Start Smart Workshop to be offered in Forest City 

Start Smart workshops are for anyone considering starting or expanding a business. The on-going workshops are free in Mason City and other communities in North Iowa. Start Smart is being offered by North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC).

Participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, consider different types of business ownership and learn how to register a business. Start Smart will be offered:

· Tuesday, August 11 from 6:00pm—8:00pm at the Forest City Innovation Center

1144 Highway 69 North, Forest City, IA 50436

 “The activities involved in starting a business fall under two broad categories—feasibility, which is the business plan, and administrative tasks,” said Brook Boehmler, SBDC Director. “While we like to focus on the feasibility issue, Start Smart provides information and the chance to ask questions on numerous other topics.” Those include:

Business Registration

  • Doing Customer research
  • How Bankers Evaluate Business Concepts and Loans
  • Start-up Costs
  • Business Plan tips
  • And More

After attending Start Smart, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) staff will be available by appointment to assist you in reviewing your business plan, or to provide guidance with other issues. To register, contact Mary Spitz at NIACC: 641.422.4342.

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Mary Spitz North Iowa Area SBDC, at 641-422-4342.


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National Night Out in Forest City



Join Forest City residents as we celebrate National Night Out with local law enforcement to build community price and make our neighborhoods safer.  Tuesday, August 4th, 6-9pm downtown Forest City.

Games-all the good ones like jenga, cornhole, twister, and human fuseball will be played starting at 6pm.

Demonstrations:  Texting while driving and the K9 police dog. 

Displays:  Firetrucks and EMS trucks will be available to tour.

Complimentary hot dogs at Scoopy Doos starting at 6:00pm until they run out.

Outdoor Movie (Big Hero 6) will be shown at 9:15.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.

For more information

What’s this all about?  The National Night Out website (   ) describes it’s purpose as:

National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Together, we are making that happen.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

Neighborhoods across the nation host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and other various community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel and exhibits.

 This event is partnership between Forest City Police, Fire, Ambulance, Paramedics, Forest City Economic Development, Chamber of Commerce, and Grow Forest City and is sponsored by several local businesses.

Join the Forest City community on August 4th, 6-9pm in downtown Forest City!

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