Surprising insights from UNI State of Iowa Small Business Report

Posted on Friday, May 29th, 2015

Joe Bolick, communications and public relations manager, Business and Community Services, 319-273-6577,

Sarah Bey, program manager, Center for Business Growth and Innovation, 319-273-4324,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation announces the publication of the 2015 Iowa Small Business Report. This report is based on data collected from Iowa small business owners in February 2015 associated with their business activity during calendar year 2014.

Each year the Small Business Survey measures sales trends, job growth or loss, capital acquired and business use of technology among Iowa business owners with fewer than 50 employees. In addition, the survey measures specific issues, opportunities and experiences unique to doing business in Iowa.

The 2015 findings captured thousands of opinions from small companies across 92 of Iowa’s 99 counties, providing insight into Iowan’s use of Facebook to market their small business, the salaries they are paying incoming managers and what small Iowa companies think of the Iowa legislature. A summary of the survey has been published in a full color report providing business owners, community leaders and legislators a good look, both visually and in articles, about the current Iowa small business experience.

The report is available for download at

About the Center for Business Growth and Innovation

The UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation is an award-winning and nationally recognized entity specializing in entrepreneurship and small business support programs. From business incubation on campus, to innovative online services and entrepreneurship research, the Center for Business Growth and Innovation is on the cutting-edge of improving Iowa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. The center has conducted the Iowa Small Business Survey annually since 2012.