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2017 Iowa Downtown Conference

2017 Iowa Downtown Conference Sioux City

Since 1987, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) has presented an annual preservation-based downtown revitalization conference. Over the years, the host community and conference name has changed; but the tradition of providing opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information, and learn strategies remains the same.

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


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....

$50,000 in Cash Prizes Available Through Iowa Venture Competition

The Pappajohn Iowa Entrepreneurial Venture Competition contest is intended to encourage and promote entrepreneurial activity and create greater awareness of the resources available to entrepreneurs in Iowa. Innovative, new ventures are encouraged to participate.

What are College Students Looking for in an Employer?

With all the students graduating in the next few weeks, a lot of people are looking for their first full-time jobs. Before I accepted my position at the University of Northern Iowa, I had to figure out if it was a good fit for me.

5 Ways to Nail the Interview and Get Your First Real Job After Graduating

It’s May. The grass is green, leaves are popping up on trees, flowers are blooming all over town, and thousands of students are graduating college and flooding the job market. How does a 22 year-old kid with very little “real-world” work experience stand out in this crowd? By keeping these five things in mind when you sit down for that first big interview.

Resource Partner - Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute


This summer, 32 aspiring entrepreneurs will gather together for a week of learning, mentoring, exploring and pitching - and come away with three college credits for their efforts. For the 12th year in a row, the Okoboji Entrepreneurial Institute (OEI) will offer undergraduate students the opportunity to growth their own entrepreneurial roots and have fun at the same time. We caught up with David Hensley, Executive Director of the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, to learn more about what makes the Institute a success.

Three Iowa Small Businesses and a Non-Profit Recognized Nationally

Happy National Small Business Week! Each year, the Small Business Administration takes the first week of May to celebrate the 26 million small businesses that strengthen our communities throughout America. And since it started in 1963, one of the highlights is awarding small businesses in each state for their work. Upon learning about the four awardees this year, one trend stuck out to me about each - it’s more than just the business. Each person recognized has played a large role not only in growing their business/organization but they strongly support community development whether that be economically, financially or simply time which makes it very easy to be proud of those that are representing Iowa this year.



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