Business & Industry

Local Highlights

June 10, 2020

As the restaurant industry starts to slowly restart operations after being closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Restaurant Association has developed a “COVID-19 Restaurant Opening Guidance” document.

May 28, 2020

The most recent “Back to Business Iowa” podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach features Cherie Edilson, co-founder and CEO of Shop Where I Live.  This Marion, Iowa based company works with chambers of commerce and economic development groups statewide to create online “storefronts” where all of the community’s businesses can sell their products in one spot.

May 12, 2020

The health and safety of our staff, students, participants, volunteers and communities is our highest priority. On May 18, our staff will be working in the office, but will be closed to the public.  We want to continue helping and serving you as best as we can. 

Please reach us by email or call the office at 712-732-5056:
- Stacie Hewett (Office/Program Coordinator): shewett@iastate.edu
- Nichol Kleespies (4-H Youth Educator): kleespie@iastate.edu
- Kris Kohl (Ag Engineer): kkohl1@iastate.edu
- Carol Ehlers (Family Finance Specialist): xehlers@iastate.edu
- Mandi De La Cruz (Buy.Eat.Live Healthy Program Asst.): mandid@iastate.edu
April 27, 2020

The Iowa League of Cities and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development have developed a pandemic checklist to help local governments through the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery.

April 1, 2020

Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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