Business & Industry

Local Highlights

September 3, 2014

Announcing upcoming dates for the ServSafe® certification course!

May 22, 2014

Shelley Oltmans began her new position as the Executive Director for the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce and Community Development Specialist for Lee County Extension on May 21. Read more about Shelley and this unique dual position!

April 17, 2014

Congratulations to the winner of the 2014 Lee County Business Plan Competition, Jennie Hawkins, owner of Pristine Bee Apiaries!

March 24, 2014

March 23-29th is Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Week, a time to celebrate the staff, volunteers, and supporters that help ISU Extension and Outreach reach Iowans through our educational programs. Bob Dodds, Regional Extension Education Director shares his thoughts about the evolution of Extension and what ISU Extension and Outreach means to him.

March 20, 2014

Local food producers, food buyers, and other community members from Southeast Iowa gathered on February 27th in Keokuk to build a network and develop market opportunities for locally-grown food.


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.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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