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$25,000 Could Be Yours! FexEx Small Business Grant Contest

The 2017 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is open! Whether you've been running your small business for six months or 16 years, submit your business' story by March 29 for a chance to win!

2017 American Small Business Championship and the SCORE Awards

What makes your business unique? Answering that question could put your business in the running for great prizes and national recognition!

Feature Article: Working from Home - A Love/Hate Relationship

Working from home calendar and mug

I have been working from home for almost eight years. I have a very love/hate relationship with the situation. And I’ve learned that giving advice about working from home is very similar to giving advice about parenting. What works for me, may not work for you because there are so many different scenarios for working from home. That being said, I want to share four considerations to make before you take the opportunity to work from home.

Resource Partner Spotlight - Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce

Resource Partner Spotlight - Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce

This month we wanted to feature a chamber in a rural area and with a little bit of love in the air because it’s February, it wasn’t difficult to find a chamber that loves its community - Glenwood Area Chamber of Commerce.

The 5 Secrets to Discover Strengths and Improve Your Work

Women talking strengths

Whether you work at a corporate office, at home, or at a hip new coworking space, the ways in which you work can improve by intentionally focusing on using your strengths every day. Do you know how you work best? You won't want to miss the 5 reliable indicators of strength!

Entrepreneur Spotlight - Ross' Restaurant, Interview with Melissa Friedhof-Rodgers

Entrepreneur Spotlight Ross' Restaurant

We all love our family. And for some of you, the idea of working with family could send shivers down your spine but millions of businesses are operated and run by family, and it works for many of them. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, 90% of American businesses are family-owned or controlled, accounting for 50% of the nation’s employment and 50% of the Gross National Product. This month, we wanted the spotlight to focus on family business so I talked with Melissa Friedhof-Rodgers, manager of Ross’ Restaurant in Bettendorf, IA.

Business Consulting Resources Available

After launching a startup, everyone needs a little help! Did you know that the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s Business Consulting Services assist startups and businesses across the state of Iowa? This program provides affordable strategic results for clients, while also exposing students to real-world experiences.

SBA Launches 2017 InnovateHer Competition

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new round of InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition offering $70,000 in prizes.The competition, backed by the Sara Blakely Foundation, focuses on products and services that make life easier, and last year's winner was Iowa businesswoman, Elizabeth Craven, founder of Upcraft Club.

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

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.

From the Desk of Director Durham

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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