via UNI Alumni Association
Business owners and entrepreneurs alike know running a business can be tedious and time consuming. Planning and decision making is a never-ending process and often they are not sure where to turn for help.
Luckily, Iowa businesses have the Advance Iowa program at UNI, a part of Business & Community Services, to lean on for support. The Advance Iowa team is there for business owners as a third party sounding board and trusted adviser to assist in overcoming obstacles and help identify new opportunities.
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Through the Advance Iowa program, “Founder Frank” is a pseudonym we use to describe many of our clients. He could easily be Freda, Francine, or even Frodo – but for these purposes let’s assume it’s Frank. If you’re a business owner like Frank, you might be in a situation now where you’ve started your firm from nothing and have built it to a size and scale where you’re now at the top of a significant organization. You’ve gone from chief cook and bottle washer to having a staff around you. With success comes growth and complexity, and hopefully profits. Frank has learned to navigate this growth not with a road map or a textbook, but often by learning the hard way-... Read More
Succession Planning. Depending on which end of it you are on, talking about an ending is never fun. (Unless we are talking about ending the Twins drought in the playoffs). If you do any quick Googling on succession planning, all the talking heads are telling you to start early. Start now, before you get hit by a bus and it’s done for you! I get it and at the same time I can understand why a business owner would put it off. No one wants to think about their own mortality. Advance Iowa’s consulting work puts the focus on the processes, strategies, and people that need to be in place long before exit planning begins. It’s about making sure your business will fl... Read More
Governor, IPEP release findings of 2014 Battelle Report, a new economic development roadmap for Iowa
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
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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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
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
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
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.... Read More
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