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Monday, August 13, 2012

Build a Better Business with Bagels

Thursday, August 16, 2012
8:00-9:30 a.m.
Iowa Valley Community College, Grinnell Center
123 Sixth Avenue

By Scott Bailey, the Black-Ink, Co.

By writing your 100 Days Plan, communicating it repetitively, measuring progress against it weekly, you will establish needed credibility and build momentum. This plan provides a baseline by which to measure great achievement right from the start. It tees up team successes in the first week, the first month and the first quarter. A first 100 Days plan will be useful for taking on a new assignment or startup up a new business. Whether you do this yourself or are advising others in how to accelerate their startup, you will want to hear additional detail in each of these four key areas.

Recently Scott Bailey completed a 20 year career with Pella Corporation in various financial and strategic roles including Finance Manager of a Pella Distributor (Boston, MA), Controller of Pella's 500 employee manufacturing plant in Carroll, Iowa and Distribution Development Manager overseeing a channel of 50 independent business owners (across the US and Canada).

His new endeavor is as president of In the Black - Ink Co, providing general management consulting to improve cash flow from business operations. One of the CFO services his company provides is coaching CEOs and young executives seeking to get a handle on the numbers. Scott's passion is to make the financial perspective clear and simple for CEOs to achieve their business dreams.

The presentation, part of the Build a Better Business...with bagels, will be from 8 - 9:30 a.m. on Thursday August 16 at Iowa Valley Community College in Grinnell.
The Regional Alliance for Innovative Development is dedicated to providing outreach, education, training, and networking opportunities to small business owners and entrepreneurs in Poweshiek County area. This effort is coordinated by Iowa Valley Community College District, Poweshiek Iowa Development, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, ISU Poweshiek County Extension, and other supporting partners.

Small Business Workshop


Tuesday, Sept 11 and Thursday, Sept 13
5:45 to 9:00 pm
Newton DMACC Campus
600 N. 2nd Avenue West
Newton Development Confrerence Room 264

Dreaming of starting your own business or growing your existing business but aren't sure how? You aren't alone. This SCORE workshop will provide you with an array of information to guide you. The following subject will be discussed.
  • Business plans
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Insurance
  • Banking
  • Accounting
  • Personal factors
  • Financial statements
  • Sales forecasting
  • 12 month cash flow projections
  • Amortization Schedules

The workshop is free of charge. Please do register by Monday, Sept 10 by calling Newton Development at 641.787.8210.

Poweshiek County Leadership Program

Poweshiek County residents are encouraged to participate in the Poweshiek Leadership Program (PLP). The PLP program meets nine times from September through May. The session topics are: The Leader Within, Community Resources, Our Agricultural Economy, We The People, It Takes A Village, Education Recruitment and Retention, It's Your Turn, County and Local Governance, Tenth Annual Golf Outing, and Embrace The Challenge.

“The Poweshiek Leadership Program opened my eyes to the opportunities that exist in our county. The information and contacts gathered during the meetings helped produce longlasting relationships that will better serve the Poweshiek community."

Scott Collings, Jensen Optometrists, Grinnell, IA

The PLP program is co-sponsored by Iowa Valley Continuing Education, Poweshiek Iowa Development/Pow I-80, ISU/Poweshiek County Extension, and Imagine Grinnell.

For more information, contact Catherine Lents at 641-623-5188, Poweshiek County Extension, 114 S. 3rd St., Montezuma, IA.  Or visit Applications for enrollment are also available at the city office. 

Tuesday, August 14th

Farmers Market 3-6 p.m.
Summer Nights on the Square 6-8 p.m.

Sunday, August 19th

Sunday Brunch from 8 to Noon
Montezuma Country Club
By Donation

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Council Approves Housing Development Plan

On Monday evening the Montezuma City Council unanimously approved a plan for the south housing development as presented by MMS Consulting of Iowa City.  The plan includes a mixed-use development of 24 lots, which will include zoning for single-family and multi-family housing.  MMS is currently accepting bids from general contractors, with the option for an eager contractor to deliver the development as early as November of this year.  The alternate date for completion is June 1, 2013.  Bids from contractors will be reviewed and accepted before work begins.  The estimated project cost is $620,000, but may be well below the estimates after a bid has been accepted.  Recommendations for the Housing Review Board will be introduced to the council in the coming weeks.  The new board will oversee individual lot and building designs to ensure city ordinances and subdivision covenants are met prior to the building permit process. 

In addition, the Iowa Finance Authority is conducting a comprehensive, statewide housing study in partnership with RDG Planning & Design.  An online survey has been established to narrow down needs for specific areas and communities, including Montezuma.  The quick 10-minute survey will assist the Iowa Finance Authority in strategic planning to better serve the current needs of Iowans.  Follow the link for the survey:

Better Choices, Better Health Workshop Coming Soon!

Montezuma will host a six-week workshop focused on finding practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue, stress, and to make better choices with nutrition and exercise. Persons with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, or anxiety may find new ways to manage complicated conditions through understanding new treatment options and by finding better ways to talk with doctors and family members about your health. Better Choices, Better Health is sponsored in part by the Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging and the Community Transformation Grant through the CDC. The workshop will be held at the Montezuma Public Library on Thursdays from 1-3:30 p.m. beginning October 4th and ending November 8th. The $20 cost will cover materials, with scholarships available for those who are 60 or older. Information to sign-up for the class is forthcoming. 

Montezuma Exploring Congregate Meals Program

The Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging has been working in cooperation with MCD to explore the need to offer a congregate meal and activity center for local persons ages 60 and older.  Grinnell and Brooklyn offer similar programs through their Healthy Lifestyles Centers.  In the coming weeks, HVAAA will be looking at possible locations and surveying community needs.  Congregate meals would be offered daily, Monday through Friday and the designated facility would also serve as a drop-in center and gathering place for planned activities.  HVAAA hopes to begin offering other services and support programs, including workshops on bettering health and empowerment programs for caregivers. 

Business Grants Available, Up to $15,000!

The Iowa Innovation Gateway is pleased to announce the Dream Big, Grow Here contest for local entrepreneurs. Up to $5000 is available to one lucky recipient in a six county region, with an opportunity to take a shot at the $10,000 statewide grand prize. The contest is for start-up or existing small business owners or entrepreneurs who are 16 years or older, have fewer than 50 employees, and are located in Poweshiek, Jasper, Mahaska, Marion, Marshall or Story counties. Applications for the grant are accepted from September 1-25, 2012, with grants awarded based on public voting support. For more information, visit:

Farmers Market

Tuesdays 3-6 p.m.
Poweshiek County Historical Society & Museum

Summer Nights on the Square

Tuesday, August 14 from 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, September 11 from 6-8 p.m.
Live Music, Food, Games, Antique Cars

All-Iowa Writers Conference

Saturday, September 15
Montezuma High School

October Save-the-Date

Civil War Exhibition, Fri-Sun, Oct. 5-7
Annual Harvest Market, Sat, Oct. 6
Fall Community Clean-Up, Sat, Oct. 13 @ 9:00 a.m.
Downtown Resource Center Visit, Wed-Thurs, Oct. 17-18
Downtown Public Forum, Thurs, Oct. 18 @ 7:30 p.m.