Celebrate Small Business Saturday

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Did you know for every $100 spent at a small business $68 stays in the local community?

Small Business Saturday first began on November 27, 2010 and its purpose was to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses following the Black Friday hype associated with major retailers across the country. The day has continued as a tradition every Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday and last year an estimated $14.3 billion was spent at small businesses across the country.

While this day is important, it should not be just one day each year that people see the value in shopping at small businesses. Small businesses play a big part in providing jobs to the community and fuel the local, state, and national economy.

Southeast Iowa is home to many small businesses. We know they are great, but we suggest you check them out!

For the fitness guru – Bickel’s Cycling and Fitness

For the book worm – Burlington By The Book

For the coffee and pastry lover – The Apron 

For the fashionista – The Funky Cowgirl

These are just a few to get you started. To learn more about other small businesses throughout the Southeast Iowa region, check out the local main streets in the area including Fort Madison Main Street, Main Street Keokuk, Inc., Downtown Burlington, and Bloomfield Main Street.

Before start your holiday shopping this year, we hope that you re-think a visit to a large retailer and instead choose to shop local.

Until next time,
The Restoring Iowa Jobs team

Southeast Iowa – A great region to live, work, and raise a family

Southeast Iowa is on the rise with large companies like Siemens and Iowa Fertilizer investing in the regional economy. To accompany the many great job opportunities as a result of these companies, Southeast Iowa also offers its residents much more, making the region a great place to live, work, and raise a family.

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Housing
Living in Southeast Iowa is made easy with a variety of housing options at affordable prices. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 73 percent of Lee County  residents are homeowners and according to the Lee County Economic Development Group, a majority of homes within the area cost anywhere between $50,000-$100,000.

In Burlington, a city of almost 40,000 in Des Moines County, the median home value is $92,901 and average rent stands around $400 a month. The Greater Burlington Partnership offers great resources for current or potential residents, including SoutheastIowaHousing.com and a community reference guide.

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
The communities within Southeast Iowa offer numerous events year round for children, adults, and families to get out and have some fun! Whether it is visiting the Keokuk or Fort Madison art centers or shopping in Downtown Burlington and catching a movie at the 5&V Outdoor Cinema, there are a wide variety of options for fun within Southeast Iowa. Here are a few other attractions worth checking out throughout the year.

Education
According to the Lee County Economic Development Group, the schools within the county boast a student to teacher ratio of 14 to 1 and a five percent higher graduation rate than the national average. Residents in and surrounding Southeast Iowa also have access to numerous higher education opportunities, including Southeastern Iowa Community College  and Iowa State University’s Extension Office in Donnellson, which provides research-based learning.

These are just a few of the many things that make the Southeast Iowa region stand out as a top place within the state, no matter your stage of life. We encourage you to take in all that the region has to offer and explore even further by checking out some great resources including the websites of the Lee County Economic Development Group and the Greater Burlington Partnership.

Until next time,

The Restoring Iowa Jobs team