Start Up/Small Business Support


Congratulations on taking the exciting and rewarding plunge into entrepreneurship! Starting and owning a small business can be difficult and the process can be tedious. We are here to help you! We are able to guide and connect you to the right resources through each step of getting started in your new business. Please select the stage you are in with your business planning for helpful information and resources. For additional data important to start ups and small businesses view our economic dashboard.

I am thinking about starting a business and have no business plan in place.

The Small Business Administration provides valuable step-by-step information about starting a business. Take some time to read through their 10 step guide and make notes with any questions you may have. Feel free to call us to discuss the specifics of your business idea and we will answer any additional questions you may have about getting started. Contact the WCEDC team at 515-961-1067 or email us.

I have a business plan but am not sure where to go from here.

Starting a new business can be very overwhelming and confusing in the beginning. There are many things to do in the beginning stages of starting your own business. Since you have a business plan but are unsure of what to do next, we would like to speak with you in person. This way you can tell us the details of your business and future plans. We can take a look at your business plan and help you determine the next step. Contact the WCEDC team at 515-961-1067 or email us.

I have a business plan and am ready to start looking into financing.

Iowa Source Link provides information about funds that may (or may not) be available throughout the year depending on your business size and type. Take some time to read through the Iowa SourceLink website get a better feel for how financing works with small businesses and where yours might fit in. We would like to talk to you in person about this particular need because it can sometimes be overwhelming for new business owners. Our staff can guide you through the different options and information and can help determine which financing and programs might work best for your business. Below is a list of our lending partners:

For more information contact the WCEDC team at 515-961-1067 or email us.

I have a business plan and financing in place and I’m ready to start looking at properties for my business.

If you already have a business plan and financing in place, you have come a long way and can now focus on the exciting part…finding your new location! We can help you search for an existing building or site for your operation. Please contact us with your requirements so we can help you find the perfect place! If you are already working with a realtor, we are happy to work with them as well. Below is a list of our local real estate partners:

 For more information about finding a building or site contact the WCEDC office at 515-961-1067 or email us.