Business & Industry

Local Highlights

August 10, 2022

On Wednesday, August 31 there will be an agritourism bus tour with stops at 4 operations in central Iowa; Brewer Family Farms, Wills Family Orchard, Upstream Gardens & Orchard and Iowa Flower Farm. Could you share this opportunity with farmers, acreage owners and Extension personnel in your county who may be interested? The tour bus will leave Ames at 8:30 a.m. and will return to Ames at 4 p.m. Seating is limited to one bus, so participants should register as soon as possible by visiting https://www.visitiowafarms.org/register.

November 24, 2020

ServSafe Food Safety Training classes are being offered in Black Hawk County throughout 2021 for certification for food service managers and workers.  Attached is the brochure for more information and registraion information.  Registration is required at least three weeks prior to class date.

Updated flyer July 2021: FYLER

Use this link to register for class: LINK

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.

  • 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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