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Start at the Cedar Rapids Public Library!

Two librarians (Yongan and Nancy) have been specially trained to help guide you through the process of writing a business plan, finding expert resources, and connecting you with the next step to success.

Call (319) 261-7323 to set up an appointment with Yongan or Nancy, or email the library at info@crlibrary.org to be connected to them directly.

Got a great business idea? The Cedar Rapids MICRO program may be able to help!

Borrow between $1,000 – $10,000 for up to three years at 4% interest

Receive help to fill out a basic loan application, create a business plan, and if your loan is approved, further assistance to make your dream become a reality.

All Cedar Rapids start-ups or expansions are eligible, but people with ideas for core neighborhoods are especially encouraged to apply.