We tirelessly work to help our exisiting businesses expand, because we know that statistics show as much as 80% of a community's future growth with come from existing business. As part of our commitment to business retention and expansion, we've created a Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Committee. Learn more about:
- Access to Business Resources
- Local Business Recognition
- Annual Business Calls Program
- Local Industry Reports & Data
- Business Concierge Service
Whatever the stage of your business there are local programs and services available to help you. Here are some quick links to some of these resources:
Center for Business - a division of Southeast Iowa Community College, they provide opportunities for professional development, business counseling, entrepreneurial support and much more.
Small Business Development Center - a part of the SBA program, SBDC offers businesses assistance with loan packaging and financial projections; business plan writing; and business counseling programs.
Great River Biz - is an online source for research and information to support area entrepreneurism.
Great River Region Entrepreneurial Technical Assistance - a regional collaboration to put on events for entrepreneurs.
IASourceLink - an online source for identifying resources and information to support your business.
MyEntre.net - an online community for entrepreneurs and small business owners, providing access to topical webinars, business research on demand, and much more.
Starting a Business Guide - download information on how to start a business locally or browse available financial programs.
Iowa Waste Reduction Center - provides expert environmental services to businesses, serving as a resource for assistance, information and expertise regarding air emissions, community right-to-know, hazardous waste, painting and coating, pollution prevention, solid waste, storm water and wastewater. Staffed by environmental experts they help businesses meet regulatory obligations, implement waste reduction and pollution prevention initiatives, increase efficiency through training and education, and much more.
The BRE Committee works to strengthen existing businesses in Greater Burlington. The BRE committee hosts two appreciation events each year. The Small Business Appreciation Breakfast is held in early May and a Manufacturers’ Appreciation Luncheon in October. Recent award winners have included:
2015 Small Business of the Year
2015 Distinction Award
In addition, the BRE committee conducts personal visits to more than 90 existing companies and organizations every year. The visits typically take about an hour, and a variety of topics are covered from industry competition to workforce concerns. Although individual responses are confidential, the results are aggregated and published.
The information we gather during our annual business calls helps us identify services and programs we can provide or direct to the business needing assistance. It's also used to create reports that help us communicate business needs to elected officials at the state and local level.
Download: 2015 Small Business Industry Report
Get Help for Your Business
Most often you find concierge services in expensive hotels. They are the individuals who can help you reserve the best restaurant in town and in the same breath explain which metro routes will quickly take you there. IASourceLink in partnership with MyEntre.Net is pleased to announce their newest service- the Business Concierge. The new Business Concierge will answer Iowans’ most pressing business questions via e-mail, online chat, and over the phone- all for free!
Specific services that Iowa small business owners can access include consumer mailing lists, expenditure data, demographic & psychographic profiles, in addition to competitor’s sales figures, industry trends, and national financial benchmarking metrics.