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Local Business

‘Creating connections’

Abby Stromberg has always been passionate about coffee and she’s passionate about her hometown of Fort Dodge. The 2012 St. Edmond Catholic School grad recalls being a child and seeing her mother, aunts and grandmother gathered around a table with a cup of coffee in hand and talking for ...

Sales tax holiday will give Iowans relief

The annual opportunity to buy some clothing and shoes without paying any sales taxes is coming soon. What the state Department of Revenue calls the Iowa Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday Aug. 5 and ends at midnight Saturday Aug. 6. During that period, no taxes will be ...

Three generations of Tjaden Electric

BADGER — When Jim Tjaden started Tjaden Electric in 1978, he didn’t have any employees, or even a company vehicle. Sometimes his brother would help, but for the most part he was by himself. Tjaden had worked for a couple area electricians for several years. “It got to the point ...

Iowa Central business professor helps lead national program

Local business owners have a relatively new resource if they are looking to take their business further than they can on their own. Goldman Sachs’ program called 10,000 Small Business is a nationwide program that came to Iowa in 2019 with the goal of helping small business owners ...

Fort Dodge CVB Wins FAM Tour of the Year

The staff of the Fort Dodge Convention and Visitors Bureau attended the annual Midwest Travel Network Conference last week, returning with an auspicious tourism honor. The CVB was awarded Midwest Travel Network FAM of the Year, winning for the June 2021 Fort Dodge Outdoor Adventure ...

A helping hand

Erin Nelson experienced firsthand the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when the day care she runs in Fort Dodge started seeing fewer and fewer kids each day, because so many of their parents were working from home in the spring of 2020. Nelson still kept her day care open, however, ...