Iowa entrepreneurs develop Farmmee app to connect farmers to services

Farmmee’s goal is to aid farmers in finding services and providers that can meet their needs

Iowa entrepreneurs develop Farmmee app to connect farmers to services

From left: Molly Woodruff, Cindy Rockwell and Becky McCrae, developers of Farmmee. (Rick Purnell)

With backgrounds in farming and agriculture, the trio behind a new farming app know the challenges that can come with farming on tight deadlines — haulers breaking down or storms threatening crops right before harvest.

These challenges led three Iowa entrepreneurs to create Farmmee, an app aimed at helping connect farmers to people and companies that can provide necessary services.

Farmmee connects farmers with providers who can perform services they may need, including spreading manure, hauling hay or a range of other tasks. Farmers also can list themselves as providers, offering their expertise and services to other farmers.

Molly Woodruff, Cindy Rockwell and Becky McCrea have decades

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Online Business Portal Empowers Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs in Caldwell, Watauga Counties

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has launched Startup Caldwell-Watauga, a new program to support entrepreneurs and drive local economic development.

The program — which is tied to the CCC&TI Small Business Center — helps entrepreneurs throughout Caldwell and Watauga counties quickly and easily connect to free and low-cost support programs and resources (including current COVID-19 relief) and provides access to virtual training and collaborative tools.

“Our main services that we provide are one-on-one counseling and educational training through workshops and seminars on a variety of topics to help small business owners,” CCC&TI Small Business Center Director Carmela Tomlinson said. “And I’m going to be here to help you along the way. I’m going to be your biggest fan.”

The free business community resource, which features testimonials from business owners in Caldwell and Watauga counties, also includes:

· How-to training on essential startup topics

· Direct connection to the CCC&TI

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Creating Entrepreneurs Who Creates Jobs Says Satyajeet Rajan Additional Chief Secretary Govt Of Kerala

“While the Education system in India is to shift drastically towards technical or skill based education even at school level, however the shift is not to happen overnight and will take some time to impact the system. Here we must remember that our focus should be on creating entrepreneurs who will create jobs apart from imparting job facilitating skills”, asserted Satyajeet Rajan, Additional Chief Secretary, Labour, Skills and Excise, Government of Kerala in a conversation with Poulami Chakraborty of BW Businessworld. 

Excerpts below:

How have been the past one year of pandemic for you?
Pandemic has had positives and negatives. On the positive side, we have learnt new less expensive ways of doing business. It has also enabled us to be self-reliant and simultaneously, enabled us to inculcate good and healthy habits as usage of masks and sanitizer. On the negatives, second phase has taken quite a big toll. 


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Randolph Community College Small Business Center guides entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur Marcus Lowery was unsure if he wanted to create and operate his business as a nonprofit or limited liability company, relying on the Randolph Community College Small Business Center to provide guidance.

The center gave him material laying out the pros and cons of operating businesses under the two options for his Nu Wine business. This is just one of a few reasons Lowery believes he’s received multiple benefits from being exposed to the center.

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“One that races to the front of my mind is the sense of urgency to acknowledge where I was in my small business process,” Lowery said. “Once I was able to view where I was, I could envision where I wanted to go and what I would need to get there.”

Lowery is thankful for the large number of free resources that will help him 

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