There's never been a better time
to make your business dreams a reality


The NIACC Pappajohn Center and North Iowa SBDC provide free business consulting to clients in North Iowa. The collaborative approach of the Pappajohn Center and SBDC creates increased access to resources and assistance for North Iowa's entrepreneurs. In addition to one-to-one business counseling, the Pappajohn Center and SBDC offers a wide variety of entrepreneurial education programming and events, networking and mentoring opportunities, access to technology development resources, and assistance with funding opportunities like pitch competitions.

By offering business counseling and educational programming, we assist in the creation of sustainable Iowa companies and the empowerment of our communities.

There are many benefits for Iowa when we support our local entrepreneurs: increasing the number of Iowans inclined to start a new business in Iowa; diversifying and growing the Iowa economy through the creation and proliferation of firms engaged in advanced technologies; creating exciting employment opportunities for all Iowans – including our college and university graduates; and heightening awareness of entrepreneurial opportunities in Iowa, including ownership, investment and support.

What We Do

Business & Expansion Services

Business feasibility & business plan preparation

Mentoring & Networking Opportunities

Connect with successful entrepreneurs and service providers

Connections to Professional Resources

Intellectual property, management, corporate structure, and more

Access to Capital

Guidance to commercial lending and small business lending programs

Innovation & Acceleration

Developing marketable ideas and accelerating success

Entrepreneurial Education

Hands-on training as well as AAS degree and Certificate programs


Next Steps

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