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Starting a Business

Starting a Business

New businesses and entrepreneurs are an important part of a community's growth and innovation, and we value the opportunity to connect them to the resources and services they need to succeed.

Starting a Business Here

The Greater Burlington Partnership has partnered with the Small Business Development Center to provide local guides to starting businesses in our communities.

Download: Guide to Starting a Business in Burlington
Download: Guide to Starting a Business in West Burlington

Getting More Help

A number of resources are available to help new businesses and entrepreneurs, including services that provide business counseling, business research and professional development.  Here are some links:

Center for Business - provides opportunities for professional development, business counseling, entrepreneurial support and much more.
Small Business Development Center - 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.
MyEntre.net - access to topical webinars, business research on demand, and much more.
Business License Information Center - find Iowa business license and compliance requirements.
Innovation Support Program - provides assistance with technology transfer, research, proof of commercial relevance and access to financial assistance.

Business Financing

Contrary to popular belief very few grants are available to start a new business.  Although some assistance does exist, no program will finance 100% of a start-up.  Personal equity is almost always required and a solid business plan is absolutely essential.  Your local banker is still the best place to turn for financing.

There are, however, a few programs available:

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