Business & Industry

Local Highlights

September 30, 2020

To help winemakers and the industry better understand common faults, enology specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach recently published a series of publications that help with identification, prevention and management of common wine faults.

September 30, 2020

Iowa State University is offering a three-session, online short course for emerging food entrepreneurs interested in developing processed foods in Iowa. The course meets 12-4 p.m. CDT on Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4.

September 22, 2020

The Iowa Farm Safety and Health Week will be held Sept. 20-26 in conjunction with the National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s national theme is “every farmer counts” and that is an important reminder for everyone during this difficult 2020 harvest season.

September 10, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect Iowa’s economy in various ways — some predictable, others not so much. Three experienced economists recently shared their observations on COVID-19 impacts on the “Back to Business Iowa” podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

August 14, 2020

When there is an extended power outage, Iowa foodservice establishments need to know whether the food in their refrigerators and freezers is still safe to use and serve, note food safety and nutrition and wellness specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

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.

  • ICIP 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.

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