The following press release was posted July 5, 2017.

Michael Wampler is the new regional director for the Northwest Iowa SBDC

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Michael Wampler is the new regional director for the Northwest Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in Spencer, which is hosted by Iowa Lakes Community College. He started his new position on July 3, 2017.

Wampler will be advising and training entrepreneurs and existing business owners in Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, and Sioux counties.

“America’s SBDC Iowa is pleased to add Michael Wampler to our team of knowledgeable, experienced, and professional business advisors,” says SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat. “He brings years of teaching and counseling experience to our organization, plus valuable experience as a small business owner and operator. He will build on our strong connections with area resource partners and encourage new business growth in his northwest Iowa region.”

Michael is an entrepreneurship educator and coach with both academic and real world experience. Most recently he served as Coordinator of Business Incubation and Entrepreneurial Initiatives at Indian Hills Community College. Previously, he taught in the School of Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University where he oversaw the Master’s of Entrepreneurship (MSE) resident program. In addition, Michael was a Special Projects Manager for Jackson Creek Enterprises, a family-owned Iowa business, and a Fleet Manager for Quest Liner. Michael is a GrowthWheelTM Certified Advisor and has a Business Incubation Management Certificate from the National Business Incubation Association.

America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s College of Business and the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, Ames, Iowa 50011, Tel. 515-294-7612, email

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, America’s SBDC Iowa has 15 regional assistance centers located strategically across the state. Since program inception in 1981, the SBDC has helped Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs through no fee, confidential, customized, professional business counseling and practical, affordable training workshops.

For more information on America’s SBDC Iowa programs or services, call (515) 294-2030 or visit,, or

Press Contacts:

Tricia Janes, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,
Michael Wampler, Northwest Iowa SBDC, 712-262-4213,