Alicia Smith, CPA, joins the state office as their new Chief Accountant. 

Alicia Smith, Chief Accountant

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) has announced Alicia Smith as their new Chief Accountant. She started her position on June 29.

After spending the last two years assisting SBDC with accounting and grants management on a part-time basis, the SBDC said Smith is thrilled to join the staff as a full-time accountant. Smith has 15 years of public and governmental accounting experience, primarily in the areas of auditing, budgeting, forecasting, and financial reporting. Most recently, she was an accountant for the ISU Research Park, where she was responsible for all aspects of the accounting functions. Smith looks forward to expanding her role managing the SBDC grants, as well as working with the regional centers and host institutions.

“America’s SBDC Iowa is ecstatic to have Alicia on our team full time,” says State Director Lisa Shimkat. “She brings plenty of experience and is already familiar with how we operate. It’s a perfect match!”

America’s SBDC Iowa is an outreach program of Iowa State University’s Ivy 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, Hotline 515-294-1222, 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

Stacy Dreyer, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-5595,
Lisa Shimkat, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,