It's often lonely at the top for business owners. We're here to be a third-party sounding board and trusted advisor. 

For the past two decades, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Business Growth and Innovation (UNI CBGI) has built a network of resources and services designed to attract, connect, and accelerate small business and start-up growth with business assistance, capital, partner resources, and valuable connections to their peers.

The success of UNI CBGI initiatives can be attributed to our team’s philosophy to listen to small business owners, imagine what we can do to make life better, and to create solutions leveraging our university and technology assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done in terms of economic impact, user experiences, and potential to scale. We have learned how to better understand business owners through online interactions, an e-mail listserv, statewide annual survey, regional workshops and outreach events, and webinars.

 

 

Resources to Grow Your Business

Our philosophy is to listen to the business community, imagine what we can do to fill gaps in their needs and create sharable and collaboratively driven solutions leveraging our technology and university assets. Annually, we evaluate how we’ve done and strive to scale those resources that are effective to maximize economic impact for Iowa business owners.

 

Advance Iowa

Advance Iowa is the State of Iowa’s comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid-sized companies to enhance their growth.
 

Small Business Development Center 

​Advance Iowa is the State of Iowa’s comprehensive consulting program designed to work with mid-sized companies to enhance their growth.

 

 

Business Concierge

Iowa Business Concierge program seeks to connect entrepreneurs with the right public sector organization that can help them grow, the first time, every time. 
 

Strategic Marketing Services

​Strategic Marketing Services is a full service marketing research organization that delivers customized, targeted, actionable marketplace intelligence to clients of varying sizes, industries, and geographic locations.

 

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