Business & Industry

Local Highlights

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January 27, 2015

These workshops assist childcare providers in obtaining research-based professional development.  March 3 Topic: What Does Time Mean to Children.  For details, click on our Winter Better Kid Care Brochure or call 712-336-3488.

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January 26, 2015

Do you have a financial resolution for the New Year 2015?  If so, ISU Extension can help get you on track with Log On & Learn sessions at noon. The March 25th topic is on "Financial Winter Cleaning". Learn about how to clean and organize your financial and business papers. Click on the Log on & Learn Flier for details or call the Extension Office at 712-336-3488.

Family Storyteller Flier
January 26, 2015

Increase your child's school readiness skills with these 6 FREE Family Storyteller Workshops!  ISU-Dickinson County Extension is partnering with the Lake Park Library and the Harris-Lake Park Schools to provide fun nights for preschool age children and their families to spend time together in literacy activities. Thanks to support from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund.... the program is FREE and includes refreshments, childcare, and take home books & activity packets. Program dates are Thursday nights March 26 - April 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Check out the Family Storyteller Brochure for details or call the Extension Office at 712-336-3488.

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January 25, 2015

Are you interested in improving the quality of your child care program? Infant & Toddler Environment Rating Scales (ITERS) are nationally recognized tools to assess and improve the quality of early child care programs. The training series is four, 2-hour workshops from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Extension Office in Spirit Lake. The dates are April 7, 21, and May 12, 26. Sessions are fun, interactive and hands-on. Click on our ITERS Brochure for information and registration.

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January 24, 2015

Looking for ideas to improve child care in your center or home? The Better Kid Care Series is educational programming for local child care providers that can do just that. The series is group-based, hands-on and a ton of fun! Join us for all of the fall classes or just one.  We're exploring topics of  "Science for Young Thinkers", "Keeping Children Healthy & Safe", and "Building Good Consumers". Cost is only $15 per session and 2 CEU's are awarded with each class. Take a look at our Better Kid Care Brochure for details and registration information.


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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