University of Northern Iowa




Friday, March 10, 2023

In preparation for upcoming workshops, including our FOUNDRY 4.0 Evolution Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama, we are sending out this survey to assess the metal casting industry to understand their current capabilities, needs, and pain points.    

This survey and the entire assessment process are intended to gather information about current and planned Added Manufacturing (AM) capabilities, while respecting confidential and proprietary information.  

It takes less than 10 minutes to fill out the Foundry 4.0 Survey...

We look forward to your responses and thank you in advance for your participation and support.


Use the convenient QR-Code 

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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.

Event Location!... Read More
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

Friday, April 23, 2021

Setting goals is a catalyst for success, especially if you’re planning for the future of your ownership and the success of your business. The strongest goals tend to have five aspects that help you guide the process for achieving them. In other words, when you set goals, you want to set SMART goals:

Specific Measurable Accurate Realistic Time-limited  

Let’s look at how each of these aspects can help you create goals that let you plan for the future of your ownership more successfully.

Specific Goals Inspire Action

Though it can be challenging, setting specific goals allows you to act on them. Consider the difference between a vague goal and a specific goal.... Read More

Friday, April 16, 2021

Cedar Graphics Inc., of Hiawatha, has acquired select business assets of J & A Printing Inc., currently under the ownership of Scott Cadwallader, according to a news release from Cedar Graphics.

Printing, finishing and mailing services for J & A customers will transition immediately to the Cedar Graphics plant in Hiawatha. J & A’s production facility in Hiawatha is not part of this acquisition.

Cedar Graphics is a family and Iowa-owned business focusing on offset and digital printing, packaging, and direct mail for the education, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, and banking industries.

Cedar Graphics’ unique mix of advanced UV offset presses, digital... Read More