The John Pappajohn Business and Entrepreneurial Center began operations at NIACC in April 1997. The center offers comprehensive entrepreneurial training and support programs for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and students.
The program provides students with an understanding of the many facets of entrepreneurship. Students will learn the process of identifying a business opportunity and developing an organization to establish a new venture. The curriculum will provide students with the proper tools to evaluate the feasibility of a new venture and to identify the available resources for assisting an entrepreneur during the start-up phase of the business.
Once a new venture has been launched, a new divergent set of challenges face the entrepreneur. The entrepreneur is typically responsible for strategic planning, financial management, marketing, human resource management, and operation. Although the entrepreneur may not be required to have a strong grasp of every specific detail, he/she must have a solid understanding of the critical issues facing the business. Thus, students will also receive instruction on managerial functions associated with owning a small business.
NIACC is working to combine classroom instruction with practical experience to enhance the development of a student’s entrepreneurial and small business management skills. Students will have the opportunity to participate and interact with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the state of Iowa and the Midwest at a variety of events including the Iowa Venture Capital Conference, Pappajohn New Venture Business Plan Competition, and the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ of Iowa Conference.
Entrepreneurial Credit Programs
Note: Credit courses transfer to four-year colleges and universities including The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Buena Vista University.