ECIA Business Growth

A regional response to local needs

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Dubuque, IA 52002
800-942-4648 (Iowa Only)

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Jerry Schroeder
Matt Specht

President & COO

Business Development Specialist

Jerry has been the Economic Development Director at ECIA since 1990 and serves as President /C.O.O. of E.CI.A. Business Growth, Inc., a SBA Certified Development Company (CDC).  The CDC operates the SBA 504 Program in Eastern Iowa and owns or manages four Revolving Loan Funds. Since 1983, the CDC has approved 257 loans totaling $58 million, resulting in the retention/creation of 4,615 jobs.

Jerry also assists cities and counties in accessing EDSA, PFSA, CEBA and RISE funds. Since 1990 this has exceeded $17 million and has leveraged $412 million in total investment with the creation/retention of over 5,500 jobs.

Jerry is a graduate of Loras College with graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP).

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Matt has been the Business Development Specialist at ECIA since 2007 and serves as Vice President / Loan Officer of E.C.I.A. Business Growth, Inc., a SBA Certified Development Company (CDC).  He assists the Economic Development Director with packaging and presenting new business loans for board approval, servicing existing loans, and promoting and marketing economic development to the five-county region. 

Matt is a graduate of Loras College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

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