Multiple resources are available in the City of Ames to assist businesses. Following are resources that may provide you with useful information.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TOOLKIT
The Business Development Toolkit has answers to many of your questions about starting and operating a business in Ames. Click here for a PDF version of the Toolkit.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR
The Business Development Coordinator focuses on the development of small or new business start-ups in the retail, commercial and industrial sectors. The Business Development Coordinator assists with the recruitment and expansion plans of businesses in the community by helping entrepreneurs as they navigate through the various City, State and Federal approval processes and advising entrepreneurs of the services that are available to them.
Drew Kamp serves as Business Development Coordinator for the City of Ames.
AMES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (AEDC)
The Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) stands ready to provide you with timely assistance in learning more about Ames and Story County as first-class locations for doing business. Whether it is site location assistance, packaging financial incentives, or demonstrating an available workforce, you can rely on the AEDC for all of this and more as you contemplate investment in new or expanding operations.
SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The ISU Pappajohn Center and the ISU Small Business Development Center (SBDC) work together within the ISU Research Park to provide a broad set of resources to entrepreneurs of all types. The Pappajohn Center focuses on the technology companies formed at the University. The Center provides direct service including market research and business plan development, and it connects prospective companies to a network of private sector expertise and resources. The SBDC provides business assistance to anyone interested in starting, expanding, rescuing, buying or selling a traditional business, such as retail, restaurant, service, consulting or manufacturing.
AMES COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- Ames Chamber of Commerce
- Main Street Cultural District
- Campustown Action Association
- Better Business Bureau
- Iowa Secretary of State
- Iowa Economic Development Authority
- Iowa Workforce Development
- Iowa Department of Revenue
- U.S. Census Bureau