1/23 , 1/26, 1/30 Watershed Planning Participation Opportunities

Pathfinders will be facilitating community meetings to help develop the Lower Skunk River Watershed Management Plan.  Anyone who lives, works, farms, or owns property in the watershed is encouraged to attend the following dialogues about opportunities and concerns relevant to the watershed:             Salem @ the Salem Library from 10am – 12:30pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018           Stockport @ the American Legion Hall from 12-2:30pm on Friday, January …

Jan, Feb & March: Free Business Workshops and Seminars offered in Fairfield

Maharishi University of Management has received a $46,500 USDA Rural Business Development Grant which will be used to offer seminars and workshops open to local small businesses. The MUM College of Business is partnering with the Fairfield Economic Development Association, the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Pathfinders RC & D, the Fairfield CoLab, the Fairfield Entrepreneurs Association and SCORE to bring Jefferson …

Request for Proposal: Adaptive Reuse of the Libertyville School Building

Purpose The City of Libertyville and Fairfield Community School District are working collaboratively to find an adaptive re-use for the Libertyville School Building. The purpose of this Request for Proposal [RFP} is to solicit proposals for adaptive reuse of the Building with the intention to transfer ownership by sale or other responsible means to a third party that meets the …

Meet Our Board: Willie Van Weelden

Willie Van Weelden serves as vice-chair on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D, and is a Mahaska County Supervisor. Willie has served on our board twice, totaling 15 years of service. When Willie first became a supervisor and Pathfinders Board member in 2000, he was not familiar with our organization. However, he soon took an active interest in Pathfinders’ …

Featured Small Business Loan Recipient: Upholstery & Sew Forth

This month’s featured small business loan recipient is Suzanne VanHorn. Her upholstery business, Upholstery & Sew Forth is on the square in Bloomfield, and draws clients from as far as Des Moines, Kansas City and the Quad Cities. Sue learned the upholstery trade from her mother and started her own business several years ago. “Upholstery was in my family; I’ve …

Meet Our Board: Alan Yahnke

Alan Yahnke serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D and is a Davis County Supervisor. He is one of our newest members, joining the board in the first part of 2017. For 30 years, Alan worked first in Fairfield and then the Eddyville community before deciding it was time to become active in his own community of Davis …

Meet The Byway: The Red Shed

The Red Shed, Bloomfield A new business has just opened in Bloomfield! You can find The Red Shed on Route 2/ US Hwy 63, a few miles east of the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. Owners Joe and Rose Dotterer opened their doors this month and are thrilled to offer an eclectic assortment of home goods and treats to the Bloomfield …

Meet Our Board: Dick Reed

Dick Reed serves on the Board of Directors at Pathfinders RC&D and is a Jefferson County Supervisor. He has served 4 years with us, and is passionate about serving his community.    Dick was born and raised in Jefferson County. After joining the navy, he became an airplane mechanic and studied and worked in the field of technology and aeronautics. …

Pathfinders Offers Online Marketing Assistance for Small Businesses

Pathfinders is excited to provide online marketing technical assistance for over 40 small businesses in 8 communities along the Historic Hills Scenic Byway in the next year. The program will promote tourism to the area by offering workshops and support for businesses to join TravelIowa.com, Google My Business and other free marketing opportunities. “We’re excited to help businesses with their …