Small Businesses

Most foundations only fund nonprofit organizations.  However, since many small businesses are interested in locating possible funding assistance, we have compiled the list below that may be helpful.

Iowa Department of Economic Development: Small Business: General Information
Iowa Department of Economic Development: Financial Assistance Programs
Institute for Social and Economic Development (ISED)
(ISED's Economic Development Division helps people use their talents and skills to start small businesses, obtain quality jobs and build financial assets.)
U.S. Small Business Administration
You can locate their regional offices at

If you are located in the Iowa City area...
IOWA Centers for Enterprise (University of Iowa's program that promotes economic development and technology transfer, provides assistance to Iowa startups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and helps the state of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce.
Contact persons at the Small Business Development Center on the University of Iowa campus.
The Iowa City Chamber of Commerce supports SEED, Small-Business Education & Entrepreneurial Development, program; access and click on SEED for more information.
Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
(EDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic development in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor through the development and expansion of entrepreneurial enterprise; its function is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community resources and provide guided professional and business direction.)

The Larned A. Waterman
Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center
University of Iowa
130 Grand Avenue Court
Iowa City IA 52242-1320
Toll-free: 866-500-8980 Local: 319-335-9765
Fax: 319-335-7614
Contact INRC

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