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Small Business Development Centers Show Value

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 generated.

During the past year, the SBDC counseled nearly 2,800 entrepreneurs.

As a result of SBDC counseling with small business, these firms saw an increase of more than $51.3 million in client sales statewide.  This then results in an increase of new sales and income tax revenues of nearly $3 million.

Locally, the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center is hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College.  The Director is Kelly McCarty.

“Throughout our 10-county region, seven new businesses were created – ranging from small manufacturing to restaurants,” said McCarty. “These businesses created 59 job opportunities in our area.”

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 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.

Director Kelly McCarty can be reached at 712-262-4213. 

SBDC FY2010 Performance & Return on Iowa’s Investment
New Jobs Created: 1,229
Jobs Saved: 626 
Total New & Saved Jobs: 1,855 
Clients Counseled: 2,785 
News Business Starts: 155 
Increase in Client Sales: $51,362,073 
New Sales/Income Tax Revenues: $2,989,149

For More Information:

Kelly McCarty
SBDC Director

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