Business Growth

Get Your Iowa Business Tax Questions Answered

By Cally Reed, Center for Business Growth and Innovation “...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” - Benjamin Franklin Paying taxes is no one’s reason for going into business; but as Benjamin Franklin says, it is a part of life. We at IASourcelink make it...

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4 Tax Incentive Opportunities for Iowa Businesses

By Lea Hensel, Business and Community Services As a business owner, you have a lot of taxable obligations and even smaller ones can add up pretty quickly so hopefully, you are taking advantage of all of the business tax incentives you can to help reduce those obligations. Many state and federal...

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Seinfeld on Startups – Serenity Now!

By Dan Beenken, Advance Iowa, UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation Family business issues.  Employee compensation programs.  Bankruptcy.  Background checks – or lack thereof.  Lloyd Braun. The 3rd episode of Season 9 had it all.  It was like a Perfect Storm of business metaphors all crammed into a sweet little package...

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5 Ideas to Help You Bootstrap Your Marketing

By Lea Hensel and Cally Reed, UNI Business and Community Services For many entrepreneurs and business owners, marketing is not in your primary wheelhouse. You’re busy running the business, managing people, paying bills, balancing accounts, etc. And so it often means that marketing becomes an afterthought or is done hastily and...

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Apprenticeship Success: an Employers Perspective

"By: Amy Kuhlers, Program Manager and Network Builder, IASourcelink Companies that start apprenticeship programs are taking a long view at training for necessary skill sets and are helping to fill much needed jobs in many industries.  To get a better take on the process, we interviewed two companies that have Registered...

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From the Desk of Director Durham: Apprenticeships

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  It’s no secret that Iowa needs more skilled workers.  A 2014 report on Iowa education and workforce trends through 2025 finds that 68 percent of all Iowa jobs are expected to require post-secondary education and training beyond high school. ...

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Voice of the Customer – The Junior Mint

Dan Beeken, UNI Center for Business Growth and Innovation   The 60th episode of Seinfeld was instant Gold –  ""Gold Jerry, Gold!” to channel my inner Kenny Bania.  “The Junior Mint” ran during season 4 and put an Emmy in the hands of Michael Richards. Elaine’s latest boyfriend, Roy, is a chubby “starving artist.”...

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Business Consulting Resources Available

After launching a startup, everyone needs a little help! Did you know that the University of Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s Business Consulting Services assist startups and businesses across the state of Iowa? This program provides affordable strategic results for clients, while also exposing students to real-world experiences. The good news...

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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,...

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The Biggest Misconception about Company Culture

By: Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services 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...

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