Free Start Smart Workshop to be Offered over Zoom

The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center to offer a free two-hour workshop designed for anyone who is considering starting a business.  At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, conduct market research, discuss different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business.

Start Smart will be offered on Wednesday, April 14, online via Zoom from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility (the business plan) and administrative tasks. While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Start Smart provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics, including:

  • Business registration
  • Doing customer research
  • How bankers evaluate business concepts and loans
  • Start-up costs
  • Business plan tips
  • And more

After attending Start Smart, you can make an appointment to meet over the phone individually with the Small Business Development Center Counselors to help you review your business plan or provide guidance with other issues. Registration is required; to register go to and click on the Program and Events tab.

For questions, contact Mary Spitz-SBDC office at NIACC: (641) 422-4342 or at [email protected]

The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is an expert in rural business innovation and success. In partnership with North Iowa’s Small Business Development Center, we provide tools, support, and resources to Iowa’s entrepreneurs. We counsel both new and existing local businesses, from Main Street to industry leaders. We’re growing Iowa’s entrepreneurial culture through grade school initiatives, college and community programs, and business training and development. Contact the NIACC Pappajohn Center at (641) 422-4111 or [email protected]. See our new website at


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