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Tama County Pitch & Build – January 2017

At the 2017 Q1 Pitch & Build in January 2017, we heard about a home and mobile broadband business which will provide access across rural Iowa, and a housing initiative in Toledo.   Philip Kennedy, chief executive officer of ACREBroadband, spoke about the need for home and mobile broadband access across rural Iowa and their […]

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2016 Q2 Pitch & Build

On April 26, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q2 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about a bed & breakfast in Dysart, a therapeutic horseback riding business in rural Toledo, and an energy evaluation and […]

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What’s Under Your Bed

A man had been visiting a therapist because he had a very real fear of monsters living under his bed. The man had been seeing this doctor every week for several years. Every week he would come in and the doctor would ask “have you made any progress?”  Every time the man would say “no”. […]

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2016 Q1 Pitch & Build

On January 12, 2016, Tama County Economic Development hosted the 2016 Q1 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about a precision ag product service in Dysart, a folk school in rural Toledo, and a restaurant and catering business […]

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The Power of Four

An Irishman man walks into a bar in New York City. He orders four whiskeys. The bartender pours him one and says, “Lemme know when you want the next one.” But the man says, “I think you’ve misunderstood me. I’d like all four at once.” The bartender pours three more drinks. The man drinks down […]

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Ross Street Roasting

A sweet little boy surprised his grandmother one morning and brought her a cup of coffee. He made it himself and was so proud. He anxiously waited to hear the verdict on the quality of the coffee. The grandmother had never in her life had such a vile cup of coffee, and as she forced […]

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Tama County Q3 2014 Pitch & Build

On September 9, 2014, Tama County Economic Development hosted the Q3 2014 Pitch & Build competition which showcased Tama County business owners and entrepreneurs and their ideas for new businesses across the county.  We heard about unique specialty shops in Dysart and Gladbrook, and food and drink opportunities in Tama and Toledo. Barb Smith of […]

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Magic Doors

The farmer growing up never spent much time in big cities, so when his son was 6, his wife insisted they go to the “city” to do some back to school shopping.  At the mall, the farmer and his son were amazed by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. […]

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Haymaking Assumptions

A clergyman walking down a country lane sees a young farmer struggling to load hay back onto a cart after it had fallen off. “You look hot, my son,” said the minister. “Why don’t you rest a moment, and I’ll give you a hand.” “No thanks,” said the young man.  “My father wouldn’t like it.” […]

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Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build

  The Tama County Q2 2014 Pitch & Build on April 29, 2014, had presentations on reproduction firearms, a bed & breakfast, an outdoor classroom, an antique business, and a local eatery. Josh Casto of Casto Armory, Traer, turned his hobby into a thriving business.  He manufactures reproductions of antique rifles and bullets as well […]

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