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America’s SBDC Iowa’s Dave Biedenbach Becomes Certified Business Advisor

Regional Director of Iowa State University SBDC Becomes CBA® Ames, Iowa - America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Dave Biedenbach, Regional Director of Iowa State University SBDC, Ames, has achieved certification in the Certified Business Advisor®...

2020 IEP ‘Innovation’ Award finalist spotlight: Iowa State University

Source: The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) By David Spalding, Raisbeck Endowed Dean, Ivy College of Business Interim Vice President for Economic Development and Industry Engagement at Iowa State University As the state’s land-grant...

Driving Talent, Workforce Development, and Opportunity: APLU’s Innovation and Economic Prosperity Designation

Source: Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) By Abigail Robbins, Innovation and Economic Prosperity and Governmental Affairs Associate, APLU On Tuesday, September 15th, APLU and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted...

David Spalding highlights Iowa State’s innovative economic engagement efforts during virtual GUIRR webinar

Spalding, senior leaders from Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities present on advancing talent and workforce development AMES, Iowa -- Interim vice president for economic development and industry relations...

Whittemore business chosen for statewide SBDC award

J&J Custom Meats chosen for Small Business of the Month Award AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that J&J Custom Meats, of Whittemore, is the winner of the organization’s statewide September Small Business of the Month Award....

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Center for Industrial Research and Service

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) serves Iowa companies in five main areas: Growth, Leadership, Productivity, Technology, and Workforce. Over the past five years, CIRAS’ work with Iowa businesses has generated an economic impact of more than $2.5 billion. 

America’s SBDC Iowa

The Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides free, confidential, customized business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to businesses with 500 employees or less.

ISU Research Park

The Iowa State University Research Park Corporation is a non-profit, independent corporation that serves as an innovation community and incubator for new and expanding businesses. The park currently houses 12 buildings and tenants employ more than 2,250 employees.


ISU Research Foundation (ISURF) and Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (OIPTT). A non-profit entity that manages the protection and commercialization of its research results, the ISURF works closely with Iowa State University’s OIPTT.

ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship

The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is the catalyst that brings together the people and ideas necessary for launching or growing successful enterprises.