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This Week in the Corridor
Fiscal Year 2021
Quarter 1 Update: Entrepreneurship
Last week the Corridor hosted a Quarterly Meeting to update investors on Quarter 1 progress.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be sharing our FY21, Quarter 1 Statistics. This week, we are starting with Entrepreneurship!

In the first quarter, Senior Vice President Brian Dalziel served 41 entrepreneurial clients, 8 new clients and 2 new companies.

Here is just one story of a company Brian has been working with:
It has been fun working with the team at Levity Tech. I began working with these team members while they were students at BVU developing the Match Learn Launch platform. Today they are the first tech company to land in The Foundry coworking space in downtown Storm Lake. The company has secured some service customers that generate revenue for Levity.
Levity Tech now will expand into creating a product. Like many tech startups, their initial emphasis was to begin coding, and they did not plan to talk to β€œcustomers” of their new social media web application until their minimum viable product (MVP) was done. I helped them to understand that the folks who will use their application are not their customers, because users do not pay (think Facebook). Customers are those businesses who pay for information and advertising opportunities and generate revenue for the company. These companies need to be contacted before building out the MVP through a process called Customer Discovery, and a minimum of 100 prospective customers will be contacted before year’s end. Securing feedback from customers prior to building the product ensures they are building the right product – a product that produces the results paying customers demand.
Featured Real Estate
Buena Vista County Office Space

Location: 202 W. 7th St.
Alta, IA 51002

Sale Price: $167,000

Square Feet: 8,832

For more information visit the Corridor website!
Around the Corridor
Marcus Lumber expands to Storm Lake with second store

Marcus Lumber announced plans to expand to Storm Lake with a second location. The 100-year-old family-owned business will be adding a location on Sale Barn Road south of Walmart in Storm Lake.

Read more about the expansion.
Clay County Pheasants Forever 4th Annual Ladies Hunt

The Clay County Pheasants Forever hosted their 4th Annual Ladies Hunt this month. A variety of Clay County businesses provided various amenities for the ladies participating throughout the event.

Congrats on a successful event!
Okoboji Foundation awards $75,000 to Dickinson County Trails for rail trail project

The Okoboji Foundation awarded Dickinson County Trails for the development of the rail trail between Spirit Lake and Highway 86.

Learn more about the grant and the trail.
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 Hospital
Sector: Healthcare
Location: Spencer
Description: Spencer Hospital's 500-plus employees are dedicated to bringing you high quality health care, delivered with a compassionate touch. The 99-bed facility continues to grow and change as they strive to meet the healthcare needs of northwest Iowans and southern Minnesotans. Their many programs are designed to fulfill a wide range of patient needs.
Spencer Municipal Utilities
Sector: Communications & Utilities
Location: Spencer
Description: In November of 1942, the citizens of Spencer voted to place the management and control of the city's electric and water utilities in the hands of a Board of Trustees. Thus a new entity-Spencer Municipal Utilities-was born.
The citizens of Spencer were called to vote again in 1997 to establish a municipal communications utility to be owned and operated on behalf of the citizens by Spencer Municipal Utilities. After the vote on May 6, 1997, SMU added the communications utility for cable, internet, telephone and now cell phone service.
Jobs in the Iowa Lakes Corridor
Post your jobs where quality candidates are already looking:

See current job openings here.
Job Title
Teller/Customer Service
Farmers Savings Bank
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