Community College & State of Iowa Training Resources

The Des Moines Area Community College Business Resources is the first choice of Central Iowa businesses for talent development. Qualifying businesses can access training and consulting services funded through the programs described below.

The Iowa New Jobs Training Program (260E) supports businesses adding employees through expansion in, or relocation to, Iowa. The flexible funding of the 260E program allows businesses to implement an effective training plan for new employees.

The 260E program is of no cost to the business. Training is funded by DMACC through the sale of certificates for the amount of anticipated tax revenue generated from new employee salaries. The revenue generated from the certificate sale is used to establish a training fund for the business. The training can be delivered by any vendor, including DMACC.

The Iowa Jobs Training Program (260F) provides state-funded forgivable loans or grants to Iowa businesses needing to train their existing employees. A loan is forgivable if a business completes its training program and trains a specified number of employees.

Venture Network of Iowa (VNI) - Present your business plan to venture capitalists looking to invest in Iowa businesses.

SBIR/STTR - Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer programs encourage entrepreneurs to explore their technological potential and profit from its commercialization.

Iowa Business Plan Competition - A statewide competition for small businesses to receive start up assistance. Winners are announced each year at the Iowa Venture Capital and Entrepreneur Conference.

Targeted Small Business Assistance (TSB) - Small loans and loan guarantees for targeted businesses.

Grow Iowa Values Financial Assistance Program - Serves as the funding source for projects that are focused on job creation or retention, value-added agriculture and entrepreneurial efforts.

Demonstration Fund - Provides financial awards up to $150,000 to encourage commercialization activities by small and medium-sized Iowa companies in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology industries.

High Quality Jobs Program - Provides qualifying businesses tax credits to off-set the cost incurred to locate, expand, or modernize an Iowa facility.

Employee Training Programs - Helps Iowa companies maintain their competitive edge and develop a workforce and training program to meet the specific needs of business. There are numerous employee training programs offered, including the Iowa Apprenticeship Program, Iowa Industrial New Jobs Training, Community College Consortium, Iowa Jobs Training Program, and Accelerated Career Education.

Iowa Student Internship Program - The Iowa Student Internship Program links college students from Iowa schools to internship opportunities in small and medium sized firms in the biosciences, advanced manufacturing and information technology industries with the goal of transitioning the interns to full-time employment in the state upon graduation.

Contact the Mid-Iowa Small Business Development Center for entrepreneurial assistance.