Business & Industry

Local Highlights

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January 20, 2017

The February E-Newsletter is available early due to some February 1st deadlines and programs.  Take a look at our local educational programs, 4-H happenings, and helpful information from our state specialists. If you would like to be added to the email list for this newsletter, please email

Downsizing Flyer
December 20, 2016

This is a FREE program designed for anyone considering a move to a smaller living space -- whether to a simplified living arrangement or perhaps an assisted living residence. Learn ways to make downsizing and decision making easier before the move. Check out our Downsizing for Senior Living Flyer for details.

December 20, 2016

The Annual NW Iowa Beef Bonanza for Youth is February 4th at ILCC Campus in Emmetsburg. Four breakout session topics include: No Fear! Speak Up for Agricuture, Reproduction, Veterinary Feed Directives, and Show Me The MooLa. An optional farm tour is available at the end of the day. Cost for the program is only $5. Pre-registration deadline is January 27th. Check out the Beef Bonanza Flyer for details.

Stack of messy papers and boxes
December 19, 2016

This FREE program is being held at Keelson Harbour on Feb. 22nd at 2PM and is designed for anyone wanting to declutter their home paperwork, such as:  tax papers, insurance files, receipts, and more. It is especially helpful for those moving into smaller living spaces and needing to make decisions on what to keep and what to toss.  Learn how to get your personal financial and business papers well organized. Check out our Organizing Records for Senior Living Flyer for details. Please call the Extension Office to pre-register and insure materials and seating. 712-336-3488

Statewide Resources

  • Helping the College of Engineering and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach carry out their land-grant university mission to improve the quality of life in Iowa by enhancing the performance of Iowa industry.

  • Get information about Iowa's winery and vineyard industry.

  • RECAP provides data and research on local economic, demographic, and social trends for business and communities.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • The ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship is a gateway that works in two directions. In one direction, ISU faculty, researchers, and students become connected to the entrepreneurial world. In the other, Iowa's business and entrepreneurial community gain access to an array of resources and information within Iowa State University.

  • The Agricultural Marketing Resource Center is an electronic, national resource for producers interested in value-added agriculture. Browse commodities and products, investigate market and industry trends, study business creation and operation, read research results and locate value-added resources.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality industry.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • The Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) conducts research, counsels, and trains business people in management, financing, and operating small businesses, and provides comprehensive information services and access to experts in a variety of fields.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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