conference @ Iowa State Economic Development Core Facility
Feb 20 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
TechBrew North Iowa @ Mason City Brewing
Feb 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TechBrews are networking events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and inves-tors. It is in partnership with the North Iowa Corridor and NIACC Pappajohn Center.

To Register please call 641-422-4111 or email

Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center, Room 117
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This free two hour workshop is designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding their current business. Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business.

Registration is required for Start Smart. Please call 641-422-4111 or email

Capital For Your Business Seminar @ DSM Partnership
Feb 22 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

The purpose of the Capital for Your Business Seminar is to inform and educate both potential and current business owners on capital options for their businesses. This event will walk owners through the spectrum of capital options, bank financing types and expectations, alternate loans and grants and buying on contract. The seminar will also host several speakers and the lessons they learned from personal experience.

Cost to attend is $35 members $45 nonmembers and includes lunch. Limit of 20 attendees. Sign up today!

Developing a Solid Marketing Plan @ WDM Chamber
Feb 28 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Developing a Solid Marketing Plan

Don’t have a marketing plan to work from? No problem. Guest speaker, Amy Hutchins, founder and chief strategy officer at MarketLogic, will conduct this seminar and provide key steps and tips to ensure you leave with a development action plan in place. Already have a marketing plan? Great. As we all know, today’s marketing landscape changes by the minute. Come revisit some key planning considerations that are always important to keep top of mind.

Attendance is limited to 25, so register now!

North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club @ Social Connections, LLC at Fieldhouse
Feb 28 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Join the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club for breakfast and networking with local social media influencers and enthusiasts – now at its new location at the Fieldhouse in Clear Lake.

Top Five for Small Business – Things to Know About Securing Your Data @ Greater Des Moines Partnership
Feb 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Partnership is proud to present a new series focused on issues small businesses face daily.  This Top Five series will feature experts in human resources, marketing, accounting, IT and others.  They will introduce 5 things on certain topic that will help you be successful in your small business.

Is your business protected?  Are you storing your customers and employees information properly? Businesses continue to seek new ways to protect their data and mitigate cybersecurity risk. However, insuring your organization is secure can be overwhelming and create obstacles for a productive workforce. Join Jack Schroeder, Vice President of IT at Aureon, to learn about five key areas of focus to help your business enhance its cybersecurity posture. Key takeaways include:

  • Strategies to reduce data breach risk and improve business continuity.
  • Securing your network and users.
  • Creating an internal culture of security awareness.
  • Trends in cyber threats, ransomware, spoofing, and phishing attacks (among others).

Jack Schroeder, Vice President, IT
Schroeder is responsible for the strategic, operational and financial performance for Aureon IT. Schroeder has extensive experience in computers and system integration, as well as development and implementation of comprehensive strategic technology initiatives.

Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training @ See Flyer
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Raising Capital Seminar @ BrownWinick Lawfirm
Mar 8 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Startup company founders in Greater Des Moines (DSM) will have the opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs and startup investors on how to raise equity capital.  This full day event will take participants through all of the steps necessary and provide a complete roadmap of what will need to take place before, during and after raising capital.

The event is hosted by the Greater Des Moines Partnership and the BrownWinick Law Firm. Speakers will include local experts, including entrepreneurs and angel investors. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from entrepreneurs who have been in their position as well as investors who directly fund startup companies.

Food Safety and Iowa Regulation Training @ See Flyer
Mar 10 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm