Ames Chamber of Commerce

Growing Your Business

Programs in our GROWING YOUR BUSINESS category will help you discover tools and resources to help grow your business and the Ames community.

Economic Outlook Luncheon

Workforce Solutions

See Yourself In Ames Intern Program

Ames Economic Development Commission

Business Builder Series

Ames Seed Capital

Startup Ames


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Economic Outlook Luncheon

The Ames Chamber of Commerce and the Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC), and their affiliate partners, work to grow the economic base of the community. This is accomplished by facilitating the expansion and retention of existing businesses, establishing full-serviced business sites and buildings, recruiting new targeted business opportunities, and pursuing community development efforts that enhance the infrastructure, marketability, and quality of life of Ames and the surrounding area. The Ames Chamber and AEDC are pleased to present a forecast of local and state opportunities, challenges and trends and how they affect the Ames business community. This luncheon will feature a keynote speaker that is an expert in economic development.

Workforce Solutions is a local job board for the Ames/Story County area. Our community is fortunate to offer a wide range of career opportunities.  With this site employers are able to post jobs for free! Those looking for a job in Ames are able to search a list of openings for full time, part time and internship positions. We hope you'll find the job board a helpful way to become a part of our vibrant workforce!

We have also created an Intern Guide to help businesses develop an intern program. Download it here!


See Yourself in Ames Summer Intern Program

The Ames Economic Development Commission (AEDC) hosts a series of three or four events over the summer months for interns in the Ames/Story County area. These “See Yourself in Ames” events are an opportunity for local interns to better acquaint themselves with our community and area business leaders. Once interns see what the Ames/Story County area has to offer, we hope they will consider staying in our area once they begin their careers.

Ames Economic Development Commission

Economic development is a process that takes great vision, teamwork, and follow-through by a vast array of community leaders. The AEDC has proven that it is committed to the economic development of the Ames and Story County area. The very existence of the AEDC is dedicated to continually provide extraordinary growth opportunities in a fiercely competitive environment that has long eclipsed competing against our neighbors; rather, we are competing in a global arena for new jobs and capital investment.

The AEDC is made up of approximately 100 business and professional people in partnership representing industry, education, and government.
The Ames Economic Development Commission plays a critical role in the community leadership structure. Partnering with the AEDC are two other separately funded organizations: Ames Seed Capital LLC and Ames Chamber of Commerce.

AEDC volunteers and staff work closely with the Ames Chamber of Commerce, Ames City Council, ISU, ISU Research Park, the City of Huxley, and the Story County Economic Development Group to promote a unified approach to economic development.



Ames Seed Capital

The Ames Seed Capital Fund was originally incorporated in 1987 as Ames Seed Capital Fund, Inc. and then became Ames Seed Capital, LLC in 1999 ("ASCF" or "Fund"). ASCF is a pool of investment funds contributed by private sources (entities and individuals) for the purpose of providing equity financing for business start-ups and/or expansions in Ames, Story City, Nevada, Huxley and related Story County areas.

Learn More About the Ames Seed Capital Fund



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