Main Street Iowa is excited to partner with Main Street America and the Rural Ideas Network to create this small business coaching platform. This service will help connect local Main Street district small businesses with experienced small business coaches in a virtual, request-based, and on demand relationship. The intent of this partnership is to expand Main Street Iowa’s business assistance and further support the economic recovery of Main Street Iowa districts.
Our Small Business Lab is offered thanks to a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network, a national nonprofit that helps spark growth in rural communities.
TOOLS & RESOURCES
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.
SMALL BUSINESS ROUNDTABLES
Group videoconferences that allow you to connect with rural small business owners 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.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PANELS
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.
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. Thanks to Main Street Iowa, you can get 20% off classes when you use the code: MSILAB
The Main Street Iowa Small Business Lab is possible through a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network. Learn about the network here >
ADDITIONAL TOOLS & RESOURCES
America’s SBDC Iowa is happy to partner with Main Street Iowa on their outreach efforts. Iowa’s businesses need resources in a higher demand than ever before. In addition to the Main Street Iowa Virtual Small Business Lab, the SBDC offers free and confidential counseling and is looking forward to partnering in an effort to help our small business community. Clients are encouraged to work with their resource partners to find the best solutions available to them.