Business Toolkit  - Business Assistance and Training 

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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.


IEDA | Iowa Economic Development Authority | Programs

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. 

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IOWA SBDC | Iowa Small Business Assistance & Training

America's SBDC Iowa offers personalized, confidential, and no-cost business counseling to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Iowa.  Established in 1981, America's SBDC Iowa (SBDC) provides no cost, confidential, customized, professional business advise in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing small businesses.  They 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.  Their 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. Their 15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by 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.  The North Central Iowa SBDC center serves entrepreneurs and existing businesses in Buena Vista County.   Learn more and request counseling here.      

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WOMEN'S BUSINESS CENTER | A Program of Iowa Center for Economic Success

LUTHERAN SERVICES IN IOWA |  Immigrant and Refugee Community Services

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.

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CIRAS | Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service

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 Small Business Logo                                                                                                                                                   

SIZE UP | Size Up Iowa Lakes Corridor

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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BIZBATON | Business Succession Planning

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. 

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SHOP IOWA | Sell on Shop Iowa

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!