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December 11, 2013

An Algona business is featured in this year’s annual report from the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center. Walker Chiropractic & Wellness, PSC, received services from the SBDC which serves 10 counties in northwest Iowa. Because of their overall success in building a business plan as they began serving Swea...

October 18, 2013

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) network was reviewed by its national association, America’s SBDC, and based on the outstanding progress of the network and the findings and recommendations of the accreditation team, maintains its full accreditation as a high quality economic development organization.  Accreditation is confirmation of the...

June 18, 2013

The Trustees of Iowa Lakes Community College met at the Spencer campus Tuesday afternoon to learn about academic programs at the campus and what the Small Business Development Center does for economic development in this region of the state.   Mary Faber, Director of the Spencer campus, mentioned the upgrades...

May 28, 2013

In order to successfully open her healthcare clinic Carol Lewallen sought help from the Iowa Small Business Development Center at Iowa Lakes Community College in developing her business plan, working through the financial projections and understanding the loan process.   Healthcare made simple and being provided at hours convenient to...

November 22, 2012

When selecting holiday gifts this year, area residents are encouraged to shop at a small business this weekend as part of Small Business Saturday.   Often, people who shop at small businesses get improved customer service as well as the satisfaction of knowing the dollars will be re-invested in the...

March 22, 2012

Prairie Queen Bakery had been in existence in Sheldon, Iowa, for several years when Amy Strouth decided to purchase it. In November 2005, Strouth first met with Kelly McCarty, regional director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), to begin the process of purchasing the bakery. Strouth and...

June 30, 2011

A new International Trade Center has been added to the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) which are co-located at 2829 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines with the Mid Iowa Small Business Development Center and the West Des Moines Business Incubator. The new International Trade Center Director, Debbie Franklin,...

February 16, 2011

Area inventors are encouraged to learn the key steps to success at a meeting planned in Spencer in late April. “Obviously, we want to encourage people to attend if they have a ‘product’ that they want to promote,” said Kelly McCarty, Regional Director of the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development...

December 23, 2010

The Small Business Development Centers of Iowa are reaching more clients, businesses and entrepreneurs than in previous years. In figures released for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2010, the SBDCs show that 1,855 jobs were either created or saved in the state.  In addition, 155 ‘new’ business startups were...

May 21, 2010

How fast is the wind blowing? How often does the wind blow? These are but a couple of the questions investors what to know before planning the installation of a wind turbine generator. One of the most important steps in the planning of a wind site is the collection of...

May 6, 2010

Baking bread has been a family tradition for Alison Hill. A bread starter has been handed down in her family for over 150 years. It was this tradition that first inspired Hill to bake bread for family, friends and as gifts while she was in college. With a desire for...

April 28, 2010

Spencer, IA – April 28, 2010 The Iowa Lakes Community College and the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center is pleased to announce the graduation of thirteen area business owners and entrepreneurs from the FastTrac1 GrowthVenture entrepreneurial training program. The FastTracT GrowthVenture™ program develops the skills and strategies needed to...

April 8, 2010

The Iowa Small Business Development Center network has received word of its re-accreditation.  The Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center is part of the statewide network.  The Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) conducted the review.  Based on the outstanding progress of the network and the findings and recommendations...

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