Business & Industry

Local Highlights

March 9, 2018

The Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference brings together large and small communities from the tri-state area to share experiences and gain new ideas on community and economic development. It will be held April 19 in South Sioux City. 

March 5, 2018

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach invites area resident to attend a two-session retirement preparation workshop on Thursday, May 3 and May 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach office in Rock Rapids. This “Writing Your Retirement Paycheck” workshop is ideal for those looking to retire within the next 10 years. It is designed to provide those approaching retirement with the information they need to be prepared to write their own paycheck. 

January 23, 2018

This year, Lyon County is celebrating 100 years of organized county extension work. This long-established partnership with Iowa State University provides local citizens with access to education and university research. ISU Extension and Outreach provides education and builds partnerships for a strong Iowa and a strong Lyon County.

December 7, 2017

ServSafe Food Safety Training provides training and certification for foodservice managers and workers. At training, attendees will discuss: providing safe food; contaimination and food allergens; the safe food handler; purchasing, receiving and storage of food; food preparation and service; cleaning and sanitizing; pest management; facilities and equipment; and food safety management systems. 

March 1, 2017

Clippings now includes more diverse topics that go beyond horticulture, though horticulture will still be an occasional and timely topic. The column will remain focused on research-based information written by ISU Extension and Outreach program specialists.

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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