Flex Fuel Locates at North Iowa Business Incubator by qoe36584


									                       NIACC Graduate Starts Action Games
                    Richard Sanchez is a 2010 NIACC graduate with a degree in
                    Graphic Communication, and the recent college graduate is also a
                    small business owner, thanks to his personal drive along with                                                 Flex Fuel Locates at North Iowa Business Incubator
                    assistance from the NIACC JPEC.                                                                                                                         The newest addition to the entrepreneurial community at the North
                                                                                                                                                                            Iowa Business Incubator is Flex Fuel U.S. The Chicago based
                    Sanchez and three friends own Action Games, a company which                                                                                             company was formed in 2006 to develop the first EPA certified
  Richard Sanchez   writes, illustrates, and produces role-playing games (RPG) in the                                                                                       product enabling existing cars and light duty trucks to be converted to
   Action Games     fantasy, action, or oriental adventure genres. Sanchez said the                                                                                         run any combination of gasoline or E85. Locating an office in North
                    fantasy games are developed along the Dungeons and Dragons line. The Dungeons and                                                                       Iowa enables Flex Fuel to explore relationships in the heart of the
Dragons game, originally released in the 1970’s, is now owned by Hasbro, and Hasbro has not focused as                                                                      largest corn and ethanol producing state.
much on RPG games or books so there are market openings for competitors. Action Games hopes to capital-
ize on those opportunities. Currently all of Action Games’ role-playing books are developed for release on-line                                                             “We are excited to grow our business operations in Iowa,” said Don
in Adobe PDF format rather than in print. Sanchez said he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur while in                                                                     Althoff, CEO of Flex Fuel U.S. “The North Iowa Business Incubator
school, and he found the NIACC JPEC to be a great help in guiding him on the path of business ownership.                                                                    has outstanding capabilities that are a perfect match for our business
“The JPEC helped me with legal issues including finding a copyright lawyer so we could copyright Action Games                                                               needs. We also see great opportunities to partner with the automo-
books,” Sanchez said.                                                                                                                                                       tive service program to train installers and build new applications.
                                                                                                                   Clockwise, from left, Ron Laudner (Omnitel),
                                                                                                                   Don Althoff (Flex Fuel U.S.), Mark Olchefske             With board member Ron Laudner, CEO of OmniTel, and Gregg
Action Games opened in 2009 with a website, www.ActionGamesRPG.com. In May 2010 the company com-                   (NIACC Business Incubator/Accelerator), Gregg            Gillman, of the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corpora-
pleted their first book, soon to be released on their website. The company is comprised of Sanchez, director of    Gillman (NICEDC), and Jamie Zanios (NIACC                tion (NICEDC), we investigated several options to expand our
Action Games as well as photographer, editor, writer, and assembler of the books; Sanchez’ brother, who writes     JPEC) with a FlexFuel U.S. converted Dodge               business into Iowa and nothing compared to NIACC.”
and manages the book layout; Jeremy MacNeil, lead writer; and Galen Ihlenfeldt, lead artist and webmaster.         Charger.
                                                                                                                                                                Flex Fuel U.S. provides a great example of how start-up companies
Sanchez said the writers’ personal knowledge of military tactics as well as martial arts has helped the RPG       in the Midwest can look at North Iowa and find an effective and efficient way to initiate their presence with little risk.
books be more realistic. He concluded, “I enjoy RPG’s so much I went back to school for Graphic Communica-        Other companies from places like Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee or elsewhere may look at North Iowa and its
tion so I could help render our books and ideas properly. The reading, math and teamwork skills that games        incubation system as a great place to start and grow their businesses.
such as Dungeons and Dragons teaches has helped me with my communication and problem-solving skills.
And the NIACC JPEC was so easy for us to work with as we were getting started.”                                   “Attracting Flex Fuel U.S. to Cerro Gordo County and specifically to the JPEC Incubator is a major victory for our
                                                                                                                  area,” NICEDC Executive Director Gregg Gillman said. “This is an exciting company, and we look forward to
                                                                                                                  working with our partners at NIACC to help them grow into a larger presence over the next 1-2 years.”
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                                                                                                                  “We are very committed to business growth opportunities in North Iowa,” noted Ron Laudner, CEO of OmniTel
                                                                                              Mason City, IA
                                                                                                                  Communications and Flex Fuel board member. “Flex Fuel is an exciting venture and works toward expanding
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                                                                                                                  ‘green’ alternative energies while spurring growth in our local economy. The partnership with NIACC, NICEDC and
                                                                                                                  North Iowa Incubator has been tremendous.”
John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center
North Iowa Area Community College                                                                                 “There is an incredible synergy between Flex Fuel’s needs and North Iowa’s capabilities,” noted Mark Olchefske,
500 College Drive                                                                                                 Incubator/Accelerator Director for the NIACC JPEC. “In addition to the business incubator, NIACC has a first rate
Mason City, IA 50401                                                                                              automotive service program to train installers, and there are experienced suppliers, assemblers and call center
                                                                                                                                                   staff readily available. This is a great way for Flex Fuel to discover their future here
                                                                                                                                                   in North Iowa.”
                                                                                                                   Director’s Notes.................2          Flex Fuel’s founders, who have back-          Flex Fuel U.S. Awarded Energy Grant
                                                                                                                                                               grounds in custom car building, high
                                                                                                                   NanoLoans Help North Iowa                   performance racing and aftermarket          Flex Fuel U.S. was awarded almost
                                                                                                                   Businesses .......................3         sales, created an innovative product        $50,000 in Innovative Energy Project
                                                                                                                                                               that retains the automaker’s full factory   money to install flex fuel conversion kits
                                                                                                                   Year-End Results..............4             warranty after installation. The product    on vehicles owned by the Iowa Depart-
                                                                                                                                                               resembles Original Equipment Manu-          ment of Transportation, Cerro Gordo
                                                                                                                   Accountability....................5         facturer (OEM) components as installed      County Sherriff, and Mason City, Clear
                                                                                                                                                               but has superior performance charac-        Lake, and Charles City Police Depart-
                                                                                                                   E4D Expands....................7            teristics when compared to today’s Flex     ments; and to train NIACC students in
                                                                                                                                                               Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). Flex Fuel U.S.        flex fuel equipment installation.
                                                                                                                   NIACC Grad Starts Action                    initiated a fleet test, converting 25
                                                                                                                   Games...................................8   Chicago Police Ford Crown Victorias.        “Collaboration with our legislators and
                                                                                                                                                               For more information, visit the FlexFuel    partners helped us identify this opportu-
                                                                                                                                                               website at www.flexfuelus.com.              nity for Flex Fuel U.S.,” Jamie Zanios,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           NIACC JPEC Director said.

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                                                                                                                                                                          Volume XIII, Issue II
                                              Director’s Notes                                                           E4D Program Expands
                              As you will read in this newsletter, the NIACC JPEC has
                                                                                                                         The NIACC JPEC Entrepreneur for a Day (E4D®)
                              been actively working with our economic development
                                                                                                                         program will be able to work with more students due
                              partners throughout North Iowa on a variety of projects.
                                                                                                                         to a $20,000 United Way Venture Grant. This grant
   North Iowa                 We have stories of support for nearly every community in
                                                                                                                         will help the NIACC JPEC offer the elementary school
                              North Iowa. We assisted Mitchell County on a project and
   Companies                  SBDC Director Ted Bair spends time in Osage each month
                                                                                                                         entrepreneurship course to 17 school districts and
                                                                                                                         over 1,500 fifth grade students in North Iowa through
 Advance in John              to help drive their initiatives and business growth. Most
                                                                                                                         February 2011.
   Pappajohn                  recently, the announcement of Flex Fuel U.S. choosing to
                              locate in the NIACC JPEC Business Incubator was a
  Business Plan                                                                                                          “United Way of North Central Iowa is working to
                              culmination of the work by North Iowa Corridor director
                                                                                                                         advance the common good by focusing on the
  Competition                 Gregg Gillman along with the support of the NIACC JPEC                 Jamie T. Zanios
                                                                                                                         building blocks for a better life: education, income
                              Accelerator and JPEC staff. This is the second successful           NIACC Vice President
                                                                                                    & JPEC Director      and health. We are excited to partner with NIACC to
                              recruitment of a start-up from out of state, but the first from
                                                                                                                         improve the education of the students in our service              An area 5th grade student works on products for her E4D
Congratulations to four       such a distance. Flex Fuel is locating in North Iowa to take
                                                                                                                         area,” said Jennifer Kammeyer, Chief Professional                 business.
North Iowa companies          advantage of the support of the NIACC JPEC and Business Acceleration and
                                                                                                                         Officer, United Way of North Central Iowa.
that advanced to the          Incubation services and to establish itself in the heart of biofuel production.
semifinals of the John                                                                                                                                                                              “We are thrilled to welcome United Way of
Pappajohn Business Plan       North Iowa was a logical choice, but without the collaborative effort of the North
                                                                                                                                                                                                    North Central Iowa as a partner for the
Competition:                  Iowa Corridor and the NIACC JPEC, this might have been a lost opportunity, as in
                                                                                                                                                                                                    E4D® program. We plan to use the grant
                              the end, the incubator became a compelling reason to engage early. Time and
                                                                                                                                                                                                    funds to expand the program to other
                              again we have demonstrated that we stand best when we stand together for                                 John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center                        schools, and for facilitator training and fees,
Brad Barber                   North Iowa. The NIACC JPEC, as well as all of NIACC, serves the interest of each                         500 College Drive, Mason City, IA 50401                      workshops and operating expenses,” Kelley
Cabin Coffee Franchising      and every community in North Iowa, responding to the requests for help wherever                              888-GO NIACC 641-422-4111                                Crane, program coordinator said.
Inc.- Clear Lake              and whenever possible.                                                                                           www.niacc.edu/pappajohn
                                                                                                                          NIACC JPEC Staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                    According to Riceville 5th grade teacher
                              What the Flex Fuel recruitment demonstrates, however, is the strong magnet that             Jamie T. Zanios       NIACC Vice President & JPEC Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ellen Grady-Manns, “In these times of
Byron Tweeten                 an incubation system in North Iowa can have as a result of the support systems              Tim Putnam            Associate Director
                                                                                                                          Ted Bair              Small Business Development Center Director
                                                                                                                                                                                                    economic uncertainty, the E4D® program is
Growth Design Energy Mt.      that the NIACC JPEC has developed. Flex Fuel offers an example for our entire
                                                                                                                          Mark Olchefske        Regional Business Development Services Director     more necessary than ever. During this
Valley LLC- Forest City       region in identification and recruitment of start up companies from large communi-
                                                                                                                          Terry Schumaker       NIACC Cont. Ed Dean/ Director Econ. Dev.            program, students become more aware of
                              ties. Although the larger populations allow for a more vigorous entrepreneurial
                                                                                                                          Kelley Crane          School Partnership Entrepreneurial Coordinator      entrepreneurship and the work that must go
                              environment, North Iowa offers the deep business support system of the NIACC
                                                                                                                          Elizabeth Smith       Administrative Assistant - Business Incubator       into running small and large businesses.
Natalie Hammer                JPEC. I believe this model can be successfully replicated to recruit and relocate
                                                                                                                          Mary Spitz            Administrative Assistant - NIACC JPEC               They experience the organization, account-
Holland Moving & Rigging      start up companies, thus igniting a new entrepreneurial boom in North Iowa. I am            Patti Tornquist       Editor                                              ing, and production of a product and also
Supplies Inc.- Forest City    hopeful that we will begin to more effectively and aggressively market this unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                    realize the importance of quality work and
                              opportunity through our partners in North Iowa to much of the Midwest. If entrepre-         NIACC JPEC Advisory Board                                                 cooperation. They also learn budgeting,
                              neurs know what we have here in North Iowa, including clean air, abundant space,            Dr. Debra A. Derr    President, NIACC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    borrowing, and importance of the banking
Brandon Knopf                 low cost of living, high work ethic, great beauty and natural resources and busi-           Brenda Dryer         Mitchell County EDC
                                                                                                                                                                                                    system which may help them understand
Lost then Found LLC-          ness support systems second to none, I believe they will indeed come to North               Maureen Elbert       Kossuth/Palo Alto County EDC
                                                                                                                          Jim Erb              Mayor, Charles City
                                                                                                                                                                                                    budgets at home and see the importance of
Otley                         Iowa, inhabit our incubation system and become cornerstones of progress in our
                                                                                                                          Neil Fell            Liberty Bank & Trust                                 the family working together.”
                                                                                                                          Carolyn Frakes       Project Manager
                                                                                                                          Patricia Galasso     Ge-Angelo’s, Inc.                                    For more information on the E4D® program,
Fifty-four companies          I can think of nothing more important for our region than collaboration and coop-
                                                                                                                          Paul Gold            Dimensional Graphics                                 visit the new website at www.niacc.edu/e4d.
applied for the first round   eration to help attract business and industry to our area, increasing jobs, increas-
                                                                                                                          Tom Jolas            Re/Max Results Realty                                The website includes information on how
of the competition, and 24    ing population and supporting our schools and churches. When you look at North              Bob Klocke           First Citizens National Bank                         E4D® links school standards to the curricu-
advanced to the semifinals    Iowa, it is those home grown businesses that most often answer the bell when it is          Shannon Latham       Latham Hi-Tech Seeds                                 lum and meets career-building curriculum
and had to develop and        rung by our community leaders looking for support for a community betterment                Curtis Lewerke       Woodharbor, Inc.                                     requirements required by the state, and
submit full business plans    project. We need more businesses with roots here, and perhaps if we work                    Tom Lundeen          Aspen Hills, Inc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    features program information and photos
by the end of June. The       together we can attract those entrepreneurs to North Iowa with the promise of our           Wendy Mihm-Herold    Northeast Iowa Community College
                                                                                                                                                                                                    from past courses.
four North Iowa compa-        collective support. You have the commitment from the NIACC JPEC to provide                  Steven Miller        NIACC
                              every ounce of support we can manage to help you secure and support a business              John Pappajohn       Equity Dynamics Inc.
nies in the semifinals are
                              starting, growing or looking to find a path towards owner transition to maintain that       Robert Perry         Retired Educator
worked with the NIACC
                              presence in North Iowa.                                                                     Ronnie Pitzen        OmniTel Communications
JPEC for consulting and                                                                                                   Alan Powell          Jendro Sanitation
business plan help.                                                                                                       Jayson Ryner         NIACC
                                                                                                                          Ted Vosburg          Midwest Meter
                                                                                                                          Steve Weiss          VAST
                                                                                                    Jamie T. Zanios       Rick Whalen          Butler/Grundy REC
                                                                                       Vice President, NIACC JPEC         Terry Wisner         TeamQuest Corporation

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NIACC JPEC Advisory Board Members                                             FastTrac® Courses                                   NanoLoan Recipients Share Stories of Success
                                                                                                                   The NIACC JPEC has been providing NanoLoans, designed to assist emerging ‘pre-bankable’ new busi-
                                                                                                                   nesses with funds to complete development or to expand, to area businesses for several years. Loan
                                                                                                                   recipients have many stories of success as well as lessons to share with other entrepreneurs.

                                                                                                                   Pat Palmer of Hampton owns The Computer Guy, a home and small
                                                                                                                   business computer repair service. Palmer has worked on computers
                                                                        FastTrac® LaunchPad™ is a FREE             much of his life, and moved to full-time employment with The Com-
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                                                                        city. Call (641) 422-4358 to register.     NanoLoan served as a springboard to help him avoid a debt which
                                                                        • August 3 in Charles City                 could have crippled his business. Palmer encouraged other entrepreneurs to take their time in starting a
                                                                        • August 5 in Osage                        business, and he said FastTrac® helped him understand business financials.
                                                                        • September 21 in Mason City
                                                                                                                   Anne Anderson of Forest City, owner of Interwoven: Textiles for Spirit and Space, used her loan for
                                                                                 ®             ™
                                                                        FastTrac NewVenture assists the            building improvements, marketing, materials and supplies. Anderson, a fabric artist, makes stoles and wall-
                                                                        start-up entrepreneur in developing a      hangings for spiritual spaces. “In developing Interwoven, I learned that every part of starting a business
 Front Row: Carolyn Frakes, Tom Lundeen, Pat Galasso
                                                                        business concept and evaluating it         takes a lot of time, and I, as a sole business owner, only have a finite amount of time. FastTrac® helped me
 Back Row: Robert Perry, Rick Whalen, Tom Jolas, Gary Christiansen
                                                                        through each step of the business          put my ideas on paper and prioritize my plan,” Anderson said. Anderson hopes to expand her business
                                                                        planning process. Call (641) 422-4208 to                                                                           nationally and to develop art for public
                                                                        register.                                                                                                          spaces. For more information, visit
                                                                        • Mondays from August 23 - November         Visual Aspect                                                          www.interwovenstudio.com
                                                                          1 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Charles City     Designs Receives                                                        Mary Witherall of Mason City owns
                                                                          and Osage. Course BUS-143-N002.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Focus Living Center, a life-coach
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                                                                           Mills. Course BUS-143-N003.              Bridgette Beyer of St.                                                  with life transitions. Her NanoLoan
                                                                        • Thursdays from September 30 -             Ansgar, owner of Visual                                                 helped pay for the licenses and
                                                                           December 9 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in        Aspect Designs, has                                                     training involved in starting her
                                                                           Mason City. Course BUS-143-N001.         received a $1,300               Ted Bair, SBDC Director, awards         company. Witherall said she has
                                                                                                                    NanoLoan through the            NanoLoan to Bridgette Beyer, owner of   found some of the most difficult tasks
                                                                                                                    NIACC JPEC. Beyer has           Visual Aspect Designs.                  in business start-up are also the most
                                                                                                                    worked for the last 15 years
                                                                         Ultimate Sales Academy                     in promotional and advertising support to several print and
                                                                                                                                                                                            necessary, including identifying
                                                                                                                                                                                            clients and developing an effective
                                                                                                                    graphics providers in the region. An employment change                  marketing plan for her services.
                                                                                                                    caused her to start her own business to continue to meet the            Witherall is working on developing a
Front Row: Dr. Debra Derr, Ronnie Pitzen, Shannon Latham, Jim Erb                                                   needs of her clients. With the help of the Mitchell County              course called Mindset Makeover,
Back Row: Steven Miller, Jayson Ryner, Neil Fell, Ted Vosburg, Brenda                                               Economic Development Corp., St. Ansgar State Bank, SBDC
Dryer. Advisory Board Members not pictured: John G. Pappajohn             The Ultimate Sales Academy® is a                                                                                  designed to help those who have
                                                                          course designed to train professional     and the NIACC NanoLoan, Beyer starting her own business in              faced long periods of unemployment
(honorary), Maureen Elbert, Paul Gold, Bob Klocke, Curtis Lewerke,
Alan Powell, Steve Weiss, Ken Vande Berg, Terry Wisner.                   sales people to achieve success in        a vacant store front in St. Ansgar and is working full-time at          to create a sense of extraordinary
                                                                          business-to-business sales.               Visual Aspect Designs.                                                  purpose and to follow the path they
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                                                                          • Effectively Presenting Your Product     dream of being my own boss,” added Beyer. She will put the
care reform act and how this legislation may affect you and your
                                                                            or Service, September 17 at NIACC
business currently, in 6 months, next year and over the course of                                                   funds towards software.                                                 NanoLoans can be used for prototype
                                                                            in Mason City. Course 73141.
the next several years. Sessions will be held on:                                                                                                                                           development, intellectual property,
• August 17, 9 - 11 a.m., Best Western Holiday Lodge, Clear               • The 30-Second Speech, October 1         Beyer will also take the FastTrac® program that will be held in         equipment, start-up and working
  Lake. Sponsored by Lentz & Associates. Register with the                  at NIACC in Mason City. Course          Osage and Charles City starting in August. Applicants are               capital costs, and other approved
  Clear Lake Chamber, 641-357-2159.                                         73144.                                  required to successfully complete the FastTrac® New Ven-                expenses. Applicants are required to
• September 13, 10-12 a.m., Muse Norris Conference Center,                • Add-On Sales, October 28-29             ture™ course; a 10 week ‘business boot camp’ that exposes               complete a FastTrac® NewVenture™
  NIACC, Mason City. Sponsored by 1st Insurance Agency.                     NIACC in Mason City. Course             entrepreneurs to key aspects of being a small business owner            course or equivalent, to be working or
  Register with the NIACC JPEC Incubator, 641-422-4384.                     73147.                                  and helps them put together a business plan. FastTrac®                  plan to work full-time in the business,
                                                                          • Six-Figure Selling Skills 3-Day         graduates from NIACC have enjoyed significantly better                  and to have developed a business
Presenters include Jesse Patton from the National Association of            Course, November 10-12 at NIACC         business survival rates with over 200 businesses founded                plan for use of the funds. For more
Health Underwriters, State Representative Linda Upmeyer, and                 in Mason City. Course 73175.           since 1997 and 78% still in business today.                             information, contact the NIACC JPEC
North Iowa Mercy Medical Center CEO Jim FitzPatrick.                      Register by calling (641) 422-4358.                                                                               at 641-422-4342.
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2009-2010 Year End Results                                    NIACC JPEC & SBDC, Accelerator / Incubator:                                       Accountability Hurts My Head!
The NIACC JPEC and all of its programs are operated              Working to Grow Business in North Iowa               Ted Garnett, founder of Performance Resources Consulting in Cedar Rapids, IA, and
with short and long term plans, goals and objectives.                                                                 speaker at the NIACC JPEC Entrepreneurs’ Exchange in January 2010, is focused on
Accordingly, a wide variety of metrics are tracked and                                                                helping businesses increase accountability in their companies and increase their
reported to the NIACC JPEC Advisory Board, John                                                                       success.
Pappajohn and various government agencies. As the
2009-2010 NIACC JPEC fiscal year closed at the end                                                                    Garnett said, “The NFL just announced plans that it wants players to self-report con-
of June, we would like to provide you with the metrics                                                                cussions. And if players don’t self-report, the NFL expects the teammates (essentially
as well to give you an idea of the breadth and depth of                                                               peers) to report if anybody is acting strange so they can be checked by a trainer. So if
our programs and what was accomplished.                                                                               you have a locker next to a guy that can’t remember how to tie his shoes, then you
                                                                                                                      should tell the team doctor. This, for some reason, has sports talk show hosts and              Ted Garnett
Besides new businesses and jobs, we track and report                                                                  players freaking out. “You can’t expect a guy to rat on another guy!” “You don’t want to        Managing Partner,
on the number of program participants. You will note                                                                  mess with another guy’s livelihood, he has a family, he makes money doing this job!”            Performance
that fiscal year 2010, which ended June 30, resulted in                                                               “You really cannot expect players to hold each other accountable, it just won’t happen!         Resources Consulting
excess of 5,000 participants in various programs and             New Business Starts            33          354
over 20,000 from inception in 1997. What that indicates                                                               “Interesting. Care for the player’s life, health, family, etc. would seem to be more IN alignment with report-
is the accelerated pace and added programs that we                  New Jobs Created        251            1,269                                                                       ing than not reporting. But that aside, I get it,
have been able to offer as a result of state and federal             Entrepreneurship                                     NIACC Honored for                                            who wants to play mommy to their teammate?
                                                                 Program Participants     5,954       20,376
funding we have received in the past several years.                                                                             Service to the                                         But let me ask, who wants their teammate to
                                                                                        July 2009-        Since                Community by                                            die? Who wants a teammate who can’t remem-
With the economic issues and the state and federal                                      June 2010         1997                                                                         ber 2 + 2 making decisions on the field? The
budget issues, some of these offerings are threatened.
                                                                                                                           MetLife Foundation                                          benefits to Peer to Peer Accountability (as I call
We will do all we can to insure that those you depend                                                                    North Iowa Area Community                                     it) far, FAR outweigh the risks. There is always
upon can be maintained while at the same time looking                                                                    College has been recognized                                   some element of difficulty in holding another
for additional offerings. I would be remiss if I didn’t ask                                                              as a finalist for the presti-                                 person accountable, whether that is the risk of
your consideration of a tax free donation to the NIACC                                                                   gious 2010 MetLife Founda-                                    how they will treat you, the risk to your relation-
JPEC to support our programs. We do receive gener-                                                                       tion Community College                                        ship, the risk you won’t do it right or get the
ous donations each year, but more than ever we need                                                                      Excellence Award and will                                     outcome you want, the risk you might get held
your help.                                                                                                               receive a $20,000 grant. The MetLife Foundation               accountable back...these are all risks that cause
                                                                                                                         Community College Excellence Award honors the                 people not to hold others accountable. It’s
                                                                                                                         important roles community colleges play in ad-                especially tough when it comes to peer to peer
                                                                                                                         dressing educational, social and economic needs               or upward accountability.
Jamie T. Zanios                                                                                                          and opportunities. NIACC was recognized in the
Vice President, NIACC JPEC                                                                                               Service to Community category, for the comprehen-             “So, if doing it is hard, how hard is NOT doing
                                                                                # of Business                            sive approach to job creation and retention, as well          it? How many planes need to fly 1 hour over the
                                                                      that Received Financing        36                                                                                airport before the flight attendants who fly that
                                                                                                                         as business empowerment through the NIACC
                                                                             Amount of Debt/                             JPEC.                                                         same route daily get the courage to call the pilot
                                                                            Equity Financing     $19.4MM
                                                                                                                                                                                       and ask if they are going to land soon? How
                                                                                                 July 2009-              “The NIACC JPEC is recognized, not only on the                many times do doctors need to amputate the
                                                                                                 June 2010               national level, but most importantly locally, for the         wrong limb when the nurse stood there knowing
                                                                                                                         rich resources it provides to small businesses and            it was the wrong limb but was silent out of fear
                                                                                                                         in the development of current and future entrepre-            of the risk of bringing any accountability? How
                                   SOS for Small Businesses                                                              neurs. This engagement within our community                   many banks need to be bailed out when man-
                                                                                                                         becomes even more important considering the                   agement knew things were wrong and even
 The Iowa Save Our Small Business fund was created during the 2010 legislative session to provide loans
                                                                                                                         recent layoffs, downsizing and closing of companies           Senior Executives knew it and yet nobody holds
 up to $50,000 to Iowa firms with 35 or fewer employees.
                                                                                                                         and businesses. The beauty of North Iowa is in its            anybody accountable until we all pay? How
                                                                                                                         people and their commitment to living, working and            many NFL players will worsen a head injury
 Starting August 1, Iowa small businesses will have access to the fund that will provide loans at 3.9%
                                                                                                                         raising their families here. The JPEC assists                 while their teammates don’t bother to say
 between $2,500 and $50,000. The loans, which are administered through IDED and ISU’s Iowa Foundation
                                                                                                                         members of our communities through its work and               something to the doctor out of concern/fear/risk
 for Microenterprise and Community Vitality, will be available through March 31, 2011 or when the funding
                                                                                                                         the commitment it has to North Iowa,” Dr. Debra               they might HURT THAT GUY’S FAMILY BY
 source of $5 million runs out.
                                                                                                                         Derr, NIACC president, said.                                  SAYING SOMETHING?”
 According to Iowa State Representative Bob Kressig (D-Cedar Falls), Iowa’s legislature shifted dollars away
                                                                                                                        Finalists in the award competition, which was                 Ultimately, accountability may SAVE a football
 from large Wall Street companies and moved some of those dollars to support struggling Main Street
                                                                                                                        administered by Jobs for the Future and sponsored             player’s job, or a bank, or a business... but it is
 businesses whose success will benefit more Iowans, a move that will save $88 million for employers in
                                                                                                                        by MetLife Foundation, were selected after a careful          tough. Learn more about Garnett and Perfor-
 unemployment insurance taxes.
                                                                                                                        review process. Two hundred fifteen applications              mance Resource Consulting at 319-431-6845.
 A requirement in the loan application process is the development of a business plan with SBDC approval.                were received, and then narrowed down in stages
 For more information, contact SBDC Director Ted Bair at 641-422-4342.                                                  to nine finalists, which then received site visits, and
                                                                                                                        to three award winners.
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