Winneshiek County Development, Inc., with its partners in education and industry, have received grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program.
The RBEG grant, in the amount of $35,500, will be used to fund outreach and education through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC), the Northeast Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN). The organizations’ outreach campaign, Growing Small Business in Northeast Iowa, will focus on businesses located in rural communities with populations of 5,000 or fewer residents.
The Northeast Iowa SBDC, NICC and NIBN will provide businesses with an array of consulting services and workshops aimed at improving small businesses and the local economy. Small and emerging businesses located in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Fayette, Delaware, Howard, Winneshiek and Dubuque (excluding the City of Dubuque) counties could be eligible for technical assistance. Outreach programs include Quickbooks training, entrepreneur networking, customer identification and marketing efforts.
The grant funding will also support ongoing successful programs with local agriculture-based companies in collaboration with the NE Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative, NICC and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. These programs include In Her Boots (Women in Farming), Fruit Tree Grafting, Farmland Leasing, Pasture Walks and Farm Energy.
Winneshiek County Development, Inc., which is located in Decorah in Winneshiek County, helps prospective businesses, small businesses, large businesses, agriculture-related businesses and promotes economic growth in the county. For more information, visit thinkdecorah.com.