Business & Industry

Local Highlights

Rural Road Trip
March 15, 2021

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is helping promote this event as an effort to help revive Iowa's small businesses and small towns. This event is scheduled for April 23rd, 24th and 25th, and will include a map of shops, restaurants and lodging available in these rural communities. 

April 8, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering seven online “Question. Persuade. Refer.” programs. 

April 8, 2020

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine: the changes from COVID-19 can be hard to handle. 

April 1, 2020

Sometimes life gives you a lot to handle, but you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Iowa Concern is a free service connecting Iowans with information to help them navigate through a variety of life circumstances.

CIRAS provides education, research, and technical assistance to Iowa industry through partnerships with Iowa's universities, community colleges and government agencies

AgMRC provides independent producers and processors with critical information needed to build successful value-added agriculture enterprises

Value Added Ag Program provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa

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.

  • Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management Extension provides resources for the hospitality 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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