Ankeny Small Business Alliance

Des Moines Area Small Business Resources

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.​

Small Business Growth Initiatives

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.

Home Base Iowa

Ankeny is a Home Base Iowa Community. We have employers and businesses who are ready and able to welcome military personnel who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life.

Business Retention

Business retention and expansion efforts are led by a team of individuals representing local and regional economic development partners, as well as industry professionals who can assist with many of the challenges Ankeny businesses are facing. This collaborative and coordinated effort conducted 50 formal business retention visits last year and identified 20 expansion opportunities.

Workforce Development Initiative

The mission of Ankeny Workforce Development is to strengthen the community by creating initiatives that bridge the gap between businesses and a talented workforce. To build the needed bridge leaders from area employers, community school districts and area colleges work together to increase awareness of college and career options for students at all levels.

Business Advisory Group

This group convenes as needed to assist business owners who are seeking help with business plans or financing. The group consists of experienced local professionals who provide honest, objective and confidential advice on the range of financing options available to business owners and different ways to structure businesses and financing. Interested business owners or managers can contact the Ankeny Economic Development Corporation.

Small Business Development Center of Iowa

The local office of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) currently holds office hours once each month at the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce office. Bringing the services the SBDC provides to entrepreneurs in the community makes it easier for busy entrepreneurs to get the assistance they may need to help make their business a success.

Hub Committee Mentorships

Existing Ankeny businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups (clients) seeking a business mentor relationship can find it at the Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce through the Hub Committee. An experienced business leader will connect the client with an appropriate and experienced mentor. Once paired, mentors are available on a scheduled basis, and at no cost for an initial consultation. Mentor experiences range from marketing, legal, finance, and accounting to real estate, insurance, and more. Contact the chamber to get connected!

Cultivation Corridor

Representatives of the Ankeny Alliance engage in the work of the Cultivation Corridor and help best position Ankeny and local businesses to benefit from Cultivation Corridor related initiatives and projects.

Retail/Demographic Data

In 2015, the City contracted with a retail consultant to provide comprehensive demographic, economic, and drive time data covering both the City and the retail trade area. This data was shared with the business community and is available on the City’s website. Small business owners have access to all the data on the City’s website and have been encouraged to use the information to help develop business plans, market their businesses, and assist with making locational decisions.

Get Involved in the Growth of Ankeny Area Business

Reach out to Ankeny Alliance Leadership

Julie Todtz

President/CEO, Ankeny Area Chamber of Commerce
515.964.0685
jctodtz@ankeny.org
1631 SW Main Street, Suite 204/205
Ankeny, IA 50023

Derek Lord

Economic Development Director, City of Ankeny
515.965.6430
dlord@ankenyiowa.gov
410 W 1st Street
Ankeny, IA 50023

Joey Beech

Executive Director, Ankeny Economic Development Corporation
515.964.0747
jbeech@ankeny.org
1631 SW Main Street, Suite 204/205
Ankeny, IA 50023

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