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Small business workshop coming to Washington next week

WASHINGTON — Small business owners will have the opportunity to meet with a team of small business experts in Washington next week.

America’s SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Iowa is bringing its #IASBDCMobile initiative to the Dodici Coffee Shop, 120 South Iowa Ave., on Oct. 6.

A team of experts in marketing, accounting and operations will be on hand offering free resources regarding e-commerce, QuickBooks, shipping and business operations.

The day will start with a chance for business owners to speak with small business experts in person anytime from 8-10 a.m. and have their questions answered.

“We’re all stronger when we work together,” Michelle Redlinger, executive director of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, said. “When we have challenges — and we’re all facing challenges during this time — it helps to reach out to people with other areas of expertise.”

The initiative’s stop in Washington is in partnership with Main Street Washington and the Washington Chamber of Commerce.

“We felt it would be beneficial to the community,” Redlinger said.

In addition to the free access to small business experts, business owners will also have the chance to learn about and get set up with the e-commerce platform Shop Iowa.

Shop Iowa is an online marketplace where businesses from across the state can sell their products.

“It’s a great way to expand our customers beyond people walking down the street,” Redlinger said.

Appointments will be available all day to walk businesses through setting up their online shop on ShopIowa.com, stage products and answer general questions. Pre-registration is recommended.

Anyone wishing to set up an appointment should contact Marketing Manager Brianna Hall at bschwind@iastate.edu.

“We are extremely excited to get out there in these communities and talk with businesses directly about ways we can help them,” State Director Lisa Shimkat said. “We are also ready to keep promoting the online platform, Shop Iowa, and get businesses registered on the site so that they can start generating more revenue immediately.”