Local Economies

  • Participants at Local Economies event

The Local Economies team strengthens communities and their local economies by teaching best practices and providing hands-on assistance. We have expertise in small and minority-owned business financial planning, customer service, store design and layout, and entrepreneurism, which we apply to promote small-business development and expansion for retailers and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on those in the tourism, agritourism, grocery, and local-foods sectors.

 

Programs 

Customer Service Workshops

Goal Setting, Strategic Planning, and Facilitation

Grant Writing 101

Iowa Learning Adventures

Iowa Rural Equity Project

Marketing Hometown America

Tourism Group Travel Workshops and Business Consultations

Professional Guide Training and Certification