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Iowa Small Business Development Center Maintains National Accreditation

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 of the accreditation team, the Iowa Small Business Development Center maintains its full accreditation as a high quality economic development organization.

Accreditation is confirmation of that high quality work engaged in by the Iowa Small Business Development Centers assisting Iowa’s small business community.  It also qualifies the Iowa SBDC network to continue to apply for and receive Small Business Administration funds administered by the Office of Small Business Development Centers.

The Iowa network has been nationally accredited since the requirement was first instituted by the ASBDC in the 1990s.

“We are very proud to have maintained our national accreditation,” says Jim Heckmann, State Director of the Iowa SBDC. “This honor recognizes and affirms the professionalism of the Iowa Small Business Development Center network. We are the only accredited small business technical assistance provider in the state.”

This achievement will be recognized in September 2010 at the national ASBDC conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The Iowa Small Business Development Center, an outreach program of Iowa State University's College of Business, is partially funded by the U. S. Small Business Administration and has 15 regional business assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the Iowa SBDC has helped hundreds of thousands of Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through personal counseling and training. 

The Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center is hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College.  The Director is Kelly McCarty who can be reached at 712-262-4213. 

The northwest Iowa SBDC serves 10 counties providing practical, hands-on assistance to all types of businesses, from start-ups to 500 employee firms, to companies with new and promising technologies.  Services are free, confidential and customized.  The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To learn more about Iowa SBDC programs or services, visit or call 515-294-2030.

For More Information:

Kelly McCarty
SBDC Director

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