Thursday, November 10, 2016

Open Coffee - Creston 11/21

An informal gathering for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-ups, investors, innovators, creative types and anyone else who is interested in sharing and learning from others about business related topics.

Due to Thanksgiving our monthly Open Coffee will be
Monday, November 21st
Adams Street Espresso in Uptown Creston.

For more information contact us at 641-782-2003


Monday, October 24, 2016

BasicQuicks Books for Small Business

Basic QuickBooks for Small Business

Monday, November 14th , 2016

Basic QuickBooks Workshop

A five-hour hands-on workshop on QuickBooks, the number one rated accounting software program for small businesses. Upon completion of Basic QuickBooks, you will have the following technical skills:

• Create Company Files
• Create Invoices
• Receiving Payments
• Record Sales Receipts
• Make Deposits

• Receiving Inventory
• Entering/Paying Bills
• Reconcile Accounts
• Create P&Ls
• Create Balance Sheets

Monday, Nov. 14th, 9am-2pm

Performing Arts Center/YMCA Southwestern Community College, West Townline Street, Creston, IA

Pre-Registration & Pre-Payment Required

Co-Sponsored by:
Iowa Small Business Development Centers
Southwestern Community College

For further information contact
Brandi Shay, Regional Director, SCI Small Business Development Center


9:00 - 10:30 Navigating QuickBooks / Customer Management10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Vendor Management / Inventory
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 Creating Financial Reports / Q & A

SBDC -Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U. S. Small Business Administration. All programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

SWCC is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. For more information regarding the nondiscrimination policy at Southwestern, please visit our website: and click on the Affirmative Action link.

Open Coffee - Creston 10/27

Open Coffee – Creston

Thursday, October 27, 2016 -  8-9:30am

(Every 4th Thursday of the month)

@ Adams Street Espresso

213 W. Adams St. in Uptown Creston

An informal gathering for entrepreneurs, small business owners, start-ups, investors, innovators, creative types and anyone else who is interested in sharing and learning from others about business related topics.  The event is the fourth Thursday of every month. Bring your favorite coffee mug. We will provide straight up coffee. If you want the fancy stuff it's on you!

Hosted by Union County Development Association  

For more information call: 641-782-2003

Friday, September 9, 2016

Road to Success - An Employer - Education Summit - Oct. 18, 2016

IowaWORKS Southern Hills and Southwestern Community College are hosting “The Road to Success is Always Under Construction Conference” in Creston October 18. The summit is designed to increase collaboration between business leaders, school faculty and administrators, and community leaders to strategize workforce needs in light of the nationwide middle-skills gap.

Speakers and panelists, as well as round-table discussions, will provide rich discussion on an array of workforce and education collaboration topics.

Sessions will include: navigating a multi-generational workforce; soft skills in the workplace; creative business-school collaboration projects; changing needs, and career pathways. Scott Siepker, Iowa actor and creator of the “Iowa Nice” videos will provide the keynote address. The $15 registration fee includes breakfast and lunch. The event will be held at Southwestern Community College (Room 180).

Register today to reserve your spot!
All registrations may be made online:
Please let me know if you have any questions about the conference. We’d love to see you there!
Michelle Wilson
Business Service Representative
215 N. Elm | Creston, IA 50801
(641)782-2119 ext 45
(641)782-7060 fax

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Solar Energy Fair Comes to Creston

Amy Holley, Southern Iowa Resource Conservation & Development

Solar Energy Fair Comes to Creston

Farmers, business owners, and homeowners interested in going solar will have an opportunity to hear answers to common questions and see solar technology in action at a Solar Energy Fair on Saturday, August 27th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at Creston High School. The fair is designed to be a “one-stop-shop” for people considering solar PV for electricity production at their farm, home, or business. Pre-registration is free and encouraged online at

The fair will feature vendors and presentations on the basics of solar electric technology, questions to consider when planning a project, examples of how to finance projects, and expo area with local solar energy and related booths. In the afternoon, go on a virtual solar energy “crawl” and see multiple locations that have installed solar energy technology and find out how it’s working for them.

Solar energy prices have dropped significantly in the last few years and tax incentives are available to make an investment in solar energy economically feasible. Come to the Creston Solar Energy Fair to see how solar energy contributes to the protection of your environment while giving your pocketbook a break.

The event is free, open to the public, and family friendly. It is part of a series of fairs hosted at four locations around Iowa. The Solar Energy Fairs are made possible with funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources REAP Continuing Education Program (CEP) and with support from Southern Iowa RCD, Iowa Heartland RCD, Limestone Bluffs RCD, and Pathfinders RCD.  For more information, visit or contact Amy Holley at
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