What is the Entrepreneurial Development Center?
Established in 2003, the Entrepreneurial Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a private/public sponsored business accelerator. The EDC's mission is to provide economic growth in the Technology Corridor and throughout Iowa through the expansion and development of entrepreneurial enterprise. The EDC is focused on creating local wealth for area re-investment by growing and cultivating Iowa-based regional, national and international businesses.
What does the EDC do?
The EDC's primary function is to connect entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources and to provide hands-on professional and business direction. While working with both emerging and existing businesses, EDC supports the development and commercialization of new products and new technologies. Staffed by seasoned 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?
The EDC provides support services for start-up entrepreneurs as well as those with long-established businesses. EDC focuses specifically on interstate / international commerce business models founded in Iowa. So, whether you are incubating a new business idea, or trying to improve your current business model, if your business qualifies, EDC is available to help.
EDC Board of Directors
- Charles Rohde, President,
King's Material (Chair)
- Jon Dusek, President & CEO,
Armstrong Development (Past Chair)
- Mary Quass, President & CEO,
NRG Media LLC (Past-Chair)
- Tom Aller, President,
Interstate Power and Light Co.
- Larry Helling, President & CEO,
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
- Lance Dunn, Co-Founder,
- Kathleen Kleiman, Member,
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC
- Bruce Lehrman, CEO,
- William McCartan, Attorney,
Bradley & Riley PC
- Dick Schwab, Owner,
- David Rusch, President & CEO,
- Steve Schoenauer, Managing Director,
- Terry Sullivan, CFO & Assistant Vice President,
- Tim Kintner, Executive Vice President of Consumer, Private and Regional Banking Markets,
- Kris Gulick, President,
Entrepreneurial Services Group LLC
- David Hensley, Executive Director and Clinical Professor,
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center