Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Cedar County welcomes your business; we are eager to help in finding the right financial assistance package for your business. There are many opportunities for assistance, the CCEDCO staff is here to guide you. Please contact us at 563-886-3761 or email us at

Iowa Economic Development Authority:
IEDA offers financial and technical assistance programs ranging from low-interest, forgivable loans, monetary grants and technical assistance. The application process requires submitting a Project Review Form. Then the form is reviewed to determine which programs the business may be eligible. Call 1-515-725-3133 or email

Small Business Association:
SBA offers a variety of loan programs for very specific purposes. The SBA can help facilitate a loan for you with a third party lender, guarantee a bond, or help you find venture capital. One of the programs is the CDC/504 Loan Program provides financing for major fixed assets such as equipment or real estate.

Tax & Other Incentives (State):
The State of Iowa is extremely serious about business growth that is reflected in the State’s tax policies. Iowa offers a variety of avenues for financial assistance options to assist with relocations and expansions to locations within Iowa. Assistance is provided in the form of loans and/or forgivable loans, based in part on job creation, capital investment, the ability to meet certain wage standards, quality of employment, and economic benefits for the state and local community.

USDA Rural Development:
The US Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Development initiative administers many assistance programs intended to foster economic development in rural areas. The regional office is located in Tipton, and the staff will work with you to determine what programs will work for your business. Rural Development offers guaranteed business loans, rural economic development grants, value-added producer grants, and more. Contact the Tipton office at 563-886-6006, Ext. 4 for more information.

Local Banks:
Cedar County has many banks that are ready to assist you with your business needs. Download a PDF listing of area banks.

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