Business Toolkit - Business Assistance and Training
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE AND TRAINING
The City of Storm Lake prides itself on being business friendly. The Development Services Specialist focus is to support new and existing businesses as they start out or expand. The city wants to help you from beginning to opening to ensure your experience is as smooth as possible. The information and resources below are a way to help you as you begin your venture in Storm Lake.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority's (IEDA) mission is to strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business. through two main divisions - business development and community development - IEDA administers several state and federal programs to meet its goals of assisting individuals, communities and businesses.
The Iowa Center Women’s Business Center is dedicated to helping Iowa women business owners launch and grow their businesses. They work to inspire women to start businesses and support them in their entrepreneurial journey. Men are welcome too! Offering comprehensive training and counseling on a variety of topics in several languages. The Iowa Center Women’s Business Center is funded in part by U.S. Small Business Administration.
LSI Immigrant and Refugee Community Services, along with the partner organizations highlighted below, is connecting business owners with resources. Focusing on businesses owned by immigrants, refugees, and underrepresented populations, this project will support up to 600 diverse small businesses over two years by providing counseling, technical assistance, and support in accessing up to $5 million in small business relief. Pandemic-specific loan products with favorable interest rates to small and diverse Iowa businesses are also available.
The Center for Industrial Research and Service was created in 1963 to improve the quality of life in Iowa by helping businesses and their communities prosper and grow. CIRAS individually tailored strategy Engage. Educate. Embed. means they work with companies to fashion solutions specific to their individual needs. Over the past five years, CIRAS and their partners have helped more than 4,100 businesses in every Iowa county, creating an economic impact of more than $3 billion.
Size Up Iowa Lakes is an interactive tool to provide small business with powerful data that is current, industry-specific, and hyperlocal. Use this tool to discover potential customers and suppliers, optimize marketing to ideal customers, analyze characteristics and spending of the consumers in your area, and rank your industry performance across multiple measurements.
BizBaton is a non-profit organization that connects owners with entrepreneurs and guides stakeholders through the stages of valuation, negotiation, acquisition and transition. BizBaton uses a sophisticated data-driven approach to confidentially connect business owners planning to sell, retire or transition out of a leadership role with entrepreneurs looking for an acquisition or expansion opportunity.
Shop Iowa is a statewide online marketplace selling products from hundreds of Iowa's small businesses to customers throughout the United States. Shop Iowa is an initiative of the Iowa Economic Development Authority as free resources for Iowa's small business to start or expand their sales online. Become a vendor on Shop Iowa today!