Southwestern Community College‚Äôs Smart Business Resource Center promotes rural entrepreneurship and job creation throughout its service area.  It is a collaboration of the Southwestern Community College Business and Information Technology Department, the South Central Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Southern Iowa Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. (RC&D).  The program is partially funded by Southern Iowa (RC&D) and a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant.


Technical Assistance

SWCC instructors and professional staff with extensive teaching and business consulting experience provide individualized technical assistance through on-site consultation to existing businesses and entrepreneurs.  The Center provides technical assistance, technology transfer and on-site consulting in the following areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Basic Small Business Accounting
  • Basic and Advanced QuickBooks
  • QuickBooks for Farmers
  • Reading and Understanding Financial Statements
  • Marketing

Contact the SBDC office for more information.



Throughout the year, a variety of face-to-face training opportunities are offered on SWCC's Creston Campus. Classes cover a range of topics relevant to existing business as well as those just getting off the ground. Training sessions will be added as they become available.

Schedule of upcoming face-to-face training.


Iowa Small Business Development Centers

business people

Southwestern Community College is a host institution for the Iowa Small Business Development Centers (SBDC).  SBDC provides services for entrepreneurial startup and existing small businesses throughout south central Iowa. For more information on the Iowa Small Business Development Centers, go to

Brandi Shay

For more information please contact:

Brandi Shay
Small Business Development Center Director

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