Small Business Start Up

Small Business Start Up

Cedar County welcomes your new business; we are excited about assisting you with your entrepreneurial endeavor. We will assist you with the start-up process including fine-tuning your business plan, steps to registering your businesses, information on business law & regulations, finance options, and employee relations. The CCEDCO staff is here to guide you through the process of business start-up and provide resources. Please contact us at 563-886-3761 or email us at

Additional Resources

Small Business Association:
SBA offers a variety of loan programs. The SBA Guaranteed loan program is able to help a local lender finance most any business need. The SBA can help facilitate a loan for you with 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.

SCORE East Central Iowa:
A Cedar Rapids-based organization is comprised of former CEO's, business owners, and company managers who volunteer their time to assist with small business startups. SCORE members regularly teach business classes at Kirkwood Community College and assist with business plans, financing options, marketing strategies and more. Contact 319-362-6405 Ext. 2005 for more information.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC):
The centers are committed to entrepreneurial development throughout the State of Iowa. The SBDC that serves Cedar County is located at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and is associated with the College of Business Administration and IOWA Centers for Enterprise. The center works with the School of Management to provide research, counseling, and assistance to businesses. Call 319-335-3742 for more information.

SBDC also provides extensive information about starting a new business.

Iowa Economic Development Authority:
Provides vast amount information on state-sponsored business start-up programs located in Iowa.

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