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Fairbank Business Jelly
Buchanan County Companies are Hiring
IA Farm Automation of Stanley
Intenational Business Assistance
Five Benefits of Networking
SBDC Coming to Buchanan County

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Buchanan County Economic Development Commission

Available Industrial Gound in Jesup,  Iowa
The Jesup Industrial Park is owned by the Jesup Economic Development Foundation (JEDF).   There is approximately 8 available acres in this well-established business park. Water, sanitary, gas and electricity are on site for this shovel-ready property.  Other businesses in the park include Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing, a new telecommunications center, Jesup Gym Equipment and several smaller warehouse and distribution companies.  JEDF is a private nonprofit organization that was founded for the purpose of advancing business opportunities in Jesup. JEDF’s goal is to help you succeed in business
For additional information, contact George Lake, Buchanan County Economic Development Commission. 319-334-7497
Fairbank Public Library to Host Next Business Jelly
(Buchanan County, IA)  And the Jellies continue! The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC) is striving to encourage business growth in Buchanan County by hosting a series of Business Jellies throughout Buchanan County. What is a Business Jelly?  A Jelly is a casual co-working event where entrepreneurs, freelancers, home workers, and people running businesses meet in order to get out of their normal work space.

The next Jelly is sponsored by and will be held at the Fairbank Public Library Community Room on Thursday, August 18, 9:00 - noon at 212 Main Street. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops and spend a day working outside their office and networking with other business professionals. There will be free refreshments and Wi-Fi.

BCEDC Director George Lake explained, “If you are considering starting your own business or you have a business that you want to grow; then you need to attend the Fairbank Jelly.  It’s a great way to network, meet new people and work together in a social environment. Jelly is a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips, and collaborating. The ultimate goal is to encourage folks to “Jell” ideas and talents to become better business professionals or even start a new business.”  

Learn from the success of others! At 11:30, a local business entrepreneur will discuss how she/he began and grew their business.

The BCEDC is hosting monthly Jellies throughout Buchanan County. Go to to see the Jelly schedule.

Want more info on the Fairbank Jelly?  Contact BCEDC Director George Lake 319-334-7497  or Fairbank Library Director Angela Berg 319-635-2487

Buchanan County Businesses are Hiring!

Looking for a good job?  Look no further!! Several Buchanan County Businesses are hiring and starting your new career is no more than a click away.  Companies that are hiring include  Geater Machining and Manufacturing; Wieland Lumber; Pries Enterprises; B & D Services; Best Cob and Prinsco.  Go to the BCEDC Employment Opportunities website to view additional Buchanan County Companies that can offer good jobs with great companies.
Iowa Farm Automation: Grinding its Way to Success
By BCEDC high school intern, Tom Sill
(Stanley, IA) Iowa Farm Automation (IFA) is a Stanley, Iowa based manufacturing company that was founded in 1977, after the founders decided that they were dissatisfied with existing roller grinders on the market and decided to make their own. Its present owners are Scott Bush and Bob Irvine, who started working there after graduating from high school in 1985. Scott worked for several years before leaving to attend college, while Bob worked for several years more before leaving to work at a different company for 10 years. Upon their return to IFA they bought into the business and are the current owners.
IFA’s primary products are custom roller grinders for grinding grain, custom manufacturing and IFA manufactures a variety of mills, mixers, and scalpers. Their grinders are highly engineered equipment that are used to grind grain. Their proprietary products are determined by customer interaction through IFA tailoring their products to what customers are wanting on an individual level. The primary customers for their roller grinders are farmers and grain mills. The other source of income for the company is people who just need something fabricated.
Presently Iowa Farm Automation has 10 full-time employees, one part-time worker with the owners’ wives helping out occasionally. At this time they have no plans for the expansion of the business, as they feel that the company is at a stable size for the time being. In terms of community outreach, IFA offers a scholarship in the name of Lee Drevlow. Mr. Drevlow was one of the former owners who was killed a few years ago in a car accident.
International Trade Financial Assistance Available
Are you engaged in international trade or would you like to extend your market into the international arena? The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) International Trade Office is pleased to announce that funding for the Export Trade Assistance Program (ETAP) and the Domestic Trade Assistance Program (DTAP) is available again as of July 1, 2016.   ETAP provides financial assistance for eligible Iowa companies exhibiting in international trade shows or IEDA trade missions taking place outside the United States. DTAP provides financial assistance for eligible Iowa companies exhibiting at international trade shows taking place within the United States.  Note: Companies must be exhibiting specifically for international trade leads and the show must be internationally focused.

We are also pleased to announce a new online application system to streamline the entire process from application all the way through the required 18-month survey, all within one place.  Visit our web page under Resources for information on ETAP and DTAP requirements along with instructions and details on the new International Grant Application System.  If you have questions, please contact Lisa Longman at or 515.725.3139.
Click here to see the latest IEDA International Newsletter.
Five Benefits of Networking
By Imogen Atkinson.  Published May 26, 2016  @ Accelerate Places.
Why Network in Buchanan County?  The BCEDC is hosting a series of Business Jellies, networking events. This article discusses the advantages of networking. The article has been edited for usage of space in this newsletter.  Click here to read the complete Five Benefits of Networking.

Networking is often undervalued in terms of what it can do for your business and also what it can do for you as a person. Networking is all about making valuable, long-term connections with people that can help leverage your business and personal connections to bring you a regular supply of new business and help you reach your goals. It is not just about showing your face, collecting hundreds of business cards and leaving! Even if you are not looking to make business connections but you are lacking in confidence, then networking events are a great way to plonk you right out of your comfort zone and make new friends. Either purpose is a win-win situation and can help you become better in business, in your personal life and boost your confidence. Everyone that attends a networking event will have different motives and purposes but ultimately they are there to expand their network in some way or another, meaning that everyone attending them has a common interest! Here are some other benefits of networking that will hopefully make you consider trying it out…
Building Valuable Business Relationships
Simply swapping business cards is not an effective use of time. They usually end up in a drawer, on a shelf or in the bin. What is important is how you communicate…… 
You may meet people at a networking event that have nothing to do with your industry but don’t be too quick to dismiss them, you could still have some common interests and potentially become good friends. Also, if you are either a business women or man it is likely that you are like-minded in that you are determined and eager to grow your businesses – a friendship can help you do that too!
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!
Now, it may seem that networking events are just for bold business people that have no problem in bulldozing through conversation. But if you are a shy, less confident person, networking events could be the way forward to bring you out of your shell – that is if you want to! Networking will teach you how to make conversation take on board the networking style of others and as your confidence grows, so will your business. 
Give and Take Advice
As you begin to build on business relationships and/or friendships, opportunities to get and give advice will increase. 
Get Your Name Out There!
Choose the most suitable networking event (s) in your area, put them in your calendar as a reminder and try your best to attend them as often as possible. People will start to recognize you the more you attend which will help create a good reputation for you and/or your business brand.

I provided a short summation of each the above headings Click here to read the complete Five Benefits of Networking.

SBDC Coming to Buchanan County:
Time to Start New or Grow Your Business

Many existing Buchanan County businesses and new start-ups, have met with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC)r in the BCEDC offices over the past tow years. Isn’t it time you took the first step to building your business?
Are you thinking about starting or expanding a business, but you’re not sure about how to proceed?  Professionals from the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be operating out The Buchanan County Economic Development (BCEDC) offices on the 3rd Monday of each month.
The SBDC will next visit the BCEDC offices, 112 1st St. Independence, on Monday, August 16  Contact BCEDC Director George Lake at 319-334-7497 to set an appointment to meet with the SBDC.

It's time to take that first and second step....

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The Buchanan County Economic Development Commission (BCEDC)
P.O. Box 109
Independence, IA  50644

Street address: 112 1st St. East, Independence,  IA  50644

Contact: George Lake, Executive Director

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