Executive Director Opportunity Available at Market on Main
Are you a decisive self-starter who can motivate people and loves a challenge?
Ottumwa’s MARKET ON MAIN is now accepting applications for the position of Executive Director. This position requires a competitive, independent, person of action who can problem solve and strategically get things done through people. Reporting to the President & CEO of Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, the successful candidate will be held accountable for all promotions and activities in our 12,000 sq. ft. multi-faceted facility. As the Market’s spokesperson you must have strong and influential communication skills required for maintaining good community relations with the public, city leadership, and civic organizations. You will be accountable for creative implementation of strategic small business development including marketing, social media, grant application/management needed to excite a vibrant shopping venue within our Market. Must be able to focus on the “big picture” and thrive on inventing a truly unique shopping opportunity for our community! If you’re a proactive person of action, a strategic thinker and someone driven by results, we want to talk to you!
- Bachelor’s Degree with 5-7 years of applicable experience
- Comfortable with public speaking engagements to small, medium and large groups
- Excellent interpersonal relations and ability to cultivate strong relationships and networks
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously
- Creative and proactive problem solver
- Understanding of current marketing/public relations models and delivery mechanisms
- Eye for merchandising and displays
Please send your resume to:
Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation
101 S. Market, Suite 201
Ottumwa, IA 52501
To view the full job description, please click here. Applications are due by March 14, 2015.
Call for Entrepreneurs to Launch Their Dream at the Market!
Market on Main is putting a call out for new vendors to launch their start-up business from the Market. The Market, which opened in 2014 is a business incubator for small food, retail, and natural products businesses.
“We have evaluated the Market facilities, and are making adjustments and additions to make the Market a viable space for start-ups. We are adding two vent hoods for prepared food operations, and have made some additional changes to the storage and commercial kitchen area,” stated Brad Little, president of Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. The Foundation took over leadership of the Market in January and has recently appointed members to the Market on Main Advisory Committee to assist in setting the new strategic vision for the Market. “We want to engage as many community leaders as possible in this process,” stated Brad Little, President of Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation. “We feel strongly about the success of the Market, and the contribution the Market will have on building a great destination for entrepreneurs as they grow their business in downtown Ottumwa,” commented Little. “This team brings a wide variety of knowledge and experience to the table.” Committee member Alex Beltran of HyVee looks forward to the opportunities the Market will bring to Ottumwa. “Market on Main is a great asset in helping to rebuild our downtown. The Market has an impeccable building; and set up. I am proud to be a part of their committee and look forward to the many opportunities we as a group will encounter.”
Imperative to the success of the market is finding the right business mix. To accomplish this, the Market is looking for individuals interested in opening small restaurants, particularly those focused on quality, handcrafted foods sourced locally. In addition, the Market is looking for a bakery or pastry shop, snack shops – ice cream or popcorn, as well as non-food retail shops. “At this point we are open to solid ideas from serious entrepreneurs.” As a business incubator, space in the Market is offered at below market-rate rent. Leases are offered on a one to three year basis, for spaces ranging from 100 to 300 square feet. Market tenants are responsible for the build out of their leased space. Interested entrepreneurs are required to submit a written business plan, and to meet with Market leadership to determine the viability of their plan in the Market space. Those interested in learning more about start-up space should visit the Market or call 641.682-0261.
Market Embraces New Leadership & Looks to the Future for Growth
A recent Ottumwa City Council meeting brought new leadership to Market on Main, Ottumwa’s downtown business incubator and public marketplace. The Council turned the reigns over to the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation (OLRF), who will assume leadership immediately. “We are very excited to be working with the Market,” stated OLRF President & CEO Brad Little. “We know there is a lot of work to be done to get the Market on track…we will begin immediately to establish a sound organizational structure, going back to the original vision of the Market as a business incubator. This new structure will support the Market, steering it in a positive direction.”
Market on Main opened in March 2014, a 12,000 square foot facility located on the northwest corner of Main and Jefferson in downtown Ottumwa. The original vision for the Market was to create easy access to diverse foods, while providing an environment for small businesses to thrive. The project was partially funded through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). “Because we secured funding through IEDA, it’s vital that we get the Market on track to achieve the goals laid out in the original grant,” commented Ottumwa Mayor Tom Lazio. “We recognize that the Market has not fulfilled many of its goals…it is our hope that this change in leadership will push the Market in the right direction. It truly could be a great catalyst to the redevelopment of our downtown.”
The Market’s new leadership is wasting no time in getting to work. The Market plans to move quickly over the next 90 days to revamp its leasing procedures; making the Market an attractive location for start-up businesses. A search will begin immediately for quality tenants who are passionate about starting a business and who are dedicated to the success of the Market, and the growth of Downtown Ottumwa. Additionally, Market staff is working to establish a consistent marketing message and determine the best events to draw visitors to the Market.
Market Welcomes Stone Soup Company
The Stone Soup Company opened their doors at the Market on Main November 28th. Co-owners Sherry Root and Martha West provide fresh, homemade soup each with day. Varieties include everything from tomato, chicken tortilla, turkey and wild rice to chili and white chicken chili. Each bowl comes with your choice of a homemade yeast roll, slice of cornbread or cheesy biscuit. Miss Martha also bakes homemade brownies that will leave you craving seconds. Stop in today and visit Sherry and Martha and order a bowl of soup or take a pint or quart to go.
Like Fresh Food and Local Growers? You'll Love It Here!
On average, supermarket food travels 1,500 miles before it gets to you. That's up to 14 days in transit! Usually, local foods are picked only a few days before being sold. Did you know that less than 20 cents of every dollar you spend on food at a supermarket goes to the farmer? In contrast, 80-90% of every dollar you spend at a local farmers market is kept by the farmer you purchased it from, supporting the livelihood of our local producers. Local Production + Local Consumption = Local Economic Development. If you want to purchase the freshest tasting food, reduce your environmental footprint, and help support your local community visit our local growers who will be partnering with the Market to sell their products beginning in May at the Farmer's Market.