Altoona, IA Tech Hub

State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSCBI)

The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSCBI) is a $96 million investment in growing Iowa’s small businesses, including startups, manufacturers and businesses owned by veterans and individuals from diverse backgrounds. The funding is available through the U.S. Treasury Department’s SSBCI, a small business aid program that was expanded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act. Continue reading…

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New Art Sculpture Installation Underway

As the City of Altoona embarks on a series of major infrastructure improvements, they also are integrating site specific public art into the construction process. During the project for the 1st Avenue North Roundabout creation, Artist Aaron T Stephan is installing his work of art, “Woven Lines.”

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People of Altoona: Meet Kalyn!

Lately, Kalyn Gibson finds herself spending more and more time in Altoona—for business and for fun. Along with her husband Matt, Kalyn owns Forever Home Inspection Iowa, a company that has provided nearly 2,000 home inspections, including many in the Altoona market. (No surprise there. As the city’s population continues to grow, Altoona’s real-estate market is booming.)

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What are the 3 types of commercial real estate leases?

When it comes to commercial real estate for lease, the lease itself makes all the difference.

A commercial real estate lease—whether it’s for retail space for lease, office space or other commercial buildings—is a major commitment for tenants and landlords alike, involving significant time and capital. That’s why it’s so important to understand the structure of your lease before signing.

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Advantages of Doing Business at a Transportation Network

What is the best location for your transportation and logistics business?

Obviously, there are many factors to consider, from the local workforce and property taxes to the locations of your manufacturers and end-users. But the most important factor of all is the location’s proximity to a transportation network. This is why many companies are choosing to relocate their business to Altoona, Iowa. 

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