DES MOINES — The Iowa Downtown Resource Center, housed at the Iowa Department of Economic Development, is sponsoring an independent business workshop in Centerville on July 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Motel 60's conference room, 117 N. 18th St. The workshop is one of a series of workshops across Iowa this year with expert trainers for independent businesses to learn new skills and techniques. This is an opportunity to strengthen businesses in tough economic times, and is free of charge to attendees. Centerville-Rathbun Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is the co-host for the workshop.

After devastating natural disasters in 2008 and now the economic recession, it’s more important now than ever to keep on top of best practices that improve the bottom line and strengthen long-term viability. Workshops will also include a brief presentation from IDED about Community Development Block Grants, a program to strengthen communities through infrastructure and community development projects.

The workshops will feature Hilary Greenberg of Greenberg Development Services who will provide practical advice on how downtown businesses and revitalization programs can flourish despite the current economic challenges. Ms. Greenberg is a nationally recognized business development expert. She has been a regular consultant to the National Main Street Center and has worked with over thirty state affiliated Main Street programs. State and local governments across the country have used Ms. Greenberg’s workshop and training sessions to train local business leaders in the area of downtown redevelopment, business recruitment and business retention.

For more information, contact IDED’s Special Projects Coordinator, Stephanie Weisenbach, at (515) 725-3007, or at Stephanie.weisenbach@iowalifechanging.com

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