University of Northern Iowa




Tuesday, June 27, 2023

We were thrilled to participate as exhibitors at the ABI Conference in Cedar Rapids, held from June 13th to 15th.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2023
ADVANCE IOWA is Taking Care of Business at the ABI Conference 2023! The Iowa Association of Business and Industry's, "Taking Care of Business" Conference is Iowa's premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa's business climate. If you are passionate about business in Iowa, you need to attend this conference. Visit OUR TEAM at BOOTH 30 from June 13 - 15, 2023 in Cedar Rapids!


Highlights include: » ADVANCE Peer Group launch, starting in September of 2023! » Conference Workshop - Achieve Enhanced Business Prosperity Through Shared Ownership in Room 310 at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Description: Sha... Read More
Monday, April 10, 2023
Are you a CEO or business owner looking for a way to move your business  to the next level?


Introducing our NEW Advance Peer Groups for C-Suite Executives. 


Advantages of Peer Groups Build leadership skills  Broaden perspectives Increase accountability Gain confidence  Challenge assumptions  Establish a trusted network of support in a confidential environment   Which Advance Peer Group is right for you? Advance CEO Peer Group Advance CxO Peer Group Advance ESOP Peer Group Advance IT Peer Group Advance Finance Peer Group Advance Women-Owned Peer Group


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Friday, March 10, 2023
Fellow foundrymen, metal casters, and regional experts! 

Join us for the Foundry 4.0 Evolution Workshop, a 1-day event where participants will explore business tools and methods, and technological possibilities for strategic Industry 4.0 implementation, leading to long-term business profitability and success. 

Event Details!

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 Meet & greet & networking Starting at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 20, 2023 Foundry 4.0 Evolution Workshop Begins at 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2022


Apply Today! 10,000 Small Businesses program

As a valued ADVANCE IOWA partner, the 10,000 Small Businesses program is a great opportunity you may not want to miss! This program allows you to work on your business in a way you never have had before and it's absolutely free. What is the program about... The Goldman Sachs Foundation, along with all of Iowa’s community colleges, is excited to offer the 9th cohort of the 10,000 Small Businesses program in Iowa this spring. Fact is...

Listen and watch what program alumni, Jenny Steffensmeier of Steffensmeier Weld... Read More

Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Looking to get real-life applications of your classroom learning? UNI Center for Business Growth & Innovation/Advance Iowa has Part-Time ∙ On-Campus Student Employment Opportunities!

What WE do!

We provide targeted solutions, guiding small and mid-size enterprises as they thrive, grow and succeed. ADVANCE IOWA assists in overcoming obstacles and identifying new opportunities. Our TEAM leads businesses successfully through transitions, shifting mindsets towards GROWTH & INNOVATION! 

Have a look at the opportunities available!

Sales & Marketing Assistant We are seeking a student assistant to support the sales and marketing work, as part of our team. We are loo... Read More
Thursday, April 28, 2022

A new partnership among the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Youngstown State University (YSU) and the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) will leverage $10 million in first-year federal funding to increase the number of small-to-midsize enterprises using advanced technologies, bolster critical areas of the Department of Defense manufacturing supply chain and create jobs.

On Tuesday, April 19, project leads from each partner organization met to review goals and launch project initiatives. Following the meeting, a media event welcomed the Cedar Valley community to learn more, meet the leads and tour the TechWorks Campus, wh... Read More

Friday, December 10, 2021
Owned and operated by Joe and Dawnica King, Cruiser Electric is an electrical company located in Ankeny, Iowa. Joe found himself interested in this industry since he was younger which led him to attend Northwest Iowa Community College where he received his degree in Electrical Technologies. From home remodels to custom home construction, tenant build-outs to new commercial buildings, Joe, Dawnica, and their team at Cruiser Electric pride themselves on handling any electrical need the customer might have. Their growth over the years has allowed them to hire technicians who specialize not only in installation, but with upgrades, repairs and replacements.   While attending the Goldman Sachs 1... Read More
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Time is the one consistent element that affects all business planning. It’s also something that business owners can harness with proper planning. When harnessed properly, time can be your best planning friend. When ignored, it can turn the best intentions into a planning nightmare. Let’s look at how time— and how each owner used it—affected the futures of two separate business owners in different ways.

Hurry Up and Wait vs. Wait and Hurry Up

If it weren’t for their last names, you’d never know that Tim and Jim Slim were brothers. They had both built extremely successful last-mile delivery services, well-known for their exceptional service in their highly competitive region... Read More

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Preparing your business for a successful future often goes hand in hand with preparing your business for a successful sale. No matter whom you sell to—and even if you believe you’ll never sell your business—you should focus on catching Deal Killers. Deal Killers are things that can affect your business’ value and future. Let’s look at an example of the difference between addressing Deal Killers early and ignoring them until it’s too late.

Bud and Bess Bush always had a sibling rivalry. Bud’s manufacturing business had grown and provided for his family for 35 years. Bess’s data analytics firm had done similarly well over the last 28 years. Though they never worked together, Bud and... Read More