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Central Iowa Sourcelink to Help Small Businesses Turn Big Ideas Into Big Opportunities

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Susan Ramsey, Greater Des Moines Partnership, 515.286.4954

Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority, 515.725.3150

 

Central Iowa Sourcelink to Help Small Businesses Turn Big Ideas Into Big Opportunities!

Greater Des Moines Partnership Launches New Online Resource for Start Ups IEDA Poised To Expand the Program Statewide

 

 

May 21, 2012 (Des Moines, IA) - Aspiring entrepreneurs in Central Iowa now have an online business resource to help them turn their big idea into big opportunity. The Greater Des Moines Partnership is collaborating with regional partners to launch Central Iowa SourceLink - www.cisourcelink.com, to help small business owners and entrepreneurs find resources via an online “one-stop shop” accessible around the clock and across the region. Central Iowa SourceLink provides information to connect emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses with resources to help fit an organization's growth and development needs. The Central Iowa SourceLink website goes live effective today, May 21, 2012.

 The Greater Des Moines Partnership led this collaborative effort in response to a recommendation included in the regional economic development vision plan announced in November, 2011: Capital Crossroads – A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa. Central Iowa SourceLink is a free resource supported by the Partnership and regional partners to promote economic development.

“As part of our goal to promote economic development within Greater Des Moines, the Partnership wants to provide the small businesses of Central Iowa with resources that help enable growth and prosperity,” said Jay Byers, CEO of the Partnership and member of the Capital Crossroads coordinating committee. “Every start-up enterprise or entrepreneurial endeavor has the potential to one day become a major employer. We need to support our local start-ups in all facets of the development process.”

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced today that they have also contracted with SourceLink to expand the program statewide. As part of the Authority’s continuing work with existing small businesses in the state and efforts to support the creation of more small businesses, the IEDA has been working with an ad hoc advisory committee to determine ways to further improve the environment for entrepreneurship. One of the committee’s recommendations was to improve access to the many resources that are available to small business owners but are sometimes difficult to locate. By working with the Partnership and other regional groups, IEDA will populate information on service providers from around the state. IEDA expects to launch the statewide program this fall.

“Debi Durham, director of the IEDA said, “Small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy, accounting for 51 percent of private sector jobs. We must create an environment where small businesses can flourish and connect the dots for those who want to start their operations with the vast amount of resources that are already available in our state. Taking SourceLink statewide will do that.”

U.S. SourceLink is America’s largest resource network for entrepreneurs. Its mission is to match aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to the resources they need to grow by uniting existing business development programs into collaborative networks, and providing a highly reliable and visible source of business startup and growth information. There are currently 20 networks in place across the country. U.S. SourceLink founders include the Kauffman Foundation, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Small Business Administration.

Locally, SourceLink will enable Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa’s small business resources to access assistance information online or be directed to community partners and programs that help entrepreneurs start, sustain and grow their businesses. Nonprofit services providers interested in joining the network should contact: mfitz@desmoinesmetro.com, or contact the Greater Des Moines Partnership at 515.) 286-4950. Media inquiries should be directed to Susan Ramsey at (515) 286-4954 or sramsey@desmoinesmetro.com.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership serves the economic development needs of Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Polk and Warren Counties, connects over 4,700 business members from 24 regional Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, and is united to drive economic growth with one voice, one mission, and as one region.

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