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Pathfinders – What Do We Do?

What is Pathfinders?

Pathfinders helps Iowa’s communities by working with community groups, local governments, small businesses, and individuals. We are flexible with how to assist communities in their projects. Some of the services we offer are listed below: 

  • Fiscal Management
  • Grant Administration
  • Grant Writing
  • Small Business Loans
  • Project Development & Facilitation
  • Where We Work
  • Strategic Planning
  • Where We Work
  • Portfolio

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Our involvement with partners varies from project to project. Some partnerships span several years and include ongoing collaborative work toward a shared vision or goal.  Other times our interaction is shorter in duration involving a simple contractual relationship to create a specific product or accomplish a defined task.

One of the ways we work with communities is by helping small businesses secure business loans. Loans are available to small and emerging businesses located in 13 southeast Iowa counties: Appanoose, Davis, Des Moines, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Lee, Louisa, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe,Van Buren and Wapello.

Goals/Priorities for Loans

Loans will be given for the creation, retention, and expansion of small private business enterprises based on one or more of the following priorities:

  • Natural resource based enterprises
  • Value-added agriculture enterprises
  • Enterprises providing needed facilities and services to low income, underemployed or elderly
  • Small commercial or retail business

How to Apply

Contact Pathfinders for more information by calling 641-472-6177 or email

*No fee to apply however approved loans will be asssed closing costs which may be financed as part of the loan

Pathfinders Revolving Loan Program was made possible through a Rural Development Enterprise Grant from the USDA-Rural Development.

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