The Exchange begins

The Exchange is a group of like-minded area entrepreneurs who are currently self-employed or are taking steps to follow their business dreams down an entrepreneurial path.

Since 2015, the Exchange for Entrepreneurs has been meeting, learning, discussing and addressing business issues and concerns for its members and attendees. Its success as an organization is due, in part, to the Iowa Building, a restored historic building in downtown Oskaloosa and a potential grant opportunity to address a use for that building.

While in the infant stages of establishing an identity as a group and creating what is now a co-working and business incubator resource, the Exchange investigated the Iowa Building as a potential home. Though that investigation was premature, place continues to be discussed as our numbers and successes grow. 

Regular Coffee & Conversations continue to take place Friday morning (click the calendar menu item for more information). Special learning opportunities take place periodically thanks to experts from area businesses within the Mahaska Community. “Entrepreneur Story-Telling” provides opportunities to learn from area entrepreneurs. No dues are required to be a part of The Exchange; just attendance at any one of the events, a desire to learn, and a willingness to listen and exchange ideas and information.

Past event highlights...

Click on the calendar link to see current activities and review 2017's events.

  • OCTOBER 2016: Andy Campbell and Kelan Ern of Odyssey Group presented a great customer service program. Attendees learned the five main concepts on which customers evaluate your service, the tools and structure necessary for extraordinary customer service, and great Q&A followed.
  • SEPTEMBER 2016: Bryan Ziegler Bryan Ziegler of Indian Hills Small Business Development Center, provided valuable information on how he can help in the process of finding money for business startup and expansion. Read more in the article posted on OskyNews...
  • JULY 2016: Rob Taylor shared his story while providing information, resources, and insight during his Taking the Leap presentation. Weren't able to attend? Click for a copy of his presentation notes which includes some excellent reading suggestions.
  • JUNE 2016: Todd Swope provided insightful, simple to understand basics of websites and how to make sure information is attractive to your business audience. 
  • MAY 2016: Mark DeJong from Bank Iowa,presented some great tips with regard to small businesses in his "Think Like A Banker" presentation. He stressed not being afraid to call and make an appointment to talk with your banker;they will ask the tough questions and help in any way they can. They want you to succeed just as much as you do!
  • APRIL 2016: Facebook Marketing: Exchange member Renee McLaughlin helped attendees understand the confusing world of Facebook Marketing. To view her PowerPoint presentation, click here. Want Renee's help in marketing efforts for your business? Call her, 641.670.0056.
  • MARCH 2016: Why 124 North Market Is Important to You -- Attendees learned about the four groups in the OACDG building, what benefits they offer local entrepreneurs and the value of being connected locally. Click here to learn more or visit the OACDG web site.
  • MARCH 2016: The Exchange - A New Introduction: Held March 8 at On The Green in Oskaloosa, members of the Exchange Steering Committee introduced the direction and focus of the community and invited members to fill out a survey to make sure needs and wants were being met. There was a great turn out and lots of new faces exploring the community's entrepreneurial potential and value.
  • SEPTEMBER 2015: Chris Haviland, Group Benefits Ltd/Midwest One Insurance, a specialist in small business, group and the Affordable Healthcare Act, shared insurance options and ideas to Exchange attendees.
  • SEPTEMBER 2015: Josh Buckingham from TD&T CPAs & Advisors presented the program: Business Financial Basics." Click here to view a PDF version of his presentation. 
  • OCTOBER 28: ​Andy Campbell and Kelan Ern of Odyssey Group presented a great customer service program. Attendees learned the five main concepts on which customers evaluate your service, the tools and structure necessary for extraordinary customer service, and great Q&A followed.