Amy Dutton, CBA®, EDFP
University of Northern Iowa SBDC Regional Director

Regional Director of University of Northern Iowa Center Becomes EDFP

AMES, Iowa – America’s SBDC Iowa (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Amy Dutton, regional director of the University of Northern Iowa SBDC, Cedar Falls, has achieved certification as an Economic Development Financial Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC).

EDFP Certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development with instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs.

Dutton has been counseling businesses in Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw, Fayette, Grundy, Howard and Tama counties since 2016. She advised more than 260 clients last year. Dutton has also achieved designation as a Certified Business Advisor (CBA).

Lisa Shimkat, State Director, America’s SBDC Iowa, says, “I am very impressed by Amy’s continuous desire to increase her knowledge base. She is a valuable member of our statewide team and is dedicated to giving her SBDC clients sound business advice. This designation will provide additional knowledge that she can pass along to benefit those she advises.”

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,