the EXCHANGE Calendar for2017


HAVE A program IDEA?

Ideas for upcoming events are discussed during Friday morning CoWorking sessions. Some of those include: How to write a business plan, small business website development, business email creation strategies, marketing, HR, employment law, partnering with local businesses for shipping and/or mailings. If you have another thought, please contact  the EXCHANGE and give us your idea.

Click the "Dues & News" page for Exchange members' success stories.

This calendar is subject to change so check back often. The public is invited to any of The Exchange for Entrepreneurs events and programs noted below.


FRIDAYS • 7:30 a.m. @ Smokey Row • Coffee & Conversation

the EXCHANGE meets at Smokey Row Friday mornings beginning at 7:30 a.m. (unless otherwise noted). You're invited to swing by to work, give your thoughts about our direction, let us know your business or just enjoy coffee and conversation​​.


19: ENTREPRENEUR STORYTELLING • 6:00 p.m. •  RSVPs Requested: 
Bob Wersen, owner of Interpower Corporation and Tassel Ridge Winery, will be sharing his fascinating story at the next Exchange Storytelling event on September 19. It will be held in the party room at On The Green (2214 South 11th Street, Oskaloosa) starting with a social time at 6 p.m. Mr. Wersen's presentation will begin at 6:30. Attendees will hear a summary of both businesses, learn their histories, hear about lessons and successes experienced along the way, and perhaps be able to take home some entrepreneurial journey advice. There will also be a Q&A time. Attendees are invited to order their own food and drink and are welcome to eat during the presentation if they so choose. Please RSVP at your earliest convenience. 


10: FREE TOOLS & TIPS • 7:30 a.m. -- Michael Wampler of Indian Hills Community College will be presenting Free Tools & Tips for Entrepreneurs. Bring your questions! This program will be held in the meeting room of Smokey Row beginning at 7:30 a.m. Come early to get a great seat!


In 2016, the Gleason & Taylor along with The Write Design secured special Lighted Christmas Parade seating above the parade route to view in the comfort of the OACDG Conference Room. Attendees enjoyed a warm room with a view along with holiday snacks and favorite beverages. There is the possibility of enjoying this 2017 holiday event in the same manner. Let us know...

2017 EVENT  highlights...

  • JULY: Debbie Doty, a local entrepreneur and co-owner of "Doty's", presented 'Staying Ahead of Hackers and Phishermen." She explained how our computer use behaviors can put us at risk more than we realize. She gave all attendees an excellent handout which included great advice. Get your copy by clicking here.
  • MAY: Michelle Bartusek, Director, Education and Resources of the Iowa Center for Economic Success spoke to the Oskaloosa Exchange for Entrepreneurs on May 5, 2017. The Iowa Center for Economic Success’ mission is to empower Iowans with the potential to succeed as they pursue opportunities for financial success. Services offered are free tax return preparation and tax planning, Women’s Business Center, business microloans, classes on business planning, networking, strategy, marketing, insurance, employee management and more.
  • APRIL: A special thank you to Steve DeBruin of WG Provisions / De Bruin Rabbit, for being the special speaker at the Exchange's Storytelling Event at On The Green. Thank you to OskyNews for their coverage of this event! Learn more about Steve's business by clicking on the links above.
  • MARCH: Thank you to Josh Buckingham for presenting "Numbers, Numbers, Numbers!" He answered many questions regarding a variety of money issues -- from bookkeeping, sales tax, to Social Security for the self-employed. Good stuff! His presentation notes are available here.
  • FEBRUARY: Thank you Exchange Member Jennifer Wilson for providing insightful and helpful information about various image types as well as when and how to use them. With your "Vectors, Pixels, DPIs, OH MY!" presentation, we all could see a little more clearly. Click here to view a copy of her PowerPoint presentation.
  • JANUARY: Jane Nicholson of Mahaska Drug and Nanette Cunningham of 804 Decor shared their entrepreneurial stories to attendees at this special evening event held at On The Green. Q&A was lively and their stories were fascinating. Click here to read about the night's event.p Benefits Ltd/Midwest One Insurance, a specialist in small business, group and the Affordable Healthcare Act, shared insurance options and ideas to Exchange attendees.


What have you missed? Keep scrolling! Synopses of past events appear below. If there's enough interest we could possibly schedule an encore presentation; send your request via email.