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  • Rural Ventures Accelerator (RVA) Program for Adding Value to the Economic Developer’s Tool Box

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 10, 2017 | 0 comments
    Rural Ventures Accelerator (RVA) is a program of the Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality (IFMCV to provide business technical assistance to strategic rural ventures. The first year RVA pilot is conducted in collaboration with Ag Ventures Alliance (AgVA) and the Community Vitality Center (CVC) at Iowa State University. Seed funding for the RVA pilot is provided in part by a USDA Rural Business Development grant with match from AgVA and CVC-ISU.
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  • From the Desk of Director Durham

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 10, 2017 | 0 comments
    The coming of a new year always seems to provide a clean slate with which to write your next chapter. Resolutions are made and goals are set. We tend to think of goal-setting on more personal terms such as developing healthier eating habits or exercising more. But as community leaders, this is also a good time for review and envisioning goals for the future prosperity of your city.
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  • inTANDEM Workspace

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 10, 2017 | 0 comments
    Coworking locations have been growing across Iowa over the past few years. These facilities offer community, convenience and a flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and remote workers, but they require some tender loving care to become sustainable and to thrive. In this quarter’s Resource Partner update, we called on Darcy Swon, founder of inTANDEM workspace in Webster City, to share her thoughts on launching and growing a cowork facility.
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  • Entrepreneur Spotlight - Threads

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 05, 2017 | 0 comments
    With an emphasis on company culture in this month’s IASourceLink, I hit the jackpot for the entrepreneur spotlight. It was recommended I reach out to Sean Abbas, Co-Founder and President of Threads in Cedar Falls, IA. A little background about Sean as an entrepreneur - he has over 25 years of real-world experience managing people and leading companies and aside from Threads, he is also the owner of a manufacturing company called Baird Mounting Systems and a member of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Board of Directors.
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  • The Biggest Misconception about Company Culture

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 05, 2017 | 0 comments
    When you think of company culture, what comes to mind? Big employers like Google, Facebook or Zappos? Companies that have ping-pong tables in the rec room, outdoor basketball courts or a coffee barista on-hand to keep employees caffeinated continuously throughout the day. Or maybe you think of more intangible things like letting employees set their own hours or work from home.
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  • Resource Partner Highlight - Advance Iowa

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Jan 05, 2017 | 0 comments
    Does your company value its employees and place an importance on people? In the midst of the stresses that comes with running a business, a healthy company culture can be easily forgotten. This month I sat down with Dan Beenken, Director of Advance Iowa at the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation to talk about how to jump-start your company culture with the help of some valuable resources offered by Advance Iowa.
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  • Nominations Now Being Accepted for Prometheus Awards

    Posted by Amy Kuhlers on Dec 20, 2016 | 0 comments
    Do you know an innovative company or individual that demonstrates excellence in technology? Consider nominating them for a Prometheus Award! Nominations are now being accepted for recognition at Iowa's premier technology event.
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  • Federal Labor Standards Act Changes Blocked

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments
    As many of you probably already planned for, today was to be the date the new changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act would go into effect. However, the lawsuit that was filed in September by 21 states, including Iowa, went before a Texas judge last week. At the end of the day on Tuesday, breaking news hit the internet.
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  • How to Create a Business Succession Plan

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments
    Business owners are well advised to begin creating a business succession plan as soon as possible. Even if a business owner doesn’t plan to transfer his/her business for many years, the plan should still be in place in case something unexpected arises. That said, picking up the pen and actually creating the succession plan can be very daunting for even the most sophisticated business owners.
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  • Becoming an Entrepreneur - Interview with David Ballheim

    Posted by IASourceLink Admin on Nov 30, 2016 | 0 comments
    I would recommend you really know and trust your financial resources. Of all the challenges I have faced the financial challenges in the beginning were the ones that kept me up at night. Whether you are self-financing your business, borrowing from a family member or going to the bank you must really understand what you’re getting into. If you’re self-financing, be extremely honest with yourself and the potential impact your investment will have on your household. If you’re borrowing from a family member think of what you’d do if that resource suddenly went away.
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