Ankeny Small Business Resources

Business Resources

Whether you plan to transform your business idea into a new company, grow your current business and customer base, or expand into a new location, the Ankeny Area Chamber is here to help. We offer resources that will support you and help your business reach the next level of success. Scroll down this page to view the list of resources offered by the Chamber and area organizations.

Small Business Resources

Mentoring Program

Existing Ankeny businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups seeking a business mentor can find it through the Hub Committee. An experienced business leader will connect the client with an appropriate mentor. Once paired, mentors are available on a scheduled basis, and at no cost for an initial consultation.

Ankeny Seed Capital

This group of qualified investors reviews business plans and listens to pitches from area entrepreneurs seeking equity investments in their business. They meet quarterly. Businesses seeking seed capital and interested accredited investors can get more information by contacting the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation ​at 515-964-0747.

Business Advisory Group

This group assists business owners seeking help with business plans or financing. The group consists of experienced local professionals who provide confidential advice on financing options available to business owners. Interested business owners or managers can contact the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation.

Home Base Iowa

Ankeny is a Home Base Iowa Community. We have employers and businesses ready and able to welcome military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life. Home Base Iowa connects Iowa businesses with qualified veterans and their spouses looking for career opportunities.

Ankeny Economic Development Corporation

AEDC’s mission is to bring jobs and tax base to the Ankeny area, and support and grow the business community. Ankeny is the tenth fastest growing community in the nation and is a community dedicated to providing quality of life, education and business promotion.

City of Ankeny Economic Development

The Economic Development Department provides comprehensive services to existing and prospective Ankeny businesses by assisting with site and building information, financial assistance, and guidance through all stages of investing in and growing a business in Ankeny.

Additional Small Business Resources

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Partnership offers a resource hub that was created specifically with small businesses in mind, providing online tools, small business and startup blogs and podcasts, education and networking events, and so much more.

Cultivation Corridor

Iowa’s multi-dimensional ag startup ecosystem provides end-to-end solutions for ag entrepreneurs and startups at any stage of planning or development. Whether you are a student entrepreneur needing access to resources, a mid-stream startup needing customized consulting or a more mature startup in the customer acquisition phase, we have the tools, connections and resources to support your foray into the global ag tech revolution.

Pappajohn Education Center

The John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center has provided exceptional programs to the Des Moines area since its founding in 2008. The center builds on the UI’s heritage of outreach to cities across the state, offering leading degree programs and coursework in a state-of-the-art facility.

Venture School

Master the startup process with the premier statewide Venture School, an innovative training program focused on real-world experimentation, customer discovery, and Lean LaunchPad methodologies. With hub locations across the state, the program allows Iowa entrepreneurs to reap its benefits. This program works for startups, small businesses, non-profits, and corporate innovation teams.

DMACC - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

DMACC and all of the Iowa Community Colleges are proud to partner with Goldman Sachs to positively impact and encourage growth for small businesses throughout the State of Iowa. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services.


IASourceLink is where business begins in Iowa. IASourceLink connects Iowa entrepreneurs to a network of 360+ nonprofit resource organizations that provide business-building services. We facilitate the linking of these resource organizations to one another and to established, emerging and start-up small businesses.

Small Business Development Center of Iowa

The Iowa Small Business Development Center (Iowa SBDC) provides no-cost business advice and resources when growing or starting a business in Iowa. The center is located in Des Moines and provides one-on-one no-fee, confidential counseling to existing business owners and would-be entrepreneurs in Dallas, Jasper, Marion, Polk and Warren counties, in addition to providing workshops and seminars.

Get Involved in the Growth of Ankeny Area Business

Reach out to Ankeny Alliance Leadership

The Ankeny Alliance is a partnership between the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce, Ankeny Economic Development Corporation, and City of Ankeny. This alliance ensures that all local economic development efforts are coordinated and aligned with one another to best serve the needs of small businesses in Ankeny. In addition to coordinated daily economic development efforts, the Alliance offers initiatives to assist and grow local business.

Melisa Cox

President/CEO, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
1631 SW Main Street, Suite 204/205
Ankeny, IA 50023

Derek Lord

Economic Development Director, City of Ankeny
410 W 1st Street
Ankeny, IA 50023

Joey Beech

Executive Director, Ankeny Economic Development Corporation
1631 SW Main Street, Suite 204/205
Ankeny, IA 50023