The City of Dubuque is committed to economic development and the creation of a viable, livable, equitable community. To this end, we invite you to discover what the Economic Development Department has to offer for your business creation or expansion. We’re here to help you navigate the process with our various departments and partner organizations – from finding the perfect location to putting together a financing package that will make your project successful.
Browse our pages for an introduction, and contact us with any questions you may have. We’ll be glad to listen to your needs and get you started with your business in Dubuque.
Greater Dubuque Development Corporation
Looking for a commercial or industrial property? Wonder what living in Dubuque will be like for you and your employees? Where will they live? Where will their kids go to school? What can they do on the weekend?
The Greater Dubuque Development Corporation can guide you. They keep a listing of available properties in our industrial parks and can provide a relocation guide and assist one-on-one with any of your business needs.
Dubuque Main Street keeps a tally of downtown properties available for lease or sale, can direct you to resources for historic preservation work if you're interested in a historic property, and provides a host of events and services adding to the downtown quality of life.
Small businesses may be looking for a leg up with starting or expanding their operations. The NICC Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provide free, confidential, customized business advice to existing businesses and start-ups in the Dubuque area. They also present affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
This organization is the only nationally-accredited entrepreneurial development program in Iowa. They are an accredited affiliate of America’s SBDC, the national Small Business Development Center program. These programs and activities have contributed significantly to economic growth in Dubuque.
Project HOPE is an employment initiative designed to serve as a catalyst within the community helping service providers, education/training providers, employers and job seekers build bridges to establish rewarding, long-term employment opportunities. Project HOPE encourages and facilitates collaboration among existing community resources and supports organizations that are expanding resources that share in the mission of Project HOPE.
Looking to start your own business? StartUp Dubuque offers a centralized set of small business services and entrepreneurial counseling including classes and training, business networking, and referrals. Your start-up will benefit from the community partnerships and great location in a city on the fast track of progress and innovation. Join the over 200 entrepreneurs who are successfully chasing their dreams with StartUp Dubuque.