Planning an ecosystem for small business development
to foster entrepreneurial thinking and innovative endeavors, generate local support for individuals willing to pursue careers as small business owners and to invest in their communities and emphasize local economic development strategies which maximize the potential of small business development
to enhance the system of counseling, training and services designed to provide professional development opportunities to small business owners and service providers
to ensure awareness of, and accessibility to, funding resources available in the regions as well as the filling of funding gaps at all levels of business development
to expand opportunities for entrepreneurs (all stages/level) to share best practices, mentor each other, consider collaboration and identify service needs within regions.
The REP continues to serve regions across Iowa during the five-year project period through extensive research, strategic planning and implementation assistance. Regions are being selected for service based on economic disaster (e.g. plant closure, mass layoff, natural disasters etc.); economic distress (e.g., high levels of unemployment, low-income, etc.); and a willingness on the part of regional leadership to foster entrepreneurial development.