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Entrepreneurs Invited to Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar June 16

Renew Rural Iowa


AMES, Iowa – Iowa entrepreneurs with merely an idea for their own business, as well as those with years of business experience, will find something they can use at the Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar June 16 in Fort Dodge.

Renew Rural Iowa seminars bring together seasoned business experts and critical resources, allowing entrepreneurs to tap into an array of services, all at one time, according to Sandy Ehrig, economic development administrator
for Renew Rural Iowa, a program of Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. Presenters share real company examples of interest to entrepreneurs with any level of experience — from start-ups to major corporations.

The one-day seminar guides new and existing businessmen and women through all phases of developing and operating a successful business, including strategic fit, business planning, marketing, balanced teams, leadership and resources, Ehrig explained. In addition, seminar participants will have opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and to connect with mentors.

The June 16 seminar will be held at the Mid Iowa Growth Partnership Office, 217 S. 25th St., Fort Dodge. Register online via the Renew Rural Iowa website, www.renewruraliowa.com, or call 800-254-9670.

Rusty Clayton, CEO of Soyclean in Brooklyn, Iowa, attended an earlier Renew Rural Iowa seminar.

“They’ll give you the proper skills, teach you the things you really need to know to start up and run a business,” Clayton said.

“The information has been broad enough that it covers all the topics, but yet detailed enough that I really learned different things, and now realize that there are professionals I can go to, to get help with my business,” added Becky Hayes, owner of Ultra Insights Processing Lab in Diagonal, Iowa.

The seminar is co-hosted by Mid Iowa Growth Partnership, VentureNet Iowa and Iowa State University Extension’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).

CIRAS and the Iowa Farm Bureau have a formal agreement to work together for the benefit of small businesses. CIRAS connects Iowa business and industry with research, education and technical assistance. Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa program adds a mentoring model and a rural vitality investment fund to the mix. Together they target Iowa’s rural manufacturers as a growth opportunity for the state’s economy.

“The partnership involves both an exchange of technical and financial resources and many economic development connections,” Ehrig said.

For more information, contact Ehrig at 515-225-5480 or sehrig@ifbf.org, or Mark Reinig with CIRAS, 515-294-7883 or mreinig@iastate.edu.


Contacts :

Sandy Ehrig, Renew Rural Iowa/ Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, 515-225-5480, sehrig@ifbf.org

Mark Reinig, Center for Industrial Research and Service, CIRAS, 515-294-7883, mreinig@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, 515-294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu