PERRY – The Perry Chamber of Commerce is launching a new business development initiative during National Small Business Week (May 5-11) and hosting several events as an official kick-off of the program.

The Better My Business Workshop Series and Grant Competition will include monthly sessions on various topics designed to help business owners grow their business, as well as assist individuals looking to start a business. The series will conclude in February with the Better My Business Battle, a “Shark Tank” type grant competition.

Workshop topics and dates of the Better My Business series will be announced at a later date, but a program overview will be provided during the Chamber’s hosted National Small Business Week events.

The official kick-off of the Better My Business series will be a Regional Resource Forum from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7 at the Town/Craft Center upstairs meeting room. Five of Iowa’s top business resource providers will be present - with several others represented as well - to present an explanation of their services, as well as provide an opportunity for Q&A and for attendees to make one-on-one connections. The Regional Resource Forum will include the following regional and statewide partners:U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)America’s SBDC Iowa (Small Business Development Center) - Jenica JohnsonIowa Center for Economic Success - Claire ReimanIowa Women’s Business CenterIowa Economic Development Authority Targeted Small Business ProgramIASourceLinkSCORE Mentors - Tom HarbisonDMACC Business Resources - Aaron ChittendenIowa Legal Aid - Sam Wagner

Additionally, the Perry Chamber will host a live stream viewing of the National Small Business Week 2-Day Virtual Conference from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8, also at the Town/Craft Center upstairs meeting room. SBA and SCORE are the official hosts of the Virtual Conference, with hour-long presentations throughout they day on topics such as marketing and financing.

Both events are free to the public and are come-and-go with no registration required.

For more information on the Better My Business program, contact the Perry Chamber of Commerce at or 515-465-4601.

For more information on National Small Business Week and the 2-Day Virtual Conference, visit