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

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 that is often not clearly defined in the beginning - the customer.

Venture School Info Sessions Begin Soon

Des Moines and the Cedar Valley will again host the Venture School program early next year. Venture School is an exciting, yet intensive, program created to accelerate the startup process while increasing chance for success.

Gifting Knowledge This Holiday Season

As this year wraps up this month, it’s time to consider making a New Year’s Resolution! Perhaps you are looking to take the leap and start a business full-time. Maybe you already have a small business, but you are ready to expand and take it to the next level. Whatever your goals are for your small business in Iowa, we are here to help.

Build It and They Will Come?

With my recent trip to Silicon Valley to take a deep dive into the lean startup methodology offered by Steve Blank and the National Science Foundation, several fundamental flaws in our approach to entrepreneurship were identified by Blank and his team.

Venture School Des Moines Kicks Off

Venture School, a nationally recognized program for entrepreneurs developed by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), will begin Sept. 1 at the UI Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand in Des Moines. Venture School increases the chances of a startup or new product launch’s success by helping teams align their businesses with the critical needs of their customers.

Venture School is back!

Venture School is designed to accelerate the startup process while increasing an entrepreneur's odds for success. It emphasizes real-world entrepreneurship through experiential learning, immediate customer feedback and structured mentoring.

BusinessUSA: Government Resources for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

BusinessUSA was created to be a centralized, one-stop platform to make it easier for business owners to find and access the services of federal government agencies.

Venture Capital Musings…

So you are interested in seeking investment from a venture capital fund? If you haven’t been down this path before, there are a few things you might want to be aware of before seeking investment from this funding source.

Governor, IPEP release findings of 2014 Battelle Report, a new economic development roadmap for Iowa

“Thanks to the IPEP board and the Iowa Business Council, we now have a roadmap for the future,” said Governor Branstad. “These business leaders – in addition to their day jobs of running Iowa’s top businesses – have given of their time and resources to make sure Iowa has a focused plan to achieve success. We are grateful for their leadership.”

Battelle Recommendations for Iowa to be Released Thursday

The comprehensive study conducted over the past 18 months reviewed Iowa’s industry drivers and potential growth opportunities



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