Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Manufacturing Day Events Near You

Tomorrow is Manufacturing Day! To celebrate, businesses, chambers, economic development groups and associations are opening their doors and hosting events, presentations and tours to highlight and further the advancements of the Iowa manufacturing industry. Over 120 events taking place in all corners and regions of Iowa are taking place throughout the...

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Resource Partner Spotlight – Entrepreneurial Development Center

In choosing the spotlight this month, we wanted a resource partner that would tie in to the conference and trade show theme of this month’s IASourceLink so at the top of the list is the organization behind the Innovation EXPO -  the Entrepreneurial Development Center, a non-profit business accelerator in...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight – Michele DeClerck, Conference Event Management

This month’s Entrepreneur Spotlight is a must read for every entrepreneur that is considering taking the jump into starting their own business. Michelle DeClerck was working for ING (VOYA) as the director of meeting management in the early 2000’s and as her role began to get restructured, she knew two...

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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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Resource Partner Feature – John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Many entrepreneurs have one thing in common - they want to own their own business. This is exactly how John Pappajohn felt when he graduated from the University of Iowa in 1952. Fast forward through an impressive entrepreneur, business and philanthropic career to 1996 and we arrive at the development...

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9 Resources for Veteran Small Business Owners

According to the 2012 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 23,000 veteran-owned businesses. And in that snapshot of time, those 23,000 businesses had almost 60,000 employees. It’s safe to say that the small business and employment landscape in Iowa would be very different without these businesses. And...

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Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve

The Iowa Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program with over 110 volunteers statewide that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR...

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From the Archive: Hiring Veterans

From tax incentives and advantages, to the job skills already learned through service, hiring U.S. Armed Forces veterans is good for your business, good for veterans and good for the overall economy. Going through the IASourceLink archives, this is a topic that has been covered multiple times in the past....

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Iowa Downtown Conference Coming to Mason City

The Iowa Downtown Conference provides opportunities for attendees to make new connections, hear about the latest trends, acquire practical information and ideas, and learn strategies that are relevant to rural, mid-sized and urban communities and urban districts. Those who attend will enjoy a unique meeting experience and take away the...

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Art and Economic Development? Learn How to Make it Work at the Iowa Arts Summit

In the seven years since the Pappajohn Sculpture Park was built in downtown Des Moines, the surrounding area has spiffed up in remarkable ways. Trendy restaurants replaced run-down auto shops. Shiny corporate offices lined up shoulder to shoulder. Just last weekend, the area hosted the Des Moines Arts Festival and...

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