Taking PRIDE in Restaurant Resiliency: SBA & IEDA Success with Recovery Resources

Ever so often, we come across a story that reminds us of why we continue to serve Iowa entrepreneurs - especially in turbulent times. This month, our Resource Partners, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) shared a small business success story that speaks...

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Working From Home as the New Normal

Working From Home as the New Normal. Working from home is the new normal. How can we make this adjustment while staying productive and maintaining positivity? Find a few simple tips and insights below on how to make working from home bearable and maybe even enjoyable! Working from home for many...

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Featured Resource Provider – Iowa Center for Economic Success

The Iowa Center for Economic Success is a non-profit organization helping to empower Iowans with the potential to exceed as they pursue opportunities for financial success.  This is done through educational and networking events and capital and investment opportunities. Although located in Des Moines, most services they provide are available statewide...

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Have a Cup of Cheer in Iowa!

Iowa has become home to many new and remodeled breweries, distilleries, and coffee shops in the past few years. In my experience, these business founders want to bring more than a place for grabbing a your favorite drink, they want to be a gathering space for good conversations, art shows,...

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Business Ownership is a Calling

Jason and Brook Craig, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, had always felt that they should own their own business, but for years never pulled the trigger. It took a traumatic, near-death experience – as well as some help and advice from a banker at Northwest Bank – for Jason and Brook...

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Keeping Families in Business

By Casie Larette, Advance Iowa Program Assistant To us, the benefits and importance of family businesses networking together are clear. Our mantra ‘family businesses are different’, is not just a catchy phrase. We believe family businesses are different due to the result of the unique challenges during their start up, and those which...

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Connecting Industry Leaders With University Resources – Iowa State University’s EDIR

Excerpt from the article ""Q&A with outgoing Economic Development and Industry Relations vice president"" by Julie Lelonek, Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations Mike Crum, who for the last five years has led the Office of Economic Development and Industry Relations (EDIR), stepped down at the end of...

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‘Take Root’ Focuses on Farm Business and Succession Planning

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), the state’s largest grassroots farm organization, launched a new program today to help farmers develop business and succession plans. The program, called Take Root, was established to help farm families work through a step-by-step process of developing a vision for their operation and a managed...

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University of Iowa – JPEC

By University of Iowa Staff Entrepreneurial Management Institute (EMI), students serve as consultants to Iowa business organizations and entrepreneurs. They collaborate as a team with company leaders to develop unique strategic market research, competitive analysis, and financial assessments.  Participation is a win-win, as students earn three semester hours...

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