Money, Research, Office Space...It's All Here!

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Money, mentorship, networking, knowledge and more, it’s all available for your entrepreneurs! Come to this high-energy session moderated by popular EntreFEST session MC Rob Williams of the Univeristy of Northern Iowa’s Regional Business Center and hear about more than 40 resources (many free) available to Iowa entrepreneurs including: grants programs, angel investment networks, coworking spaces, networking events, pitch competitions, free consulting, webinars, entrepreneurial training programs, coding classes, conferences, pitch coaching, award programs, legal help and more.
Presentation at EntreFEST 2014 on May 15th.

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Money, Research, Office Space...It's All Here!

  1. 1. Money, Research, Office Space... Iowa is a Great Place to Grow Rob Williams, University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center |Entrepreneurship Outreach Business & Community Services
  2. 2. What’s out there?  ISU/UI/UNI Programs  Iowa Small Business Development Centers  Community College Programs  Iowa Workforce Development  Iowa Economic Development Authority  County Economic Development Offices  City Economic Development Offices  Industry Associations  Chambers of Commerce  Regional Economic Development Groups ...And even more!
  3. 3.  Hard to navigate  Too Many programs- give me something concrete! What we hear...
  4. 4. Some Background  Businesses Generally Need Four Things  Technical Assistance  Capital  Networks  Supportive Culture
  5. 5. Our Agenda  Our Agenda Today  Technical Assistance  Networks  Capital  Cutting Edge Ideas  Online Resources  Summary
  6. 6. Technical Assistance  General Business  Business Concierge  Small Business Development Centers  John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers  SCORE Offices  Regional Economic Development Agencies  County Economic Development Offices
  7. 7. Technical Assistance (Cont.)  Specialized Business  ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service  Advance Iowa  Iowa Waste Reduction Center / Iowa Waste Exchange  IEDA Site Selection Assistance for Expansion  University of Iowa Centers for Enterprise
  8. 8. Technical Assistance (Cont.)  Unique Programs  Startup Weekend  Startup Accelerators (Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Spencer, Mason City)  Entrepreneurial Management Institute, UNI Masters Degree Program  Dev/Iowa Bootcamp  Venture School  Startup Bootcamps  Veterans, Women  1 Million Cups  Ped Mall Tonight @ 5 pm
  9. 9. Technical Assistance (Cont.)  International Trade  International Trade Office at IEDA  International Trade at US Dept of Commerce  International Trade at Iowa SBDC Kathy Hill Patricia Cook Debbie Franklin
  10. 10. Technical Assistance (Cont.)  Workforce Development  Employer's Council of Iowa / Iowa Workforce Development  Iowa Economic Development Authority Workforce Development Programs  Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training (260E) – Tax Credit Too!  Apprenticeship Program (260F)  Community College Business Network Training (260F)  Community College Consortium (260F)  Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F)  Accelerated Career Education (260G)
  11. 11. Technical Assistance (Cont.)  Niche Owner  Women Owners  Ascent Iowa  Iowa Women’s Business Center  National Association of Women Business Owners  Iowa Women’s Leadership Conference  Minority or Disabled Owners  Targeted Small Business Program  Emprendedor at Iowans for Social and Economic Development  Veterans  Home Base Iowa  SBA Veterans Business Resource Center
  12. 12. Networks  Industry Groups  Technology Association of Iowa  Iowa Association of Business & Industry  Chambers of Commerce  Iowa Biotechnology Association  “Traditional” Events/Conferences  EntreFEST  I/OWA Conference  Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit  ABI Taking Care of Business Conference  TAI i2iowa Forum, TechBrews, Women of Innovation, and More!
  13. 13. Networks (Cont.)  Not your ordinary networking anymore!  BarCamp  TEDx  Peer Roundtables  Innovation Summits/Entrepreneur Expos  Startup Weekends  Startup City (Des Moines, Spencer)  R&D on a Whole New Level  Makerspace  CoWorks  Advanced Specialized Incubators (TechWorks)
  14. 14. Capital  Iowa Economic Development Authority  Demonstration Fund  High Quality Jobs Program  Research Activities Credit  EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program  Enterprise Zones  ... And more!
  15. 15. Capital (Cont.)  Iowa Innovation Corporation  Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer Program  Kristine Johansen, ISU SBIR/STTR Program Administrator  Industry Applied Research Program  Proof of Commercial Relevance Fund  Iowa Innovation Fund (coming soon)
  16. 16. Capital (Cont.)  Revolving Loan Funds (PDF Map)  Crowdfunding & P2P Platforms (webinar)  Family  Friends  Fools (er...)
  17. 17. Capital (Cont.)  A few other unlikely suspects:  Main Street Programs  County Economic Development Offices  Regional Economic Development Offices  Universities Equity/Venture Financing • Ag Ventures Alliance • Ames Seed Capital Fund • Emerging Growth Capital Fund, LP • HBE Holdings, LLC • Iowa Capital Corporation • Iowa Commitment Fund • Iowa Lakes Capital, LLC • Iowa PROPEL Program • Development Corporation of Fort Dodge & Webster County • Iowa State University • NIACC North Iowa Accelerator • Plains Angels • Rock River Capital • Siouxland Chamber • University of Iowa • Wellmark Venture Capital Fund • University of Northern Iowa • VentureNet Iowa
  18. 18. Cutting Edge Ideas  Technical Assistance  Artist as Entrepreneur, New York City  Idea Village, New Orleans  Networks  Brooklyn Boulders Active Collaborative Workspace (Video)  B Corp Certification  Google for Entrepreneurs (Up Global, many more)  Capital  P2P and Crowdfunding  Sadly, not enough innovation
  19. 19. Online Resource  IASourceLink (iasourcelink.com)  320+ Providers in Resource Navigator  Business Licensing Information Center  Live Interactive Business Webinars  Hundreds of resource pages for doing business in Iowa  Access to the Business Concierge
  20. 20. Summary  Lots of folks here to help.  Some of the most innovative support programs nationally, ready to scale to your community.  Just give us a chance...
  21. 21. Thanks for sharing your time!  Questions?  Thoughts?  Could we do better?  What programs do you appreciate?  What programs should we create? Rob Williams Business Analyst, University of Northern Iowa Regional Business Center/Entrepreneurship Outreach Business & Community Services rob.williams@uni.edu http://www.uni.edu/bcs

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