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How do I get to the Iowa Center?
The Iowa Center is located at 2210 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50312. From Grand Ave. turn south onto Terrace Rd and then take your first left into our parking lot (we share with 2222 Grand Ave.) Once you’ve parked enter the main doors from the parking lot. You’ll find our office down the atrium and on your right.
The closest DART stop is located at the corner of Ingersoll Ave. and 23rd Street.
Do I need a business plan for my small business?
A business plan can guide you through each stage of starting and managing your small business and can be a helpful structure to think through and detail all the elements of running your business. A business plan is typically required to apply for a loan and can also help you access additional funding or find partners for your business. If you’re interested in creating a plan for your business, check out our DreamBuilder course which is offered four times a year.
What kind of classes do you offer?
Our educational classes support aspiring and current small business owners to develop a better understanding of how to run a business. Our array of classes includes readiness assessments, business planning, business management and growth, and special topics like business taxes, insurance, financing, marketing, and more. Check out upcoming classes here and our class catalog here
Am I eligible for a loan from The Iowa Center?
If you are a current or aspiring small business owner and have lived in Iowa for more than six months you may be eligible for a loan from The Iowa Center. To learn more about eligibility for specific loans, please Schedule an Appointment with our staff to discuss.
Do you provide grants to small businesses?
No, The Iowa Center does not award grant money. You can learn more about Iowa grant opportunities at iowagrants.gov or Iowa Grant Watch.
When do you offer tax preparation appointments?
We offer year-round tax appointments for individuals and businesses through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. During tax season (January–April), appointments are for prior year returns. Outside of tax season we can work with multiple year taxes, amendments, and other tax situations. We also provide tax support and preparation for businesses who file Schedule C forms. Find tax assistance here. To schedule your tax appointment, please call 515-283-0940.