The Iowa Farm Bureau’s Renew Rural Iowa (RRIA), an innovative program to enhance and improve economic growth across the state, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016, and is looking for even greater success in 2017 and beyond.

Renew Rural Iowa is designed to help increase the enterprise value of new and existing businesses in Iowa’s small towns through a program of business education, mentoring and 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.

The last 10 years of RRIA has seen measurable success. It has helped more than 3,000 Iowans realize their potential by participating in business mentoring or a financial guidance seminar. In addition, Renew Rural Iowa has resulted in more than $125 million in economic impact for rural Iowa, and garnered national attention along the way.

Renew Rural Iowa is putting the necessary tools in place to foster economic growth in Iowa — a key strategy of the Iowa Farm Bureau. The anticipated benefits include a new vitality for this important segment of our state — community growth through new buildings, new people and more reinvestment within small and mid-sized Iowa communities.

Renew Rural Iowa seminars are uniquely designed to help Iowa business leaders cut through the confusion that comes with developing and growing a business by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges and methods to overcome them.

Individual seminars will help you appraise the strengths and weaknesses of your own businesses, and learn about tools to help you accelerate your existing business or jump-start new ones.

Attendees also have the opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners, and utilize the collective power of their experiences to help you address your barriers head on.

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