Zero Cost Loans Available to Iowa Small Businesses Owners

Posted July 18, 2022

Receive support and access to zero cost loans, funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Attend an online informational session on Friday, July 22nd. It is the first step to get involved locally and take advantage of resources from the Community Navigator Pilot Program by the SBA.

Virtual Info Session: CEO Loan Introduction
Where: Online via Zoom
When: July 22nd, 3:00 PM Central Time
Register today!

Even if you can’t attend, please register using the link above. A recording will be sent out to you after the session.

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Who is eligible?

Any entrepreneur looking for support to strengthen, grow, or start their business – especially those who face unique barriers to receiving services. Immigrants, first generation business owners, people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Additional Resources from the Community Navigator Pilot Program

This program involves business counselors providing free support to business owners, including:

  • Access and guidance to loans, grants, and capitol.
  • Business planning support
  • Record keeping and financial training and recourses
  • Marketing and e-commerce support
  • Networking and mentorship
  • Specialized language and cultural support, as needed

Sign up to get involved locally and receive access to this program and resources.

What is the Community Navigator Pilot Program?

The SBA’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP) is an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses. The program will provide a total of $100 million in funding to 51 organizations that will work with hundreds of local community groups to improve access to SBA and government resources for America’s entrepreneurs.

In Iowa: The SBA awarded the Community Navigator Pilot Program grant to The International Rescue Committee (IRC). The International Rescue Committee is a national organization. Since they do not have a local office in Iowa, they are partnering with Luthern Services in Iowa to help diverse small business owners access these programs and funding.


Contact: Maggie Cave
Text or Call: 515.422.6663
Sign up today!

Additional CNPP Partners/Contacts in Iowa: Iowa Center for Economic Success, Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, Iowa’s West Coast Initiative, and Drake University.