The typical asking rate per listing is in the $50's per square foot per year. The Ames submarket is experiencing a a boost in rates. In the last 3 months, the median rate increased $51 per sqft per year.
In the last 90 days, 13 listings have been posted online, which means office spaces are probably going fast. You'll want to be prepared to make an offer immediately. About 15% of the available leases in the Ames are subleases, so you might be able to sign a shorter term by taking over a previous lease. There aren't many listings below 2,000 square feet available, so finding a space for a small business might be tough.
Even though the median size is 3,140 sqft, there are still 0 new availabilities below 2,000 sqft. Most buildings in this market are around 1 stories. Most buildings in this area were built in 2001 and are Class B.