Starting a Business

At Sac Economic and Tourism Development, one of our goals is to provide the tools needed for success to existing and prospective businesses. There is a variety of existing industries in the region and we are committed to your success!

Look below for the many resources that are provided for businesses, both large and small!

North Central Iowa Business Center

Iowa's Small Business Development Center in Fort Dodge provdie free, confidential, customized, professional business advice to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. They also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.

Their 15 regional business assistance centers are hosted by the three Iowa Regent institutions, ten community colleges, and one regional economic development entity, all coordinated through the state center at Iowa State University. Each regional center encourages unique local efforts, region to region and community to community, to meet small business needs throughout the state.

Jamie Kilian
Regional Director
NCI Business Center
217 South 25th Street, Suite C12
Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501
(515) 576-6242

2015 Iowa Small Business Report

Compiled by the UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation, the 2015 Iowa Small Business Report is a statewide survey which provides a comprehensive look at Iowa's small business experience in 2015. The report, based on the annual small business survey, looks at sales trends, job growth or loss, capital acquired, and business use of technology among Iowa business owners with fewer than 50 employees. 

IA Source Link

IA Source Link is the premier online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 320 resource providers across Iowa. IASourceLink is brought to you by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) in collaboration with MyEntre.Net at the University of Northern Iowa.

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