How to Start
The Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center cultivates and nurtures entrepreneurs throughout our area. We are in the business of creating business.
Entrepreneurship is a set of skills completely separate from management. Some entrepreneurs possess management skills, but what differentiates them from managers are two very important skills:
- The ability to question and create
- The ability to overcome failure and adapt.
Entrepreneurs are not driven by the resources at hand, they are driven by the idea they want to achieve. Our job is to help them find the resources they need to achieve their ideas.
If you are driven by ambition, willing to work hard and not afraid to try, try again, download our "How to Start" materials and get going! After you have reviewed the materials and completed the "Business Plan Inventory". If you feel you are ready for counseling, complete the "Request for Counseling" form linked below.
- SBDC Business Plan
- Business Plan Inventory
- Business Start-Up Checklist
- SBA Loan Fact Sheet
- SBDC Services
- Small Business Assistance
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Request For Counseling Form
This form is intended for people receiving email or phone counseling, or for those who would like to complete the paperwork prior to an in-person counseling session. Clients are responsible for scheduling all appointments. The Eastern Iowa SBDC will not follow-up on form submissions unless you contact us first. For more information about our counseling services, visit our Counseling site.
In order to deliver counseling to our clients, we must collect certain personal, demographic, and business information. You can submit this information in one of three ways:
- Fill out the Request for Counseling ;form electronically (see the link below). Once you submit this form, it will be
delivered by email to counselors at the Eastern Iowa SBDC. Email submission is not
secure; we cannot guarantee that this information will remain confidential while in
- Download the Request for Counseling form (PDF), print and fill it out manually, and either mail or fax it back to us.
- Come by our office and fill out a form prior to meeting with a counselor.
The estimated time it will take to complete this form is approximately 5 minutes. All items marked with an asterisk ( * ) in the form are required fields.
- Electronic Request For Counseling form link.
Questions? Call toll-free 1-888-336-3907, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the college nearest you and ask to speak to an advisor.
- Clinton Community College, 563-244-7000
- Muscatine Community College, 563-288-6000
- Scott Community College, 563-441-4000
It is the policy of Eastern Iowa Community College District not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status, as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.). If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Debora J. Sullivan, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer/Equity Coordinator, Eastern Iowa Community College District, 101 West Third Street, Davenport, Iowa 52801, 563-336-3487, email@example.com or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, Illinois 60661-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.