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Iowa Small Business Development Centers Now Provide Export Assistance

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, will advise and train small businesses in the area of export development. In addition, she will collaborate with SBDC regional counselors all across the state to provide service, support, and trade-related information to export clients; identify potential small business export opportunities; assist small businesses with compliance; deliver needs-based training to targeted Iowa businesses, including seminars, workshops and webinars on exporting.

Franklin will work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Iowa Export Assistance Center, the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s International Trade Office, and other trade agencies and programs to ensure that Iowa’s small businesses get the very best export assistance and up-to-date information.

For more information on the International Trade Center and services, contact Debbie Franklin at 515-509-5745, or email her at

Iowa’s Small Business Development Centers are an outreach program of Iowa State University's College of Business and are partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center is hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College. It 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. The SBDC helps Iowa Businesses and entrepreneurs through individual, professional counseling and affordable training.

In addition, the Northwest Iowa SBDC offers a series of seminars, workshops and entrepreneurial development activities. Services are free, confidential and customized.

Contact Kelly McCarty at 712-262-4213 or visit to learn more about the services provided.

*Press release adapted from the Iowa Small Business Development Center.

For More Information:

Kelly McCarty
Northwest Iowa SBDC

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