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JPEC Venture School Accepting Application

Venture School is now accepting applications to participate in its fall 2017 program, which emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship and innovation based on leading edge curriculum taught by serial entrepreneurs. Participants will gain marketing expertise and real-world knowledge and skills to help them launch their ideas. Venture School is looking for hardworking teams located in Des Moines, Cedar Falls, Cedar Rapids, and across the state that are dedicated to learning and working cohesively to apply.

Seinfeld on Startups: Focus like the Soup Nazi

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Even if you haven’t seen every episode 2 or 3 times (there can’t be many of you), everyone knows the Soup Nazi. I’m not going to encourage you to take on his customer service skills. But I love the guy’s focus. Soup. That’s it. And when George didn’t get his bread? Look out!

Food On A Stick at the Iowa State Fair

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As the summer winds down the Iowa State Fair is kicking off. This year the fair runs from August 10th-20th. The best part of the fair is seeing what the wares the food entrepreneurs bring. A fan favorite is food on a stick.

Midwest Entrepreneurs are Stepping Up to Curb Food Waste

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This September, an event is happening in downtown Des Moines that is the first of its kind for our state. The Midwest Food Recovery Summit is bringing together businesses, organizations, and individuals from a wide range of industries for one focus - food. In particular, food waste. While food waste used to be a topic covered primarily by those in the environmental industry, over the past few years, it has become more of a mainstream conversation. The show Chopped on Food Network has featured food waste as its primary ingredients to be used to make meals. Talk show hosts are talking about it. Companies large and small are making reducing food waste and donating excess food a staple in their business operations. And entrepreneurs have even been featured on SharkTank, and received a deal.

How Iowa Ranks for Veteran-Owned Businesses

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Did you know there are over 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States, according to the latest (2016?) U.S. Census Bureau data? They account for sales/receipts of $1.2 trillion. So we wondered, how does Iowa compare to other states in the Midwest when it comes to the number and impact of veteran-owned businesses?

Entrepreneur Spotlight: O’Brien’s Own Gourmet Granola

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The TSB program caters to women, individuals with minority status, service-connected disabled veterans, and individuals with disabilities overcome some of the hurdles to start or grow a small business in Iowa. Mr. O’Brien spent 20 years in active duty for the U.S. Air Force before retiring in May 2007. At that point, he beginning to work at Rockwell Collins before resigning six years later to focus 100% on his company that he founded with his wife, Belinda.

SBA’s Boots to Business Training/Reboot Supports Veteran Entrepreneurs

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Boots to Business equips service members and spouses with a comprehensive business foundation – from basic entrepreneurial training and education to ongoing resources and support. More than 56,000 service members and military spouses have been trained nationwide since the SBA and Syracuse University launched the program in 2013—and participation continues to rise.

Home Base Iowa: Connecting Veterans to Civilian Careers

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One program we have here in Iowa to support those who have served is ‘Home Base Iowa’ (HBI). This unique program helps connect veterans and transitioning service members with HBI partners and resources. HBI helps these skilled veterans gain career opportunities through their vast pool of resources. As 200,000 military members transition out of military HIB strives to make Iowa the “State of Choice” for veterans and service members to gain employment, education, and find a community that is affordable, family-friendly, and welcoming.

Affordable Housing – Vital for Iowa Communities

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At the core of every Iowa community you’ll find teachers, police officers, grocers, paramedics and retirees. Tree-lined neighborhoods throughout our state are mixed with young professionals, families and grandparents…all of whom need access to housing within a reasonable commute to their job, school or healthcare and….of course family, friends and fun.

Ideas for Success: Wright County Economic Development

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In this month’s Resource Partner highlight, we asked Wright County Economic Development director, Bryce Davis, to share how they are planning for growth and to discuss opportunities on the horizon.

              
             

 

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