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Get Coffee, Change the World - An Interview with Freedom Blend Coffee

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What if I told you that there is a way to help break the cycle of poverty by drinking your morning coffee? Freedom Blend Coffee leverages one of America's favorite ways to get caffeinated (coffee!) to do just that. The company focuses on training young people who live in low-income impacted areas in Des Moines’ urban core as a means by which they start to break the cycle of poverty for people right here in Iowa. It was a pleasure to have a conversation with Carlos Sims Jr., the GM of the shop to find out where the idea came from and how the Freedom Blend vision comes to life each day!

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Brian Gumm - From Hobby to Full-Time Business

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Like many businesses, Ross Street Roasting Co. has the humble beginnings of starting in a basement shortly before that inevitable move to the garage. A garage in Tama, Iowa to be exact. Coffee roasting started out as a hobby for Brian Gumm and a way to provide some unique gifts to friends and family. That was in 2014. Flash forward to 2017 and his business serves cafes and retail stores in the Central Iowa area, as well as maintains an online store that serves the entire U.S....

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.

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.

inTANDEM Workspace

Coworking locations have been growing across Iowa over the past few years. These facilities offer community, convenience and a flexible workspace for entrepreneurs and remote workers, but they require some tender loving care to become sustainable and to thrive. In this quarter’s Resource Partner update, we called on Darcy Swon, founder of inTANDEM workspace in Webster City, to share her thoughts on launching and growing a cowork facility.

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.

The Biggest Misconception about Company Culture

When you think of company culture, what comes to mind? Big employers like Google, Facebook or Zappos? Companies that have ping-pong tables in the rec room, outdoor basketball courts or a coffee barista on-hand to keep employees caffeinated continuously throughout the day. Or maybe you think of more intangible things like letting employees set their own hours or work from home.

              
             

 

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