CIRAS Resource Highlight: Small Business Development Centers

There are a vast number of resources available to Iowa businesses. One of the roles of CIRAS is to help companies connect with the right one of those resources at the right time.  One entity that CIRAS partners with a great deal is the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).

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Written by Pamela Russenberger
CIRAS Program Director

There are 16 SBDCs located through the state.

The SBDC has counseling, training and technical assistance available for everyone from small businesses just starting out to small businesses that have been in existence for many years. The SBDC provides one-on-one business counseling, low-cost training and other specialized services.

The SBDC supports mall businesses in many areas including:

  • New Business Guidance
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Loan Proposal Assistance
  • Cash Flow Projections
  • Accounting and Quick Books
  • Human Resource Management
  • Market Planning and Strategy
  • Pricing
  • Financing Opportunities

I would encourage you  to learn about the SBDC location near you.   Reach out to Pam Russenberger at if you would like to learn more about CIRAS and connecting you with your local SDBC.