(Harlan) Two Shelby County businesses received a total of $30,000 Friday in a competition sponsored by Shelby County Developsource.
Shelby County Developsource Director M.J. Broomfield says, the businesses that were awarded the money include: Iowa Agricultural Bio-Fibers, owned by Alan Chute, Don Cordes and John Schechinger, who will receive $20,000 to assist in building expansion costs. And, Panama Diesel, owned by Josh and Theresa Kaufman, who will receive $10,000, to purchase new diagnostic computer software.
"The original goal was to try and promote start-up or expansion businesses to Shelby County and help them to succeed," stated Broomfield, who adds that there were nine eligible applications that were submitted for the program.
The panel of five judges went through the applications and selected the top four, who presented their businesses plans last Friday. "This has been in the works for months marketing the program and getting business people interested," said Broomfield, adding they have enough funding available for doing this at least a second time in 2012.
Shelby County DevelopSource partnered with the City of Harlan, Harlan Industrial Foundation, Harlan Municipal Utilities, Shelby County Board of Supervisors, Bank of the West, Defiance State Bank, Farmers Trust and Savings Bank, Midstates Bank, Shelby County State Bank, Town & Country Credit Union, and United Bank of Iowa.
November 21, 2011