Mitchell County

Economic Development Commission


641.732.4790

PO Box 306 | Osage, Iowa 50461

Technical Resources

General


IASourceLink

380+ Providers in Resource Navigator. Additional resources including Business Licensing Information Center, no-charge business webinars, dozens of updated resource pages, and access to the Business Concierge.

Iowa Business Concierge

Assists small business owners in finding solutions to their most pressing questions by facilitating connections the right people, data, and resources.

Entrepreneurial Management Institute

A business consulting service for Iowa employers to solve problems for Iowa businesses, educate professionals for Iowa's future, and provide recruitment opportunities for Iowa employers and students.

Small Business Development Centers

Provide free one-on-one business counseling and assistance with putting together business plans.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Centers

University-based entrepreneurship centers focused on undergraduate and graduate programs as well as community support and training.

SCORE Offices

A resource of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs

ISU Center for Industrial Research and Service

Assists small business owners in finding solutions to their most pressing questions by facilitating connections the right people, data, and resources.

Advance Iowa

The State of Iowa's comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid-sized companies to enhance their growth.

Iowa Waste Reduction Center / Iowa Waste Exchange

Working with businesses to protect Iowa's environment through technical assistance, waste reduction and pollution prevention.

IEDA Site Selection Assistance for Expansion

A robust database of sites and locations for companies looking to expand or relocate.

University of Iowa Centers for Enterprise

Delivers innovative education, training and outreach programs for Iowa students, faculty, aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners.

UNI Business & Community Services

Work with businesses, entrepreneurs, communities and governments, providing a wide array of services from marketing research and business incubation, to environmental compliance and economic development.

Business Start-Up


Dev / Iowa Boot Camp

6-7 week program designed to aid entrepreneurs in accelerating the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable feedback.

1 Million Cups Cedar Valley

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators and advisors and receive feedback.

Venture School

A business consulting service for Iowa employers to solve problems for Iowa businesses, educate professionals for Iowa's future, and provide recruitment opportunities for Iowa employers and students.

Startup Weekend

54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Startup Accelerators 

Fixed-term, cohort-based programs, that include mentorship and educational components and culminate in a public pitch event or demo day.

Dream Big Grow Here

Online Business Grant Contest offering up to $15,000. Five Finalists in Each Industry Pitch for $5,000; $5,000 Winners Pitch for Grand Prize of $10,000.

Women-Owned Businesses


Ascent Iowa

6-7 week program designed to aid entrepreneurs in accelerating the startup process through real-world experimentation and valuable feedback.

Iowa Women's Business Center

Every Wednesday morning, one or two early-stage startups present their companies to a diverse audience of their peers, mentors, educators and advisors and receive feedback.

National Association of Women Business Owners

A business consulting service for Iowa employers to solve problems for Iowa businesses, educate professionals for Iowa's future, and provide recruitment opportunities for Iowa employers and students.

Iowa Women's Leadership Conference

The state's premier leadership organization for women, offering leadership resources including events featuring prominent speakers, networking opportunities and other services to advance women's leadership.

Targeted Small Business Owners


Targeted Small Business Program

Designed to help women, minorities and the disabled overcome some of the major hurdles to starting or growing a small business in Iowa.

Emprendedor at Iowans for Social and Economic Development

A small business development program run by and for Latinos in Southeast Iowa.

Veterans


Home Base Iowa

Helps Veterans and transitioning Service Members to find positions at Iowa companies and pursue continued education.

SBA Veterans Business Resource

Designed to provide entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.

Business Networks


Technology Association of Iowa

The premier professional organization driving the success of the state's technology industry and tech-based economy.

Iowa Association of Business & Industry

Broad-based organization of iowa businesses working together to promote Iowa commerce.

Chambers of Commerce (Alliance)

Local associations to promote and protect the interests of the businesses community in a certain area.

Community Main Street / Main Street Waterloo

Provides an organized framework to preserve and revitalize traditional downtowns and commercial districts.

Iowa Biotechnology Association

Promote the success and growth of biotech-based business in Iowa.

Iowa Quality Center

Dedicated to the sustainability of all Iowa based organizations through the sharing of their resources including organizational assessment, consulting and facilitation, training and development, networking and a resource library.

Iowa Lean Consortium

A leading resource to Iowa companies who seek to improve their organization effectiveness and efficiencies.

BarCamp

An unstructured networking event where anyone can speak about anything related to business, technology or entrepreneurship.

TechBrews & TAI Events

Various events targeted toward technology and small businesses in Iowa.

Peer Roundtables 

A meeting of peers for discussion and exchange of views.

R&D on a Whole New Level


Makerspace

A community center that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and education opportunities.

Business Incubator

Designed to accelerate the growth and cusses of small businesses through an array of businesses support resources and services.

Advanced Specialized Incubators (TechWorks)

A 30-acre advanced manufacturing and biotechnology research, development and education center, and business and manufacturing cluster.

Business Conferences


EntreFEST

Iowa's premier entrepreneurial conference.

Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit

Exhibits the success stories of immigrant entrepreneurs while sharing business growth tips.

ABI Taking Care of Business Conference

Business leaders from across Iowa and the Midwest gather for powerful speakers and networking opportunities.