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.

TechBrew North Iowa @ Mason City Brewing
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TechBrews are networking events designed to bring together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and investors. TechBrew North Iowa will be held the 3rd Tuesday of each month and are sponsored by the Technology Association of Iowa, NIACC’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the North Iowa Corridor EDC.

Find the next event here:

Technology Association of Iowa

NIACC Social Media Breakfast @ First Citizens Bank
Nov 22 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
ISU Women in Ag Leadership Conference @ Scheman Building
Nov 28 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Whether you want to be an active leader within your farm family, create the agribusiness career path of your dreams, or influence local agricultural boards and committees, this conference will have something for you. The event will bring women together for inspiration, informal mentoring, new ideas and expanded skill sets around leadership. As we continue to grow the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Women in Ag program, we want to offer activities that are unique in our state, take advantage of university expertise, and support the community of women in agriculture.

Optional, intensive leadership workshops are scheduled for Monday evening, November 27, 2017, from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. These three hour workshops with dinner will focus on specific skill sets for professional and personal development. There is a $20 fee for the optional workshop and dinner. In addition, everyone is welcome to sign up for a free campus tour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm on Monday.

The ISU Extension and Outreach Women in Ag Leadership Conference takes place on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State Center, Ames, Iowa. Registration begins at 7:30am and the program runs 8:30am to 4:30pm.


Top Five for Small Business Series: Connie Anderson @ Greater Des Moines Partnership
Nov 29 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm


Anderson, Co-founder at visionDNA, will present on the “Top Five Things to Know About Finding Your Sweet Spot Customer”

GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Nov. 16, 2017) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the next presenter in its Small Business Resources “Top Five for Small Business” series. Connie Anderson, Co-founder at visionDNA will present on “Top Five Things to Know About Finding Your Sweet Spot Customer.” The Top Five series features presentations to inform, educate and inspire business owners in Greater Des Moines (DSM). The events focus on a variety of timely topics that affect business owners and managers including legal, human resources, information technology, marketing, accounting and other pressing issues.

Anderson’s presentation will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100.

A “Sweet Spot” is where a target customers’ needs fit with what’s special about a business’s product or service. Understanding their Sweet Spot will help businesses be able to capitalize on their marketing efforts and focus on more profitable customers resulting in increased sales and organizational growth. Anderson will review the five things to know to identify the perfect customer that fits an organization and how to target that customer and stay on course.

Anderson specializes in marketing strategy, leadership and team development and logistics consulting. With more than three decades of business, Anderson brings a unique perspective to marketing and the customer experience. Her background includes both corporate and entrepreneurial experiences as CEO of Aspen Logistics, a third-party logistics (3PL) company, and other executive roles in operations, marketing and sales with other 3PL organizations. As a business leader, she helps organizations gain clarity in their approach of gaining customers, retaining them and creating the customer experience. Anderson has an uncanny capability to connect with all management and successfully shift perspective to bring potential ideas into focus and building success in their organizations from the inside out.

The event is $15 to attend, which includes lunch or $10 to watch via simulcast. Click here to register.


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



NIACC Start Smart Workshop @ North Iowa Area Community College
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding your business.  You will learn to create a business plan, do market research, evaluate demand and business strength, consider different types of business ownership, and how to register your business.

Registration is required for the free Start Smart and E-Exchange workshops. Call 641-422-4342 or email 

NIACC Start Smart Workshop @ IowaWORKS
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Start Smart is a two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business or expanding your business.  You will learn to create a business plan, do market research, evaluate demand and business strength, consider different types of business ownership, and how to register your business.

Registration is required for the free Start Smart and E-Exchange workshops. Call 641-422-4342 or email 

The SafeFood Series @ Iowa Women's Business Center
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Starting or own a restaurant?

The SafeFood Series


Led by Dr. Catherine Strohbehn of Iowa State University

Join us for the SafeFood series, three sessions covering fundamental food safety information for restaurant and food service employees. The sessions cover food safety information EVERYONE needs to know.

All sessions are free and held at The Iowa Center on the 2nd Tuesday of October, November, and December 2017.

Topics include:

• SafeFood: Worker Health and Hygiene Practices (on October 10, 2017)
• SafeFood: Temperature Controls (on November 14, 2017)
• SafeFood: Cleaning and Sanitizing (on December 12, 2017)

Free to attend.





Tuesday, October 10, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Iowa’s Women’s Business Center / The Iowa Center
8345 University Blvd, Suite F
Clive, Iowa 50325




About Dr. Catherine Strohbehn
About Dr. Strohbehn: Dr. Catherine Strohbehn has been an educator and researcher in the areas of food service management and food service safety for 30+ years. She has presented her work to over 250 groups at international,
national and state meetings. She received the NSF International Food Safety Educator of the Year award in 2010.



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NIACC Social Media Breakfast @ Chamber of Commerce
Dec 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
NIACC Social Media Breakfast @ Center 1
Dec 13 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
SBA Veterans Webinar Series
Dec 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


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:
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 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 and create a profile for notification of future veterans training and events.
For more information, contact Jayne Armstrong at or (515) 284-4026.