Estherville is a community that encourages entrepreneurial development with many new, small businesses opening up right here in our own town.

Estherville is a great place to open up and run your entrepreneurial business! Here's why.
  • There are many available sites and buildings to pick from that can fit any type of business you are looking to open up
  • Estherville offers many opportunities for grants and incentives through our many Economic Development programs
  • The cost of living is 19% lower than the US average

Excel Building

The Excel Building is a 4,000 square foot space located in downtown Estherville. This building will be the location of a new and exciting entrepreneurial business. Along with being a large, original building, some information on this building include:
  • ​Can be sub-divided
  • Mostly original floor and tin ceiling
  • Exposed ductwork
  • 13'-6' high ceilings
  • Venetian plaster on part of the wall
The Excel Building and Studio 12 are located at:
12 South 6th Street
Estherville, Iowa 51334

Studio 12

Studio 12 is an exciting new space located on the second floor of the Excel Building in downtown Estherville. 
The mission of Studio 12 is to provide a space where individuals, start-ups, technology and internet-based businesses can co-locate in a neighborhood-like atmosphere that supports individuality, innovation, collaboration, and success. Together, we will build a bright future for Estherville, the region, and the world. 

In this space, some of the features include:
  • Private Offices
  • Two Conference Rooms
  • Co-Working Space

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Youth Entrepreneurship Program

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development corporation has several programs dedicated to getting junior high through college-aged students involved and interested in entrepreneurship. 

Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute - 32 students from Iowa's Regent Universities, Buena Vista University, and Iowa Lakes Community College are selected and sent to a week-long business simulation with classroom training and network with some of Iowa's most successful entrepreneurs. 

Junior Achievement - Elementary, middle, and high school students get to experience hands on opportunities in entrepreneurship in this after school program which is now incorporated into some school curriculum as well. In 2014, over 1,500 students were a part of the Junior Achievement experience. 

Entrepreneurship Academy - Starting in 2008, middle school students have been invited to various campuses in the Iowa Corridor region to participate in a week-long, hands-on entrepreneurial camp. Students get to develop and create their own business plan and compete in contests against other students. 

For more information on these programs, contact Brian Dalziel