Joan Ballantyne, Cherokee realtor, will head the SCORE Vista chapter for the next year.
She succeeds James Bride, a Pocahontas county banker who held the office for two years.
Wayne Andrews of Storm Lake returns to an office as vice chairman and Darel Burns was re-elected secretary-treasurer. In the past, Andrews, a retired auto body shop owner, has served as chairman and vice chairman.
Ballantyne has been active in the Cherokee business community as a realtor for 50 years. She has been president of the Kiwanis Club, member of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce since 1967, on the board of Western Iowa Tech, Sioux Valley Hospital, LeMars Mutual Insurance, Cherokee Rodeo board 33 years, and sings in the Trinity Lutheran Church Choir. She is the first woman to head the area chapter of SCORE.
The Vista Chapter of SCORE counsels with beginning business persons in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Pocahontas and Sac Counties since it was chartered in 1992. Business people who have problems are encouraged to contact SCORE, an organization of retired business people who may have answers to most problems a firm may encounter.
In the year 2000 there were 68,970 employer businesses in Iowa with over 97 percent employing fewer than 500 people. There were 140,293 self-employed persons in the state according to labor and census figures.
Iowa women-owned businesses composed over 25 percent of all firms employing 71,724 workers. Minorities comprise an increasing number of business owners in Iowa. There were 1,300 Hispanic-owned firms and 1,700 Asian-owned businesses according to census reports from 1997.
SCORE is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which guarantees eligible loans made through local banks.
Interested persons may contact SCORE at the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce Office at 732-3780.