This Week in the Corridor
Corridor receives Entrepreneurial Investment Award from IEDA
The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) as a part of the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards program. The grant will support the Corridor in launching additional entrepreneurial development programming through videos, outreach and networking events. Corridor Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel envisioned the initiative, wrote the grant application and led the presentation to the review panel.

In the past decade, the Corridor has assisted 228 early-stage ventures, 99 of which were startups. Services have supported clients to raise $14.3 million to fund these businesses which provide employment to 1,090 individuals. The IEDA grant funds will be used to further the programming and reach of the Corridor entrepreneurial services. One program is Startup Skillup, a streaming video series, to be produced in both English and Spanish to deliver educational and mentoring programming to entrepreneurs utilizing a talk-show format.

“The Startup Skillup streaming video series is the next step in a progression of mentoring programs offered to entrepreneurs by the Iowa Lakes Corridor over the past 10 years,” states Dalziel. “Startup Skillup builds on the success of the Prepare to Launch live workshop by delivering entrepreneurship services on-demand via streaming videos on the web. Entrepreneurs who view these videos will be eligible for mentoring from members of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Mentor Network that consists of over 500 business professionals who volunteer their time to help entrepreneurs grow as well as one-on-one coaching services.”

Read more about the grant and Entrepreneurial Services at the Corridor.
How Saving Small Towns Soothes our Souls
TEDxOkoboji 2019
Corridor President and CEO Kiley Miller spoke at the 2019 TEDxOkoboji event in November. Check out How Saving Small Towns Soothes our Souls on YouTube!
Hiring interns this summer?
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The Corridor is also compiling a list of internships available throughout the summer to publish and assist those looking to improve their skills and gain workplace experience. If you have internships you're looking to fill, please send an email to Alyssa Petersen at!
Featured Real Estate
Site: Spirit Lake Shell Building

Location: 540 5th St. E.
Spirit Lake, IA 51360
30,000 SF

Sale Price: $799,000

For more information visit the Corridor website!
This Week in the Corridor
Matthews to serve as ISAC president
Clay County Supervisor of 14 years, Burlin Matthews was sworn in as the 2020 President of the Iowa State Association of Counties (ISAC). Matthews is also an active board member on the Corridor Board of Directors.

Read more about the appointment.
ILCC students receive $515,000 in Last Dollar Scholarships
The Last Dollar Scholarship program fills the financial gaps for community college students across the state. In the 2019-2020 school year, Iowa Lakes Community College received more than half a million dollars toward high-employment demand programs.

Learn more about the Last Dollar Scholar program.
Iowa lenders recognized for outstanding efforts in assisting homebuyers
Northwest Bank was recognized as a Gold Lender by the Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) earlier this week. The IFA offers assistance for mortgage and down payment programs through hundreds of lenders throughout Iowa. Northwest Bank assisted 89 homebuyers in closing on their loans in Fiscal Year 2019.

Read more about the awards.
Manufacturers' chance to be heard!
The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has launched a study of Iowa's Manufacturing sector with support from Teconomy Partners to identify challenges facing Iowa's Manufacturing industry. Individuals interested in being a part of the working group conversations can apply to participate in one or more of the groups focused on Tech Adoption and Utilization, Improved Supply Chain Linkages, Accelerating Startups, Scale-ups by Fostering Innovation, Effectively Trained Workforce, and Infrastructure for Digital Tech and Sustainable Manufacturing.
Applications are being accepted now through February 28th.

The second webinar in the  "Future Ready Iowa: Build Your Workforce" series is coming up Feb. 28th. Hear from other employers who have used innovative strategies to solve their workforce needs, and they're happy to share what's worked for them.

Investor Spotlight
Each week we want to feature and thank the businesses and individuals that have committed to economic development and growth in our communities. To learn more about these investors and others, visit our  Business Directory!
C&B Operations, LLC
Sector: Agricultural Services
Location: Lake Park, Spencer, Storm Lake
Description: C&B Operations owns and operates 37 John Deere dealerships in five states and a diesel engine pump repair business.
Sector: Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: For over 20 years, CammAir has been providing quality aviation maintenance to those that depend on business aviation for success. From acquisition assistance to inspections, modifications to major repairs, CammAir has the capability to get you in the air and keep you there.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Manufacturing Process
Manufacturing Tooling
Production Worker
Civil Project Manager
Design Engineer
Drainage Design Engineer
GKN Armstrong Wheels

GKN Armstrong Wheels

SATERN Barrels
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Bolton & Menk, Inc.
Bolton & Menk, Inc.


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