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Do You Need a Business Degree to Succeed in Small Business?

You’ve probably grown up hearing stories about self-made millionaires and billionaires. Some entrepreneurs started their journeys in their own garages. And in a lot of the stories, those same entrepreneurs…

Floyd County Medical Center names new CEO

Floyd County Medical Center names new CEO

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Medical Center Board of Trustees has selected Dawnett Willis as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Floyd County Medical Center (FCMC). Willis will…

Governor Reynolds signs Harvest Proclamation 

Governor Reynolds signs Harvest Proclamation 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation relating to the weight limits and transportation of grain. The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through October 17, 2021. The proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay,…

How to Enhance Your Resume

How to Enhance Your Resume

Job seeking can be a daunting task, as there are always multiple applications for one role. You have to make sure your cover letter is tailored for the position you’re…

Iowa announces broadband grant recipients of $100M investment

Iowa announces broadband grant recipients of $100M investment

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) are proud to announce the recipients of the State of Iowa Broadband Grants Program. Thirty-nine applicants…

Governor Reynolds announces historic $100 million investment for housing in Iowa 

Governor Reynolds announces historic $100 million investment for housing in Iowa 

DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today attended the HousingIowa Conference in Cedar Rapids and announced an additional $100 million investment to increase the supply of housing options and protect and expand housing opportunities for Iowans to live in or…

Over $8.6 million awarded in K-12 Iowa school mental health grants

Over $8.6 million awarded in K-12 Iowa school mental health grants

DES MOINES – Over $8.6 million in competitive grants will be awarded to 64 Iowa school districts to assist them in providing mental health support and other wraparound services to…

Winnebago Industries completes acquisition of Barletta Pontoon Boats

Winnebago Industries completes acquisition of Barletta Pontoon Boats

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Barletta Pontoon Boats (“Barletta”),…

How To Inspire Loyalty For Small Businesses

How To Inspire Loyalty For Small Businesses

It’s often difficult for small businesses to compete on things like price or range of products. That’s why it’s important for small business owners to take a different approach. People…

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

North Iowa ag startups thrive with NIACC Venture School 

MASON CITY – Three North Iowa agricultural startups have found success with the assistance of the NIACC Pappajohn Center Venture School program. Value-added agriculture businesses have thrived in the Venture…

USDA offers options in country’s housing crisis

USDA offers options in country’s housing crisis

WASHINGTON — As the nation continues to grapple with an affordable housing crisis worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA is committed to supporting our tenants and owners. In addition to…

10 ways How to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft 

Are you skeptical about protecting your financial details? You might fear someone might steal it and misuse it. However, you might come across a few ways to avoid identity theft…

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors approves headquarters move to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from Forest City

Winnebago Industries Board of Directors approves headquarters move to Eden Prairie, Minnesota, from Forest City

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, on Wednesday announced that on August 18, 2021, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly…

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation 

Gov. Reynolds signs new Public Health Disaster proclamation 

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that extends some regulatory relief for an additional 30 days. The proclamation can be found online here.…

Fareway announces executive promotions

Fareway announces executive promotions

BOONE, IOWA – Fareway CEO, Reynolds W. Cramer, announced today the following executive team promotions: President: Garrett S. Piklapp Chief Retail Officer: Michael (Mike) J. McCormick Chief Financial Officer: Jacob…

What to Know Before You Become a Landlord in Your Community

What to Know Before You Become a Landlord in Your Community

Becoming a Landlord  Working a full-time job is an honorable way of making a living. Whether you work a 9:00 to 5:00 in the office, maintain a profession, or work…

Expanding Your Business Out of North Iowa

Expanding Your Business Out of North Iowa

If you are thinking about whether to expand your North Iowa company, you might be starting to look further afield. The United States is full of potential customers, and you…

Biden-Harris Administration announces availability of up to $500 million in emergency rural health care funds under the American Rescue Plan

Biden-Harris Administration announces availability of up to $500 million in emergency rural health care funds under the American Rescue Plan

ST. PETER, MINN. – The Biden-Harris Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health…

Nearly 200 applications for broadband grants in Iowa following $100M investment

Nearly 200 applications for broadband grants in Iowa following $100M investment

DES MOINES – The state of Iowa announced that the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) received 178 applications from broadband providers for the latest Empower Rural Iowa Broadband…

Gov. Reynolds releases statement against electric vehicles

Gov. Reynolds releases statement against electric vehicles

DES MOINES – Gov. Reynolds released the following statement regarding Joe Biden’s renewed push to promote Electric Vehicles in favor of burning food and fossil fuels that pollute the air,…

Brewery coming to downtown Clear Lake

Brewery coming to downtown Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE – A new brewery is coming to downtown Clear Lake. According to the North Iowa Corridor, on July 30th, a Golden Sledgehammer event was held to mark the…

Cryptocurrency in Online Casino

Cryptocurrency in Online Casino

There are many new trends that keep popping up in the gambling industry. Most of them result from advances in technology and its evolution to satisfy the demands of players…

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Joe Jamtgaard & Jackie Villela of Dave’s Auto Service as the July 2021 Entrepreneurs of the Month

NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes Joe Jamtgaard & Jackie Villela of Dave’s Auto Service as the July 2021 Entrepreneurs of the Month

MASON CITY – The NIACC John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and North Iowa Area SBDC are proud to recognize Joe Jamtgaard and Jackie Villela of Dave’s Auto in Lake Mills, IA…

Senator Amanda Ragan describes 5 ways Iowa agriculture is getting a boost

Senator Amanda Ragan describes 5 ways Iowa agriculture is getting a boost

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing portions of Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: A comprehensive approach to pandemic recovery can help ensure Iowans…

Tips To Improve Academic Performance in College And Graduate With Honors?

Tips To Improve Academic Performance in College And Graduate With Honors?

All students seem to understand that good grades don’t guarantee good knowledge, but some of them still have a dream of being straight-A students and even graduate with honors. There’s…

RSVP volunteers honored for service in North Central Iowa

RSVP volunteers honored for service in North Central Iowa

MASON CITY – Volunteers throughout North Central Iowa were honored for their cumulative years of service to their communities during RSVP’s annual Volunteer Celebration on June 9, with a ‘Parking…

How to Create a Business Budget

How to Create a Business Budget

For new business owners, it can be challenging to determine the best way to take care of your new tasks, including figuring out what to do with your funds. When…

Waldorf University mathematics department chair to receive funding for student-centered project

Waldorf University mathematics department chair to receive funding for student-centered project

FOREST CITY – On behalf of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL), Andrea Blanchard, the department chair of mathematics at Waldorf University, will be receiving a $10,000 grant to fund…

Property Damage Claim Lawyer 

A property damage claim lawyer would help policyholders in their property claims. They should not be deemed as personal injury attorneys representing claimants and policyholders seeking recovery resulting from an…

Ways to Keep Up With Remote Working

Ways to Keep Up With Remote Working

With the dynamics resulting from various changes, the pandemic has had most employees working from home full time. Remote working can be overwhelming on most occasions, and most employees face…

USDA announces $500 million plan for expanded meat & poultry processing capacity 

USDA announces $500 million plan for expanded meat & poultry processing capacity 

COUNCIL BLUFFS – The USDA announced this week it intends to make significant investments to expand processing capacity and increase competition in meat and poultry processing to make agricultural markets…

Gov. Reynolds requested $222 million in pandemic relief to city  government   

Gov. Reynolds requested $222 million in pandemic relief to city  government   

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds has requested  $222 million in pandemic relief from the American Rescue Package of 2021 (ARPA) that will allow 930 city governments to access federal funding starting today. The Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund will provide $19.53 billion nationally to…

Police consulting business headlined by Mason City’s chief awarded $47K loan through NIACOG

Police consulting business headlined by Mason City’s chief awarded $47K loan through NIACOG

MASON CITY – An Iowa police consulting business offering nationwide services and headlined by Mason City’s chief has been awarded a $47,400 loan through NIACOG. Brinkley, Clary & Thomas Consulting…

How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

How to Choose a Nursing Specialty

Most nursing students solely focus on becoming registered nurses. Over time, though, many of those nurses decide to advance their education to pursue a more specialized nursing career. It’s not…

6 Steps to Start a Successful Tech Business

6 Steps to Start a Successful Tech Business

The tech sector is booming thanks to digital transformation and increasing demand for new technologies. There has never been a better time to launch a tech company and take advantage…

Cerro Gordo health department receives grant to empower future leaders in public health

Cerro Gordo health department receives grant to empower future leaders in public health

MASON CITY – CG Public Health has received a $29,111 grant from Telligen Community Initiative (TCI), a private, Iowa-based charitable foundation. These funds will support the ‘Empowering Future Leaders in…

Former Governor Terry Branstad slips out of $1.5 million discrimination settlement after Supreme Court rules in his favor; taxpayers still crushed by legal fees

Former Governor Terry Branstad slips out of $1.5 million discrimination settlement after Supreme Court rules in his favor; taxpayers still crushed by legal fees

DES MOINES – A gay, former state official who sued former Governor Terry Branstad in court for discrimination after Branstad slashed his salary and won a $1.5 million settlement from…

North Iowa entrepreneurs take home wins from 2021 Venture School Pitch Competition

North Iowa entrepreneurs take home wins from 2021 Venture School Pitch Competition

MASON CITY – Two of North Iowa’s entrepreneurs took home wins from the 2021 University of Iowa’s statewide Venture School pitch competition which was held Thursday, June 10. The competition…

Iowa’s DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awards grants to rural communities

Iowa’s DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awards grants to rural communities

DES MOINES – The DNR Derelict Building Grant Program awarded grants to nine small, rural Iowa communities to help deconstruct or renovate abandoned structures, remove asbestos, and limit construction and…

Iowa corn growers socked by court ruling throwing out rule for year-round E-15 sales

Iowa corn growers socked by court ruling throwing out rule for year-round E-15 sales

DES MOINES – A federal appellate court threw out a rule designed to allow year-round sales of Ethanol E-15, a vital component for Ethanol makers and corn growers in states…

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