Thanks to www.buyiowaonline.com, it’s much easier for Iowa small business owners to enter the online market. The fully automated e-commerce website was developed through a partnership with ISU Extension and Outreach and nonprofits working for rural economic sustainability. Piloted for three years in southwest Iowa, it’s available now statewide.
“By giving Iowa entrepreneurs an Internet presence at a low cost, with easy ordering, payment and shipping in place, we see enormous potential and impact, especially for start-up businesses in rural parts of the state. The partnership with Extension and Outreach has made it possible, and we are eager to add more options for consumers to buy great Iowa-made products,” said Randy Baxter, president of the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise (P.R.I.D.E.).