Start Smart now available on-demand

The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center offers a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business.  At Start Smart, participants learn how to create a business plan, conduct market research, discuss different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business. Now, North Iowa entrepreneurs can participate in Start Smart on their own schedule.

Brook Boehmler, SBDC Director has been facilitating these Start Smart sessions twice a month on Wednesday evenings for the past seven years.  We understand not everyone is able to attend the sessions in person or by Zoom. The new on-demand model will increase access for entrepreneurs.

The Start Smart sessions have been recorded and divided into 6 parts, so you can watch them when it is convenient for you.  There will be short tests at the end of each session to ensure you understand the basic concept.  After viewing the Start Smart trainings, you can make an appointment to meet over the phone or individually with the Small Business Development Center Counselors to help review your business plan or provide guidance with other issues.  To access this free training on the America’s SBDC website, visit

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