Business & Industry

Local Highlights

desktop with open computer screen
May 12, 2020

AMES, Iowa – The marketing limitations of COVID-19 are causing businesses owners across Iowa to consider ways to move sales online.

To help businesses take full advantage of online sales, the Farm, Food and Enterprise Development (FFED) and Community and Economic Development programs at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will hold a webinar Tuesday, May 19 with a specialist from the online marketing program Square.

woman standing next to OPEN sign at restaurant
April 17, 2020

 Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and other organizations are joining ranks to uplift the small business community throughout the entire state by starting the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. The other organizations in the alliance are The Director’s Council, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit, League of United Latin American Citizens - Iowa (LULAC Iowa), One Voice, DREAM Iowa and Iowa Community Capital.

farmer next to John Deere tractor
March 31, 2020

AMES, Iowa -- Farming can be stressful in the best of times. Financial worries, unpredictable weather, unpredictable commodity prices, plant pests, livestock diseases and isolation all contribute to farmers’ anxiety. And now Iowa’s rural communities and families are coping with the unpredictability and imposed isolation produced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

wicker basket of assorted vegetables
December 19, 2019

Do you have an interest in increasing the availability of local food benefits to producers, consumers and business owners?  If so, please consider attending our local foods meeting in Tama county on January 21 at 1:00 p.m. at the Extension office. 

wrapped baked goods displayed on a table at a farmers' market
October 15, 2018

Iowans with home-based food operations may attend a fall workshop covering regulations and food safety best practices to ensure safe handling of their products from the kitchen to the point of sale. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering workshops Nov. 12 in Ames and Dec. 3 in Peosta.I

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.

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