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November 30, 2014

These workshops assist childcare providers in obtaining research-based professional development.  Topics for the New Year include: Math For Every Age, Art Appreciation, and 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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November 30, 2014

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer the Crop Advantage Series to producers at 13 locations across Iowa during January.

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November 30, 2014

As a childcare provider, planning for your financial future is an important part of success in reaching your financial goals. Register now for this 2-part training program to learn how to: increase your savings, understand investment principles, choose investments wisely, and plan for retirement. Cost is $40 and includes 4 DHS approved training hours. 4 CEU's are also available for an additional $5. Check out our Planning for Your Financial Future brochure for details.

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October 2, 2014

Interested in learning to make wise investing decisions? Consider signing up for investment education courses focused on your stage in life. The Smart Investing series incorporates face-to-face “kick-off” and “wrap-up” sessions taught by ISU Extension family finance program specialist, Jan Monahan, at the Spirit Lake Public Library. In between these two sessions, participants work at their own pace to complete one of the online courses.

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October 2, 2014

Do you have a financial resolution for the New Year 2015?  If so, ISU Extension can help get you on track with 3 Log On & Learn sessions at noon on the 4th Wednesday in January, February, and March. Topics include: Identity Theft, How to Improve My Credit Score, and Financial Winter Cleaning. Learn how to protect your identity, detect suspicious activity and defend against ID theft. Develop strategies to improve your credit score and take control of your finances.  Discover how good it feels 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.

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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