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EntreFEST - Where Iowa's Visionary Founders and Community Builders Meet

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EntreFEST, the two-day business networking event taking place downtown Iowa City on May 4-5th, is fast approaching. It is one of Iowa’s best places for entrepreneurs, startup founders, innovators, educators, and artists to experience a real sense of belonging in a talented community of business professionals. In my role as a program associate at the Center for Business Growth and Innovation, it is my pleasure to be able to have encouraging conversations with small business owners and entrepreneurs from across the state, and EntreFEST will be a prime time to do just that!

From the Desk of Director Durham - Iowa's Historic Tax Credit Program

As humans, some of us try to offset tell-tale signs of ‘experienced maturity’ with everything from serums to surgery. With buildings, on the other hand, the options for renewal are far more limited. In Iowa, we are fortunate that some of our most historic and cultural buildings have a better opportunity for rebirth through the Historic Preservation and Cultural and Entertainment District Tax Credit Program.

Creative Placemaking

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Creative placemaking isn’t a new concept, but it is still a notion that is unfamiliar to many community developers. Per the National Endowment for the Arts, “In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city or region around arts and cultural activities”. One person who has been actively involved in this effort in some of Iowa’s rural communities is Zach Mannheimer, who until just recently served as Vice President of Creative Placemaking with IASourceLink Resource Partner, Iowa Business Growth (IBG).

The Resource Navigator - Now Even Smarter!

Does your organization specialize in serving certain demographic clients or excel in a particular area of service? If so, we can now better showcase those unique capabilities through the IASourceLink Resource Navigator!

Resource Partner - Main Street Mount Pleasant

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Iowa Main Street Challenge Grants have been helping Iowa’s Main Street communities revitalize downtowns for over fifteen years. These dollar-for-dollar match grants leverage four times the state’s investment into rehabilitation projects that help bring life back to underutilized and neglected buildings. Main Street Mount Pleasant was a recent recipient of funds and we asked Main Street Director, Lisa Oetken, to share some thoughts on how the grant proceeds will benefit their community.

DMACC Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition

For decades Des Moines Area Community College has helped thousands of individuals bridge the gap between idea and entrepreneurship. Every day DMACC supports Iowa small business by providing current and future employees with access to the fuel that powers the American dream: education.

New Business Contest Launched for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups

Do you have an idea or innovation to solve a problem but aren't sure what the next step is in building that into a business? Apply for Iowa's Great Idea Challenge now through March 31, 2017 for your chance to win up to $1,000.

Voice of the Customer – The Junior Mint

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We encounter startups on an almost daily basis who have created the next “sliced bread”, they love it and just know everyone else is going to love it too. Maybe. But all too often, we fling their Junior Mint through the air because we don’t like it, we don’t want it, so don’t even try to sell it to us.

March: the Month of Green

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Green seems to be the unofficial color of March. From the shamrocks and leprechauns of St. Patrick’s Day to the grass and foliage starting to wake up from its winter slumber, the color green will soon be everywhere. So why not add to it by also going green with your business practices? Here are four things you can start today that will lessen your environmental impact and make your competitors green with envy.

Resource Partner - Iowa Waste Reduction Center

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With over 350 public organizations spanning a vast array of services, it’s no wonder the Resource Navigator is a top choice for Iowa businesses when they need assistance. For March’s Resource Partner, we thought green - St. Patrick’s Day, spring is coming, Earth Day is around the corner. And one of the resource partners at the University of Northern Iowa fits the green topic very well - the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.

              
             

 

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