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 [June 2018]. In his...

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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 of credit...

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Are conferences and networking events worth it?

By Joe Bolick, Markecting Director, UNI Business and Community Services Professional development, networking events, summits, conferences, peer learning...the list can go on forever. Invitations to these type of events are EVERYWHERE!! I see them all over social media, email, my office mailbox, even the bulletin boards at offices and coffee shops...

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From the Desk of Director Durham – IASourcelink turned five!

Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  We recently hit an exciting milestone anniversary – IASourceLink has turned five!  When the program was first launched late in 2012, we could only anticipate what this small business resource might provide to business owners, resource providers and...

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Happy 5 Year Anniversary, IASourceLink! How Iowa Built a Statewide Network for Entrepreneurs

By Sarah Mote, Marketing Director, KCSourceLink “If you build it, they will come.” That advice may have worked out for fictional Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella when he built his Field of Dreams. But Amy Kuhlers, real-life builder of entrepreneurial ecosystems, knew early on that she’d have to actively recruit the players...

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Resource Partner Spotlight: NewBoCo

By Amy Kuhlers, Program Manager, Iowa Economic Development Authority With EntreFEST happening later this month, it seemed like a good time to catch up with the event organizers at NewBoCo and get an inside scoop for attendees.  Conference scoop they did, but in addition to running the Midwest’s biggest entrepreneurial event, the...

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Becoming (Company) Cultured

By Joe Bolick, Communications and PR Manager, UNI Business & Community Services When you hear the term “company culture,” what comes to mind? Is it the famous nap pods at Google? Is it the fast paced cut-throat environments on Wall Street?  Is it the ping pong table in the break room...

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Accelerators vs. Incubators vs. Coworking Spaces

By Lea Hensel, UNI Business and Community Services I don’t have a specific documented percentage but I would imagine a vast majority of startups and small businesses begin at home. In the garage, at the kitchen table, if you’re lucky, an actual office in your home. But when it’s time to take...

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The Second Iowa Rural Summit is Coming

By Amy Kuhlers, Program Manager and Network Builder, IASourcelink Since 1992, the Iowa Rural Development Council (IRDC) has been engaging partners and assisting small towns.  And there are steps being taken to boost the work of the Council and expand its impact. The IRDC was created as part of an Executive Order...

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