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business resources

As an existing business owner or a prospective one, we encourage you to reach out to Chamber Main Street to be in the know of all resources available to you!

The Small Business Lab provides a variety of high-quality business support services that entrepreneurs (including both new and established businesses) can access, at no cost. All Small Business Lab services are delivered virtually via video conferencing, making it easy to use these resources to grow their business.

The Small Business Administration supports America's small businesses. The SBA connects entrepreneurs with lenders and funding to help them plan, start and grow their business.

State of Iowa Programs

Main Street Iowa Challenge Grant

Eligible projects must be within the identified Main Street project area.  Only the Main Street organization in participating communities may submit applications on behalf of local projects, properties, and businesses.   This program requires a dollar for dollar match. 

Main Street Iowa Design & Business Assistance

Design & Business assistance is provided to downtown property owners and tenants as a free service through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program.  The Design Specialists will provide design recommendations and develop conceptual renderings for each proposed project.  The Business Specialist will provide economic development assistance as well as one-on-one business consultations.

Downtown Revitalization Projects

Projects funded through this program must have long-lasting benefits for the downtown area that contribute toward a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort. The projects must take place in the downtown or historic commercial center of the community and are meant to support and demonstrate innovation.  Projects must take place in communities with a population of less than 50,000 people.  All funded projects must meet the CDBG national objective to prevent or eliminate slum or blight.  Projects shall also follow applicable HUD requirements such as environmental reviews, historical property reviews, Davis-Bacon wage requirements, and public participation requirements.  All projects shall agree to follow the Iowa Green Streets Criteria.  Projects funded from the downtown revitalization fund must be part of a comprehensive downtown revitalization effort.

Certified Local Government Grants (CLG Grants) 

CLG Grant Funds can be used to develop building reuse plans and plans and specifications for buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They can also be used to survey and evaluate properties and prepare National Register nominations.

Historic Resource Development Program (HRDP)

The purpose of the HRDP Grants Program is to provide funds to preserve, conserve, interpret, enhance, and educate the public about the historical resources of Iowa.  Grants are for historic preservation, museums, and documentary collections.