Business & Industry

Local Highlights

December 31, 2020

Preventive Controls Qualified Individual training is being offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 15, 2020

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be hosting a ServSafe® Food Safety Managers certification class in Pocahontas on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Holly VanHeel, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist, will be teaching the class. VanHeel has been a ServSafe® instructor since 2010 and has trained almost 2,000 food service professionals in ServSafe®.

October 6, 2020

The Back to Business Iowa podcast from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach features a discussion on rural broadband. 

September 30, 2020

Wine taste is a critical part of consumer satisfaction and this new guide from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach helps to reduce faults.

September 29, 2020

After the farmers market season ends, many home-based food operators in Iowa are still able to prepare and sell foods from their home if they follow state regulations and food safety practices. To help them, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has created an online course, available 24/7.

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.

  • The Value Added Agriculture Program (VAAP) provides unbiased, science-based information to help establish or expand agricultural-related businesses in Iowa.

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