Midwest Partnership EDC publishes a monthly newsletter with updates from the organization, regional economic development news, a Resource of the Month, Investor Spotlight, and Save the Dates for upcoming events and educational opportunities. This quarterly newsletter is a supplement to our regular newsletter and focuses on resources and opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs in our region.
Small Business Newsletter: Winter 2019 Edition 
Career Fair Planned
Along with Midwest Partnership, Panorama High School is hosting a community career fair on March 7th from 4pm to 6:30pm in Panora, and you're invited to participate!  Employers are welcome to set up a booth, free of charge, and spend a few hours visiting with community members and students about current job offerings available, including any part-time, full-time, student, or seasonal work that could become available.  Visit the Career Fair website for more information or to register today!
Finding Quality Employees
With today's record-low unemployment rates, finding quality employees to fill open positions takes a little more time, effort, and creativity than it used too.  Be sure to check out these two articles from Business News Daily before you begin a search for your next employee:


EntreBASH Returns to the Region:  April 25th in Jefferson
Planning has begun for the 2019 EntreBASH !  Make plans to join us in Jefferson on April 25th for networking, learning, community support, and fun!  Stay tuned for more information, as details are still being finalized.
Take Advantage of Free, On-Line Training Opportunities!
Have you visited the SBA's Learning Center?  It's the perfect place to find a variety of on-line courses to help you start and run your business.  The best part?  They're FREE!  And you can take them on your own time, and at your own pace. Here's a great one on Social Media Marketing that's only 30 minutes long.  Don't for get that SCORE also offers a number of free, online training webinars covering a wide range of topics each month.  You can register to watch them "live" or sign-up to receive the recording to watch as your time allows.  I'm personally intrigued by the one being held March 5th:  What Small Business Owners Should STOP Doing to Stay Sane.  We could all probably learn something from that one!
Did You Know....
66% of small businesses outsource services to other small businesses. ( FreshBooks, 2017)
The medium income for a small business owner is $59,000. ( Digital, 2018)
61% of small businesses invest in social media marketing.  ( Clutch, 2018) 

Those are just a sampling of 50 Noteworthy Small Business Statistics in 2019 compiled by G2 Crowd.  Make sure to check out the rest of the list and the articles related to each one!
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