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To register, please call the UNI Small Business Development Center at 319-273-4344 or e-mail email@example.com. Registration is limited to the first 30 participants.
This is a great example of how these grants help improve our county and quality of life.
New Hampton Farmer's Market
Thursday, August 4 4-6 pm
CarQuest Parking Lot
Do you have extra garden produce that you would be willing to share for the public to sample? Do you have a special recipe that uses your garden produce and you would be willing to share and provide copies?
The New Hampton Community Wellness group will be able to provide you with a stipend of $20 for sharing your Wellth of produce. The money comes from a grant from NE Iowa Food and Fitness through the Chickasaw County Public Health office. You may also sell your extra produce at the Farmer's Market. Tables can be made available if needed.
If you are interested or would like more information please contact Jolene Rosonke, 641-228-0304.
Jessica Marsh with the UNI Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will be working with the Economic Development office and offering appointments on July 20, 2016. Jessica will make her 1st visit to New Hampton that day and will continue to have regular appointments as needed.
Established in 1981, the Iowa SBDC's provide free, confidential, customized, professional business advice in all 99 Iowa counties to entrepreneurs and existing businesses with 500 employees or less. The SBDC also presents affordable workshops that teach practical skills and techniques, conduct research, provide comprehensive information services, and offer access to subject matter experts in a variety of fields.
Contact Tammy or Megan at the New Hampton Economic Development office by calling 641-394-2437 to set an appointment to meet with the SBDC on July 20th.
You can contact them at: 641-229-5655.
"Supporting Iowa's existing industry is a key priority for PDI's (Professional Developers of Iowa) membership," stated Wayne Pantini, PDI President. "The BRE (Business Retention & Expansion) Awards are intended to increase the focus on fostering Iowa business growth by economic development organizations and spotlight BRE programs and projects that have made a significant impact on Iowa communities."
Founded in 1973, with current membership of over 320, PDI is an organization dedicated to advancing the professionalism of its members through a wide range of programs and services. As an association, PDI provides professional training that helps its members do a better job for their community. PDI creates an atmosphere of support and offers an instant network of seasoned experts for local professionals to seek advice and support.
For more information or to register for "Garden Art: Making a Leaf Casting" (#46984) visit www.nicc.edu/solutions or call NICC Business and Community Solutions at (800) 728-2256 ext. 399
Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton and Mercy Family Clinic are excited to welcome two new family physicians, Drs. Nathan & Heather Harms.
Drs. Nathan & Heather Harms visited New Hampton the beginning of March and were impressed by our hospital facilities and staff, the progressive community and friendly people they met.
"Mercy physicians and staff feel so blessed to welcome Dr. Nathan and Dr. Heather to the Mercy Medical Center - New Hampton family," stated Aaron Flugum, CEO. "They will both be amazing additions to our clinic, hospital and community."
Drs. Nathan and Heather are trained in family, inpatient and emergency medicine. They will also both care for obstetrics patients. Similar to the other Mercy Family Clinic physicians, they will do medical missions in Canillá, Guatemala with DOCS for Hope on a rotating schedule.
Dr. Nathan Harms graduated from Kansas State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology/pre-medicine with a minor in history. He then attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine where he earned his Doctorate of Medicine and also met his wife, Heather. Dr. Harms is currently finishing his family medicine residency at St. Mary's in Grand Junction, Colorado. During his training, Dr. Nathan has traveled to Africa and Tanzania for medical missions.
Dr. Heather Harms attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Spanish with a minor in Biology. Dr. Heather then graduated with her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. She is currently completing her residency program at St. Mary's in Grand Junction, Colorado. Dr. Heather has been doing mission work in Canillá, Guatemala since she was in middle school. Her parents work in an orphanage close to the DOC for Hope hospital site. Dr. Heather is excited to continue to serve the people of Canillá and also spend time with her family and the many friends she has met there.
Drs. Harms will begin seeing patients at Mercy Family Clinic in October. When they arrive in New Hampton a meet and greet celebration with the community will be held.
New Hampton, IA - Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) Director Beth Townsend announced today Chickasaw County has achieved Skilled Iowa Community status by meeting the metrics for both business commitments and workforce certifications.
"I am proud of the all the hard-work and dedication the leadership in Chickasaw County has put into achieving this designation," said Townsend. "Retaining and attracting a strong workforce is essential for Chickasaw County companies to grow and innovate. This designation will go a long way to help."
In order to become a Skilled Iowa Community, Chickasaw County had to have:
• five percent of the local workforce earn a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)
• 20 percent of workers receiving unemployment insurance benefits or other specified services become NCRC certified
• 10 percent of the local employers (who represent 20 percent of the total workforce) commit to supporting the Skilled Iowa Initiative in their hiring process
The Skilled Iowa Initiative has notable benefits for local economic development efforts. Skilled Iowa aims to assist local economies in boosting the qualifications of their local workers and as a result, making the community a more attractive place for new and existing businesses.
The initiative encourages workers and students to earn an NCRC, as well as encouraging employers to recognize the certificate in the hiring process. Those earning an NCRC take a test to measure crucial workplace skills in areas such as applied mathematics, reading for information and locating information.
Skilled Iowa urges all communities in the state to visit www.skillediowa.org to learn more about this economic growth opportunity and about making the commitment to become a Skilled Iowa Community.
Thank you to everyone who took the test to help us become a Skilled Iowa Community!
Everyone is invited to enjoy this free piano concert on Saturday April 16th at Trinity Lutheran Church 223 S. Water Avenue New Hampton, IA sponsored by the Carnegie Cultural Center and ArtsShare. The Performance time is 2:00- 3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 16th.
For more information, contact the Center by phone at 641-394-2354, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website www.carnegieculturalcenter.org
The first, Pedal & Play Sports, will be located on North Chestnut in Bob Messersmith's building. They will be a bicycle sales and repair shop with sporting goods retail. Their mission statement is to support the community with local, quality, affordable sporting good options. Their tentative open date is April 16 with bicycle repair and limited sales. They will have a grand opening in June and be a full service bicycle and sporting goods store. Owners, Brandon & Allison Hemann, are excited to start a new adventure in New Hampton!
The second, Newy's Cellular 1, will be located on Main Street in the former Boos & Straw Insurance building. They will be a cellular phone accessory and repair shop. Owner, Jeff Neuendorf, owns two other shops, one in Denver and one in Cresco. Besides cellular accessories and used phones, they will offer repair of cell phones/tablets/ipads etc. They are hoping to open their doors at the beginning of April.
We are very excited to have these two new businesses to Main Street New Hampton!! Please show them your support when they get open!
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa, Chickasaw being one of them. They have senior centers spread across these counties, each one with a meal program. Most of these sites prepare hot meals, delivered by volunteers. Their home delivered meals are delivered Monday-Friday over the lunch hour. They are seeking volunteers to pick up meals at the site and personally deliver them to homebound community members in our area.
While the number of meals that need to be delivered may vary from place to place, the typical time commitment is from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm. Volunteers are encouraged to deliver meals whenever they can, whether it's every week day or once a month.
If this volunteer opportunity interests you, place contact Kim Hinz, 319-874-6863.
If you have any questions, contact City Hall at 394-5906.
For the homebuyer we have a Homebuyer Workshop packed with activities and information to determine how much house you can afford, who the players are in the home buying process, identify assistance programs, and get you into the mortgage product that is right for you. The course also introduces what to expect as a new homeowner.
The Money Mapper is the budget counseling course. It offers activities and information to help identify where your money is going and how to take control of your finances. Make Your Money Move with The Money Mapper.
Both courses continue to be available free of charge. Please register by contacting NEICAC Housing at 563-382-8436 (ext 151 for Jeremy, ext 109 for Lesa) or email email@example.com.
For more information or to register contact Nora Kurtovic or Vicki Mueller at Pathways Behavioral Services at 319-235-6571.
The New Hampton Compost Site located at 2130 Odessa Ave will open on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Hours for the site will be:
Tuesday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Thursday - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Fees will be: $2.00 per licensed vehicle or trailer; $5.00 per dump truck load
Compost will be picked up curbside on Friday, April 8, 2016 and compost and brush (no longer then 4 feet) will be picked up on Friday, April 22, 2016. No barrels will be picked up.
Kevin Spire, a volunteer with the Iowa Genealogical Society will conduct a beginning genealogy class on from at the New Hampton Public Library. The title of the class is Finding Your Roots - A Beginner's Guide to Genealogy.
The class covers organizing your information - forms, charts, physical storage of papers and an overview of software programs. We'll also discuss how to evaluate sources and learn about the pitfalls of relying on others research, both online and in books. We'll explore genealogy websites and work through some basic building blocks of genealogy, including your personal family items and census records. Attendees are encouraged to bring birth and death dates and locations for their grandparents or great-grandparents so we can try to locate more information about them. When we're done, everyone should have a good idea on how to start, where to go for more information and how much fun family research can be.
Class is restricted to 20 participants and you can save your place by calling (641) 394-2184.
Chicos is a small business counselor for NICC SBDC. Her background includes small business ownership, non-profit start-up, teaching, employment & training, and counseling. Chicos will provide advice for those thinking of starting a business. Existing business owners may receive assistance on topics such as expansion challenges or marketing issues. Chicos's visit to New Hampton is sponsored by New Hampton Economic Development, NICC, and the Northeast Iowa Business Network (NIBN), which consists of economic development staffers from Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties.
Participants from throughout the county interested in the free counseling session should contact New Hampton Economic Development at 641-394-2437 to make an appointment.
An odorless, colorless gas could be causing a serious health hazard in your home. The Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office and Chickasaw County ISU Extension will be hosting an informational program about radon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Extension Office, 104 E. Main St., New Hampton.
Behind smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer. The gas that occurs naturally under certain soil conditions is estimated to cause thousands of death each year. Chickasaw County and the entire state of Iowa are considered at high risk for elevated radon levels.
A lung cancer survivor will speak about her experience with radon and information will be available on testing and reducing the risk in your home during this free program.
For more information about the meeting or about radon, please call the Chickasaw County Environmental Health Office at (641) 394-2406.
Thank you to all the businesses and industries who have taken time out of their busy schedules to help make this week possible!
7:30AM- BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED
COMMUNITY CENTER (112 E. SPRING ST., NEW HAMPTON)
• LEARN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF EMPLOYING A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY
• GET ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS, ABOUT THIS TOPIC, ANSWERED BY THE EXPERTS
• HEAR FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT EMBRACES THIS OPPORTUNITY & HAS EXPERIENCED THE BENEFITS
SPONSORED BY: CHICKASAW CO. SOCIAL SERVICES, IOWA DEPARTMENT OF VOCATIONAL SERVICES, NEW HORIZONS CHAMBER, & NEW HAMPTON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Please RSVP to Bobbi Jo O'Donnell-641.394.3426, ext.2
Milkhouse Candle Creamery, a leader in the soy candle industry, is the latest winner of Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa Leader Award. A new focus and timely business mentoring helped turn the Sparrow's candle making hobby into a booming business, with national clients and a growing employment base.
The 'Milkhouse Candle Creamery' success story began in 2002, when the Sparrows set their sights on making the best, and healthiest candle possible. Through experimentation and selling the experiments to co-workers and friends, the Sparrows discovered an untapped market niche that ultimately led to their company's tremendous growth and success.
Most candles are made from paraffin wax, a carcinogen, according to Sparrow. And, even the 'green' and healthier candles advertised as 'soy-based' have just a small percentage of soy. The Sparrows learned that consumers were looking for a candle product that didn't have carcinogens, so the couple experimented with different soy blends, trying to get it just right, noted Sparrow.
"We were living on an acreage at the time, surrounded by soybeans, so we thought we'd give soy wax a try," said Eric Sparrow. "It doesn't have any of the carcinogens; it's renewable; it's a product of American agriculture; and hey, you can look right out our window and see the soybeans where this wax comes from."
As the soy candle market grew, so did the success of Milkhouse Candles. Following the closure of a candle factory in New Hampton that employed 120 people, the building and machinery went up for auction, and the Sparrows launched their plan to expand their candle business.
While Milkhouse Candles doesn't have the staff size as the previous company, county leaders say the company's growth and economic benefit for Osage has been extremely valuable.
"I was here when the original candle factory closed down, and I know how important those jobs were to our community," said Chickasaw County Farm Bureau President Travis Swehla. "It's great to have Milkhouse Candles in our community and getting some of those jobs started again. I'm looking forward to their future in New Hampton."
The Sparrows say they're looking forward to their future in the community as well, and business continues to grow rapidly. Milkhouse Candle's original factory in Osage can produce a couple thousand candles per day; their new operation in New Hampton can produce 30,000-40,000 candles per day. With consumers seeking higher quality, soy-based candles, the future is bright for Milkhouse Candles. Janet Sparrow is quick to remind folks that despite the rapid growth, they are family focused and part of the community. "We are a family company," Sparrow said. "I truly believe that everyone that comes to work with us feels they are part of a family, part of a team, and part of something bigger than just making candles."
Renew Rural Iowa (RRI) is an IFBF initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources. The next Renew Rural Iowa Business Success Seminar, "The Journey to Your Vision," takes place November 10 at Iowa Farm Bureau Auditorium in West Des Moines. For more information, go to www.renewruraliowa.com.