Business Resources


Businesses located in Harrison County have access to a wealth of leading edge business resources to assist with the development of new strategies, new ideas and new technologies.




Small Business/Entreprenurial Centers

Iowa Western Small Business Development Center provides free and low-cost counseling and training to the areas entrepreneurs.  The SBDC counselors work with new business start-ups and expanding businesses.

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  • Business planning
  • Market research
  • Marketing
  • Financial analysis/cash flows
  • Governmental procurement
  • Government regulations compliance
  • General management and personnel issues
  • Information technology
  • Loan application assistance
  • Business-related education and training courses


Iowa Western Community College Entreprenurial Training Center provides Fast Trac® business planning and training for entrepreneurs.


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HCDC is a member of the Greater Council Bluffs Regional Economic Development Partnership.  This group of Harrison, Mills and Pottawattamie Counties works to advance the area by marketing our businesses, communities and transportation advantages.  This website was developed to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses by helping them reach their goals, answer questions, find valuable resources, and have local mentors.



University Research and Technology Centers


Iowa State University is recognized both nationally and internationally for its strong programs in agriculture and engineering and in the basic sciences.  In recent years, Iowa State has launched bold new research and technology transfer initiatives including agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics, materials science, food safety, biorenewables and information sciences.


Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) provides educational seminars and individualized technical assistance to Iowa manufacturers in the areas of engineering, management practices, procurement, productivity and quality management.


The University of Iowa’s research strengths are world–renowned in the health sciences and biosciences, in educational testing and measurement, and in engineering and space exploration.


The University of Northern Iowa offers a wide range of resources to assist business and industry including ag–based lubricants, waste reduction technologies and metals testing.




Business Regulatory Assistance


Western Iowa Development Association can assist you with regulatory and permitting issues.  We work closely with the state and local regulatory agencies of government including the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Regulatory and Environmental Assistance Coordinator.



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