(PRWEB) February 6, 2004
Zander Graphics is delighted to announce the launching of the Iowa Organics Network, a cooperative community whose mission is "to increase public exposure to local business and advance the field of natural health." Members of the ION community gain access to email discussion groups, print and online advertising opportunities, press and marketing services, and a variety of other business resources.
The ION website serves as an interactive directory of local food producers, natural health practitioners, and other merchants who are actively concerned about the welfare of our communities and our world. Visitors to the ION site can easily find the finest quality goods and services and support their local communities at the same time. News articles and links, professional association links, community events calendars, and many other resources, keep our members and visitors up-to-date on the latest developments in our relationship with the world around us. Recipes, quotations, and educational games supplement the ION site.
Thoreau once wrote, "The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly." As more and more people turn to more healthy lifestyles, we need a stable basis of support to be there, organized and ready to educate. One of the main goals of the ION community is to offer people a tender welcome back to nature, and to show them what their local community really has to offer.
As a cooperative community, ION attempts to increase positive interaction among its members. Input from members and visitors is encouraged, including comments, suggestions, editorials, articles, stories, and participation in email discussions. Through a positive community atmosphere and cooperative efforts, the Iowa Organics Network strives to increase public exposure to local business and advance the field of natural health. Healthy commerce encourages a healthy community and a more pleasant environment for all of us. Events organized by community members will be promoted on the ION site as well as through email lists, on other area websites, and printed announcements. As the community grows, we will begin to organize more and more public events.
Benefits such as online banner exchange programs, web hosting, e-mail services, discussion lists, site submission tools, professional directories, free classified ad access, and discounts on graphic services from Zander Graphics make ION membership an extremely powerful and cost-effective marketing tool. ION members will also be able to access tools to start their own online store, to buy or sell successfully on eBay or other online markets, download business forms, start an e-newsletter, learn to use common business applications like Microsoft Word and many others, co-operative advertising opportunities, and wholesale and resale opportunities.
Iowa Organics Network Members also gain access to some powerful tools for locating and landing a wide variety of grants, contracts, and awards. Whether from the government or private organizations, we will help you find funding for your project. We'll even show you where to learn how to write top-notch grant applications.
For more information on marketing and promotional opportunities through the Iowa Organics Network, mail to ION@zandergraphics.com or visit http://www.iowaorganics.net/membership.html
Appropriate non-profit organizations are offered free listings, webspace, and other services as our way of supporting their efforts.
The Iowa Organics Network is currently active for areas including the
following counties: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jefferson, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Linn, Muscatine, and Washington.
Future developments include an online organic marketplace, a searchable database of organic producers and retailers, cookbooks, children's books, homeschooling information and educational materials, and a jazzy new kids' area.
Everyone who joins ION as a Charter Member by February 15 receives a free web page and enhanced ION Directory listing. All members who join before the Spring Equinox will also be entered in a drawing for one of several Red Avocado gift certificates to be given away.
A gateway to the public sector of the Iowa Organics Network is available at http://www.iowaorganics.net
ION Representatives can be contacted at ION@zandergraphics.com or by phone at 319-354-4130