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Through collaborative leadership we supplied a pipeline of $812 million in new capital investment projects to strengthen and diversify the assets in Iowa. But beyond big number private-sector prospects we also work with the progressive small businesses, nonprofits, civic leaders, workforce, education institutions, utilities, transportation, housing, etc to maximize productivity and long-term prosperity in our evolving economic landscape.

Entrepreneurship Update: Can you use the recession to diversify and grow your bottom-line too?

During the Tama County Entrepreneurship Trust’s October meeting, we visited about recent changes affecting the financing landscape in Tama County Iowa. The following six sectors got special attention on account of the attendees’ specific areas of interest and expertise around the table:

  • USDA vs. SBA funding: Now that new federal changes have been announced, what resource may be the best fit
  • Residential Real Estate Development: Affordable housing rehabs in the foreclosure market
  • It’s a buyer’s market: Expansion of existing businesses in light of the buy low opportunities
  • Unemployment of skilled workforce: a window has opened to attract and strengthen in-demand skilled labor in rural Iowa
  • When the Bank says “No”: Startup capital, innovative funding, partnerships and other less traditional solutions
  • The Non-profit sector boom: How for-profit businesses can benefit

Our next meeting will focus on expanding our product and service offering to Tama County Entrepreneurs. A whiteboard of ideas that have been introduced to date is available online. Our next meeting will explore these as well as evolving our current resources in greater depth.

NEXT TAMA COUNTY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRUST MEETING
Wed. Nov 10, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Reinig Toledo Center
1007 Prospect Drive
Toledo, Iowa
No cost. Public welcome.

NEXT GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP FOR NONPROFIT LEADERS
Sat. Jan 29, 2011, 9 a.m.
Reinig Toledo Center
1007 Prospect Drive
Toledo, Iowa
No cost. Public welcome. We would appreciate knowing how many financial resource packets to have available, so please RSVP.

Photo: Lorna Perkins & Tom Perkins (Specialty Painting), Bryan Graff, (Graff Construction) Cletus Rowan (Rowan Equipment and Fabrication), Roberta Dostal & Levern Seth, (Tama County Council on Aging). Dwayne Luze (Carl Luze Real Estate).
Out of view:
Rose Anaya (Dirks Real Estate), Tim Madsen & Carla Madsen (Medicap Pharmacy), Dave Allen, Eric Joyce (Lincoln Savings Bank), Sandra McAntire (The Kissing Emu), Lindi Roelofse (Tama County Economic Development)

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