We’re Looking For An Executive Director!

By admin on May 28, 2021 0 Comments

Monona County Economic Development Partnership is looking for a qualified individual to fill the role of Executive Director. Monona County Economic Development Partnership (MCEDP) is a public-private partnership responsible for the systematic marketing of Monona County and the facilitation of economic development initiatives that foster the retention, expansion, and attraction of business to the county … Continue Reading


CANCELLED: America’s SBDC Iowa team of small business experts will be visiting Onawa on Thursday, November 19!

By admin on November 2, 2020 0 Comments

UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED America’s SBDC Iowa is excited to announce dates and communities for their #IASBDCMobile initiative. A team of experts in marketing, accounting and operations will be traveling to different communities around Iowa and offering free resources regarding e-commerce, QuickBooks, shipping and business operations.  Onawa is one of several chosen communities for this … Continue Reading

Education, Entrepreneurs, Monona County Economic Development

Online or Left Behind Workshops in November

By admin on October 21, 2020 0 Comments

Small business owners in the Siouxland area interested in creating an online presence to promote and sell their products are invited to attend a free workshop, “Online or Left Behind, 4 Steps to Prepare for Holiday Sales and Maximize Business in 2021”. Stacy Orndorff, Entrepreneurial Community Navigator for Iowa’s West Coast Initiative and owner of … Continue Reading

Education, Entrepreneurs, Monona County Economic Development, New Business

Successful First Business Blender with Iowa’s West Coast Initiative

By admin on October 8, 2020 0 Comments

The first of many business blenders in Monona County, hosted by Iowa’s West Coast Initiative (IWCI) in partnership with MCEDP took place October 7th at 6:30 pm at Carrier Coffee & Tea Company in Onawa. The meeting included a presentation by Williams and Company regarding Covid-19 financial resources, along with an exciting debut of Iron … Continue Reading

Agriculture Development, Monona County Economic Development, Workforce Development

Monona County’s Gateway To The World Market

By admin on September 24, 2020 0 Comments

NEW Cooperative breaks ground on Port of Blencoe On Wednesday, September 9, 2020, NEW Cooperative held a ground breaking ceremony for the Port of Blencoe along the Missouri River. Due to rainy conditions the ceremony was moved from the site of the new port to the shop at the nearby Blencoe location. The shipping and … Continue Reading


New Chief Executive Officer Named at Burgess Health Center

By admin on September 11, 2020 0 Comments

Burgess Health Center today announced that its board of directors hired Carl Behne, FACHE, as chief executive officer. Behne will be responsible for the 25-bed critical access hospital in Onawa, five Burgess Family Clinics serving the communities of Dunlap, Sloan, Whiting, and Mapleton in Iowa as well as Decatur, Neb., and two retail family pharmacies … Continue Reading

Entrepreneurs, Funding Opportunities


By admin on September 1, 2020 0 Comments

IOWA’S WEST COAST INITIATIVE (IWCI) is pleased to announce the hiring of Stacy Orndorff as Entrepreneurial Community Navigator. Earlier this year IWCI was awarded a grant from the Entrepreneurial Investment Awards Program administered by Iowa Economic Development Authority. The program awards grants to groups providing technical and financial assistance to entrepreneurs and startup companies seeking to … Continue Reading

Community Development, Funding Opportunities, Monona County Economic Development

Monona County Couple Secures 2020 Community Catalyst Building Remediation Grant to Restore Downtown Mapleton Building.

By admin on August 31, 2020 0 Comments

September 1, 2020 (Monona County) – Samantha and Matthew Kelm recently purchased a beautiful downtown corner building with hopes of restoring it to its original glory providing much needed commercial retail space and housing to the community of Mapleton, IA. In the fall of 2019, they set out to apply for the $100,000 grant that both the … Continue Reading

Education, Entrepreneurs, Monona County Economic Development

MCEDP Creates “Rising Tide” Group in response to COVID-19 Business Disruption

By admin on August 24, 2020 1 Comment

Monona County Economic Development (MCEDP) has created a monthly group with area businesses to meet virtually to discuss marketing ideas and business pivoting. This group is called “Monona County’s Rising Tide.” The meetings are opened with top marketing guidelines and end in beneficial discussion amongst business owners. The first meeting took place August 17, 2020 … Continue Reading