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Made in Iowa


In honor of Oct. 6th being manufacturing day, and the whole month of October being manufacturing month, I decided to compile a list of unique products most people probably didn’t know were manufactured right here in Iowa. I think most people will be surprised to find out that according to Iowa Economic Development, Manufacturing, (not ag), is surprisingly the top industry in Iowa, generating a 17.8% of our GOP. Hopefully you’ll be as amazed as I was at the really cool things our state creates.

Profile: Additive Manufacturing Center, University of Northern Iowa

Tomorrow marks the fifth annual Manufacturing Day, a day dedicated to highlighting the industry, it’s career possibilities, and the advancements that have propelled manufacturing beyond the old, traditional assembly line. And one Iowa organization is continuously advancing additive manufacturing and positioning Iowa as a leader in the industry - the Additive Manufacturing Center (AMC), part of the Metal Casting Center at the University of Northern Iowa.

5 Ways to Reduce Waste in Manufacturing

In my years at the Iowa Waste Reduction Center, I have been through countless manufacturing facilities. From giant facilities crafting state-of-the-art helicopters to small craft breweries coming up with their latest concoction, all manufacturing facilities can minimize what they send to the landfill by doing these simple things:

Tools to Help You Get Your "Ducks in a Row" - Iowa Small Business


Complying with regulations is often considered one of the necessary evils of small business ownership, and recognizing which regulations apply to your business can be a hurdle to jump. Even the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) agrees that some regulations should be modified or repealed and is now seeking input from business owners on what is obsolete, unnecessary or burdensome (read on for more information on how you can share thoughts). Until that voice is heard, turn to IASourceLink for help!

Cyber Secure Your Business


Do you think your company is too small to be a victim of a cyberattack? Think again. Statistics show that 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses and 60% of those go out of business after an attack. Still, few small business owners consider cyberattacks a threat. To address this, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is hosting a free workshop on September 18th designed to help businesses learn to be safer and more secure online.

Resource Provider Highlight: Iowa Secretary of State

The Iowa Secretary of State is Iowa’s business portal. Since most businesses, apart from sole proprietors, must register with Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office (SOS), visits to the SOS website for organizations new to the state are ensured.

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


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

The Midwest Food Recover Summit

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.



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