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Braley Works to Expand Support for Small Businesses

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) today introduced the Main Street Stabilization Act which would provide Iowa small business owners and entrepreneurs with educational tools and support to help their business thrive.

The bill would expand services offered at Iowa's fifteen Small Business Development Centers (SBDC). 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 is a challenging task that can be confusing and expensive," said Braley. "My bill will provide additional resources and educational tools for small business owners, and those hoping to start a small business. These additional resources will educate Iowa entrepreneurs, strengthen the Iowa economy, and create jobs in Iowa."

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 which would shorten the response time for those requesting SBDC services, and new online tools and resources for Iowa entrepreneurs.

"Providing more responsive support and resources to small businesses getting off the ground will help Iowa entrepreneurs create jobs and grow their businesses," Braley added.

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

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