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Business Classes announced

Starting on March 27th 2014 monthly business classes will be held in Wapello County. The classes are designed to help educate existing businesses and new entrepreneurs on a diversity of topics. Classes will start in March of this year and will continue until June. The classes are the culmination of a process to determine new programs to address needs in the community regarding economic development.

Classes will be held at the Ottumwa Legacy Academy at 113 East Main Street in Ottumwa, Iowa and each class has a cost of $10.00 to participants. Classes will start at 11:30am and will finish at 1:00pm. Lunch will be provided.  See attached brochure for more details.

“These classes will give businesses the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of important topics such as social media, identifying customers, electronic marketing and visual merchandising.” stated Tim Kurtz, Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “The information will help entrepreneurs take some immediate steps to better their businesses and stay competitive.”

Classes are being funded by the Wapello County Extension Council but were designed by a local committee that included Bob Untiedt, Director Of Main Street Ottumwa, Ashley Moyer from Indian Hills Community College, and Brenda Sieren and Tim Kurtz from the Ottumwa Area Chamber of Commerce. SCORE and Iowa State University Community and Economic Development are also partners in this project.

“We have a wonderful entrepreneurship environment in Wapello County and we want to make sure that we are providing our current businesses and future business owners, local education opportunities to help them compete in a regional and global economy” said Bob Untiedt. “We need to be sure that we are up to date in business trends in order for our businesses to be relevant and prosperous.”

“The partnership created to put the classes together has been a wonderful opportunity to think creatively and channel energies and ideas regarding business education in this county” stated Ashley Moyer of Indian Hills Community College with SCORE. “There are a lot of opportunities for partnerships, community building, tourism, leadership and business development and the community is very excited about that.”

To register for the classes, please contact Wapello County Extension at 641-682-5491 or by email at himarh@iastate.edu. Registrations forms can be obtained as well at the Extension office at 214 East Main Street. Registrations are due one day before each class.