Business & Industry

Local Highlights

March 17, 2020

Our office will be closed to the public until further notice. Staff are still able to take your calls and respond to email. Many of our resources can be found online at our website www.extension.iastate.edu/franklin. If you need to drop something off you may use our drop box or leave it in the entryway. If you need to pick something up please call our office to make arrangements, 641-456-4811.

Stay healthy and be well!

June 9, 2020

Created by the industry for the industry, the ServSafe food safety training program is one of the industry's strongest educational programs.

April 22, 2020

Travel experts predict a pent-up demand to hit the road as soon as people are able to get out. “Now is the time to get ready,” said Diane Van Wyngarden, tourism specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

April 22, 2020

Iowa State University is monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. Check the campus safety page for regular updates and information related to COVID-19.

March 19, 2020

Purchasing a home is probably the biggest purchase you'll ever make. It’s an exciting experience and not a simple task.


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.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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