Braley Renews Effort to Expand Support for Small Businesses
Re-introduces Main Street Stabilization Act to expand small business support centers
Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today renewed an effort to provide Iowa small business owners and entrepreneurs with additional educational tools and support to create jobs and grow their businesses.
The Main Street Stabilization Act would expand services offered at Iowa’s fifteen Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs). SBDCs provide customized and confidential business advice to any business, or potential business, in Iowa with 500 employees or less. SBDCs provide workshops and one-on-one consulting to educate and provide resources for small business entrepreneurs.
“Starting a small business or working to improve an existing one is a challenge. It can be confusing and expensive if the right resources aren’t available,” said Braley. “By providing additional resources and educational tools for small business owners, Iowa entrepreneurs will have access to valuable assistance to help them create jobs and strengthen the Iowa economy.”
First introduced in July 2012, the Main Street Stabilization Act would create a grant program that would expand services and support available at SBDCs. This would include additional consulting and education services for small businesses, extra support for regional centers in high demand to help shorten the response time for those requesting SBDC services, and new online tools and resources for Iowa entrepreneurs.
Text of the Main Street Stabilization Act can be downloaded at the following link: http://1.usa.gov/Yp5AJ4
A list of SBDC locations in Iowa follow:
- Iowa State University SBDC, Ames
- Southeastern SBDC, Burlington
- Iowa Western SBDC, Council Bluffs
- South Central Iowa SBDC, Creston
- Eastern Iowa SBDC, Davenport
- Northeast Iowa SBDC, Dubuque
- North Central Iowa SBDC, Fort Dodge
- University of Iowa SBDC, Iowa City
- Kirkwood SBDC, Marion
- North Iowa Area SBDC, Mason City
- Indian Hills SBDC, Ottumwa
- Northwest Iowa SBDC, Spencer
- Western Iowa Tech SBDC, Sioux City
- University of Northern Iowa SBDC, Waterloo
- Mid Iowa SBDC, West Des Moines