A new program from the non-profit Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV), will provide a statewide mechanism for Iowa’s microentrepreneurs to connect with community development agencies for assistance. Among the groups spearheading the effort are the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation and the Community Vitality Center (CVC), a policy analysis center based at

Here’s some great tips for new small businesses.  Some terrific advice.  The top ten tips as listed:

  1. Save up as much money as possible before starting.
  2. Start on a shoestring.
  3. Protect your personal assets.
  4. Understand how–and if–you will make a profit.
  5. Make a business plan, no matter how short.
  6. Get and keep a competitive edge.
  7. Put

The Iowa Caucus is approaching quickly.  If you attend campaign rallies for the candidates or listen to TV ads you will almost never hear anything about small business. 

But in reality, America’s small businesses are the driver of our economy.  Consider these facts from the Small Business Administration (SBA) as outlined in February 2006:


I have seen many articles on the Internet which state that you absolutely need to form a limited liability company (LLC) if you are a small business owner.  The S corporation, once the darling of small business entities, must now feel like the red-headed step child.

But as New York attorney Derek Underwood points out

I encourage you to check out Blawg Review #126 written by Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends.  Anita is a lawyer by training but an entrepreneur at heart.  Her award winning Web site was the "Best of the Web" according to Forbes Magazine for small business blogs.

The lineup of small business experts on Anita’s