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Access webinars, workshops and trainings designed to help grow you business or expand your career skills.  

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Increase Your Holiday Sales Using Google Tools
Thursday, September 14, 2023 | Free | Virtual 
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Holiday shoppers are beginning their shopping earlier and earlier. Learn tools to increase your holiday sales for free, even if you don’t have an e-commerce website or a website at all. We’ll show how local brick-and-mortar businesses can list products on a Google Business Profile. We’ll also cover Google Merchant Center, a no-cost tool that allows both e-commerce and brick-and-mortar businesses to create free Product Listings on Google. 

Workshop led by:  Courtney Stringer, Grow with Google Virginia Coach , Teresa Heger, Grow with Google Michigan Coach, Chelsea Brosterhous, Grow with Google Oregon Coach


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IEDA TSB Program, plus Agency: Small Business Development Center
Tuesday, September 19, 2023| Free| Virtual |  REGISTER HERE

Iowa's Targeted Small Business (TSB) program exists to help people with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome hurdles to start or grow small businesses in Iowa. This webinar is designed to help Iowa companies understand and make better use of the TSB program. Brought to you by the CIRAS APEX Accelerator and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), this event will include an overview of the TSB program and how to navigate the TSB portal. We'll cover:

• Next steps for your business after becoming TSB certified.

• Structure of Iowa government and independent buying agencies.

• Best ways to do business with the state as a TSB

• Marketing practices

We'll also spend 30 minutes of this one-hour webinar giving attendees an overview of a government agency, its mission, and how you can do business with one particular portion of the Iowa government. 

For more event details, contact Julie Fagle at jafagle@iastateledu 


Food Safety Certification Class - Spanish 

Food Safety Certification Class in Storm Lake (1)

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 | Class & Exam $160.00 | Exam Only $60.00 
REGISTER HERE by October 4, 2023 

Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach is offering a food safety training for food service managers in Spanish on October 25 at ISU Extension and Outreach in Storm Lake.

“Certification in ServSafe® meets the Iowa Food Code requirements to have a certified food protection manager in all establishments,” said Renee Sweers class instructor and ISU Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist in food and health. "We live in a time when food safety hazards and risks are prevalent. Serving safe food is mandatory. This eight-hour program aims to train food service professionals about food safety requirements and best practices to meet them.”

According to Sweers, the program is based on the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® certification program and the Iowa Food Code. The class is beneficial for foodservice managers from all areas such as schools, restaurants, convenience stores, child care, senior meal sites and health care. Participants will receive a copy of the ServSafe® Manager training manual and will take the ServSafe®  certification exam.

For more information about the program, contact ISU Extension and Outreach- Buena Vista County at 712-732-5056 or visit www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/servsafe/


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Understanding Your Customer with the Use of Google Tools 
Thursday, October 5, 2023 | Free | Virtual 
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As a business owner, you’ll need more than good products or services to grow your business. It’s also important to have strong customer-focused marketing strategies to reach your audience and turn them into loyal customers.  

In this workshop, you will learn how to: 

  • Create your buyer personas
  • Develop your messaging and voice
  • Use AI to simplify creating your buyer personas
  • How Google Bard can help you learn about your audience 

Workshop led by: Lindsey Newland, Grow with Google Iowa Coach, Janet Hurn, Grow with Google Ohio Coach, April Ross, Grow with Google Georgia Coach 


Renew Rural Iowa The Journey to Your Vision Iowa Farm Bureau's | Renew Rural Iowa presents The Journey to Your Vision 
Tuesday, October 24, 2023   8:15am -1pm 
Buena Vista University | Dow Multipurpose Room 610 West 4th Street, Storm Lake 

Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level?

Attend this valuable half-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them.

Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this “hands-on” event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and non-profit officers to utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head on.


Top decision makers across all business types, including current CEOs, presidents, business owners, and general managers.


  • Bring clarity to where you want your business to go.  Identify your current stage of growth and navigate your company along its own growth curve.
  •  Understand and uncover the hidden agents that may cause obstacles in your growth.
  •  Recognize your top 5 challenges, focus on impact, and create methods to address them.
  •  Understand resources available to help you grow.

Commit to new leadership behaviors and receive 30 days of support to keep you on track.


This session is complimentary (Value of $350.00) to participants but pre-registration required.   Call (800) 254-9670 with any questions.


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Top 10 Google Tools To Grow Your Business
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 | Free | Virtual 
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Are you a small business owner looking to launch or grow your business? If so, you don't want to miss this live-streamed workshop during Global Entrepreneurship Week on the top 10 Google tools to help you succeed. 
In this workshop, you'll learn about: 
  • The best Google tools for marketing your business
  • How to use Google Analytics to track your website traffic and conversions
  • How to use Google Drive to collaborate with team members and streamline processes
  • And much more! 
This workshop is perfect for small business owners of all levels of experience. Whether you're just starting out or you're looking to take your business to the next level, you'll learn valuable insights that you can use to grow your business.  
Workshop led by: Tierra Norwood, Grow with Google North Carolina, Joshua Miller, Grow with Google Pennsylvania Coach,  Jarrod Foster, Grow with Google Oklahoma Coach