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.

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.