Existing Business Assistance


First, we thank you for being a part of the American free market and adding value to our economy and community! Owning a small business is no small task. We understand the daily decisions, tasks, stresses and successes. We know you put in long days and take pride in what you offer to your customers. Existing businesses need assistance in many different ways. Common needs are; employee/workforce help, financial needs, expanding the size of the business/products/services, and future business planning. We are here to help you! Explore a variety of common assistance topics below and check out our economic indicators.

Workforce Assistance

Visit the Iowa Workforce Development website to find valuable information about Iowa’s workforce and employee/employer assistance.  Make notes with any questions you may have and feel free to call us to discuss your workforce needs further. We will assist you in any way we can and if we are unable to directly answer your question, we will connect you to the resource that can.

WeLIFT Job Search Center is another great workforce resource. Located at 200 S. Howard Street in Indianola, WeLIFT assists individuals looking for a employment as well as employers by posting their available positions. WeLIFT Job Search Center can be reached at (515) 962-5017.

Financial Assistance

The link below gives a lot of great information about funds that may (or may not) be available at this time depending on your business size and type. Take some time to read through the information to get a better feel for how financing works with small businesses and where yours might fit in. However, we would like to talk to you in person about this particular need because it can be overwhelming trying to determine which options are best for your business.  We can help you navigate through the programs and work with local lenders to accomplish your goals.

Iowa SourceLink

Our Lending Partners:

Expansion & Export Assistance

Congratulations!  If you are planning to expand your physical business by adding on to your existing building, looking for a new location with a bigger building, or building a brand new facility WCEDC can help you in a variety of ways. Whether it’s by assisting you through the regulatory process or connecting you with the right developer, real estate agent or builder, we are at your service! If you are expanding your product or service line we can connect you with resources for product development research, market assessments, territory service needs, exporting information, and much more.

Central Iowa SourceLink offers a multitude of resources for a variety of growth and expansion categories. We encourage you to explore their Eight Strategies for Growth.

Give us a call so we can get a better feel for what type of expansion you are planning and determine how we can help you. We have many partners including developers, realtors, builders, architects and business advisors that we can utilize to ensure your expansion is a success. See below for our local real estate, development, construction and architect partners:

Our Real Estate Partners:

Our Developer, Construction and Engineering Partners:

Other Assistance

(Regulatory assistance, state, city, county, zoning, permit/license questions) business planning for future expansions, succession, etc.)

Please contact us to discuss your particular needs in these areas or other areas not mentioned on our website. Business ownership can be complex and there are many aspects to consider with unique situations. We work regularly with the local, county, and state government agencies, so we are able to assist you with your questions and needs! Contact the WCEDC office at 515-961-1067 or email us.