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This Week in the Corridor
Corridor & BVU collaborate to facilitate business succession

The Iowa Lakes Corridor is partnering with Buena Vista University to innovate new technologies and programs that will be utilized to facilitate business succession. A team of three BVU computer science students are being led by BVU Instructor of Management Gary Sterling and Iowa Lakes Corridor Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel to develop a mobile-optimized web application named Match Learn Launch. This application will support identifying and recruiting prospective business buyers and matching them to business owners looking to sell. Prototype landing pages for the buyers and sellers have been designed and additional dashboard features are under development.
In addition to job shadowing and on-the-job training, business buyers will be eligible to participate in training consisting of new curriculum under development at BVU that will help ensure buyers are prepared to successfully operate the business they are purchasing.
These efforts are supported by a competitive grant award of $175,000 from Google to Buena Vista University and the Iowa Lakes Corridor.

Contact the Corridor at 712.264.3474 or with any questions or if you are seeking to buy or sell a business.

Phil Christy, President of Spencer Area Jobs Trust, presents a check to Kent Godbersen of Godbersen Metal Works to support the company's job creation in Spencer. Also pictured from left are Spencer City Manager Amanda Mack; Todd Kruse of Godbersen Metal Works; Spencer Mayor Kevin Robinson; and Steve Pick, General Manager of Spencer Municipal Utilities. Godbersen Metal Works recently acquired a building in Spencer Technical Park-North and has begun renovations in preparation for launching a metal fabrication operation. Spencer Area Jobs Trust, a partnership of the city and SMU, provided financial assistance as part of a broader community effort to assist Godbersen Metal Works in its new location.
Featured Real  Estate

Site: Formerly SPM Gaskets
Industrial, Warehouse & Dist.
Location: 618 10th Ave. E.
Spencer, IA 51301
30,000 sf.
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News to Know
YP summit tackles leadership, community

The Spencer and Lakes Area Young Professionals chapters collaborated to host the first Northwest Iowa Emerging Leaders Summit last Friday. Modeled after the statewide young professionals conference in Spencer last fall, the local YP groups brought in business and community leaders from across the region to discuss leadership and community.

Read more about the conference.

Day of the Child a hit for Storm Lake

A new Storm Lake event gave families a chance to showcase the diverse culture in the community. The Day of the Child multicultural festival included a parade, talent show, world food tasting, STEM showcase, games and crafts.

See pictures from the event and learn more.

Computer pioneer Wozniak explores life, tech, at BVU

Co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak visited Buena Vista University as the school's 23rd American Heritage Lecture Series laureate on Friday. "The Woz" discussed the creation of Apple, technology and happiness.

Learn more about "The Woz" and the American Heritage Lecture Series.

Dickinson County Endowment Fund awards 2019 grants

17 projects led by Dickinson County non-profit organizations received funds from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund. The grants were awarded during the Annual Grant Celebration last month. A total of $94,262 was awarded.

Read more about the grants.

Save the Date!
There are tons of great events coming soon in the Corridor!
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 !
Spencer Office Supplies
Sector:  Business Services/Other
Location: Spencer
Description: Spencer Office Supplies was started October 1st, 1995 with 2 employees out of an old warehouse located in the south end of Spencer. Now, they are Northwest Iowa's largest computer printer and copier toner, office supply, and new and used furniture dealer with full service. They pride themselves on full service from all employees.

Spencer Radio Group
Sector: Communications & Utilities
Location: Spencer
Description : Spencer Radio Group's mission is to have the most listened-to and respected radio stations in Northwest Iowa by providing the best-quality product possible to both listeners and clients. With three premium radio stations, their demographics are broad, covering everyone from children to seniors.

Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
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Job Title Employer Date
YMCA Swim Instructor Bedell Family YMCA 10/10/2019

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