here's this month's news wrap-up from the Clay County EDC:

Keystone Awards To Feature Diverse Honors

The Dec. 13 Keystone Awards Luncheon will include some of the most unique projects in recent years. Major public and private building efforts along with dramatic programs impacting businesses, workforce and quality of life will be among the honorees at the EDC's annual event. Read More.

T.J. Berry Named to Lead Clay County EDC

Finishing his term as state representative, community leader and entrepreneur T.J. Berry will begin part time in January to work alongside 17-year veteran Jim Hampton. Read More.

Northland Angel Investor Network Reaches Business Milestone

The EDC-backed group is on its way to fulfilling a goal of bringing new businesses and jobs to the area. Read More.

CAPS Students Present Strategic Data for EDC Initiative

Two students from the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies recently presented an in-depth look at trends in two key industries. Those developments are likely to impact local economic development, employment and more. Read More.

Career Fair Promotes Expanding Trades and Professions

A recent career fair for Northland middle and high school students shed light on a wide range of growth industries available in this area. Read More.

Tony Reinhart Takes Well-Deserved Bow at Look North Breakfast

Former EDC President and Ford executive Tony Reinhart received the Look North Leadership Award for a range of accomplishments that stretch over more than a decade. Read More.

Doniphan Institute Plans Spring Cohort

The executive leadership program co-sponsored by the EDC will begin its next session Jan. 24. Read More.

SBA Rates Offer Long-Term, Low Interest

If you're starting or expanding a business, SBA 504 loans are hard to beat for both borrowers and traditional lenders – especially when you work with the customer-friendly staff at Midwest Small Business Finance.

The November SBA 504 interest rates are 4.470 percent for 10-year loans and 4.577 for 20-year loans.

For further information, contact Midwest Small Business Finance at (816) 468-4989 or visit

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