Mike Gronstal, from Council Bluffs, has been the Senate Democratic Leader since 1997. First elected to office in 1982, Gronstal served one term in the Iowa House (1983-85), and is currently in his seventh term in the Senate. He is the State Democratic Leader in the Iowa Senate and has been a lifelong advocate for public education and smart politics.


We are fortunate to have Mike Gronstal represent us, our students, our schools and our profession. In the current political climate it is vital that you understand that we need YOU. Your time, your talent, and--eventually--your treasure will be needed to make sure that we reverse the trend of legislators who are willing to sell out our children for corporate tax cuts.

Help for small businesses seeking to export Iowa products

Exports by Iowa’s small businesses will grow thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) initiative will expand Iowa's economy and create jobs by helping companies compete in the global marketplace.

Here’s how the Iowa Economic Development Authority offers assistance to help eligible companies develop or expand export operations:


  • Technical Trade Assistance Program: Assesses a company's export opportunities, provides expert advice and offers resources at the local, state and federal levels.
  •  Domestic Trade Assistance Program: Provides up to $3,000 to help businesses participate in domestic trade shows for international buyers.
  • Expanded Export Trade Assistance Program: Provides up to $4,000 to help cover the expenses of participating in a trade show or trade mission outside of the U.S.
  • Product Trade Assistance Program: Provides up to $5,000 to help Iowa companies modify products or gain product certification to meet export demands.
To learn more about exporting your company’s products, contact the State of Iowa’s International Trade Office at or call Lisa Longman at 515-725-3139.


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