The Local Impact of EDC

For 13 years, the Entrepreneurial Development Center (EDC) has helped move Iowa companies forward to reach their next stages of business. Since its establishment in 2003, EDC clients have created roughly 2,000 jobs in Iowa. Additionally, EDC clients have generated nearly $1.3 billion in new revenue over the 13 years.

As a not-for-profit business accelerator, EDC’s mission is to stimulate economic growth by assisting with the creation and expansion of high-impact Iowa businesses. The group works with businesses of all types and sizes – from start-ups to well-established, multi-million-dollar entities – connecting entrepreneurial needs with qualified community and state resources, and providing hands-on professional business direction. Actively working with approximately 40 clients at any time, EDC also meets with more than 70 prospective clients each year.

The ultimate goal is economic development for Iowa through added jobs, infrastructure investment, increased wages, and increased use of service providers. EDC is run by hands-on business professionals who have decades of experience in the private business world, and are now advising other businesses based on their areas of strength.

Focusing on interstate/international commerce business models that are based in Iowa, EDC evaluates potential clients by using a diagnostic assessment of five key business components:

1. Strategic fit
2. Business plan
3. Talent
4. Leadership
5. Resources

After going through a series of meaningful questions together, the client is presented with a report card representing the business’ overall “Recipe,” based on the book The Recipe for Business Success® by EDC President and CEO, Curt Nelson. EDC makes sure the client understands the report and the documented areas for improvement, and then creates a plan to address them.

EDC also links clients with other useful resources including a growing list of subject matter experts and other entrepreneurs. EDC’s networking events including the annual Innovation EXPO, also help clients connect with each other and with community members.

Leading Accelerator

"Having worked with hundreds of business incubators/accelerators globally for 20+ years, EDC has one of the highest ROI's of any I have known or read about, easily putting them in the top 1% of the 1500 organizations in the U.S., and 7000 worldwide." Charles Stein Strategic Development Services (for Incubators) Columbus, OH


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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