The North Iowa Community College Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center are offering a free virtual workshop for people considering starting a business. The Start Smart workshop will cover topics like creating a business plan, doing market research and garnering startup funding. Attendees will be able to follow up with the SBDC after the workshop to receive further guidance on their business plan. The event is on Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit the programs and events page at to register, and contact Mary Spitz with questions at