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

June 17, 2021 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...

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Marketing Your Business Through COVID-19 and Beyond

"Small businesses are definitely feeling the affects of the economic uncertainty forced upon them in this unprecedented time.  New situations require businesses to revamp strategies to market their products and services in ways maybe not thought of only months before. To help provide retail and service businesses with marketing ideas,...

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From the Director’s Desk – December 2017

Hello, this is Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority.  Leading up to the holiday season, I’m sure most of us were busy finding that perfect gift.  Many consumer’s buying habits include purchasing from online retailers and taking advantage of Cyber-Monday and other web-based deals. However, if you...

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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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Shop “Small” this Saturday

SBA Administrator Linda McMahon calls on Americans to shop local small businesses on Saturday, November 25 WASHINGTON – Linda McMahon, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is reminding Americans that shopping  on Small Business Saturday supports America’s thriving small businesses. “Small Business Saturday is about supporting local businesses and...

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Made in Iowa

By: Sarah Deircks, Center for Business Growth and Innovation In honor of Oct. 6th being manufacturing day, and the whole month of October being manufacturing month, I decided to compile a list of unique products most people probably didn’t know were manufactured right here in Iowa. I think most people will...

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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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Iowa Downtown Forums Coming in June

A thriving downtown is the beating heart of a community, and local businesses are the arteries keeping that beat loud and strong.  Even if a business isn’t on the city square or Main Street, it benefits from the increased traffic and commerce the draw of a vibrant downtown can provide...

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Youth Entrepreneurship Thriving in Sioux City

When you mix entrepreneurs and young professionals, you get awesomeness! Sioux City has made a commitment to help grow the community from the ground up.  That process has involved making the Sioux City Growth Organization (SCGO) a huge stakeholder in the community. The Sioux City Growth Organization was formed in 2002...

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