the EXCHANGE Calendar for2018


PLEASE NOTE: Dates for 2018 will be posted when all details are confirmed. 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 in 2018

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​​.

The following calendar details are still being addressed which is fluid regarding presentations, stories, and social events listed below. Feel free to email your thoughts, suggestions, or willingness to participate. Thank you!


Date TBD: Social and An Entrepreneurial Story

Date TBD: Exchange Presents "Creating a Business Plan"


Date TBD: Exchange Presents "The Business Checklist"


Date TBD: An Entrepreneurial Story


Date TBD: Exchange Presents "Conversations with Bankers"

Date TBD: Potluck Picnic


Date TBD:Exchange Presents "Online Community Building" touching on selling online, creating a following, social media marketing/selling


TBD: An Entrepreneurial Story


Date TBD: The Alley Social


Date TBD: Exchange Presents "Insurance Options and Strategies for Entrepreneurs"


Date TBD: Exchange Presents "Tax Law Changes / End of the Year Tax Prep"


Date TBD: Holiday Social

Use our contact form if you have presentation requests or ideas you'd like to share. Looking forward to hearing from you!  


  • In February, the Exchange was honored to hear "Creating vs. Finding Employment: An Entrepreneurial Story" -- ​Entrepreneurs, someday entrepreneurs, business owners, and members of the community were invited to come and learn how Kory & Staci Wright (owners of The Brickhouse) created their own success stories. The event was held at the Brickhouse Cafe, 212 1st Ave., and the food Kory provided (for a free-will donation) was exceptional!​

2017 EVENT  highlights...

  • NOVEMBER: Richard Tolbert (resident of Ankeny, father of 5, husband of 17 years, musician, traveler, and Frianklin Covey's representative for Iowa), presented "The Time Matrix" which generated some amazing conversation about productivity and how we spend our time.
  • SEPTEMBER: Bob Wersen provided a fascinating story about his business start-ups, moving his company from Santa Rosa to Oskalooosa IA, and ended the evening with some very helpful advice to entrepreneurs.
  • 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.