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.

Apr
25
Wed
NIACC Start Smart Workshop @ NIACC, Pappajohn Center #117
Apr 25 @ 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 mary.spitz@niacc.edu.

Apr
30
Mon
Can I Deduct This? – National Small Business Week Webcast
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight into what can be deducted in the name of your business.  Some items include OIH, Meals , Transportation, and Cell Phone bills.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25449

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25478

May
1
Tue
Employee v. Independent Contractor – National Small Business Week Webcast
May 1 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight on the differences between hiring an employee and an independent contractor mean for your small business.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25479

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25480

May
2
Wed
Pay Now? Pay Later? Can’t Pay? – National Small Business Week Webcast
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight on payment options when it comes to your small business expenses.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25481

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25482

Gravitate Coworking Lunch & Learn @ Gravitate Coworking (Valley Junction)
May 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join us at Gravitate Valley Junction for a FREE lunch and learn about the Federal SBIR/STTR programs that award over $2.6 billion dollars in high risk R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses.

This lunch and learn will introduce high-tech entrepreneurs and university researchers to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. SBIR/STTR offers federal funding support for innovative research and development projects that meet specific agency needs. Learn about the basic requirements for program participation, methods for assessing qualifying technologies and research projects, and how to get started with the SBIR/STTR program.

May
3
Thu
Small Business Resources – National Small Business Week Webcast
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight on which resources are readily available for starting a small business or driving forward an existing small business.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25483

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25485

 

May
4
Fri
Pay Check Check-Up – National Small Business Week Webcast
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Presented by the Internal Revenue Service, the FREE National Small Business Week Webcasts for Small Business and Industry offer insight on how to better monitor and manage you small business payroll.

Register for the 10 am session here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25486

Register for the 12 pm session here (closed captioning included): https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25487

May
9
Wed
SBA Veterans Webinar Series
May 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center announce a monthly Small Business Bootcamp webinar series for veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses to help start, build and grow their small business. The webinars will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be recorded and posted on the office’s website at www.sba.gov/ia.

 

Webinar topics include:
October 11 Veterans Business Outreach Center Resources
November 8 SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program and other Small Business Financing Options
December 13 Iowa’s Targeted Small Business certification & TSB Microloan Program

 

Webinar topics will be announced in advance for the following dates:
January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11; August 15 and September 12.

Interested individuals can participate via AT&T Connect – To join AT&T Connect Conference:
Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/EventEntry/Websites/?VaccId=sba&ExEventID=83740601
Call: 1-888-858-2144 – When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 4554497#

 

Boots to Business: Reboot Classes
The SBA also announced its schedule for the Boots to Business: Reboot classes for FY 2018. The free one-day training session introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The training is hosted by the SBA Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center and features additional presentations by SBA resource partners, including SCORE, America’s SBDC – Iowa (the Small Business Development Centers), and local bankers, lawyers and small business owners.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

The initial program is followed up with one of two opportunities. Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an eight-week, online training (may be self-paced) course presented by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA network, Syracuse University. Mississippi State University offers a six-week online, interactive classroom focused on identifying and understanding customers; developing and refining a business mode; and drafting a business plan.

Please email the team at boot-to-business@sba.gov if you’ve attended a previous Reboot class, and haven’t yet taken, but are interested in taking the online course.

After completing Boots to Business: Reboot participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small business.

November Boots to Business: Reboot classes:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Business Building
21 E. Market Street, Room W401
Iowa City, IA 52242.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iowa State University Memorial Union, the Cardinal Room
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011.

Additional Boots to Business: Reboot classes are scheduled as follows:
· January 24, 2018 – DMACC in Ankeny
· April 11, 2018 – Upper Iowa University in Fayette
· May 22, 2018 – Iowa Army National Guard HQ in Cedar Rapids
· TBD – Iowa Army National Guard – Camp Dodge in Johnston
· TBD – Iowa Air National Guard – Sioux City
To register for Boots to Business: Reboot classes go to https://sbavets.force.com/ and create a profile for notification of future veterans training and events.
For more information, contact Jayne Armstrong at jayne.armstrong@sba.gov or (515) 284-4026.

May
16
Wed
Aspirant Series: Entrepreneurial Leadership Event @ Drake University
May 16 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

The Iowa Center for Economic Success Introduces Aspirant Series

This May 16th, an Entrepreneurial Leadership Event will be hosted by the Iowa Women’s Business Center.  This is an amazing opportunity to turn your ideas and dreams into action or learn some useful information on how to improve your already existing business.  This day long event will include multiple guest speakers including networking specialists, existing business owners, and business coaches.

As an attendee, you will be

  • linked with mentors sitting among you
  • learning some tips, tricks, and ways to persevere though business problems through multiple business owners and business coaches
  • beginning working on a business plan, whether that is for a new business, expanding your existing business, or advancing your position in the current organization
  • offered an opportunity to sign up for FREE one-on-one business counseling and coaching sessions
  • invited to an after event networking opportunity to put your newly learned skills into action

Registration is available at http://theiowacenter.org/events/ but please be aware space is limited.  Be sure to register by April 30th for a 20% discount on admission!

Jun
13
Wed
SBA Veterans Webinar Series
Jun 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center announce a monthly Small Business Bootcamp webinar series for veterans, National Guard members, Reservists and their spouses to help start, build and grow their small business. The webinars will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be recorded and posted on the office’s website at www.sba.gov/ia.

 

Webinar topics include:
October 11 Veterans Business Outreach Center Resources
November 8 SBA Veterans Advantage Loan Program and other Small Business Financing Options
December 13 Iowa’s Targeted Small Business certification & TSB Microloan Program

 

Webinar topics will be announced in advance for the following dates:
January 10; February 14; March 14; April 11; May 9; June 13; July 11; August 15 and September 12.

Interested individuals can participate via AT&T Connect – To join AT&T Connect Conference:
Click here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/EventEntry/Websites/?VaccId=sba&ExEventID=83740601
Call: 1-888-858-2144 – When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 4554497#

 

Boots to Business: Reboot Classes
The SBA also announced its schedule for the Boots to Business: Reboot classes for FY 2018. The free one-day training session introduces veterans to the fundamentals of business ownership and the key steps for evaluating business concepts and developing a business plan. The training is hosted by the SBA Iowa District Office and the Veterans Business Outreach Center and features additional presentations by SBA resource partners, including SCORE, America’s SBDC – Iowa (the Small Business Development Centers), and local bankers, lawyers and small business owners.

Boots to Business: Reboot is a two-step training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge on the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources.

The initial program is followed up with one of two opportunities. Foundations of Entrepreneurship is an eight-week, online training (may be self-paced) course presented by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA network, Syracuse University. Mississippi State University offers a six-week online, interactive classroom focused on identifying and understanding customers; developing and refining a business mode; and drafting a business plan.

Please email the team at boot-to-business@sba.gov if you’ve attended a previous Reboot class, and haven’t yet taken, but are interested in taking the online course.

After completing Boots to Business: Reboot participants will have the tools and knowledge they need to identify a business opportunity, draft a business plan, connect with local resources and launch their small business.

November Boots to Business: Reboot classes:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
University of Iowa’s Pappajohn Business Building
21 E. Market Street, Room W401
Iowa City, IA 52242.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Iowa State University Memorial Union, the Cardinal Room
2229 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50011.

Additional Boots to Business: Reboot classes are scheduled as follows:
· January 24, 2018 – DMACC in Ankeny
· April 11, 2018 – Upper Iowa University in Fayette
· May 22, 2018 – Iowa Army National Guard HQ in Cedar Rapids
· TBD – Iowa Army National Guard – Camp Dodge in Johnston
· TBD – Iowa Air National Guard – Sioux City
To register for Boots to Business: Reboot classes go to https://sbavets.force.com/ and create a profile for notification of future veterans training and events.
For more information, contact Jayne Armstrong at jayne.armstrong@sba.gov or (515) 284-4026.