Alex Merk

Alex Merk is the Director of Marketing and Operations for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Lee County, an affiliate of Iowa Microloan. ISU Extension and Outreach provides research-based learning opportunities to Lee County, Iowa citizens. In this position, Merk has coordinated various programs for small businesses including a Business Plan Writing Class, Business Plan Competition, and the Lee County Microloan Program in partnership with Iowa Microloan. Prior to her role at ISU Extension and Outreach, Merk served as Program Coordinator for the GRRETA Proiect, a USDA-funded program that supports rural entrepreneurs and local food-related businesses in Southeast Iowa. Merk has also held marketing positions in both the nonprofit and private sectors, and has consulted for entrepreneurs on branding, web development, and somal media. Merk currently serves on the Southeast Iowa Small Business Development Center Advisory Council, the Fort Madison Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council, and volunteers with the Keokuk Area Chamber of Commerce.

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