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Targeted Small Business program hosts first Des Moines Mobile Application Site event

October 29, 2018

Earlier this month, Iowa’s Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program hosted its first Des Moines “Mobile Application Site” event for local entrepreneurs interested in becoming TSB certified. The event provided qualified small business owners the necessary technology and hands-on guidance to apply online for certification as an Iowa TSB.

The TSB Program is designed to help women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or service-disabled veterans overcome some of the hurdles associated with starting and growing a small business. Certified TSBs gain improved access to public and private buyers across the state, as well as networking opportunities across the state and resources to help them succeed.

The well-attended event in Des Moines was the second mobile application site. The first took place in Dubuque in August, during which several small businesses applied for, and have since received, certification. These new TSB certifications add to the growing number of businesses participating statewide.

Getting into communities and providing in-person assistance to small business owners is one of many ways the Iowa Economic Development Authority has grown and added value to the program in recent years. The online application tool was added in early 2018, making it easier than ever for interested Iowans to apply and for purchasers to search relevant certified TSBs to meet procurement needs.

While the online application process is simple to use for most applicants, many small business owners getting started may not have ready access to the technology required to scan necessary documents. The Mobile Application Site events allow applicants to upload required documentation with assistance from facilitators.

Interested applicants in greater Des Moines will have another opportunity to attend a mobile application site event on Thursday, November 8.

Individuals interested in learning more about the Iowa TSB program are encouraged to contact Jill Lippincott at tsbcert@iowaeda.com or 515.348.6159.

Small business owners Webster and Claire Kranto image


Left: Small business owners Webster and Claire Kranto completed their TSB application during the Des Moines Mobile Application Site event on October 8.


Steven Martinez, owner of SVM Technologies, LLC

Right: Steven Martinez owner of SVM Technologies, LLC, worked with Jill Lippincott, TSB project manager, at the Des Moines Mobile Application Site event on October 8. Martinez was certified as a TSB two days after the event.

 

 

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