Inclusivity Challenge

America’s SBDC Iowa is proud to participate in a nationwide effort to better connect with minority-owned businesses and give them access to the resources they need to prosper. 

What is the Inclusivity Challenge?

Over the last 40 years the SBDC has been helping entrepreneurs in all communities start, grow, and pivot their small businesses to keep pace with the ever-changing marketplace. The past year has brought forth unprecedented challenges. In 2021, we’re renewing our commitment to support entrepreneurs and businesses most impacted to empower a more inclusive recovery.

At America’s SBDC Iowa, we know that diversity is what makes small businesses great, which is why we’re challenging ourselves to foster equity and inclusion. We’re renewing our commitment to supporting minority small business owners, and working to make a better community. But we need your help to participate in the conversation and tell us how we can be better. 

As part of the Inclusivity Challenge initiative, we are always open to hearing comments on how we can better serve minority business owners and entrepreneurs in Iowa.

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Inclusivity Challenge Kickoff Event

While the Inclusivity Challenge included a kickoff event, this is an ongoing initiative. The Inclusivity Challenge kickoff event included a roundtable discussion on how we can further our initiative and what we can do better.

Photos From Our July 14 Kickoff Event

Our Featured Minority Business Clients

Contact Us for More Information on the Inclusivity Challenge

Lisa Shimkat

America’s SBDC Iowa State Director


Stacy Dreyer

America’s SBDC Iowa Associate State Director