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LuAnna Gerdemann works in Key City Creative Center’s newest office space in Dubuque, Iowa, on Nov. 28. Dupaco and Key City Creative Center expanded their partnership by creating BizHub—an office space for small business owners. (T. Hitzler photo)

Winners awarded memberships to Key City Creative Center

DUBUQUE, Iowa—Two individuals were awarded memberships to the Key City Creative Center to develop their skills and training, thanks to a partnership between Dupaco Community Credit Union, the Dupaco R.W. Hoefer Foundation and the Dubuque makerspace.

Lindsey Reiter and Adam Zalaznik, both of Dubuque, received the non-renewable, annual memberships.

Applicants completed a questionnaire, which was available throughout November. Judging was based on the applicants’ need and desire to improve their skills and goal and plan for skill sustainability.

What the memberships offer

Key City Creative Center is a makerspace that provides its members with a low-cost and spacious environment to build and collaborate on projects and ideas.

The center offers equipment and classes on woodworking, welding, metalworking, 3-D printing, pottery and sewing. Membership provides 24/7 access and use of equipment at the center. And it allows individuals to develop skills that might not otherwise be available.

Dupaco partnered with Key City Creative Center to provide another opportunity for individual empowerment.

The winners will have a space to create and develop products and establish partnerships with other local creators, which could lead to small business opportunities. Past award recipients have done just that and used their membership to start and grow their businesses.

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Dupaco membership benefits

All Dupaco members receive a 20% discount off monthly and annual Key City Creative Center membership costs. It’s a credit union member benefit.

Membership also provides access to the new Dupaco-sponsored BizHub located within Key City Creative Center. The BizHub provides members with office and conference space to manage their business ventures.

“This partnership presents a great opportunity to provide invaluable resources to those who are thinking about starting a business or doing freelance work,” said Dupaco President and CEO Joe Hearn. “As a financial cooperative, Dupaco gives members the tools and resources to move them toward reaching their goals—no matter where life takes them.”