How Small Retailers Can Compete with Big Box Stores

By Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services Holiday season is here. There is no denying the holiday music in the store or the twinkling, sparkling decorations beginning to take over. And in just a few short weeks, Black Friday will be upon us. But, following Black Friday and gaining steam...

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From the Desk of Director Durham

Hello, I’m Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Many of you are familiar with Iowa’s Targeted Small Business program or TSB as it’s commonly called. It was created by the legislature in the mid-1980’s to provide access to procurement opportunities and financial resources for businesses owned by women,...

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That’s Made Here?!?!

While Iowa may be known around the country for farming and insurance, we have so much more going on, including a bustling manufacturing industry. Tomorrow, being the first Friday of October, we acknowledge Manufacturing Day (Learn more about Manufacturing Day by viewing this infographic).  To honor this day, let’s take...

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CIRAS: Helping Iowa Manufacturers Thrive

Three-quarters of Iowa manufacturers right now are betting that being good will be good enough. According to a recent survey, roughly 75 percent of manufacturers are playing an old-school game – one focused largely on making higher-quality products than their competitors and hoping that this advantage will woo more customers to...

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Venture School Starts Statewide Kickoff

If you have an idea and want to turn it into a successful business, Venture School might be just what you need to take the next step!  The University of Iowa's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center has just opened the application period for the fall cohort.  They will be accepting applications...

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Iowa Hits New Record for State Business Filings

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says his office processed a record number of new business filings during the 2016 fiscal year, which ended on June 30. The 20,155 filings mark the first time new business filings have surpassed 20,000 in one year. "This is a positive sign for business growth...

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Nominate an Entrepreneur for the Indian Hills Vision Awards

On September 20, six entrepreneurs will be honored during the Indian Hills Vision Awards ceremony, held during the Southeast Iowa Entrepreneurship Conference. The Vision Awards celebrate entrepreneurship in the 10–county region served by Indian Hills Community College. Over the years, the area has produced many great entrepreneurs who have been involved in...

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Women: Dream Big, Think BIGGER

Women, this event is for you. Thinking about starting a business? This event is for you. Own a business and want to grow it? This event is for you. Have an idea you want to protect but don't know how? This event is for you. Want to meet other female entrepreneurs? This event is...

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Iowa Women Entrepreneurs Wanted

Are you a female entrepreneur seeking to scale your business?  Would you be interested in competing for awards totaling $40,000 and gaining pitch experience and valuable investor feedback?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, you could join a select group of Iowa women entrepreneurs who will take...

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From the Desk of Director Durham- 4/1/2016

Congratulations on making it through another Iowa winter! The calendar says that spring has sprung, and just like we’ll soon see daffodils and tulips growing, the season also brings with it another opportunity for growth – the Iowa SMART Conference. Now in its 31st year, the SMART conference is...

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