Saturday, May 26, 2012

Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation

I would like to introduce to the readers of my blog and my recurring visitors of this non profit company. A brief summary of who they are;

The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (formerly the Great Lakes Corridor of Opportunity) was organized in 1992 to foster encourage, promote, assist or otherwise aid economic growth and development in the Iowa counties of Clay and Dickinson. In late 2005, Emmet County became a part of the region and in January 2006, Buena Vista County joined the region.

The organization is a 501(c)6, non-profit organization in the State of Iowa. The Iowa Lakes Corridor is governed by a 12-member board of directors who set policy and direction for the organization. The board of directors is responsible for the hire of the President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor. The Corridor currently receives funding from the public and private sector. The total annual budget is approximately $600,000. The Iowa Lakes Corridor has three full-time and three part-time, professional staff members with a central office located on the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Spencer.

What they do for the area is more than just help those who want to start a business, they have partners for job seekers.

FastTrac NewVenture course for entrepreneurs
Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture logo
The Corridor will be hosting a Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture course for entrepreneurs looking to start a business. 

This program is best-suited for entrepreneurs in their early stages of business development. It provides the tools necessary to develop a business concept, determine the viability of the business concept, and outline the critical steps to a successful business launch.

Kauffman FastTrac®, an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac® participants don't just learn about the business, they live it. They work on their own business ideas or ventures throughout the program - moving their ventures to reality or to new levels of growth. Kauffman FastTrac® programs were created by entrepreneurs and are facilitated by entrepreneurs.

The FastTrac course will begin Tuesday, February 21. Sessions will be held every Tuesday for 10 weeks from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at the Iowa Lakes Corridor office in Spencer. 

Contact Brian at the Corridor office for more information at 712-264-3474, or send him an email.

What I bake

  • Cakes
  • Cupcakes
  • Bread (quick)
  • Cookies (Holiday cookies and everyday cookies)
  • Apple Crisp
  • Blueberry Buckle
  • Bars
  • Muffins
  • Cinnamon rolls (keep in mind that Cinnabon Cinnamon rolls are unique and a trade mark that can't be done exactly like theirs. Mine are more unique to how I make them.)
Any dessert that we bake that requires fruit the charge for off season depends on the fruit; i.e. blueberries, if Blueberry Buckle is made for someone when it's off season the blueberries are purchases frozen, The blueberry harvest in North America varies. It can start as early as May and usually ends in late summer. So depending on the fruit the cost will vary from season to off season. 

All pricing reflects to the current price of the item(s) that I purchase either locally or online. If it is an ingredient that is fresh or frozen ( won't buy canned fruit) I charge for that price. 

Graduation Cakes and cupcakes 2012

 Purple Velvet cupcakes

Cupcakes became chocolate raspberry filled with a raspberry buttercream