Business & Industry

Local Highlights

June 21, 2021

In the June edition of Ag Decision Maker, O’Rourke outlines some basic ways that farm employers can protect workers from heat stress and illness. She also provides an updated checklist that covers all the major aspects of farm worker hiring and employment.

April 29, 2021

An interactive online-only course will be offered on May 10 and 11 leading to Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance designation as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule.

March 24, 2021

As Iowans celebrate National Ag Day March 23, they can be assured that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is doing what it can to serve and support the state’s agricultural industry. The past year brought new and unprecedented challenges, and Agriculture and Natural Resources extension specialists responded through creativity and innovation to make sure farmers had the information they needed.


March 24, 2021

If you’re looking to start a new business or expand on something you’re already doing, you may be in need of a loan. If so, there are certain steps you can take to help make the process go better and increase your chances of being funded.

October 5, 2020

COVID-19 has made strong internet infrastructure even more crucial to Iowa communities than ever. Policymakers and candidates are focusing their attention on the “digital divide.” How can Iowa’s rural businesses avoid being left behind in an increasingly internet-dependent marketplace?

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 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.

  • 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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