Regional Resources for Startup Growth

The Quad Cities region has a host of resources available to entrepreneurs.
Check out the full list, or call 563.322.1706 for more information about resources available to help you turn your idea into a business.

Venture School

Venture School is six-week bootcamp for entrepreneurs that helps reduce the risk and timeline to startup success. Through the course of Venture School, teams of entrepreneurs work to prove out their business model, ensuring the right product market fit and identifying revenue models. Through customer research and consistent real-time feedback from mentors and instructors, Venture School students identify risks and pivot their business model to maximize their likelihood of success. Venture School is available in the Quad Cities through a partnership between Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the Quad Cities Chamber, and University of Iowa John Pappjohn Entrepreneurial Center.

Market Research Databases

The Quad Cities Chamber, in partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, offers access to a series of market research databases. Business Information for Growth (BIG) gives users access to five industry databases that provide vital company information on U.S. and international firms, industry sector analysis, and household demographic information. SizeUp crunches millions of data points from local public and private sources to provide four main tools: performance benchmarking, competitive assessment, best places to advertise, and demographic data. Learn more.

Critical Talent Network

Made up of nearly 300 highly-experienced retired corporate executives, business owners, and functional experts, members of the Critical Talent Network help businesses overcome barriers and capitalize on opportunities for growth.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

In need of free, confidential and customized business counseling? Whether you want help starting, managing or growing a business, the Eastern Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Illinois SBDC at Western Illinois University - Quad Cities is your business resource.

The Eastern IA and IL SBDC are part of a statewide network supporting entrepreneurs and business owners through no-cost, professional, confidential consulting and targeted educational programs. Consultants work with you to support your success as you start, manage and grow your business. If you are already in business, and need guidance in areas such as hiring employees, developing a strategy, analyzing cash flow, and more, the SBDC can help with that too. Their experienced counselors can guide you in any area of your business. 

For more information: 

Illinois SBDC at WIU - Quad Cities, website

Contact: Ann Friederichs, Business Advisor -

Iowa SBDC at EICC, website

Contact: Joel Youngs, Regional Director -

Quad Cities Chapter of SCORE

SCORE provides free mentoring and low-cost workshops to entrepreneurs looking for help starting or growing their business.

Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)

CIRAS offers free, confidential business counseling and training to companies that are doing business or would like to do business with the government.

Davenport Public Library Patent & Trademark Resource Center

Have an idea that you want to patent? Search patent databases at the Davenport Public Library to find out if a similar patent already exists.

The E-Center

The E-Center with Startup Grind Muscatine is part of a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs.

Funding Navigation Assistance

View available financial assistance including venture and angel seed capital, and industry, location, and status based funding. For more funding navigation assistance, contact the SBDC. *You will need Adobe Flash installed on your computer to view this interactive funding map.

Ignite Quad Cities Annual Sponsors

Cole M. DeBlaey, Attorney
Law Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP
309/797-0850 •

William Karben, CPA
Carpentier, Mitchell, Goddard & Co., LLC
309/762-3626 •

Evan Muench, Business Services
IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union
309/797-5946 •

Kevin M. Linn, FICF
Modern Woodmen of America
563/349-3747 •
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