Growing your business by finding new customers, developing new products and entering new markets is a complex undertaking that involves risk, capital and diligence.


 and Innovation 

Finding New Customers

CIRAS, the Iowa Innovation Corporation and IEDA are partnering to host a variety of B2B Matchmaking events.

CIRAS’ Marketing Strategy Boot Camps and Government Contracting services provide assistance in identifying and reaching new customers.


Entering New Markets


CIRAS, U.S. Commercial Service, Iowa Economic Development Authority, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Small Business Administration work together to help Iowa manufacturers develop and implement export strategies.


CIRAS provides Government Contracting Assistance and Technology Driven Market Intelligence to help manufacturers find new markets for their products and processes.


The Small Business Development Centers provide market research services.

UNI’s Strategic Marketing Services provides market intelligence services

Developing New Products

CIRAS provides services in product ideation, engineering, technology and contract research to support product development processes.


Growth Financing

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has a variety of business finance, grant, and incentive programs for manufacturers.

The Iowa Innovation Corporation provides idea review, proposal assistance, and matching funds for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants to help small manufacturers engage in Federal R&D projects with commercialization potential.

The Iowa Farm Bureau Renew Rural Iowa program includes the Rural Vitality Program to help rural manufacturers finance growth.

The Iowa Area Development Group administers a variety of programs to finance growth in regions served by member-owned electric cooperatives, municipal utilities and independent telecommunication companies.



Iowa Association of Business and Industry advocates for business and manufacturing on issues including economic growth, employment and workforce, environment, tax and workplace and product safety.


Site Selection

IEDA’s Business Development Team is experienced in working with existing industry expansions and confidential site location reviews.

IEDA provides access to robust information for companies looking to expand or relocate via a property and community database.

Companies looking to build new facilities are searching for sites that are suitable for development and relatively risk free. Iowa’s Certified Sites Program fills the demand for project-ready industrial sites.