Midwest Partnership’s number one priority continues to be our existing business and industry, and we strive to provide the assistance they need to thrive. The most common areas we address include employee/workforce, financial needs, expansion of building, products or services, and future business planning. Our dedicated staff is here to help you directly or connect you to the resources you need to succeed.
The most common concern identified by businesses across the country tends to be related to workforce. We partner closely with Iowa Workforce Development for access to valuable information about Iowa’s workforce and to provide employees and employers assistance in finding jobs and training.
Midwest Partnership also collaborates with our area community colleges to provide training opportunities and recruit students for employment. Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), Iowa Central Community College (ICCC), and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) are each located within 30 minutes of our region and provide invaluable services to our employers.
The Iowa Student Internship Program provides grants to companies (employing 500 or fewer) in the advanced manufacturing, biosciences, and information technology industries as internship wage reimbursement. The program will match your internship funds, with a couple simple guidelines (see info sheet) and the goal of transitioning to full-time employment and bringing awareness to career opportunities in the state.
We have taken the lead with Western Iowa Advantage and Iowa Workforce Development on a regional effort to connect local school districts to area businesses. In September 2014, we helped host a first-ever, and now annual, regional Employer Educator Summit, bringing 18 regional school districts together with over 60 businesses and numerous workforce development professionals. Summit topics have included the job opportunities available in the eight county area, served by Western Iowa Advantage, and ways forschools and businesses could work together to share that information with students. The goal is to develop a long-term program to help develop students with the skills needed for the jobs available here in our region. Please contact us if your business or school is interested in being part of this exciting venture.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur starting a new venture, an existing business looking to expand, or a business looking to locate in the region, Midwest Partnership has the resources and connections to make your project a reality. Please visit our Financial Assistance page to learn more, or contact us today to discuss low interest loans, grants or incentive packages available in our communities. Central Iowa SourceLink offers excellent resources for growth and expansion needs. Their Eight Strategies for Growth help walk you through smart growth practices.
Whether you need help through the regulatory process or would like to connect with the state of Iowa for international trade shows and events, we can get you connected to the resources to expand your market beyond our borders.
Whatever your needs, Midwest Partnership will provide the tools necessary. We can help simplify the regulatory process, assist with state, city, county, zoning, permit and license questions, business planning for future expansions, succession, and more.
There are also resources for product development research through Iowa State University’s CIRAS program, including market assessments, territory service needs and much more.
The Iowa Farm Bureau has an innovative program to enhance and improve economic growth across the state. It's called Renew Rural Iowa and is designed to help increase the enterprise value of a new and existing businesses in Iowa's small towns thorugh a program of business education, mentoring, and the financial resources to help businesses grow. By bringing together seasoned business experts and critical resources at each seminar, business owners can tap into an array of services - all at one time.
We welcome you to connect with us to review your needs. We work closely with the local, county and state government agencies to pave the way for you to achieve your business goals. Contact us today.