Businesses located in Pottawattamie County have access to a wealth of leading edge business resources to assist with the development of new strategies, new ideas and new technologies.


Iowa Western Small Business Development Center provides free and low-cost counseling and training to the areas entrepreneurs. The SBDC counselors work with new business start-ups and expanding businesses.

Services include:

  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Financial analysis/cash flows
  • Government procurement
  • Government regulations compliance
  • General management and personnel issues
  • Information technology
  • Loan application assistance
  • Business-related education and training courses

Iowa Western Community College Entrepreneurial Training Center provides Fast Trac® business planning and training for entrepreneurs.




Iowa State University is recognized both nationally and internationally for its strong programs in agriculture and engineering and in the basic sciences. In recent years, Iowa State has launched bold new research and technology transfer initiatives including agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics, materials science, food safety, biorenewables and information sciences.

Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) provides educational seminars and individualized technical assistance to Iowa manufacturers in the areas of engineering, management practices, procurement, productivity and quality management.

The University of Iowa’s research strengths are world-renowned in the health sciences and biosciences, in educational testing and measurement, and in engineering and space exploration.

University of Northern Iowa offers a wide range of resources to assist business and industry including ag-based lubricants, waste reduction technologies and metals testing.

University research centers located in nearby Omaha include:


Western Iowa Development Association can assist you with regulatory and permitting issues. We work closely with the state and local regulatory agencies of government including the Iowa Department of Economic Development’s Regulatory and Environmental Assistance Coordinator.