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Category: Entrepreneurship

Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer
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Plan aims for hundreds of new jobs, housing units in Spencer

Spencer’s new economic development plan sets the ambitious goals of adding hundreds of new jobs and housing units. The Spencer City Council on Monday approved a resolution to implement the local economic development plan developed by Toyer Strategic Consulting that seeks to create new, high-quality jobs and expand the local population. The plan’s goals, determined...

Iowa Lakes Corridor recognizes business standouts at annual luncheon
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Iowa Lakes Corridor recognizes business standouts at annual luncheon

The Iowa Lakes Corridor held its annual Business Recognition Luncheon and Awards event Wednesday to honor area industry leaders and standouts from the past year. Recipients were nominated by their business peers and accepted their awards in front of a large crowd at the Clay County Fair and Events Center. “Thank you, guys, for sharing...

The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1
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The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar will close Nov. 1

One of Spencer’s most distinctive dining options is closing. The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 24 West Park Street, will close Nov. 1, co-owners Dave and Leann Jacobsen announced early Monday evening. The space, including the former Gary’s on the River upstairs, will be available for Christmas parties and other events using private caterers until...

Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer
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Italy Pasta and Pizza looks to bring ‘good Italian food’ back to Spencer

Sammy Ramadani has heard Spencer misses good Italian food. Even in Algona, where he owns Napoli’s, Ramadani said he often hears from people about how they missed the Napoli’s in Spencer. “Everybody who came to my restaurant in Alonga told me they missed the Italian restaurant in Spencer,” he said. “I thought it was probably...

Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards
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Iowa Lakes Corridor seeking nominations for business awards

The Iowa Lakes Corridor’s Business Recognition Luncheon is just around the corner. Wednesday, Nov. 14 will mark the Corridor’s ninth annual ceremony with the purpose to thank existing business and industries for their commitment to the Corridor Region. Because of their presence, our economy is further stimulated, creating jobs and fostering the quality of life...

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