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.

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.

Demonstration Fund - Provides financial awards 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 offset the cost incurred to locate, expand, or modernize an Iowa facility.

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.