The good news is you have plenty of help available when launching a new venture in this Iowa region.
Thinking about starting a business in Ames and the Heart of Iowa? Good news – thanks to the slew of resources available for entrepreneurs in the area, you are sure to find everything you need to launch and develop a successful company. Consider taking advantage of one or more of the following:
1. Ames Seed Capital
It’s true, especially when it comes to launching a business – you need to spend money to make money. Thankfully, Ames Seed Capital, an affiliate organization of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, provides funds for startups and expansions in the Ames, Story City, Nevada, Huxley and related Story County areas. Ames Seed Capital is stocked by investment funds contributed by private sources (entities and individuals).
2. Startup Ames
As you build a new company, it’s important to have connections with and support from those working toward similar goals. The Startup Ames initiative helps foster these kinds of relationships. Led by local entrepreneurs, the program brings together area entrepreneurs, providing them with motivational and educational events and activities, in addition to identifying new business opportunities.
3. ISU Startup Factory
This intensive program is run through Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations and is housed at the ISU Research Park. At the ISU Startup Factory, entrepreneurs learn and grow through the guidance of mentors, trainers and advisers while developing their business acumen, customer service and communication skills.
4. ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship
Assistance and resources while developing your company as well as support throughout your entire launch is what you can expect to receive at the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship. Located in ISU’s Research Park, the center helps with student-initiated enterprises, new small businesses, high technology startups, corporate spinoffs, you name it.
5. Iowa Small Business Development Center
Serving Boone, Hardin, Marshall and Story counties, the Iowa Small Business Development Center, which is in Ames, assists current and prospective business owners with business and strategic planning, general management, sources of capital, cost control, financial analysis, international trade, accounting, marketing and more.
6. One Million Cups
At this weekly gathering full of coffee and conversation, entrepreneurs get an opportunity to present their ideas and receive constructive feedback from members of the Ames community, while also learning about how their business can receive support.
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