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5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Blogging

Wondering how you can get more customers interested in your business? Give blogging a chance.

Big Brand Strategies for Small Businesses

Follow these 5 Rules to utilize big brand strategies for your small business.

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.

Funding Available for Iowa companies interested in exploring the creation of an ESOP program

Since July 2014, IEDA has awarded forgivable loans to seven companies interested in establishing an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). The ESOP Formation Assistance Program provides up to $25,000 to defray the upfront costs of feasibility studies for forming an ESOP.

A Look Inside the Iowa Waste Reduction Center

The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC), a non-profit at the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services (BCS), has been working with Iowa businesses since 1987. Driven by the need for environmental sustainability, the IWRC offers assistance to small businesses and industrial communities alike.

#1 Dad: True Business Differentiators

In this month's edition of "Seinfeld on Startups," we learn that it's best to focus on true differentiators, those that are much harder for your competition to copy. These are your best options for building a moat around your business and keeping others from stealing your lunch.

From the Desk of Director Durham - 6/25/15

Director Durham recaps the Main Street Iowa Awards and EntreFEST, and invites business owners to participate in the SBIR National Road Tour in this month's edition of "From the Desk."

Iowa Vendor Self Service: New Electronic Bidding System

To enhance supplier access to state procurement opportunities and facilitate online solicitation responses, the Iowa Department of Administrative Services (DAS) has implemented Iowa Vendor Self Service (VSS).

What Funders Want

At the U.S.SourceLink conference, we asked funding experts to share what they look for in a grant proposal.

Inspiration, Ideas, and Support Flourish at 1 Million Cups

Are you looking for an opportunity to share an idea and get feedback? Are you looking to meet other entrepreneurs and business owners? Do you want friendly feedback from business peers? Perhaps you seek to surround yourself with an energized business community. Whatever your needs, 1 Million Cups is the place to be.



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