Iowa Center for Economic Success (The Iowa Center) was recently awarded a 3-year $295,000 grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The grant will support the statewide expansion of The Iowa Center to Muscatine and the surrounding areas.
The Iowa Center focuses on offering support to local small businesses, including one-on-one counseling sessions or group classes, access to capital through loans reaching up to $50,000 and networking opportunities for its clients. Services that the Iowa Center will now begin to offer to Muscatine businesses.
“It is our belief that to be successful in small business one needs support in education, capital, and networking. We provide that support through 1:1 counseling sessions, group classes, networking opportunities, access to capital, and many other services. Through this grant we will now have boots on the ground in the city of Muscatine and surrounding areas to support small business in that region, ” said Megan Milligan, President + CEO, Iowa Center for Economic Success We are grateful to the community of Muscatine as well as the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine and the Muscatine Community College for their willingness to collaborate with us on this opportunity.
The Iowa Center has hired a Client Services Coordinator, Jordan Lloyd, who will be officing out of Muscatine Community College. Jordan will be available to meet with clients in person, over zoom, and phone, and facilitating meetings, events, classes, and coaching sessions.
“We are eager to work with the team at Iowa Center for Economic Success in building up and supporting the diverse entrepreneurs within our community. Muscatine is brighter and stronger for its rich diversity,” said Naomi DeWinter, President of Muscatine Community College. “With the help of The Iowa Center and the generous gift from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we will be able to focus efforts to grow small and family businesses which are minority-owned. These efforts can serve to lift up all small businesses in Muscatine county.”