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Iowa City area sees business growth

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce says their membership was double in January, compared to the same month last year.

One of those new members is Dr. Bradi Arnold is one of those new members, getting closer to opening her new office.

"Everything's been going rather smoothly," said Arnold in a recent interview. She was ready to install lead walls for an x-ray room, when we spoke with her a couple weeks ago.

Family First Chiropractic will move in next to Milio's Sandwiches near the Coralville strip.

Arnold's discovered that the location is one of many advantages to setting up shop here.

"Bringing my business here, I'm also going to local businesses and helping to generate growth for them with my advertising material, my signs, and the contractor." She also uses a chiropractic technique not used by other practitioners in the area.

Even in the aftermath of the 2008 flood and a spiraling economy, Coralville and surrounding cities are still growing, according to Chamber President Nancy Quellhorst.

"We're not exempt from the economic challenges that the nation faces, but we're certainly insulated to some extent."

She says new business owners can find good deals right now for consulting work and office space.

"If you're looking for some guidance and expertise, there are consultants out there willing to lend that guidance and advice."

However, she says credit is still tight, meaning loans are tougher to get.

"You're going to have to maybe work a little bit harder. Not to say that they don't exist, because they do, but it may be a bit more of a struggle than it would be normally."

In the meantime, Dr. Arnold is optimistic with a new president promising big things for the economy, and patients coming her way.

"I think there's a lot of people coming in, and a lot of people that need health care."

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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