Economic Development

Contact WCED

Bryce Davis, Director

Courtney Stewart, Assistant

Email:  wced@co.wright.ia.us.

Phone: 515-532-6422

Fax: 515-532-2348.

Mail/Delivery: 115 N. Main, Box 214; Clarion, IA 50525.

Location: Wright County Courthouse basement.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays in 2016, except for holidays on Jan. 1, Feb. 15, May 30, July 4, Sept. 5, Nov. 11, Nov. 24, Nov. 25, and Dec. 26.

Have An Idea For A New Business?

 We'll Help You Get Started

        There are many reasons people want to own and operate their own businesses. The difference between those who do, and those who don’t, is often commitment to beginning the process in a business-like manner.

        If you are committed, Wright County Economic Development can help get you started.

        - We will offer key resources you need to review.

        - We will help you with a business plan.

        - We will put you in contact with other experts in developing a small business.

        - We will give you ideas for financing.

        - We will make sure you address details regarding marketing, paying taxes, getting insurance, having legal support and more.

        If you have a desire and a commitment to starting your own enterprise in Wright County, contact us at 515-532-6422, or email us at wced@co.wright.ia.us, or visit us in our office in the basement of the Wright County Courthouse in downtown Clarion. We will be glad to help you! Following are other helpful resources if you want to do some research now.

 

Six Steps to a Successful Start – IA Source Link

        IA Source Link is a website started by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. It is designed specifically to help you successfully start and continue to operate your business. If you have a business question, there is a good chance the answer is at IA Source Link. For more information, go to the website at IA Source Link. There you will find details about the six steps to a successful start:

                1) What it takes to start a business

                2) Start-up classes and events

                3) Meet with a business counselor

                4) Plan your business

                5) Get registrations, licenses and permits

                6) Find a business location 

 

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, Mason City:

        Based at North Iowa Area Community College, the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center is one of nation’s most recognized small business development programs. Business assistance, classroom education, and its acclaimed “Launch and Grow Your Business” program are all designed to assist you reach your dreams, built on a schedule that will work with yours. For more information, go to Pappajohn's. You may also call 641-422-4111 or 1-888-466-4222, extension 4111. 

 

North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center, Fort Dodge:

        The North Central Iowa Small Business Development Center is based in the Crossroads Mall at the Webster County Extension Office in Fort Dodge. the SBDC is a provider of comprehensive business start-up and ongoing business operations assistance. You can meet a representative in person at the office in Fort Dodge. To get more information, go to: Iowa SBC Center-Fort Dodge. You may also call 515-576-6242.

        If you want to save a few dollars in gas before making the trip, you can look at SBDC materials located in the Wright County Extension Office in Clarion. There are binders designed specifically for different types of businesses, and the information walks you through the steps needed to start well. 

 

North Iowa Small Business Development Center, Mason City:

        Based at North Iowa Area Community College, the SBDC is a provider of comprehensive business start-up and ongoing business operations assistance. You can meet a representative in person, look at SBDC materials located in the Wright County Extension Office in Clarion, or get more information at: Iowa SBC-Mason City. You may also call 641-422-4342 or 1-888-466-4222, extension 4342.  

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