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Entrepreneurship Update: record breaking 18 businesses open doors over 6 months

During the first half of 2010 many people were still labeling the economy as “being in a recession.” Yet something remarkable was happening in Tama County. A record-breaking 18 small town businesses opened their doors and welcomed people to come do business with them. That is 18 in 6 months compared to the 17 total in 2009. 10 of these businesses created an enterprise recognizing market opportunity was being missed, and an equally important 8 businesses sold to new owners to continue keeping the doors open as the next generation takes on the challenge of evolving the business as the economic landscape changes.
Congratulations and thank you to our local business leaders, creating and retaining  jobs for themselves and talented hardworking people in the area:

  1. AFLAC Insurance, Tama
  2. American Family Insurance Agency, Toledo
  3. Angel Resale & Consignment, Traer
  4. Be Inspired, Dysart
  5. Benny’s Cab Co., Tama-Toledo
  6. The Bottom End, Garwin
  7. Eclipse Hair & Tanning Salon, Traer
  8. Emmy Lou Candle Shop, Dysart
  9. Fox Ridge Winery, Traer
  10. Hardon’s, Tama
  11. Hovatter & Sons, Traer
  12. John’s Barber Shop, Toledo
  13. Maus Furniture & Mattress Outlet, Tama
  14. Mike’s Pizza, Toledo
  15. Quarters, Toledo
  16. Sandhill Auto Salvage, Tama
  17. Thys Chevrolet Buick, Toledo
  18. Ultimate Image, Toledo

Contact info on these businesses are available in the directory or by typing their name into the search box.


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One Comment on “Entrepreneurship Update: record breaking 18 businesses open doors over 6 months”

  1. jraymondcpa June 25, 2010 at 11:07 pm #

    Let’s not forget;
    A Strategic Business Plan is much more than a tool to obtain financing. If you still have all you plans and ideas locked up inside your head… preparing a strategic plan helps you clarify your company’s direction, ensures your key leaders are all “on the same page”, and keeps both management and staff focused on the tasks at hand.

    A Strategic Plan is often needed when…

    Starting a new venture, product or service

    Expanding a current organization, product or service

    Buying a new business, product or service

    Turning around a declining business
    The Strategic Plan provides a blueprint, describing your company, its products, the competitive environment, management team, financial health, and business risks.

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