Des Moines Register 12-03-06 Biz Buzz: Business centers give big return Iowans are receiving a return of 4-to-1 from tax dollars spent on the state's Small Business Development Centers. The centers, which are headquartered at Iowa State University, were created to help small businesses get started and to expand. They serve all 99 counties from 13 locations around the state. A study by James Chrisman of Mississippi State University found that for every tax dollar spent on the centers, the expansions of businesses counseled by the centers resulted in increased tax payments of $4.41. Chrisman also said those businesses created 1,352 jobs during a recent 12month period and had increased sales of $125 million. Businesses helped by the centers grew 24 percent faster than Iowa businesses that received no SBDC assistance, Chrisman said. Building codes conference is Dec. 12 The Iowa conference on Historic Building Code mentioned in this space last week will be on Dec. 12. The item last week incorrectly said the conference would be this week. For more information or to register, go to www.aiaiowa.org and click on "Historic Building Code." Medical software business created at ISU Computer scientists at Iowa State University and the University of North Texas, along with a physician from the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, have created a medical software business in the ISU Research Park. The business, EndoMetric LLC, will market software that was created to help doctors analyze video taken during colonoscopy procedures. The software was developed by ISU's Johnny Wong and Wallapak Tavanapong and North Texas' JungHwan Oh. The scientists developed the technology with help from Dr. Piet de Groen, a gastroenterology specialist at the Mayo Clinic. The project has received $578,850 from the National Science Foundation, $75,405 from Grow Iowa Values, and $25,000 each from the Mayo Clinic and ISU Research Foundation.