Main Street Charles City

SMALL BUSINESS LAB

ABOUT US

Charles City is a community of 7,600 located in north central Iowa along the Avenue of the Saints -lane highway. The picturesque town with ample parks and the Cedar River running through the heart of it offers a family-friendly atmosphere, great quality of life and a diverse economy. Known as the birthplace of the American tractor, Charles City was also the childhood home of national women's rights leader Carrie Lane Chapman Catt and features the state's first whitewater river course.

These services are available thanks to a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network, a national nonprofit that helps spark growth in rural communities.

CONTACT US

401 North Main St., Charles City, IA 50616

641-228-2335

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TOOLS & RESOURCES

We offer these programs & services in partnerships with:

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STARTUP COACHING

This coaching service is for entrepreneurs who have a business idea and are ready to take the next steps to get it started. Our startup coaches, all experienced entrepreneurs, work 1-on-1 with you to move you from concept to open for business.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COACHING

Ever wish you had an experienced business person to help you think about your business, answer questions, and help you remain accountable to the goals you set? Now you have a whole team of them!

 

Our 1-on-1 business management coaching helps new and established ventures overcome common growth obstacles, develop effective strategies, identify new income opportunities, and stay focused on success.

ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLES

Group videoconferences that allow you to connect with rural entrepreneurs from across the country to talk shop. Each roundtable is facilitated by a trained staff member so they stay on-topic and productive. Learn about new tools, resources, and strategies that are helping other businesses grow, build your professional network, and find inspiration for your next big success.

EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSIONS

Monthly opportunities for you to learn about key business topics from industry experts, with a focus on how to effectively sell online. Each panel session gives business owners first-hand opportunities to learn about topics like online sales, web design, social media, shipping, and more. All panel sessions provide pro-tips and include a Q&A section so you can get info relevant to your unique business.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

Our partner, the Rural Ideas Network, has a growing selection of technical assistance classes that help small business owners manage and grow their business. These experiences are all about "doing" and are built to help the busy business owner get things done quickly and easily. The featured class right now is a 2-day Website Bootcamp.

These services are possible through a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network. Learn about the network here >