Iowa small business owners and entrepreneurs have two new, free resources

July 21, 2011

Amy Kuhlers, program manager, UNI Regional Business Center/MyEntre.Net, 319-273-4328,
Rebecca Schultze, communications and public relations manager, UNI College of Business Administration, 319-273-3309,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's MyEntre.Net program now has two new resources for small business owners and those interested in starting a business:  Connections and the Business Concierge. Both are accessible with free MyEntre.Net membership.

Connections,, is Iowa's only searchable database of more than 2,700 public sector programs, organizations and people that can assist entrepreneurs. Connections gives entrepreneurs an easy-to-navigate portal to financing programs, technical and marketing assistance, networking opportunities and research services. Users can select from a number of criteria to broaden or narrow a search, and in a few clicks get information on the organizations and programs that fit their needs.

The Business Concierge brings a personal touch to online entrepreneurial assistance by answering Iowans’ most pressing business questions via e-mail, online chat and over the phone. Specific services that small business owners can access include consumer mailing lists, expenditure data, demographic and psychographic profiles, in addition to competitor’s sales figures, industry trends and national financial benchmarking metrics. Individuals can find out more information and access the services of the Business Concierge online at or by calling 319-273-4333. 

"Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and it's important to open as many doors as possible for those innovative individuals," said Amy Kuhlers, program manager for MyEntre.Net. "These two free resources will help Iowa businesses obtain reliable answers to the questions they have more quickly and easier than ever before." 

Register for and get more information about MyEntre.Net at, or by emailing


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