Online Marketing Assistance on the Byway, Free Business Planning Workshops, Grass-fed Beef Project & more!
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September 2017
More rain in one week than the previous two months? It must be fall! 

The Iowa weather is living up to its temperamental reputation and whether October brings another month of summer or a month of snow, we hope you have a good one!

In this month's newsletter, we have some free business planning workshops coming up that we want to tell you about, as well as an online marketing project with the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. We'll introduce another member of our Board, Jefferson County Supervisor, Dick Reed. We will also share some of the work we've been doing with Grass-fed Beef, and more!

We always like to hear from you, so don't hesitate to call or email us:
641-472-6177 or 

All the Best,

Anna Bruen
Executive Director

Historic Hills Scenic Byway

This year, Pathfinders is excited to provide online marketing technical assistance for over 40 businesses in 8 communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. We will support businesses in joining and Google My Business, and work collaboratively to identify other impactful marketing opportunities with both one-on-one assistance and group workshops (see next news item).

“We’re excited to help businesses with their visibility in the marketplace. There are so many fantastic businesses along the Byway, and we want to make sure everyone knows about them! Our goal is to provide technical assistance, enabling businesses to enhance their online presence,” says Diana Hughell, Byway Project Manager.

This work will be done through a partnership with Iowa Valley RC&D, and Northeast Iowa RC&D, with funding provided by a Rural Business Development Grant from the USDA.


Free Business Planning Workshops

Next month, Pathfinders is teaming up with U.S. Small Business Administration and Bryan Ziegler of the Indian Hills Small Business Development Center to offer free business planning workshops in 3 locations in southeast Iowa! Each location will have two workshops: one for starting new businesses, and one for existing businesses.

Bloomfield at the Southern Iowa Electric Co-op 22458 IA-2, Bloomfield, IA
New Businesses: Tuesday, October 3rd, 6:00-8:00pm
Existing Businesses: Tuesday, October 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Sigourney at Sigourney City Hall 100 N Main St, Sigourney, IA
New Businesses: Wednesday, October 11th, 3:00-5:00pm
Existing Businesses: Wednesday, October 11th, 6:00-8:00pm
Keosauqua at the Community Service Building 304 Franklin St, Keosauqua, IA
New Businesses: Tuesday, October 24th, 4:00-6:00pm
Existing Businesses: Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00-9:00pm
The events will have snacks, provided by Davis County Development Corp and Sigourney Area Development Corp, and there will be plenty of opportunity to address your business’s specific challenges or concerns. Whether you are just getting started or have been in business for many years, no business idea is too small or too well established to participate in these workshops!

Grassfed Beef Update

Next month will begin the final year of our Grass-fed Beef Market Expansion Project, and there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to. We are working on:

  • Facilitating focus groups for a local Grass-fed beef producer seeking to improve his online marketing
  • Conducting a consumer awareness campaign in local grocery stores, educating about the environmental benefits of finishing cattle on grass
  • Maintaining our website: , and making sure it has the latest news and best resources available for producers and consumers alike.

Meet the Board: Dick Reed

Dick Reed serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders and is a Jefferson County Supervisor. He has served 4 years with us, and is passionate about serving his community.   
Dick was born and raised in Jefferson County. He lives in Fairfield with his family and for 30 years, owned and operated Reed's Construction and Home Improvements and believes, “As a businessman, it’s important to give back to the community.”
One of Dick’s favorite projects at Pathfinders was the Maasdam Barns Preservation Project, for which Pathfinders played an instrumental role in securing grants.

Abandoned Mine Land Field Day Success

The Abandoned Mine Land (AML) and Monarch Butterfly Conservation Field Day earlier this month was a great success. Over 100 people attended the event at the Logan Abandoned Mine Land site in Mahaska County.  The reclamation was completed last fall, and despite the drought, the before and after images display a stark contrast.

Field day attendees heard from Jim Gillespie, Director of Soil Conservation and Water Quality, and Logan AML Project Coordinator, Randy Cooney, who discussed the reclamation process, the AML program and how monarch habitat can be easily incorporated. Seth Appelgate of ISU Monarch Workgroup, shared details about current monarch research projects and answered questions for those seeking to establish monarch habitat in all land setting types.

The field day was organized by the Iowa Learning Farms and made possible by a grant to Pathfinders from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) to collaborate within the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to Establish Monarch Habitat.


Assessment Survey: Business Development Needs in Jefferson County

Do you own a small business? Our friends at MUM are planning business workshops this fall in Jefferson County with funding from a USDA Rural Business Development Grant and would like your input. They've designed this survey to identify the training areas local entrepreneurs need most. Make your opinion count and directly benefit from these upcoming free or low-cost educational events. You can take the survey here:


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