Braley Renews Effort to Expand Support for Small Businesses

Press Release

By:  Bruce Braley
Date: March 22, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

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