The SBDC moved from its old offices in the ISU Research Park to the recently opened ECDF, where they are sharing a new office. The SBDC offices are joining other economic development efforts provided by various ISU business groups to provide a central place to provide outreach support to local businesses.
Iowa SBDC director Lisa Shimkat said the move also allows clients faster access to resources offered by other groups in the Research Park.
The regional and statewide offices that made the move this week are part of a nationwide network of business development centers partnering with the U.S. Small Business Administration to give free or low-cost advice to entrepreneurs. It joins the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations, the Center for Industrial Research and Service, the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship, ISU’s Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer, the Cultivation Corridor regional economic development project, the Iowa State Research Foundation and the Cy-Starters incubator for student entrepreneurs in the EDCF building.
The EDCF building, at 1805 Collaboration Ave., was opened in early June and is the first building in an expansion that could double the size of ISU’s Research Park on the south side of town. Over 6,000 people are currently employed at various companies housed in the park.