Operation LZ



Operation LZ        www.operationlz.com





Operation LZ event is over.  A message from ever coordinator, Riley Lewis –

A popular line from an Iowa corn field was “If We build it, he will come” and this weekend the Vietnam Vets came in a big way. Alaska, Arizona, Memphis, Florida, California, Washington and all points in between were represented. We estimate that 2500+ vets plus their family , friends and public brought from 15,000 -20,000 vet supporters. The memories, handshakes, and watered eyes of grown men and women who received their “Thank you” is hard to explain as it reached deep into all of our souls. A book of a thousand pages would not cover all the stories, experiences and memories made. My thanks to our LZ committee, 250 volunteers and the 120 sponsors. The returns on our investment into Our Vietnam Era Veterans of 40-50 years ago is much greater than we ever thought it would be. We are humbled.
If you have pictures to share or experiences with us on your LZ experience, please share them( on the Operation LZ Facebook page)  as very few of the committee and many volunteers could not experience all the activites. thank you !!

Operation LZ website will be live until October 17th.

Event photos are available at https://operationlz.smugmug.com/

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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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