Multicultural Development Center of Iowa

Contact information, map and directions, contact form, opening hours, services, ratings, photos, videos and announcements from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa, Nonprofit Organization, 1927 Keokuk Street, Iowa City, IA.

The Multicultural Development Center of Iowa is a nonprofit organization with a mission to serve by providing access to education and economic support to promote diversity as a strength and racial equity as a priority for everyone.

06/10/2024

Due to the overwhelming response and success of our financial literacy workshop, we are proud to announce a new workshop series.

- Planning to buy a home?
- Trouble saving money?
- Credit/ financial challenges?
- Starting a business?

Join our free 4-week workshop series on the principles of personal finance.

Attend all 4 sessions and complete the homework to receive a guaranteed $500 credit builder loan or $1,000 business start-up loan.

Workshop agenda:
July 13th - Money Mindset + Budgeting: Save vs. Spend
August 10th - Incomes and Taxes: Where does your paycheck go?
September 14th - Credit & Debt: Understanding credit scores & debt
October 12th - How to Build Wealth: Saving, Investing, Interest & Inflation

Register for the series at www.mdciowa.org/mdci-events

04/26/2024

We are excited to partner with the Coralville Public Library to share our love of 3D printing at their new Discovery Corner. Stop by to learn all about 3D design and printing from our founder, Tracy Jon Sargeant, one of Iowa’s leading experts in 3D printing technology. Print your own Star Wars inspired bookmark!

May the 4th be with you Saturday!

Drop by the *new* Discovery Corner on Saturday, May 4, from 12:00-2:00 pm to see 3D printers in action. Ask Tracy Jon Sargeant from the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa about the printers and get a free 3D printed May the 4th be with you bookmark. While you're here, drop by the ALL DAY "May the 4th" Star Wars film fest in Schwab Auditorium (10 am-4 pm) - we'll be playing the original trilogy of films beginning with Star Wars: a New Hope.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 04/22/2024

We start every day focusing on economic justice in Iowa. MDC Iowa’s incubator program (Iowa Incubate) has helped 100+ minority-owned small businesses grow. Whether it’s business accelerator classes, technical assistance grants, or microloans, we help our local economy survive and thrive through direct business support. Our daily java fix in our favorite coffee cup is just a clever reminder.

If you are a current business owner or aspiring entrepreneur in Iowa who could use someone in your corner helping you grow, reach out to us today. www.mdciowa.org/incubate

04/20/2024

Today was a day that I will cherish for a lifetime. Sharing space with the incomparable Hill Harper has reinvigorated me to continue the work to unite and empower my community by removing barriers to STEM and entrepreneurship. Hill reminded us of his deep Iowa roots (specifically Iowa City) and encouraged us all to dream bigger for ourselves. Message received, Mr. Harper!

I’ve been a big fan of his humanitarian work for years, loved his movies and TV shows, studied his books, and admired his contributions as an activist. I see in him the change that I wish for all of us and will be eternally grateful for his investment of time in a small group of Iowans who are doing the work to make a difference.

01/11/2024

2023 was a busy year and we helped so many in our community. The INNOV8 Lab needs some light organizing and cleaning to get us ready for the new year. No special skills are required, just a willingness to help and a good attitude. The date(s) for our cleanup sessions are still TBD and will depend on volunteer availability.

Interested in helping? Visit https://www.mdciowa.org/take-action to sign up.

01/10/2024

MDC Iowa is excited about our new line of apparel and merchandise. We need models from our community to launch and socialize the campaign. If you or someone you know is interested in being a model please email (info at mdciowa.org) or submit the volunteer form at https://www.mdciowa.org/take-action. Each model will receive the merchandise they are photographed wearing in addition to $20/hr. All ages and sizes are encouraged to participate.

12/26/2023

Happy Kwanzaa from the board, staff, and volunteers at MDC Iowa.

12/03/2023

Did you know that learning 3D printing can help improve your critical thinking? When you learn how to design and print objects in 3D, you need to flex your problem-solving skills. You need to think about the structure, size, and shape of your 3D designs and the materials you will use. And then you need to troubleshoot any issues that arise during the printing process (see picture). This can help improve critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Our 3D design and printing experts have 10+ years of experience and can help you learn how to work through your own project.

MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab has dozens of 3D printers that are free to use. To reserve a 3D printer or schedule a one-on-one design session, visit https://www.mdciowa.org/reserve-a-tool

12/03/2023

Did you know that learning 3D printing can help with critical thinking, creative confidence, problem-solving, enhanced learning, skills for jobs of the future, and increased innovation?

MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab has dozens of 3D printers that are free to use. To reserve a 3D printer or schedule a one-on-one design session, visit https://www.mdciowa.org/reserve-a-tool

11/28/2023

It's not too late to have an impact on our community. Your gift will have a ripple effect and can inspire others to help.

Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support MDC Iowa's fundraising campaign to keep the INNOV8 Lab space open and accessible for everyone. The INNOV8 Lab is the only free community-based makerspace in Iowa and is a critical resource for entrepreneurs, small business owners, hobbyists, and the next generation of DIY enthusiasts.

Any amount helps get closer to the goal of hiring a part-time, dedicated resource to keep the space open when it is needed. If you are unable to make a donation, please use your voice to share the campaign with your network.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

Here are 5 ways to support MDC Iowa this Giving Tuesday

1. Volunteer your time to help at a class

2. Leverage your experience to help someone learn a new skill

3. Be a mentor to a business owner or aspiring student

4. Donate $$ to support STEM and business programs

5. Share the mission with your network on social media

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to come together to give, volunteer, and show support for our community. This year, please consider supporting MDC Iowa's fundraising to keep the INNOV8 Lab open and accessible for everyone. This community-based makerspace is an important resource for entrepreneurs, small businesses, hobbyists, and future DIY enthusiasts.

Not able to donate? That's OK. Help spread the word about the important work that MDC Iowa does to support our community.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

Since opening in 2022, MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab has been staffed by volunteers with limited availability. Unfortunately, this has impacted the ability to support the needs of entrepreneurs, small business owners, and future DIY enthusiasts. The purpose of this makerspace is to provide free access to tools, equipment, and expertise to help with rapid prototyping, creating promotional products and branded apparel, small-batch manufacturing, sign making, and creating hand-made gifts.

MDC Iowa is fundraising to raise money for a part-time position that will be a dedicated resource so the community can access the INNOV8 Lab on a consistent schedule. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help reach the goal of $10,000.

Pictured here: Actual items made at the INNOV8 Lab for a local small business - promotional products and custom logo sign.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

Every action (and inaction) has a ripple effect. MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab supports local small businesses which helps create jobs that have an impact on the entire community.

MDC Iowa's work to support entrepreneurs and small business owners who are historically disadvantaged members of our community ripples throughout Iowa. Please consider donating your time, and talent, or making a tax-deductible donation.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

Since 2022, MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab has been open to the public and staffed entirely by volunteers. There have been lots of challenges in providing access to the makerspace on a consistent basis and when the community needs it. We need your help to raise funds for a part-time paid position that will be dedicated to providing our community with access to the INNOV8 Lab on a regular schedule.

Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help reach the $10,000 goal.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/28/2023

This giving season, please consider supporting MDC Iowa's fundraising campaign to keep the INNOV8 Lab open and accessible with a part-time staff position.

Supporting the important work that MDC Iowa does is as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Donate your time and talent to help someone learn a new skill

2. Make a one-time or monthly tax-deductible donation

3. Share the fundraising campaign with your social media network

There are many organizations that are deserving and worthy of support. We hope that this year you will join us in being part of the impact that MDC Iowa programs have on our community. To learn more about MDC Iowa's impact on the community, visit www.mdciowa.org.

11/28/2023

On this Giving Tuesday, please consider making a donation to support MDC Iowa's fundraising campaign to keep the INNOV8 Lab space open and accessible. The INNOV8 Lab is the only free community-based makerspace and is a critical resource for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and the next generation of DIY enthusiasts.

Any amount helps get closer to the goal of hiring a dedicated resource to keep the space open on a regular schedule. If you are unable to make a donation, please use your voice to share our campaign with your social media network.

https://donorbox.org/unity-in-community

11/27/2023

Just a friendly reminder. This Saturday (12/2) is the 2nd Saturday of the VIBE Boxing Fitness CEO Challenge. It's not too late to sign up and you can still take the #1 position on the leaderboard. If you are a founder/CEO, a local leader, or someone who wants to lead by example and have fun getting fit we want to see you on Saturday.

MDC Iowa's Founder/CEO is 2nd on the leaderboard and we'd love for someone to challenge him for that spot.

Not familiar with
VIBE Boxing Fitness or how they can help make a healthier you? Check them out at https://www.vibeboxingfitness.com/

Sign up at https://vibeboxingfitness.pushpress.com/landing/plans/plan_f72be025c301ff/login

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 11/27/2023

This time of year can be especially difficult for some of our community. I am grateful for the work that my fellow CLP alumni did this year to make these 988 Lifeline cards available. MDC Iowa keeps several of these in the lobby of our Keokuk Street office and we encourage everyone to keep one on hand. Inside the card are some great local resources for anyone experiencing a crisis needing assistance. Please stop by to take one.

11/15/2023

We're supporting a BIPOC-owned business by joining the VIBE Boxing Fitness CEO Challenge. Join our Founder/CEO on Saturdays at 7:30 AM for a chance to see how you compare to Iowa City CEOs. Sign up at https://vibeboxingfitness.pushpress.com/landing/plans/plan_f72be025c301ff

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 11/09/2023

What a great opportunity to host the international delegation from the Global Ties Iowa Women and Entrepreneurship: Startups program. This amazing group represents Australia, Belize, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Nigeria, Turkey, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Ukraine. We talked about the work MDC Iowa is doing to support women-owned businesses and future entrepreneurs, our shared lived experiences, and how we all need to use our privilege to support historically disadvantaged people with aspirations of starting a small business.

Thank you to each of the delegates for sharing your story and for sharing a few laughs with me. Even though we are oceans apart, we were reminded that some barriers exist regardless of the country you live in.

We look forward to growing these international connections, celebrating the success in their home countries, and continuing to share our experience in building a more inclusive economic development ecosystem in Iowa.

10/23/2023

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 28th at 10 a.m. for a free workshop on understanding income, budgets, credit, and debt. Attendees who complete the 2-hour workshop are automatically eligible for a credit builder loan up to $500. Register at https://www.mdciowa.org/event-details/understanding-income-budgets-credit-debt

09/28/2023

Join MDC Iowa and the Johnson County Food Policy Council at the Food & Farm Grant Application Clinic on Oct. 11th from 5:30 to 7:30 at the Iowa City Public Library.

Learn more about the grant, ask questions, and receive help.

Laptops and tech support will be provided by MDC Iowa staff and volunteers.

Additional information is available on the Johnson County grant website. (https://www.johnsoncountyiowa.gov/localfoods/grant)

09/27/2023

Happy birthday to our founder and Executive Director. Today we celebrate you and all that you do. Enjoy the day off. You deserve it!

Can you help support Laurentha? 09/26/2023

Join MDC Iowa in supporting Laurentha on her Kiva loan! Let's help an Iowa-based Black-owned business reach its dream by getting 3 more lenders today.

https://www.kiva.org/invitedby/mdciowa/for/2652934?utm_source=social_share_link&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=social_share_bp_pfp_scle_b&utm_content=mdciowa

Can you help support Laurentha? Kiva is a loan, not a donation. With Kiva you can lend as little as $25 and make a big change in someone's life.

09/15/2023

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a sign? Could your business benefit from a custom sign that doesn't break the bank? Want to add a personalized touch to a room in your home? Join MDC Iowa's master makers for a hands-on workshop to learn design basics and how to carve a sign using a CNC or a laser.

This event is free to the community but registration is required and spots are limited. All materials and safety equipment will be provided. This in-person event will be held at MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab - Iowa's only community-based makerspace.

Register at https://www.mdciowa.org/event-details/sign-maker-workshop

09/07/2023

We love creating new ways to provide direct support for our local small businesses. This sign project might be one of our new favorites. It is another great example of what you can do at MDC Iowa's INNOV8 Lab when you embrace the DIY lifestyle. Both signs were carved on one of our mid-sized CNC machines, sanded, and filled with glow-in-the-dark resin. Charged by the natural sunlight, these signs can be seen at night without the need for electricity. Which one is your favorite?

Wood: $15
Stain: $13.48
Resin: $9
Glow Powder: $13.99
White Acrylic: $23
Doing something to support a BIPOC-owned business: priceless

Special thanks to Toolstoday Router Bits and Saw Blades for the tip on using stencil film to get clean edges when painting or pouring resin after the V-bit carving.

09/06/2023

I am excited to share the news that Mitchell Vaughan has joined the MDC Iowa board of directors.

Mitchell is the Operations and IT Manager at Rayser Holdings in Cedar Rapids. He brings several years of Information Technology experience and a passion for improving equitable access to technology and addressing the digital divide.

When I asked Mitchell why he wanted to join the MDC Iowa board he said “After speaking with you and Matt about what MDC Iowa has done for the community, it was clear that we shared similar values. As someone who spent plenty of time in youth centers as a child and as an adult I’ve always wanted to bring more opportunities to children and keep their minds engaged with technology. I aspire not only to possess the capability to teach technology but also to ignite enthusiasm for it in others.”

I look forward to having Mitchell shape the future of our organization and expand our service area to include Linn County.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 08/04/2023

We’re so proud of Dasia Taylor (aka ) and all that she does to champion STEM education. is our new favorite day to celebrate our friend and STEM. Happy birthday, Dasia, and thank you for all that you do.

Photos from Multicultural Development Center of Iowa's post 07/29/2023

MDC Iowa's mission is to support and protect small businesses. Lately, we're spending more and more time helping business owners stay safe from ever-expanding cyber threats.

There is no denying that cybersecurity services can be expensive and it's often a cost that entrepreneurs tend to skip when starting out or when budgets get tight.

MDC Iowa provides cybersecurity services as part of the INCUBATE program to help BIPOC-owned businesses safeguard against cyber threats.

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Multicultural Development in Iowa

At the Multicultural Development Center of Iowa we want to see a world where every individual has the support to visualize their future and have the tools and support to pursue that goal regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender.

We exist to shape a better world for all through community partnerships, both public and private collaborations, and programs that address the challenges of underrepresented people in Eastern Iowa.

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