The Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur Achievement Award

This award is given annually to a woman entrepreneur who has significantly improved or changed her own personal situation, thus having an impact on others around her. The award was established in 1999 by America’s SBDC Iowa to help highlight the accomplishments of women entrepreneurs in Iowa. The purpose of the Deb Dalziel award is not only to honor Deb Dalziel, a long-time SBDC director and advocate of women entrepreneurs, but also to ensure that the groundwork is in place to assure women equal advantages in the business world.

The Neal Smith Entrepreneur of the Year Award


This award is presented annually to an entrepreneur who has been in business a minimum of three years and has been significantly assisted by an America’s SBDC Iowa center. This is done to encourage Iowa’s entrepreneurs, recognizing them as the driving force behind Iowa’s economic growth, and to honor Neal Smith’s contributions to the SBDC program and Iowa’s small business community.

Think Big Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Think Big Award recognizes an up and coming entrepreneur who has displayed extraordinary potential on their entrepreneurial journey. This award is given to an individual who not only develops their own business ideas, but encourages others to participate in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Iowa.

National ASBDC State Star Awards

The national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) annually recognizes Small Business Development Center personnel for demonstrating exemplary work performance, significantly contributing to the organization’s economic development efforts, and showing a strong commitment to small businesses. These winners are recognized at a special reception each year at the annual ASBDC national conference.

Business of the Month Award Winners

Each month, all 16 of our regional centers submit nominations for what they consider to be the Business of the Month.  Businesses are selected due to their recent successes in their industry, their development, and impact they have had on their communities.  This program was started in 2015 to showcase the incredible efforts our clients have displayed in reaching their goals and beyond.