Author - patrickluensmann

Economic Independence Day

"As we celebrate our nation's independence, it's important to remember another important freedom: Economic empowerment. The ability to pay your bills, take care of your children, and determine your own destiny are crucial to a successful, balanced society. “True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are...

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Even If You Build It, “They” May Not Come

By Lea Hensel, Marketing Coordinator, UNI Business and Community Services When it comes to starting, growing, or even sustaining a business, there are a lot of building blocks. There’s the business plan and financials. The physical or online location. Determining your business structure and managing employees. But unfortunately, a very important piece of...

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Panther Biz Headquarters

The Panther Biz Headquarters (PBHQ) is a student-led program out of UNI’s Center for Business Growth and Innovation (CBGI). Started in 2018, the program has helped over 30 small businesses across Iowa with their digital marketing needs. The PBHQ gives students the opportunity to gain experience in their field while...

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CIRAS PTAP—Iowa’s Local Link to a National Network of Contracting Expertise

By Leah Barton, Director of CIRAS' Procurement Technical Assistance Program Government contracting is a byzantine business—a long and plodding trek through a jungle filled with complicated regulation, documentation requirements, and new marketing challenges. Sound impossible? Not if you have help. Since 2000, CIRAS has served as Iowa’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)—the Iowa affiliate...

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Connecting Industry Leaders With University Resources – Iowa State University’s EDIR

Excerpt from the article ""Q&A with outgoing Economic Development and Industry Relations vice president"" by Julie Lelonek, Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations Mike Crum, who for the last five years has led the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), stepped down at the end of [June 2018]. In his...

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From the Desk of Director Durham – IASourcelink turned five!

Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  We recently hit an exciting milestone anniversary – IASourceLink has turned five!  When the program was first launched late in 2012, we could only anticipate what this small business resource might provide to business owners, resource providers and...

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Get Reliable Market Research For Your Small Business

By Patrick Luensmann, Program Director, CBGI The Iowa Business Concierge on IASourcelink is the information conduit for business owners and resource partners. With access to over a dozen databases and University of Northern Iowa resources the ‘BC’ makes getting information for your business a breeze. From prospect lists, demographics, and consumer...

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary, IASourceLink! How Iowa Built a Statewide Network for Entrepreneurs

By Sarah Mote, Marketing Director, KCSourceLink “If you build it, they will come.” That advice may have worked out for fictional Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella when he built his Field of Dreams. But Amy Kuhlers, real-life builder of entrepreneurial ecosystems, knew early on that she’d have to actively recruit the players...

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Advance Iowa Reaches New Heights

By Sydney Lundgren, Student Staff at UNI's Center for Business Growth and Innovation As a CEO, it can be lonely at the top. They often find themselves trying to answer questions and fight the fires on their own with no one to serve as their listening ear- that’s where Advance Iowa...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kyle Coogler of CreoJob

By Cally Reed, Program Associate, University of Northern Iowa's Center for Business Growth and Innovation When it comes to educating young people about entrepreneurship and launching new student-led companies in Iowa, the John Papajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) is the name to know. This month the entrepreneur spotlight shines on the University...

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