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Celebrating Small Business in Benton County

By Emily Upah, BDG · 11:54am May 2nd, 2016 · 11 hours ago
National Small Business Week is a movement happening in every state throughout the county that is recognizing the idea of “Dream Big, Start Small”. Benton County Development is joining the movement by celebrating the entrepreneurship, risk-taking, diversity, and innovation that is taking place in our community that makes contributions to our local, state and national prosperity.

Vinton selected as site for summer forum on downtown development

By Vinton Today · 10:30am April 25th, 2016
The Iowa Economic Development Authority’s (IEDA) Downtown Resource Center assists communities around the state in revitalizing their downtowns or commercial districts. This summer, staff of the Iowa Downtown Resource Center will facilitate several downtown forums to bring together community leaders interested in engaging in a discussion about their downtowns.

The Mall is open as Ender continues work on building

By Dean Close · 6:35am April 21st, 2016
The Mall @ RJ Ender Computers is open now, although RJ continues to work on the building, making room for more businesses to share their unique items. "We are trying to offer niche items that are not found anywhere else in the area," says Ender. The RJ Ender computer business will continue to operate in the building at 511 First Avenue, says Rich Ender.

4th St. Diner News

By Linda Lough, HACAP · 11:11am April 13th, 2016
Serving Buffet from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, Sunday thru Friday. Everyone is WELCOME! Suggested contribution for individuals 60 years old or older, and their accompanying spouse (regardless of age) is $3.25 for the meal. Individuals who are not yet 60 are WELCOME but need to pay $4.25 directly to the site manager for their meal.

Total Balance kicked off 2016 with the 100 DAY SQUAT CHALLENGE. The entrance fee and any donations collected went to help support the Eastern Iowa Honor Flights, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending local Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit various historical sites and war memorials. Tuesday wasthe final day of the challenge; the 29 participants each performed 100 squats! With the $2,575 raised, Total Balance was able to help pay to send fie veterans on the Honor Flight.

Barber FixIt: New owner offers sales, rental and service

By Dean Close · 10:13am April 1st, 2016
Despite cold, windy weather that discouraged customers from test-driving the zero-turn mowers, Leon and Cindy Barber held a successful open house at Barber Fix-It, the lawn mower/outdoor equipment sales and rental business on Saturday morning. "We have had a steady stream of people," said Leon, as the couple spoke to a few visitors.

'What does a photo mean to you?' Local studio begins new contest

By Vinton Today · 9:46am March 31st, 2016
What does a photo mean? A local studio is offering a contest to let area residents answer that question. Kendra Spencer of KLP photography explains: "Here at KLP, community means everything," she says. "We care about each and every one of our clients as well as the other businesses around us.

East-Central Iowa REC and CIPCO Launch Utility-Scale Solar Generation in Urbana

By East Central Iowa REC · 12:01pm March 29th, 2016
East-Central Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative (ECI REC) is part of Central Iowa Power Cooperative’s (CIPCO) utility-scale solar project which is the largest in the state. The Urbana Solar Acres facility will generate 1,133,800 kWh of energy as a part of CIPCO’s 5.5MW solar project. Once complete, the Urbana Solar Acres generation facility will contain 3,024 solar panels and generate enough electricity to power up to 113 homes.

Vinton Landscaper Joins Green Farmstead Partner program

By Vinton Today · 11:38am March 29th, 2016
Arbor Care LLC of Vinton has been designated a participating landscape professional in the Green Farmstead Partner program. The on-farm environmental initiative promotes the planning and installation of tree plantings on livestock and poultry farms. It’s a collaborative effort involving the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, Trees Forever and the Iowa Nursery and Landscape Association.

VU Seeking Summer Intern

By Melissa Schwan, Director, VU · 12:41pm March 23rd, 2016
The Vinton Unlimited Community Development Internship Opportunity application window closes in one week. We are looking for fun, energetic individuals to help with community event planning, marketing and a variety of other tasks during the summer months. Internship opportunity is 20 hours a week with flexibility surrounding events.

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