About America's SBDC Iowa

Established in 1981, America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides no cost, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing small businesses. We also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.

Our program is a public-private partnership that leverages the resources of government, higher education, and the business community to assist Iowa’s businesses to grow and be successful. Our 15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by the three Iowa Regent institutions, and eleven community colleges, all coordinated through the state center at Iowa State University. Each regional center encourages unique local efforts, region to region and community to community, to meet small business needs throughout the state.

We are an accredited affiliate of America’s SBDC, the National Association of Small Business Development Centers. 

Our organization is the only nationally accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa. Our programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Iowa since our inception in 1981.

2023 Economic Impact Data

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$ 0 M
New Business Starts
Iowa Jobs Created
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$ 0 M
Clients Counseled

View Our ASBDC Annual Report

America’s SBDCs help make the dream of small business ownership a reality for more Americans — creating jobs and opportunities that build communities throughout the nation. See how we served our community this past year.

Our Partners


The statewide America’s SBDC Iowa program is hosted by the Iowa State University Ivy College of Business, helping the University to fulfill its land-grant mission by providing outreach services to Iowa’s business community.

Funding support and resources are provided through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, by the State of Iowa through Iowa State University, and through support from regional host institutions. All services are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

Regional Center Host Institutions

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.  Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, Hotline: 515-294-1222, email eoofice@iastate.edu.

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