BUSINESS BRIEFS: Lunch & Learn set Thursday; ServSafe training set; Clark joins Jefferson County Realty; Molyneux named Young Agent of Year; Tenco receives grant

Olivia Clark
Olivia Clark

Lunch & Learn focuses on public relations

A Lunch & Learn workshop focusing on public relations is planned from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Public Library

Dean Draznin of Dean Draznin Communications will present the workshop. The firm has represented thought-leaders, cutting edge technology and software, health care, international art expos, leading manufacturers in the natural products industry, and nonprofits for more than 35 years. In the 1980s, DDC was instrumental in introducing Ayurvedic medicine to North America and launched the public career of media superstar Deepak Chopra. Its success has been based on experience, creativity, rapport with journalists, and an ability to “pull out the stops” and wage tenacious guerrilla campaigns.

Draznin’s presentation will overturn major misunderstandings about public relations and attendees come away with 10 easy tips that can be implemented to strengthen a business.

This Lunch & Learn workshop is part of Maharishi University of Management’s yearlong series of workshops and seminars funded by the USDA. For information, call the library at 472-6551.

ServSafe food safety training registration deadline nears

Jefferson County ISU Extension and Outreach will have a ServSafe food safety training from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Cambridge Learning Center.

The eight-hour food safety training and certification course meets the Certified Food Protection Manager requirement.

Registration for this class is online at Class size is limited and registration closes three weeks before class date. The deadline is Tuesday.

Visit for answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the course or contact Sara Sprouse at 319-293-3039 or

Clark joins Jefferson County Realty

Jefferson County Realty announces that Olivia Kaska Clark has joined its office as a new Real Estate agent.

Clark is a Fairfield native growing up on a rural Jefferson County farm with her parents, Bob and Chris Kaska, and siblings, Eve, Ryan and Jason.

Clark resides in Fairfield with her husband Jeremy and her children Caroline and Jameson.

Clark can assist with buying or selling homes, farms, acreages or commercial property.

Molyneux named Iowa’s Young Agent of the Year

SIGOURNEY — Heather Molyneux of Sigourney was recognized as the 2018 Young Insurance Agent of the Year at the Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa’s 112th Annual Convention held Sept. 26 in Altoona.

The award is presented annually to Iowa insurance professionals 40-years old or younger who demonstrate leadership within the insurance industry and their community. The Independent Insurance Agents of Iowa represents almost 660 member agencies in the state and over 12,000 licensed insurance agents. The organization serves the business interests of insurance agents who represent multiple insurance companies selling all lines of insurance.

Molyneux was recognized for her leadership in her community and the insurance industry.

Molyneux is affiliated with Century Insurance LLC in Sigourney.

Tenco receives grant from Principal Foundation

Tenco recently received a grant of $10,000 from the Principal Foundation, $5,000 of which will be directed to assisting people with disabilities to become more financially secure, with the remaining $5,000 underwriting the expense of the 54th Tenco Awards Banquet planned for April of 2019.

“We are delighted and honored to receive this support from the Principal Foundation” stated Cheryl Plank, Tenco executive director. “Tenco is dedicated to the growth of the clients we serve, and financial security is a major goal of the Individual Progress Plan that is personalized for each person receiving our services. Developing the skills and marketability of people with disabilities, leading to meaningful employment in the public workplace and combining this with budgeting and money management skills is Tenco’s ultimate long-term goal.”

The annual Tenco Awards Banquet has become a celebration of diversity and achievement in the Ottumwa community. The public event now draws 450-plus people from all walks of life from southern Iowa and beyond. The event touches the hearts of everyone who attends because of the honest emotions and pride in accomplishment demonstrated by recipients. Principal Foundation’s sponsorship of the 2019 Tenco Awards Banquet continues a precedent began this past year when the family and friends of Eddie Spees became the initial sponsor.

“The Principal Foundation is proud to support Tenco’s mission to build opportunities for people with disabilities to work, learn life skills, and interact in the community,” said Adam Glick, assistant director of IT with Principal in Ottumwa. “As the foundation works to help individuals learn more, earn more, and save more, Tenco is an impactful partner that strongly aligns with our mission.”