Business Resources

Business Resources

Businesses located in New Hampton have access to a wide range of business resources and services.

Technical Assistance

The following business and industry technical assistance resources are located at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC):

  • Iowa Manufacturing Extension Partnership (IMEP)
    IMEP is the direct, single contact link to a diverse array of expertise and resources for more than 6,000 manufacturers in the state. IMEP account managers conduct assessments of manufacturing and business operations, help companies develop plans to address high priority needs, and then link client firms to appropriate public and private sources of technical assistance.
  • Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS)
    CIRAS is part of Iowa State University, the College of Engineering, and works hand-in-hand with the IMEP. CIRAS provides manufacturing and processing firms with technical and management information. Areas of expertise include finance, marketing, engineering, and facility planning.

For more information, contact Wendy Mihm-Herold, NICC's Vice President Economic Development, phone: 1-800-728-2256 ext 221, email: mihm-heroldw@nicc.edu.

Entrepreneurial/Small Business Assistance

New Hampton is a member of the MyEntreNet community-driven entrepreneurship facilitation program. The program is coupled with one of the most advanced interactive small business Web sites in the country. MyEntreNet features a variety of tools and resources for entrepreneurs including business research, community network for up-to-date business news in our community, access to online counselors and statewide entrepreneurial discussion groups.

The City of New Hampton/Chickasaw County has partnered with the University of Northern Iowa's Regional Business Center to provide entrepreneurs with one-on-one counseling including assistance with the creation of a business plan, cash flow analysis, loan packaging, and grants. The free counseling services are available right here in New Hampton.

For more information on this valuable resource available to New Hampton entrepreneurs and small business owners, visit MyEntreNet's website or contact Tammy Robinson, Director, Economic Development, City of New Hampton, 641.394.2437 or call the UNI Regional Business Center at 319.236.8123.

Click here for more information on entrepreneurial financial assistance programs.

Regulatory Assistance

New Hampton Economic Development can assist you with regulatory and permitting issues. We work closely with the state and local regulatory agencies of government including the Iowa Department of Economic Development's Business/Regulatory Assistance Team. For more information visit IEDA's website.

Research and Technology Development Assistance

Iowa State University
Iowa State University of Science and Technology, founded in 1858, is a land-grant Carnegie Foundation Research Institution. Historically, ISU has played a major role in scientific and technological advancements in agriculture, veterinary medicine, home economics, engineering and many of the basic sciences underlying these fields. Current areas of emphasis include genomics, bioinformatics, plant sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science, food safety, alternative sources of energy and information sciences, including virtual. For any question related to research, technology transfer, technology development and/or business assistance, visit Iowa State University's website.

University of Iowa
The University of Iowa excels in the areas of biocatalysis, nutraceuticals, human health and pharmaceuticals, and engineering. The "Top American Research Universities" annual report lists the University of Iowa among the top 25 public research institutions in the country. For more information, visit University of Iowa's website or telephone 319.335.3631.

News

Earn Your Free National Career Readiness Certificate!

Posted: Thu, June 25, 2015
Earn your free National Career Readiness Certificate in New Hampton

If you want to advance your career opportunities by making yourself more employable, you are encouraged to earn your National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).
Iowa Workforce Development will be offering free testing for the NCRC on Tuesday, July 14th at , 8:30 a.m. at the New Hampton Economic Development office.  
 
The Skilled Iowa Initiative is a public/private partnership dedicated to connecting Iowa employers with highly skilled employees.  Connections are made when individuals take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessment to measure crucial workplace skills in areas such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.  To date, more than 35,000 Iowan have earned an NCRC.
 
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for those seeking to advance their career? The Certificate will highlight your strengths in math, reading comprehension and problem solving.  Over 30 Chickasaw County businesses have joined the Skilled Iowa initiative and will ask for your NCR Certificate when you apply for a job. Having the Certificate will help you land that job!
 
What are the benefits of the NCRC initiative for businesses? Ask job applicants to present a NCR Certificate and you immediately have an understanding of the skill levels of your potential employee.  The Skilled Iowa NCR Certificate will help you optimally connect your new hire with the position to be filled. Contact Megan Gleason, New Hampton Economic Development Assistant, to learn about becoming a Skilled Iowa Business.
 
Register to take the NCRC by calling Megan at 641-394-2437.   Visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about the Skilled Iowa initiative and the benefits it provides for students, workers, employers and communities.
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Study Finds Chickasaw County Tax Burden Among Lowest in Iowa

Posted: Tue, June 23, 2015
Chickasaw County is ranked 5th lowest for tax burden in the State of Iowa.  To see the full article, click on the following link: https://smartasset.com/taxes/iowa-tax-calculator#us/tax
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NICC Summer Fun Classes

Posted: Tue, June 9, 2015
Add a little fun creativity to your summer and take these NICC classes!

NICC OFFERING "YOU'LL BE CHARMED: MAKING A BEADED CHARM BRACELET" COURSE

NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet", with instructor Melissa Nelson on Friday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. 

The class will be held at New Hampton High School, Room 206, at 710 West Main Street in New Hampton. In this class, participants will make a charm bracelet using beads, chain and other objects of their choice. NICC provides the tools, supplies and instruction, and students need only bring their creative ideas and enjoy a pleasant afternoon of creativity, conversation and charms. A $15 supply fee for one bracelet is due to the instructor at class. Additional bracelets are $10 each.

To register and pay online for "You'll Be Charmed: Making a Beaded Charm Bracelet"(#41872), or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area), or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).



NICC OFFERING "THE ART OF MOSAIC: MAKING A GARDEN STEPPING STONE" CLASS


NEW HAMPTON—Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering the class, "The Art of Mosaic: Making a Garden Stepping Stone", with instructor Becky Schoenfeld on Wednesday, July 8, and Wednesday July, 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

This class will be held at Becky Schoenfeld's home, located at 1053 South 4th Avenue in New Hampton. This two-session class provides the materials and teaches the basic skills needed to create simple mosaic stepping stones. Starting with a precast cement stone, participants learn to plan, arrange and finish a project using different types of adhesives and basic grouting and sealing techniques. In the course, stones may be customized with "Tessarae" china, stained glass, marbles and tiles - all materials provided - but students are welcome to bring jewelry parts, beads or even items of sentimental value, such as family-heirloom, antique china.

Students should bring an apron or smock to protect their clothing and pair of Playtex gloves to wear for grouting. A $30 supply fee is due to the instructor at class for materials and the use of the instructor's tools.

To register and pay online for "The Art of Mosaic:  Making a Garden Stepping Stone", or for more information, go to www.nicc.edu/solutions or call (800) 728-2256, ext. 399 (Calmar Area,) or (888) 642-2338 (Dubuque Area).
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