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.

Aspirant Series: Women’s Angel Investor Bootcamp @ Tero International
Sep 25 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Did you know? Women make up less than 8% of angel investors, yet account for half of the world’s wealth.

Learn what it takes to be involved in angel investing in this interactive workshop presented by Iowa Center for Economic Success and the FIN Capital initiative.

FIN Capital, Iowa’s women’s angel investor network was established in 2016 by Iowa Center for Economic Success to grow women’s wealth through angel investing.  The network is made up of over 30 women from across the state of Iowa.

This workshop is open to all Iowa women regardless of accreditation. Tickets are for sale via Eventbrite at the link here.

Topics include: Angel Investing 101, a Due Diligence Overview, Structuring the Deal and much more.

For more information, e-mail Heidi Wessels, Director of FIN Capital, at

ICES: Work for Yourself @50+
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Have you ever dreamed of being your own boss? Work for Yourself@50+℠ has the information you need to succeed.

JOIN US on Tuesday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Dinner is included! The workshop is free to attend.

AARP Foundation’s Work for Yourself@50+ initiative will help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment.

The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting. Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down for older adults in an approachable way through five steps:

  • A careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks of working for yourself
  • Exercises to help develop the self-employment idea
  • A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity
  • Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams
  • Ways to find trustworthy support and services

Call 888-339-5617 to register. For additional information, visit

Work for Yourself@50+ is made possible in part through a grant from The Hartford.

Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map – with Google @ UNI Business & Community Services Bldg, 1st Floor
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

This is a hands-on workshop. Please bring a laptop or mobile device with you.

Pre-registration is required because space is limited.  Register with contact information listed above.

This program helps local businesses in our cities and state update and improve their online information where customers are searching for them the most – Google Search and Maps.

Without a local business listing in an online search engine, small businesses are missing out on potential customers, which means a lot of small businesses are missing out on sales. Businesses that have complete business information online are TWICE as likely to be considered reputable by consumers.

In this 1 1/2 hour, NO-FEE workshop you and your fellow businesses will:
• Learn how to put more information about your businesses into Google
• Get your companies verified for Google searches
• Add information such as location and hours of operation
• Add photos to enhance the listing
• Get a diagnostic tool to see how you can improve your listing and visibility
• Have access to a one-year free website and domain name from Google partner StartLogic

Here is a link to frequently asked questions and answers about the program.

Pam Johnson, a former SBDC Regional Director, will be facilitating the workshop. Please feel free to contact Pam directly at or 612-940-3369 if you have any questions about the program.

America’s SBDC Iowa
City of Cedar Falls, Iowa


NIACC Social Media Breakfast @ First Citizens National Bank
Sep 27 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Business Purchase Part II – Setting a Selling Price @ Webinar
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
SBA Business Purchase Part II – Setting a Selling Price @ See Below
Sep 27 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am

Business Purchase Part II – Setting a Selling Price

Once you have decided to sell, how do you determine a selling price? Keith McBride will present this second 30 minute session to provide guidance on determining a sale price in accordance with the SBA business appraisal requirements in SOP 50-10-5(I).


It will be held from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27th via AT&T Connect.


To Join the conference, click here:

Web Conference URL:

Meeting Number:     888-858-2144

Access Code:     5939080

To connect your phone to the conference, dial 888-858-

  1. 2144. When prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 5939080#


For More Information, Contact: Keith McBride, Tel: (319) 362-6735

Top Five for Small Business Series: Jonathan Porter, CPA @ Greater Des Moines Partnership or by simulcast
Sep 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm



Sept. 27 topic is “Top Five Ideas You Wish Your Accountant Would Have Told You”


GREATER DES MOINES, IA (Sept. 6, 2017) – The Greater Des Moines Partnership has announced the next presenter in its Small Business Resources “Top Five for Small Business” series. Jonathan Porter, CPA With McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith P.C., will present on the “Top Five Ideas You Wish Your Accountant Would Have Told You.” 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.


The series will take place once a month throughout the rest of 2017 at the Greater Des Moines Partnership, 700 Locust St., Ste. 100. Porter’s presentation is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 27.


Doesn’t everyone hate getting into a situation that could have been avoided? It doesn’t matter if a company is new or one that has been around for 10 years, the more knowledge it has, the better prepared its leaders will be. This presentation will cover accounting and tax topics that attendees will be thankful to know about if they ever happen.

Porter is currently a Manager at McGowen, Hurst, Clark & Smith, P.C. in the Business Advisory and Tax Services department. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree and a Master of Accounting degree in May 2011. Porter’s area of expertise is in small business accounting and taxation, along with consulting clients on their processes, procedures and technology solutions within their business.

Porter is a member of the AICPA, CPAmerica International and the ISCPA. Porter is also a past graduate of the Kansas Society of CPAs “20 up to 40” Leadership Program.


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 and more than 6,000 Regional Business Members, 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 Des Moines as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at


Google Analytics for the Small Business @ NICC Town Clock Business Center
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

To Register, click HERE or call 563-557-8271, Ext. 380 and register for Workshop #56472.

If you run a website for a home or small business and you’ve not yet utilized Google Analytics, you will definitely want to join this 2-hour class to unleash the power of data. The program allows you to track, analyze and report website data including site traffic, SEO, engagement, and ad revenue. We will cover creating a Google Analytics account, reading the dashboard and graphs, as well as designing report filters. So grab the reins and enable better business decisions that arise from the thoughtful use of data.

Trainer: Tama-Lea Lorenzen

Workshop sponsored by Startup Dubuque, America’s SBDC Iowa, and Northeast Iowa Community College.

IRS TAX TOOLS: IRS Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief Program @ Online Webcast
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 10:10 am

The IRS is presenting a 5 part FREE series of 10 minute webcasts created to show small business owners how they can be prepared and act in disaster situations with some key tax tools.

Please register by emailing and include your

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Session Date & Time

Also note that there are two session times per webcast: 10am & 1pm

@ Gravitate Valley Junction
Oct 3 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Iowa WBC and U.S. Bank invite YOU to SPEED COACHING.  Join banking, marketing, design, real estate, and legal experts for a structured yet relaxed meeting format designed to accelerate business contacts.  This interactive coaching opportunity will help connect you with the individuals and resources you need in the community.

Free to attend thanks to the support of U.S. Bank.