The Ankeny Alliance is a collaboration between Ankeny Economic Development Corporation (AEDC), Ankeny Chamber of Commerce and the City of Ankeny’s Economic Development Department. “Each organization is unique, but we all play a role in helping to shape the business community,” said Ron Nagel. "We support all Alliance efforts and believe the strength of our community is a reflection of the strength of our collaboration."
This alliance ensures all local economic development efforts are coordinated and aligned to best serve the needs of businesses in Ankeny. In addition to coordinated daily economic development efforts, the Alliance offers the following initiatives to assist and grow local business.
Business Advisory Group
Two area business owners recently took advantage of the Business Advisory Group’s willingness to provide objective and confidential insight and suggestions on their business plans. Here is what they had to say about the experience.
New Business Owner: “I appreciate the group’s time to help small businesses in the community. It is a great service and the information given to small businesses is not only helpful but greatly appreciated by those who don't have a lot of experience starting up a business.”
Existing Business Owner considering strategic change: “I would absolutely recommend the Business Advisory Group to other business owners. The opportunity to talk confidentially with objective professionals was invaluable.”
The Business Advisory Group is made up of experienced business and financial professionals who are willing to share some of their time and experience. Strategic business planning, expanding, launching or shifting are all examples where this group can help. If you know a business owner who might benefit from the Business Advisory Group, suggest they contact Joey Beech by email or phone at 515-964-0747 to learn more or schedule a meeting.
Seed Capital Investors
Ankeny Seed Capital Investors is a network of private individuals willing to consider investing in start-ups. This group of accredited investors is focused on local area investment opportunities of high growth companies. If you are interested as a startup seeking investment or as an investor, contact Joey Beech by email or phone at 515-964-0747 for more information.
Workforce Development Initiative
The mission of this initiative 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 career options for students at all levels.
Business retention and expansion efforts are lead by a team of individuals representing local and regional economic development partners, as well as industry professionals who can assist with many of the challenge Ankeny business are facing.