Startup Muscatine is a Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry initiative focused on meeting all of Muscatine’s entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators at their point of need.
Third Thursday – Are you a Muscatine area entrepreneur, small business owner, or supporter of local small businesses? No matter if you have been in business for a while or just have an idea, we want to meet you! Network. Meet new friends. Learn where to get the support you need to succeed or learn how you can support others!
Educational Sessions – Startup Muscatine seeks to provide practical and meaningful educational programs to help entrepreneurs not only identify what kind of business they seek to become, but teach entrepreneurial principles in a nuts and bolts, no nonsense fashion.
Do you have an idea for a new business, but aren’t sure where to start? Are you an established business, but thinking about pivoting to a new market? No matter where you are on your business journey, we can help. Begin your journey by building a customized entrepreneur roadmap and get connected to local experts who can help you along the way.
As an entrepreneur, we know it can be difficult to know what resource is right for you, who to talk to, or when to engage an expert. The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry (GMCCI) network has many member businesses that provide expertise for individuals looking to start and/or grow a business. To help you connect with these experts, no matter where you are on your business journey, we have partnered with the SmartStart Dashboard. This tool is free to use. Think of it as a guide for entrepreneurs. The SmartStart Dashboard will generate a customized roadmap based on you, your goals, and your progress to date. This will point you in the right direction, and guide you to reach various milestones and stages. Use the Dashboard to connect with resources and experts all in one place, and track your own progress as you achieve each step.
As a companion resource to the SmartStart Dashboard, we have a booklet guide available that gives an overview of a wide range of resources and information available to help you start or support your business in Muscatine. DOWNLOAD NOW
#MAKEITMUSCATINE STARTUP GRANT – Muscatine’s first and only startup grant funding initiative makes $1,000 investments into its early-stage entrepreneurs looking to take a great idea and turn it into action.
#MAKEITMUSCATINE MICROLOAN – What is a microloan? It is a short-term loan with a low-interest rate that is offered to self-employed individuals or small businesses with only a few employees. Use a microloan to solve the small issues that will help you do big things. Borrow amounts from $1,000 up to $10,000 for working capital, purchasing inventory, buying equipment, machinery and hiring needs. Repayment terms vary based on amount, needs of borrower and use of funds. Typical periods range from 12 months to 36 months. Microloans offer interest rates that are lower than traditional lenders average market rate.