Brandstad visits with UNI students and praises Advance Iowa success

Brandstad visits with UNI students and praises Advance Iowa success

Governor Terry Branstad met with faculty and staff members from the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services division on April 4.

During his brief visit, the governor kindly set aside time to meet with UNI students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities upon graduation. The group met in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center where students shared their endeavors with the Iowa govenor.

​Branstad later toured the Innovation Incubator (a business incubation suite part of the Regional Business Center) and completed his visit discussing the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Small Business Development Center region and Advance Iowa.

During his visit the governor was highly impressed with the success story of an Advance Iowa client in his hometown of Forest City, Iowa, and praised the performance of the program throughout the state.


Advance Iowa is in its second year after receiving funding from the Governor. The program targets Iowa based, mid-sized companies looking to grow, providing them with essential resources from full-time staff housed at the University of Northern Iowa.

If you have questions about Advance Iowa or other programs offered through the Regional Business Center, feel free to contact us at (319) 273-4344.

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