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What is EDC, Inc.?
Incorporated in 2003, EDC is a community-sponsored business accelerator. EDC’s mission is to provide economic growth through the creation and expansion of high-impact Iowa businesses. From start-ups to well-established entities, EDC is focused on fostering innovation and creating vital and diversified entrepreneurial communities. EDC provides guided professional and business direction, networking and educational programs, and connection to qualified community and state resources.

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What does EDC do?
EDC’s primary function is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources and to provide hands-on professional business direction. While working with both emerging and existing businesses, EDC supports the development and commercialization of new products, services and technologies. Staffed by seasoned business veterans, EDC helps entrepreneurs maximize their success by helping them navigate resources, strengthen knowledge, improve skills, form strategic alliances and secure proper capitalization.

Who does EDC help?
EDC provides business acceleration for start-up entrepreneurs as well as those with long-established businesses. EDC focuses specifically on interstate/international commerce business models headquartered in Iowa. So, whether you are incubating a new business idea, or trying to improve your current model, if your business qualifies, EDC is available to help.


EDC Staff Members
Curtis R. Nelson, President & CEO
Jane Burroughs, VP of Operations and Program Funding
Julie Zielinski, VP of Marketing and Strategy
Christie Remley, Marketing Director
Pete Fry, Entrepreneur in Residence
Vaughn Halyard, Entrepreneur in Residence
Stacey Paoli, Office Manager

EDC Board of Directors


The counseling and support we received from the EDC team during our start-up years had a huge impact on our success. And now, we continue to benefit from our EDC relationship with ongoing business and sales coaching and the connections that are helping us grow much faster than the rest of our industry. The Creative Corridor is blessed to have such a strong force for spawning new business.

Jeff Quint, Cedar Ridge Vineyards, Winery & Distillery

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    Entrepreneurial Development Center
    230 2nd St. SE, Suite 212
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
    Phone: (319) 369-4955
    Fax: (319) 832-1481


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