A graphic promoting the 2018 Building Business Basics workshop.

Save the date! Building Business Basics is back. 

The workshop is free to those who register early, and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at Kirkwood Community College Iowa City, 1816 Lower Muscatine Road. Learn more and register by visiting www.icgov.org/bbb2018

Building Business Basics Spring 2017

Building Business Basics workshop, May 2017
Building Business Basics workshop, May 2017
The City of Iowa City hosted a business workshop in Spring 2017 at the Iowa City Kirkwood Community College Campus. Participants learned the nuts-and-bolts basics of developing a plan to launch their own business through five workstations

Business topics ranged from marketing and sales to analysis, financing and resources.  

Materials from the workshop have been placed on this page, including several slideshow presentations and a video. 


Below is a description and slideshow presentation from the five workstations. 

1.) What's your business idea? 

Organization and management, creating your company description or product. 

2.) Who are your customers? 

Market analysis, sales and marketing. 

3.) How will your business operate? 

Financial projections, realistic revenues and expenses. 

4.) Where will the money come from?

Financing needed and available financial programs. 

5.) What resources are available? 

Find out who can provide assistance, understanding city and county permits, licenses, credit repair and assistance. 


Area business owners share their best advice and biggest challenges from launching their own businesses.