ABI Connecting Statewide Leaders Event Highlights Business Education Partnerships

Business and education leaders from around the state will gather at Wartburg College on December 10th, to discuss the importance and value of partnerships between Iowa’s business community and educational institutions. The forum is part of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s (ABI) Connecting Statewide Leaders discussion, which brings together...

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Benefits of Mentoring

According to the dictionary, a mentor is a “wise advisor.” The word mentor originated from Homer’s ancient Greek epic poem, The Odyssey, in which Odysseus puts his friend (Mentor) in charge of his household when he left for Troy. From that beginning, a mentor is now a wise or trusted...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

Would you like an opportunity to take part in something as big as our world? To be inspired? To think big? Well now’s your chance! Fling the lid off your entrepreneurial box and jump into a worldwide movement with entrepreneurs from over 160 countries crossing six continents. It’s Global Entrepreneurship...

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Iowa Center for Economic Success Ups the Ante- for Small Business

Over 90% of Iowa businesses gross under $1,000,000. These businesses are our main street retailers and restaurants as well as our bakers, grocers, craftspeople, accountants, lawyers, and artists. At the Iowa Center for Economic Success (formerly ISED Ventures), we are dedicated to working specifically with these small businesses. Business Education +...

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ECICOG’s Loan Funds: Funding to Help Businesses Grow

If you are aware of a business that needs help getting off the ground or needs assistance in acquiring a loan to expand, the East Central Iowa Council of Governments (ECICOG) may be able to help. ECICOG not only manages its own revolving loan fund but also administers a variety...

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Goquets

The idea for a floral startup began at a Startup Weekend Ames event during April of 2013. We were tackling an issue for many people (including myself) who had experienced extremely poor service when ordering flowers online. Key problems included the time wasted scrolling through picture galleries, only to find...

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Register for the 5th Corridor Procurement Conference

CIRAS is planning on a full house at the upcoming 5th Corridor Procurement Conference, which will take place at Hotel Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids on September 17th at 8am!! Key note speakers, Dennis Clark, President of Clark and Associate Prosthetics and Orthotics and Vern Gebhart,Vice President of Business Infrastructure and Technology at Alliant...

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Venture School Des Moines Kicks Off

Venture School, a nationally recognized program for entrepreneurs developed by the University of Iowa’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC), will begin Sept. 1 at the UI Pappajohn Education Center at 1200 Grand in Des Moines. Venture School increases the chances of a startup or new product launch’s success by helping...

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IEDA Approves Awards to Support Over 276 Million in Capital Investments

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to nine companies for job creation and expansion projects. Today's awards will assist in the creation of 712 jobs, retention of 81 jobs and will result in over $276 million in new capital investment for...

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Supporting Student Entrepreneurship

It has been said many times and in many different situations, “youth are our future.”  Here at the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center we believe very strongly in this statement.  Youth are what drives us to be the best we can be, they motivate us to better...

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