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June 24, 2020

Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development Local Economies Team put together a simple yet comprehensive FAQ for you to use as you work to understand The CARES Act.

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November 25, 2020

Upcoming Class at Hardin County Extension Office on January 5, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Registration required by December 15.  Apply for a scholoarship (first come, first served) from the Iowa Restaurant Association.

November 5, 2020

The Hardin County Community Endowment Foundation makes grants to IRS 501(c) (3) tax exempt organizations, 170(c)(1) units of government, and/or other “501” charitable groups to fulfill the Foundation’s mission of supporting worthwhile, innovative projects and programs. Grant amounts are dependent upon the allocation of funds available to HCCEF each fiscal year. The application deadline is February 5, 2021. Forms are available at this link or at

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Data on each county in Iowa including population demographics, education, retail sales, personal income, employment, occupation, housing, and family characteristics.

  • Reports of recent and historical trends in the local retail trade sector by city.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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