Corridor to host Business Succession Panel

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26 Feb 2024

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The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation (Corridor) will be hosting a Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, March 20, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. This event will include a panel discussion about resources available for business succession.

Business succession refers to the strategy of passing leadership or ownership of a business on to someone new. During this panel discussion, attendees will hear from individuals at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (Extension), Iowa’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Buena Vista University (BVU) about resources for business owners and entrepreneurs in regard to succession planning.

Panelists include Duane Johnson, Program Manager with Iowa State University Extension; Dan Nieland, Small Business Education Specialist (Agriculture) at Iowa State University Extension; Kirsten Case Fuller, Regional Director of the North Central Iowa SBDC; and Gary Sterling, Director of the Lamberti Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Instructor of Management at BVU.

“Business succession is an important topic, especially as entrepreneurs and business owners are looking to retire or sell their business, but still want to see it continue in their communities,” said Corridor President & CEO Curt Strouth. “Bringing together this panel will help give resources and insight into the business succession planning process. Anyone looking to sell their business either in the next 12 months or the next 12 years should attend – it’s never too soon to start planning for the longevity of your business.”

The Corridor’s Lunch & Learn events are free to attend for all Corridor investors, but RSVPs are required. RSVP for the event at or by calling the office at 712-264-3474.



The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation is the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties. The Iowa Lakes Corridor’s mission is to foster, encourage, promote, aid or otherwise assist in the economic development growth and development of the four-county region.