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Cherokee Business Chosen for Quarterly Award

AgCom Insurance Agency, Cherokee, chosen for Cherokee County Business of the Quarter Award SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Western Iowa Tech Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that AgCom Insurance Agency, with offices in Cherokee and Holstein, is the...

Charles City Business Chosen for Statewide SBDC Award

Red Cedar Lodge, Charles City, chosen for Small Business of the Month Award AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Red Cedar Lodge in Charles City, is the winner of the SBDC’s statewide May Business of the Month Award. Red Cedar Lodge...

Sandy Ehrig Recipient of 2019 America’s SBDC Iowa’s Champion Award

AMES, Iowa – America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa has chosen Sandy Ehrig as the recipient of the 2019 SBDC Champion Award. This honor was created to recognize business partners or individuals who go above and beyond to support small businesses in...

Gross-Wen Technologies, Inc. Named 2019 Prometheus Awards Startup Technology Company of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DES MOINES, Iowa — Ames-based startup company, Gross-Wen Technologies (GWT), was named the Startup Technology Company of the Year during the Technology Association of Iowa’s 2019 Prometheus Awards Thursday night. The Startup award recognizes an...

Iowa State Named One of Six Public Research Universities as Finalists for 2018 Innovation & Economic Prosperity Universities Awards

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today named six public research institutions as finalists for its sixth annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity (IEP) University Awards. The winners will be announced at the association’s annual meeting,...

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Center for Industrial Research and Service

The Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) works to build healthy communities in Iowa through business prosperity.

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 1,700 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.