Austin Strawhacker is promoted to Associate State Director for America’s SBDC Iowa

Austin Strawhacker, America’s SBDC Iowa Associate State Director

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that effective December 2, Austin Strawhacker has been promoted to the position of Associate State Director.

Strawhacker will be supporting the 15 regional centers across the state, as well as leading database management, compliance and regulatory oversight efforts for the organization. Austin is also leading several national efforts on the integration and reporting within additional protocols from SBA. He has also helped multiple other states with their database troubleshooting to increase their effectiveness within their reporting on the federal level.

“This is a very well-deserved promotion,” says SBDC State Director Lisa Shimkat. “Austin has already accomplished great things within our organization and this promotion was the next step into leadership for SBDC Iowa. He has been a tremendous asset both within our state and nationally and has a bright future with us.”

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

Brianna Hall, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,
Lisa Shimkat, America’s SBDC Iowa, 515-294-2030,