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Friday, December 19, 2014

via IASourceLink

Governor Terry Branstad joined representatives from the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) -- the state’s CEO-level, industry-led advisory board co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds – to release the findings of the 2014 Battelle Report: Iowa’s Re-envisioned Economic Development Roadmap.

The Battelle Technology Partnership Practice was commissioned by IPEP and the Iowa Business Council to conduct this comprehensive analysis. “Thanks to the IPEP board and the Iowa Business Council, we now have a roadmap for the future,” said Governor Branstad. “These business leaders – in addition to their day jobs of running Iowa’s top busines... Read More

Monday, November 17, 2014

via Cedar Valley Alliance Blog

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand economic welfare.  We’re celebrating all across Iowa with activities designed to reach every type of entrepreneur, from Main Street to corporate, from test lab to home office. Over 30 entrepreneur and small business related events will be happening all across Iowa during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 17th through the 21st.  IASourceLink has compiled these events and made them available on the Iowa Global Entrepreneurship page at iasourcelink.com/gew.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Advance Iowa Update

Iowa- Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand economic welfare.  We’re celebrating all across Iowa with activities designed to reach every type of entrepreneur, from Main Street to corporate, from test lab to home office. Over 30 entrepreneur and small business related events will be happening throughout Iowa during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 17-21.  Advance Iowa is joining in the celebration by presenting at Cedar Valley 1 Million Cups on Wednesday at 9:00 in Cedar Falls on the University of Northern Iowa campus... Read More

Monday, October 20, 2014

via IASourceLink

The Regional Business Center, University of Northern Iowa received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2014 project in the category of Entrepreneurship for communities with populations of greater than 500,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Monday, October 20, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 19-22, in Fort Worth, Texas.

"Economic development efforts have long been a keystone in the quest to bolster the economy and improve quality of life in every locality across the country," said Bill Sproull, IEDC chair. "As the nation contin... Read More

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Advance Iowa Update

The partnership between the University of Northern Iowa and Advance Iowa is strong, allowing for Advance Iowa to be extremely successful in the past year. As Advance Iowa enters its second full year of assisting mid-sized businesses across the State, they are gaining more attention not only from business but also from the economic development world.   Advance Iowa is assisting mid-sized businesses as a consulting tool while providing strategic review and coaching. UNI offers access to databases which help provide research for companies as part of their engagement with Advance Iowa.   Providing these mid-sized or second-stage businesses with information that in... Read More

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

via IASourceLink Blog

Governor Terry Branstad met with faculty and staff members from the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services division on April 4.  During his brief visit, the governor kindly set aside time to meet with UNI students interested in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities upon graduation. The group met in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center where students shared their endeavors with the Iowa governor.   Branstad later toured the Innovation Incubator (a business incubation suite part of the Regional Business Center) and completed his visit discussing the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Small Business Development Center region and Advance Iowa. 

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Friday, April 04, 2014

Advance Iowa Update

On Friday, April 4, Governor Branstad met with faculty and staff from the University of Northern Iowa’s Business and Community Services division. Governor Branstad talked with students in the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and visited with them about their entrepreneurial endeavors. He then toured the Innovation Incubator, a business incubation suite that is part of the Center for Business Growth and Innovation and finished his visit discussing the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Small Business Development Center region and Advance Iowa.

Advance Iowa is in its second year after receiving funding from the Governor. The program targets Iowa-based, mid-sized c... Read More

Thursday, March 20, 2014

via WHO-HD

We’ve heard about gardening in our yard, but what about gardening for your business. Economic Gardening started in the late eighties. But, an organization is hoping to grow the practice in Iowa.

Computers and technology are the focus at EmbarkIT. Anita Messerschmidt says, “We’re an IT company. We started in 2005 and we do everything from training to recycling, testing.”

Messerschmidt started the company in her home nine years ago. Twelve people now work in the West Des Moines office full-time, along with two part time employees. And, she’s looking to grow her business even more. She says, “I wanted to know if we needed to be doing more with social media,... Read More

Friday, February 28, 2014

via Business Record

The Greater Des Moines Partnership and the University of Northern Iowa's Advance Iowa team are bringing a certified "economic gardening" program to the region.

Economic gardening is designed to develop partnerships among economic development organizations, researchers and businesses to help businesses get to the next stage in their development. It is designed for second-stage companies, which typically employ between 10 and 100 people and generate between $750,000 and $50 million in receipts.

Second-stage businesses represent more than 10 percent of the marketplace nationally, but generate more than a third of the jobs, said Partnership CEO Jay Byers... Read More

Thursday, February 27, 2014

via Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is collaborating with the University of Northern Iowa's Advance Iowa team to bring the state's only certified Economic Gardening program to Central Iowa. Economic Gardening is a proven economic growth strategy that focuses on providing information and tools to help existing businesses get to the next stage. Often referred to as a "grow your own" strategy, the program partners economic development organizations, skilled researchers, and regional businesses prime for growth.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is collaborating with the University of Northern Iowa's Advance Iowa team to bring the state's onl... Read More

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